Steve Mocco

USA Wrestling

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Event: Freestyle 120kg/264.5 lbs.
2007-08 Team USA Ranking: No. 2 at 120 kg/264.5 lbs.
Height: 6-0
Residence: Colorado Springs, Colo.
High School: Blairstown, N.J. (Blair Academy), Newark, N.J. (St. Benedicts Prep)
College: Oklahoma State, Iowa
Club: New York AC
Coach: John Smith
Years on Team USA: 4 (2004-08)

Career Highlights

2008: Second in U.S. Nationals...Dave Schultz Memorial International champion...
2007: New York AC Holiday International champion...Hargobind International (Canada) champion...Alexander Medved International champion...Second in U.S. World Team Trials...Northern Plains Regional champion...Third in U.S. Nationals...Second in Trophe Milone (Italy)...Third in Yasar Dogu Tournament (Turkey)...Second in Dave Schultz Memorial International...
2006: Pan American Championships gold medalist...Second in U.S. World Team Trials...Second in U.S. Nationals...
2005: Second in U.S. World Team Trials...Second in U.S. Nationals...
2004: Third in U.S. Olympic Team Trials...Second in U.S. Nationals...Fifth in Ivan Yarygin Memorial International (Russia)...Dave Schultz Memorial International champion...
2003: New York AC Christmas International champion...Second in Ivan Yarygin Cup (Russia)...Sunkist Kids International Open champion...
USA Age-Group: Fourth in 2001 Junior World Championships...Three-time Junior Nationals champion (1999-2001)...1998 Cadet Nationals champion...
College: Attended Oklahoma State Univ., where he is coached by John Smith...2006 NCAA runner-up...2005 NCAA champion...Took an Olympic Redshirt year in 2004...Previously attended the Univ. of Iowa, where he was coached by Jim Zalesky...2003 NCAA champion...2002 NCAA runner-up...Played defensive tackle for Oklahoma State football team in 2006...Studying education...
High School: Attended Blair Academy, where he was coached by Jeff Buxton...Four-time National Preps champion (1998-2001)...He won two Prep titles for Blair, and two titles for St. Benedicts Prep...Also participated in judo, where he was a Junior National champion (1999) and placed third at the U.S. Nationals (1999).

Personal: Son of Joe Mocco and Hellen Peck...Has two brothers, Jay and Joe, and three sisters, Audrey, Colleen and Katie...Joe wrestled at Brown Univ...Katie is a 2005 U.S. World Team member in Judo...He and his wife, Katie, were married Aug. 20, 2005...Nominated for 2004 ESPY Award for "Best Male College Athlete"...Hobbies include hunting and fishing.

Awards: 2001 ASICS Tiger High School Wrestler of the Year...2000-01 ASICS Tiger High School First-Team All-American.

Career Notes

  • Three-time U.S. World Team Trials runner-up (2005-07)
  • Three-time U.S. Nationals runner-up (2004-06)
  • Third in 2004 U.S. Olympic Team Trials
  • 2003 NCAA champion at the Univ. of Iowa, 2005 NCAA champion at Oklahoma State Univ.
  • Nominated for 2004 ESPY Award for "Best Male College Athlete"
  • Fourth in 2001 Junior World Championships
  • Older brother, Joe, was a wrestler at Brown Univ.
  • Younger sister, Katie, is a national champion Judo athlete training for the 2008 Olympic Games