Stan Dziedzic

November 05, 1949 - Present

His collegiate record of 118 victories against just two defeats is astonishing enough, but college wrestling served only as Stan Dziedzic's springboard to even higher achievements in the sport.

He won three College Division NCAA championships at Slippery Rock in 1970-72, and a University Division title as a junior. The only two losses on his collegiate record were to champions Mike Grant of Oklahoma in the 1970 national semifinals and to Carl Adams of Iowa State in the 1972 finals.

While serving as an assistant coach at Michigan State, 1972-78, Dziedzic reached the heights in Freestyle wrestling, in the 163-pound weight class rated at the time as the toughest in the country and in the world. He won four national championships, plus two gold medals in the World Cup.

Dziedzic then reached the apex of his career by winning a bronze medal in the 1976 Olympic Games at Montreal and a gold medal in the 1977 Freestyle World Championships in Switzerland.

He served as national Freestyle coach for the Amateur Athletic Union, 1978-84, and his tactical and technical expertise contributed significantly to the resurgence of the USA as an international force. He authored the United States Wrestling Syllabus in 1983, and was instrumental in founding the Olympic 200 project, a developmental program for high school wrestlers. He furthered the modernization of techniques and training methods of USA international teams, and served as vice president of the Coaches Commission of the International Wrestling Federation.

Dziedzic was manager of the 1984 Olympic freestyle team and played an active role in Atlanta's successful bid to host the Centennial Olympics in 1996. He was elected wrestling's Man of the Year in 1980.

As a remarkable athlete who has contributed to the advancement of the sport on many fronts, Stanley Joseph Dziedzic is honored as a Distinguished Member of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame.

Awards:

Year
1996
Award
Distinguished Members
Chapter/Region
National

All American Awards:

Season
1972
School
Slippery Rock
Tournament
Division I
Weight
158
Place
2
Season
1972
School
Slippery Rock
Tournament
Division II
Weight
158
Place
1
Season
1971
School
Slippery Rock
Tournament
Division I
Weight
150
Place
1
Season
1971
School
Slippery Rock
Tournament
Division II
Weight
150
Place
1
Season
1970
School
Slippery Rock
Tournament
Division I
Weight
150
Place
3
Season
1970
School
Slippery Rock
Tournament
Division II
Weight
150
Place
1

College Season Records:

Season
1972
School
Slippery Rock
Class
Senior
Bouts
0
Wins
0
Losses
0
Ties
0
Falls
0
Win PCT.
0
Place
2nd
Season
1971
School
Slippery Rock
Class
Junior
Bouts
0
Wins
0
Losses
0
Ties
0
Falls
0
Win PCT.
0
Place
1st
Season
1970
School
Slippery Rock
Class
Sophomore
Bouts
0
Wins
0
Losses
0
Ties
0
Falls
0
Win PCT.
0
Place
3rd
Season
1968
School
Indiana State
Class
Freshman
Bouts
0
Wins
0
Losses
0
Ties
0
Falls
0
Win PCT.
0
Place
DNP
Season
Career
Bouts
0
Wins
0
Losses
0
Ties
0
Falls
0
Win PCT.
0

All Rankings:

Season
1972
Rank Date
02/19/1972
Weight
158
Rank
1
School
Slippery Rock
Season
1971
Rank Date
02/24/1971
Weight
150
Rank
1
School
Slippery Rock

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