There are very few people in wrestling who have done and seen as much as Stan Dziedzic. During his college career at Slippery Rock, Dziedzic lost just twice in three years, both times to the eventual Division I national champion at the Division I national tournament. He was a three-time Division II, then known as the College Division, champion, and notched finishes of third, first, and second in Division I. After graduating in 1972, Dziedzic served as an assistant coach at Michigan State, continuing to train for international competition. He won a bronze medal at the 1976 Montreal Olympics before becoming a world champion a year later. Stan would go on to become the first full-time national freestyle coach for Team USA, have a successful career on Wall Street, serve as the president of USA Wrestling, and currently is one of 5 vice presidents of United World Wrestling (UWW). I got a chance to speak with the National Wrestling Hall of Fame member by phone with our wide ranging conversation covering everything from his career, his role in the fight to save Olympic wrestling, the decision on whether to ban Russia from the Rio Olympics, rule changes, officiating scandals, and the controversial UWW vice president from Russia, Mikhail Mamiashvili. This is what I learned.
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