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Maryland Adds Former Indiana Lightweight Elijah Oliver as Volunteer Assistant Coach

Four-time NCAA qualifier Elijah Oliver for the Indiana Hoosiers. Graphic courtesy of University of Maryland Sports Information. 

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Maryland wrestling head coach Alex Clemsen has announced the addition of Elijah Oliver, who will serve as the program’s volunteer assistant.

“Elijah is an exciting young coach that I couldn’t be more pumped about,” Clemsen said. “He knows the Big Ten and brings another piece of our puzzle together in College Park. We can’t wait to have him join us in July and get to work as a full strength staff.”

Oliver, who was a team captain and four-year starter at Indiana University, brings a wealth of talent and experience to the Maryland wrestling program. A four-time NCAA qualifier, Oliver accumulated a 91-52 record during his career in Bloomington.

The Washington, Ill. native led Indiana with 29 wins as a senior in 2018-19, earning the Indiana MVP Award and finishing fourth at the Big Ten Championships. Oliver also took home fifth place (2015-16), sixth place (2016-17), and eighth place (2017-18) at the Big Ten Championships during his four-year collegiate career.

Upon graduation at Indiana, Oliver spent six months as the head coach of the Birmingham Wrestling Complex (Birmingham, Ala.), where he led the Team Alabama Cadet Freestyle/Greco Dual Team. Under Oliver’s instruction, three of his pupils have earned High School All-American status, five wrestlers have won Alabama State Championships, and 14 have placed at the Alabama State Championships.

Maryland will embark on its third season under the direction of head coach Alex Clemsen this winter. Schedule and ticketing information will be announced at a later date.

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