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University of Florida Team Press Releases

Gators Welcome Crandall as New Head Coach

08/11/2010 -
The University of Florida is pleased to introduce John Crandall as their new head coach. The Virginia Commonwealth University Alumnus and former VCU and Syracuse head coach takes over Gator wrestling's top coaching slot.

"First of all, it's an honor to even be affiliated with the University of Florida", Crandall said. "Every time I stand in Ben Hill Griffin Stadium and I see names like Steve Spurrier, Emmitt Smith, and Tim Tebow staring down at me, I know I"m among giants."

Crandall's ultimate goal is to take the program, which had some success in the past, and make it one of the top programs in the nation. "It's a high goal to reach, but I know it's obtainable," Crandall commented. "We have outstanding support from the University, a fan base unlike any I've ever experienced, and most importantly a group of wrestlers that are driven to succeed and are ready to make noise in the NCWA." Last season, the Gators finished 4th in the Southeast Conference and 37th at Nationals. UF has several returning athletes including All-American Mark Koski. Last season, Koski placed 6th at the National Championships.

The team has already begun pre-season conditioning. Practice will begin the last week of August, and they will kick off their season in October.

UF Wrestling noted on front page!

08/12/2005
The UF Wrestling Team was approached by local media for a story on the front page of the sports section. This was helpful for us in promotion, sponsorship, and recruiting. Use this in your local area! The Florida Classic is scheduled for January 21st. Please come and help us get ....

Final Field for Florida Classic

09/19/2005
We are working to finalize the field for this years Florida Classic on January 21st. Here are the teams we have listed so far. Please contact us if this is erroneous or if you want to send in your competition contract. Central Florida Pensacola Christian West Florida Georgia Tec....

Mat Cats make it happen.

01/24/2006
We just wanted to thank the Auburn Mat Cats for their help at the Florida Classic. They made the tournament fun and helped us keep the madness somewhat contained! Thanks ladies...Believe me...We know who makes things run here too. Thanks!@!@!@!@!@....

2007 Florida Classic

02/19/2007
This year's Florida Classic was hosted at the University of Florida's Southwest Recreational Center. FAMU, FAU, LSU, FGCU, USF, and UF were all the competing teams in the event. They were divided into two pools as a dual tournament. The first pool consisted of FAU, FGCU, and LSU and the ....

University of Florida Brings Home Two Champions

11/21/2007
The University of Florida opened up against SEC opponents with the UCF Open. UF brought home two champions after a long day of competition. At 174, Ricky Rieck went 2-0 with a pin on the day and won the 174 lb. weight class. At 157, Freddie Williams went 3-0 with a pin and went on to win t....

Gators Welcome Crandall as New Head Coach

08/11/2010
The University of Florida is pleased to introduce John Crandall as their new head coach. The Virginia Commonwealth University Alumnus and former VCU and Syracuse head coach takes over Gator wrestling's top coaching slot. "First of all, it's an honor to even be affiliated with the Univ....

Gators Hire New Assistant Coach

09/03/2010
The University of Florida has hired Christian Ciaglia as their new assistant wrestling coach. A native of Warren, Michigan, Ciaglia is a graduate of Grand Valley State University (GVSU). The GVSU Lakers are a perennial powerhouse of the National Collegiate Wrestling Association. This ....