photo courtesy of Tony Rotundo; WrestlersAreWarriors.com
Today TOM caught up with the very first head coach of the Little Rock Trojans, Neil Erisman. Coach Erisman talks about some of the adversity his program featured in year one and his overall impression and takeaways from the 2019-20 season. The program also recently hired two-time All-American Chandler Rogers as an assistant coach. Erisman talks about what Rogers brings to the team, along with the strengths of Javier Maldonado. This staff is eager to work with a talented recruiting class that features a California state champion and a few other multiple-time high school All-Americans. Looking at Coach Erisman’s career, we remind him of the UFC champion that he defeated in the first round of his first NCAA Tournament , in 2009, and also talk about some of his crazy-tough weight classes. We couldn’t have an Oklahoma State wrestler on without getting a John Smith story, so Coach Erisman tells a great one about Smith and another legend colliding during his freshman season.