Red promoted to assistant coach at Indiana

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Indiana Wrestling head coach Angel Escobedo has announced that C.J. Red has been promoted to a full-time assistant coach.

Previously, Red was in a volunteer assistant role on the coaching staff.

Red joined the Indiana coaching staff in the fall of 2022 and has served two seasons with the Hoosiers since his arrival in Bloomington. His time on the staff has been instrumental to the program's growth and the wrestlers' development.

Since Red joined the program, it has elevated in a number of ways. In 2022-23, the team had its best dual record since 2016-17, marking an 8-5 record while going 7-5 in 2023-24.

The Hoosiers also recorded their best showing at the NCAA Championships in years this year. Indiana's six qualifiers was the most the program had sent to nationals since 2010. Additionally, the Hoosiers' 26th place finish was the program's best since 2016.

Prior to IU, Red wrestled at the University of Nebraska from 2016-2022. At Nebraska, he was a five-time NCAA qualifier and three-time All-American at 141 lbs. He also finished on the podium at the Big Ten Championships four times, including a second place finish in 2019.

He went 98-46 in his college career with a 39-20 record in duals.

In his prep days, Red was one of the most decorated recruits ever to come from the state of Indiana. The New Palestine High School standout went 183-0 and was four-time IHSAA State Champion.

He was deemed the top 132-pounder in the country, according to the Asics FloRankings in the class of 2016. He won the 2015 FloNationals crown, was the 2014 Super 32 champion and 2014 Fargo Junior Cadet Nationals champion, all at 126 lbs.