Courtesy of Army Athletics
WEST POINT, N.Y. – Army wrestling head coach Kevin Ward announced the addition of Bryan Pearsall to the Black Knights’ staff on Thursday. Pearsall, who was a part of three national championship teams as a wrestler at Penn State, spent the last year working with the Rutgers Scarlet Knights and will be Army’s volunteer assistant coach.
“Bryan brings championship level experience to our program, which I think is important,” explained Ward. “Being a member of three NCAA Championship teams is a unique experience that not many people have, and I know he can use those experiences to better our program. He is excited to be at West Point and is eager to make a positive impact on this program and the lives of our athletes.”
Working directly with Rutgers varsity wrestlers during the 2013-14 season, Pearsall coached at the Scarlet Knight Wrestling Club, which is the regional training center at Rutgers University. The Rutgers wrestling team went 11-5 in dual matches and finished third at the EIWA Championships last season. Rutgers also had four NCAA qualifiers and its first All-American since 2002.
“I am very excited to be joining the Army wrestling staff,” said Pearsall. “I want to thank Coach Ward and everyone at the West Point Wrestling Club. I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to be associated with a team with such prestigious tradition as Army.”
Pearsall was a four-year starter on Penn State’s wrestling team. During his time in Happy Valley, the Nittany Lions won three-straight NCAA National Championships and Big Ten conference titles.
A two-time place winner at the Big Ten Championships, Pearsall finished seventh as a junior and took fifth during his senior campaign. The Lititz, Pa., product placed at the 2013 Southern Scuffle and qualified for the 2013 NCAA Championships as a senior.
“I couldn’t imagine a more beautiful place to come to work every day,” continued Pearsall. “I can’t wait to get to West Point and get to work.”
Pearsall graduated from Penn State in 2013 with a bachelor’s degree in rehabilitation and human services. He will reside in Highland Falls, N.Y.