Dexter, Michigan (Ann Arbor)
First Wrestling/Boxing/Muay Thai Experience:
I began wrestling at four years old. My older brother, Kyle, who always leads the way was on the mats for the famed Dexter Wrestling Club. I dropped by a few practices and at the first competition immediately told my mother, "I want to do this." That week I laced up a fresh pair of Rebook Whites and stepped onto the mat behind the old high school. The rest, not quite history. But a heck of a journey.
Why Martial Arts/Wrestling?
There were great mentors in my life, and the tool they used to mentor me was Wrestling. It is only right to grow the sport and pass those lessons on. It provides direction, goals, and truly is a microcosm of life; working through difficulty through determination. Focusing on details that create a larger picture, a better you. This is wrestling.
The University of Michigan, 2008, 2010
4-year UM Varsity Letterman's Club (4 years with time in starting lineup), Big Ten 5th, Big Ten Wrestler of the Week, The Mat.com Wrestler of the Week, 2008 NCAA Qualifier, Over Marsh's competitive career at Michigan, the Wolverines were a regular fixture among the national level with top-10 showings at the NCAA Championships in each of his four seasons, including a runner-up finish in 2005. Michigan also claimed two Big Ten dual-meet titles in his first two seasons.
Amateur/Professional Fighting career recap and record:
184-12 Michigan High School record 4x All State, 2x State Champion, 4x Region Champion NHSCA Senior National All American, Semifinalist (6th) 14 Youth State Championships in all styles, Freestyle, Folk style and Greco Roman NAGA No Gi National Champion - Intermediate Jiu Jitsu Purple Belt
Classes Taught at Edge:
Edge Kids, wrestling 101, Pro Practice + Camps, Wrestling for MMA
Through great leadership in my development, I have come to understand what separates a great coach. And that is teaching systematically, and always making sure my athletes understand why. To learn quickly athletes must learn in a progressive manner that builds on what you have learned previously. From Day 1 you must be learning techniques that directly relate to the positions you will be in on year 8. These musts all be integrated into your training, much like mathematics 1+1 = 2, 2+2 = 4, etc. in order to progress rapidly.
Why Train at Edge if you are prospective student:
All wrestling programs are not created equal, Ernie and Dave and all of their athletes have built something special for 35 years. I truly feel I did not learn how to wrestle on my feet until I came here, that was at 25 years old, 20 years in the sport, and having beaten several NCAA finalists. The history of this program builds an amazing network to learn from, as well as a network so expansive within the NCAA almost any school you'd like can be within reach. Just a phone call away.
What does being a coach/instructor at Edge mean to you?
It means the opportunity to learn. To learn from students, to learn from Dave, to learn from the hundreds of world class athletes that have come through these doors. It means the chance to change kids wrestling for the better. To make it more kid friendly. And from this place, and only this place, we can change the world we live in. I truly believe that.
Hobbies off the mat or anything else you want people to know?:
Travel. The great outdoors. I like to see the world and appreciate anything of quality in this world. I also appreciate my family.
A student should ask me about ________ If they want expert insight/technique/info on______:
The Mark Churella leg wrestling system, how to dominate on the mat. Its a two-year progression that will change your mat game. From top or bottom.