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ITHACA, N.Y. – Two-time NCAA champion and two-time World medalist Nick Gwiazdowski is set to join the Big Red wrestling program as a volunteer assistant coach, as announced by Mike Grey ’11, the David Dunlop ’59 Head Coach of Wrestling.
Gwiazdowski will continue his training as a senior level freestyle wrestler at Ithaca’s Spartan Combat RTC, while assisting in the coaching of Cornell’s heavyweights. A native of Duanesburg, New York, Gwiazdowski spent the last nine years at North Carolina State University where he competed as a student-athlete and as a member of the Wolfpack Wrestling Club.
“I honestly never saw myself leaving North Carolina,” Gwiazdowski said in a statement on SpartanCombatRTC.com. “As I learned more and thought more about it, I realized what exciting opportunities there are for me in Ithaca. I’m excited to have some different bodies and different brains around me, to help me grow as a wrestler and challenge me technically, physically and mentally. It’s a really nice area, there’s a winning tradition and a commitment to success.”
At the senior level of freestyle wrestling, Gwiazdowski is a two-time World bronze medalist, securing medals at the 2017 and 2018 World Championships. Gwiazdowski was the United States’ representative at 125-kilograms for the World Championships in 2017, 2018, and 2019. A gold medalist at the U.S. Open, the Pan American Championships, and the Spain Grand Prix, Gwiazdowski has also medaled at the Henri Deglane Grand Prix, the Yasar Dogu International, and the Ivan Yarygin Grand Prix.
Prior to starting his senior level wrestling career, Gwiazdowski was a two-time NCAA champion at 285 pounds and a three-time All-American at NC State. Gwiazdowski’s collegiate career started at Binghamton, where he earned All-America honors as a freshman in 2012. Gwiazdowski finished his collegiate career with a record of 140-12, including a mark of 110-3 following his transfer to NC State.