University of Health Sciences and Pharmacy Names Wesley Head Wrestling Coach

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University of Health Sciences and Pharmacy in St. Louis welcomes August Wesley as the head coach for the inaugural intercollegiate wrestling program to begin in 2022-23.

Wesley comes to UHSP with a wealth of knowledge and experience in the sport of wresting, including coaching, competition, and promotion. Most recently, he has served as a representative for USA Wrestling GRIT (Greco Roman Initiative Team). As the central region representative, he worked to promote, grow, inspire, and develop the sport of Greco Roman Wrestling in Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, and West Virginia.

Wesley’s coaching experience includes a successful four-year stint running the Iowa State University club wrestling program. During his time in Ames, Wesley tutored 27 national qualifiers, four All-Americans, six Academic All-Americans, and guided the Cyclones to a fifth-place in the 2018 NCWA National Championships.

Prior to his time at Iowa State, Wesley spent four years as the head coach at California State University-Sacramento from 2011-15. He helped tutor six national qualifiers, one academic All-American and was named the NCWA Conference Coach of the Year.

Wesley has led 14 United States teams in international competitions during his coaching career. His coaching efforts have taken him to 24 different countries on five continents. He has been honored twice with the Outstanding Coach’s Award at competitions in Australia and Austria.

As an athlete, Wesley had top-10 finishes in the 2012 and 2015 World Championships and competed in the 1996 and 2000 Olympic Trials. He represented the U.S. on multiple international teams and was a six-time medalist throughout his wrestling career. Wesley has strong ties to the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, having resided at the center during several trainings and competitions.

Most recently he participated in the 2021 Freestyle World Olympic training camp in Sofia, Bulgaria.

UHSP Director of Athletics Jill Harter is thrilled to have Wesley begin building the inaugural Eutectic wrestling program.

“Our new men’s and women’s wrestling program will be in good hands with Coach Wesley,” said Harter. “He brings with him a depth of experience and connections across the country that will benefit the new Eutectics teams.”

For his part, Wesley said he is honored to be named the first wrestling coach at UHSP.

“I am humbled to be given the responsibility to build a new program that supports both men and women,” said Wesley. “We have a dedicated administration and will look to recruit athletes that are self driven, goal oriented and have a burning desire to succeed both on the mat and in the classroom.

This is the perfect opportunity to lead and develop our men and women to reach their athletic goals. Our education plans and student support give them the foundation to flourish academically. This combination of institutional strengths will make the University of Health Sciences and Pharmacy a prime location to thrive, mature and develop.

Wesley added that UHSP’s new program will provide opportunities for collegiate wrestlers at an opportune time in a region with strong wrestling roots.

“This is an exciting time for wrestling and new programs are emerging all over the country,” said Wesley. “Here in St. Louis, we are right in the heart of the Midwest which is widely considered one of the most competitive regions to participate in. We will embrace that spirit as our first generation of Eutectic wrestlers will compete in the AMC (American Midwest Conference) and look to take the mat for the inaugural 2022-2023 season.”

Interested prospective wrestling student-athletes should contact August Wesley at august.wesley@uhsp.edu.

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