Courtesy Warrior Athletics
U.S. Wrestling Foundation (USWF) Chairman Jeffrey Waters and Board Secretary Dan Russell recognized Life Pacific College for doing what similarly-sized colleges might never dream of doing, championing and supporting a college wrestling program.
The Chairman’s Legacy Award was given to Life Pacific and President Jim J. Adams during a star-studded gala on August 23 at the Los Angeles Center Studios in the Westlake District.
President Adams was quick to acknowledge the tireless work of Warrior Wrestling Head Coach Arsen Aleksanyen and LPC Athletic Director Tim Cook who have built the program from the ground up in just a few short months. Some 15 matches are already on the books for the inaugural season in multiple weight divisions.
“Second only to football, wrestling is fast becoming one of college athletics most prestigious sports,” Tim Cook says. He believes wrestling requires personal disciplines that parallel the spiritual disciplines of the Christian life making it a perfect fit for the mission and values of Life Pacific College.
“It is an honor to recognize LPC Wrestling,” says Dan Russell, a four-time NCAA Champion, four-time Academic All-American, 2004 Olympic Coach, co-owner of Bonhoeffer Brothers Media, and co-chair of the USWF Gala.
“The Chairman’s Legacy Award is given for innovation, building the sport of wrestling, and establishing a legacy for wrestling in Southern California, in anticipation of the 2028 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles,” Dan says.
Actor and Mixed-Martial Arts fighter Randy Couture hosted the USWF Gala that was attended by celebrities Chris Pratt, Jay Mohr, and Frank Jasper. Guests had a unique opportunity to mingle with athletes like multiple World and Olympic Champions Jordan Burroughs and Kyle Snyder, to name a few.
Equally notable were heroes in attendance from the military, stars from MMA, the NFL, and U.S. Olympic and wrestling greats.
National leaders from USA Wrestling (the sport’s national governing body), the National Wrestling Coaches Association, and the National Wrestling Hall of Fame were represented at the gala. The entire USA World Championship wrestling team attended in support of Beat the Streets LA, a local nonprofit focused on youth development in underserved communities through instruction of quality wrestling programs.
Warrior Wrestling Coach Arsen Aleksanyen attended the gala with five members of the LPC wrestling team who served as volunteers for the event. Equal to the significance of the Legacy award, the student athletes were thrilled for the accompanying autographed poster of the U.S. national wrestling team – reigning world champions.
Warrior wrestlers hope to live up to the USWF recognition as they make their mark on the sport, honor their families, and lift the name of Jesus Christ this season and for many years to come.