Alex Dieringer at the Pan Am Championships with coaches Bill Zadick and Joe Russell (Photo/Tony Rotundo, WrestlersAreWarriors.com)
Alex Dieringer will chase Olympic gold in a new training environment.
After spending almost a decade (2011-2020) in Stillwater, Oklahoma, Dieringer announced Tuesday that he will be leaving Oklahoma State and training at the Cliff Keen Wrestling Club in Ann Arbor, Mich.
He cited his girlfriend's schooling and being closer to her family as factors in the decision, along with the training partners and coaches at the Cliff Keen Wrestling Club.
"It feels right," Dieringer said on Flo Radio Live. "They've got a great RTC program. Pretty much three guys around my weight and they are all studs."
Two-time Olympic champion Sergei Beloglazov serves as the head coach of the Cliff Keen Wrestling Club, with Sean Bormet guiding the college program at Michigan. The club's roster includes Olympians and Olympic hopefuls, such as Stevan Micic, Myles Amine, Logan Massa, Alec Pantaleo, Adam Coon, Domenic Abounader and others.
"Alex is one of the most dominant NCAA wrestlers in recent decades," Bormet said in the club's press release. "He is an explosive scorer and has some exceptional skillsets that have transitioned to International success. He is currently one of the top-rated wrestlers in the world, a serious gold medal contender and is a tremendous addition to our existing group of senior level wrestlers. I have always been impressed with Alex's character and his approach to training and competing. We are eager for his arrival to Ann Arbor and to get to work."
Dieringer said it was tough leaving Stillwater and telling John Smith that he was leaving.
"I've been here in Stillwater for nine years," said Dieringer. "It feels like home. It literally is like my second home. I love this place more than anything. It was definitely not an easy phone call."
In 2019, Dieringer reached Final X before losing to Kyle Dake in a Special Wrestle-off in August. He has built a strong international wrestling resume, winning gold medals at the Yasar Dogu, Dan Kolov International and Bill Farrell Memorial International. This year Dieringer moved up from the non-Olympic weight class of 79 kilograms to the Olympic weight class of 86 kilograms. He earned a silver at the Matteo Pellicone in January, losing to Zahid Valencia in the finals. In March, Dieringer competed at Pan American Championships, winning a bronze medal.
Dieringer, a Wisconsin native, was a three-time NCAA champion and 2016 Dan Hodge Trophy winner at Oklahoma State.