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A good reminder about the importance of the Wrestlers in Business Network and the efforts of our local Chapters to strengthen wrestling programs across the country

Non-Profit Helps College Wrestlers Connect and Network

WIBN builds upon the connection between current and former wrestlers, and its website allows student-athletes to create a profile, post a resume and engage with  business leaders who also competed in the sport. The group supports the sport of wrestling by helping college programs grow and prosper, organizing network receptions, holding All-Star tournaments and coordinating speaking events with wrestlers and coaches like Tom Ryan and Dan Gable, Olympic gold medalist.

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It All Started With Wrestling, Says Billionaire Owner of Philadelphia 76ers.

He continued with the sport, where he soon learned the time you put in off the wrestling mat is just as important as your skills on it. “When I first started wrestling at a more competitive level, I wasn’t running, I wasn’t training as hard, I would lose badly. You lose in wrestling, you’re literally physically dominated,” recalls Harris, who dug his heels in and upped his training regimen while in high school. He eventually placed third in a Maryland state tournament and later made University of Pennsylvania’s wrestling team. “That was a real lesson for life that hard work and grit and tenacity led to more positive outcomes,” he says.

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Why Wrestlers Make the Best Employees

I can tell you that the biggest lesson I learned during my wrestling career was humility. Even the great Dan Gable lost a match. Over the years I learned that getting knocked down was just part of the process to work even harder and to improve. I now encourage the success of others because I enjoy the challenge of meeting those higher expectations. Even during the all-night programming sessions, it has never felt difficult since I know 100 of those nights will never be as hard as a single wrestling practice.

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The Last Wrestlers - Tea Party Congressman and Wrestling Legend Jim Jordan Holds On Tight

That subject comes up repeatedly at a happy hour/meeting Jordan attended in Cleveland last month for the Wrestlers in Business Network. The group was formed in Cleveland a few years ago, but now has about a dozen chapters nationwide. The group is built around the notion that people who have wrestled are interested in doing business with people who have wrestled, because they speak a common language, most notably, “that everything is easier than wrestling was.”

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Cleveland State Wrestling Team Restored

Officials from the National Wrestling Coaches Association and Cleveland-based Wrestlers in Business Network met with Parry and made the case to keep the program alive with a partnership that included both external and university funding. / Read Full Article

Olympic Champion Kyle Snyder Gives Clinic in Trenton

Wrestlers in Business, Beat the Streets Philadelphia, and the City of Trenton all came together to give area wrestlers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to train with the greatest American wrestler in a generation. / Read Full Article

Wrestlers in Business Network Wants to Get Busy Raising the Sport's Profile

"Part of the goal is bring the people who have the business mindset that can help the sport," Sanko said. "One of the issues is not quite enough participation (at area high schools). "We really want to augment some things that are already in place. I think we can do more if we get together (with other wrestling advocate groups) and work as a team."

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Wrestling Legend Dan Gable to Speak at Wrestlers in Business Event

The event will also honor regional wrestling excellence for accomplishments during the recently completed season. The honorees include two-time state champion Brandon Cray from Steinert; collegiate All-Americans Doug Hamann from The College of New Jersey, Brett Harner of Princeton, Chad Walsh of Rider along with Anthony Ashnault and Anthony Perotti of Rutgers University. Head coaches Gary Taylor of Rider and John Hagney of Princeton will be recognized for being named coaches of the year in their respective leagues. / Read Full Article

The ability to connect and develop relationships with elite level leaders has been a tremendous resource for myself and my athletes. Many times networking can feel forced. Wrestlers in Business has created the ultimate ice breaker allowing all those involved to instantly have common ground. Having rapport with Aaron Grossman and John Licata has provided incredible opportunities to learn and gain valuable perspective. Beyond those relationships, WBN has brought in guest speakers Tom Ryan, J Robinson, Coyte Cooper and Congressman Jim Jordan to name a few who have shared their journey, their story, and their keys to success.

Danny Song, Case Western Reserve University

With the generous donation from Wrestlers in business,  BW Wrestling was able to enhance the student/athlete experience beyond what the school operating budget allows.  It also has an impact on our program beyond $ monetary contributions.  Wrestlers in Business helps link and connect them to others that can maybe help launch or advance their career.  All of this is done by passionate wrestlers!!!  THANK YOU Wrestlers in Business.

Jamie Gibbs, Head Wrestling Coach, Baldwin Wallace University

WIBN has been a great resource for our program in many ways.  They have helped us to connect with our community and offered help and guidance in many aspects of our program.  WIBN has been and continues to be a vital resource for the Cleveland State Wrestling program.

Ben Stehura, Head Wrestling Coach, Cleveland State University

WIBN has played a vital role in growing wrestling throughout NE Ohio. The benefits of connecting our graduates with potential members is a priceless feature. WIBN has gone the extra mile to include small schools in their outreach. Their devotion to small school wrestling programs was witnessed first hand at this years All Star Classic. Several bouts featured local DII and DIII schools wrestlers.

Kevin Hoogenboom, Head Wrestling Coach, Lake Erie College

Wrestlers in Business has had a huge impact on the wrestling community both locally and nationally. The NWCA All-Star meet was an incredible event here in Cleveland and John Carroll was privileged to have two wrestlers participate on the same mats as the best wrestlers in the country.

Mark Hawald, Head Wrestling Coach,  John Carroll University

Wrestlers in Business has made a large impact on our wrestling program. With their generous donations we were able to assist our wrestlers beyond the schools capacity. Our college requires internships within their majors to graduate and with the resources presented by Wrestlers in Business it has helped create relationships to excel their future careers.

Frank Romano, Head Wrestling Coach, Notre Dame College