Justin Lester

USA Wrestling

  • 2012
2013-14 Team USA Ranking: No. 1 at 66 kg
Years on Team USA: 8 (2005-10, 2011-14)
Residence: Colorado Springs, Colo.
Club: U.S. Army
Coach: Shon Lewis
College: Northern Michigan, Iowa State
HighSchool: Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio (Cuyahoga Falls Valley Christian Academy)
Born: 09/30/1983
Height: 5-7

2013: U.S. World Team Trials champion… Sixth in U.S. Open…

2012: Eighth in Olympic Games… Third in Gedza International… U.S. Olympic Team Trials champion… U.S. Open champion…

2011: Second in New York AC International Open… Sunkist Kids International Open champion… Fifth in World Championships… U.S. World Team Trials champion… U.S. Open champion… Granma Cup champion… Dave Schultz Memorial International champion…

2009: DNP in World Championships… U.S. World Team Trials champion… U.S. Nationals champion… Dave Schultz Memorial International champion…

2008: Third in U.S. Olympic Team Trials… Second in Dave Schultz Memorial International…

2007: World bronze medalist… Member of World team champions… Fifth in Ion Cornianu Memorial Tournament (Romania)… Pan American Games gold medalist… U.S. World Team Trials champion… University Nationals champion in Greco-Roman and freestyle… Fourth in World Cup…

2006: World bronze medalist… U.S. World Team Trials champion…Second in Turneul International (Romania)… Dave Schultz Memorial International champion…Fifth in Poland Open

2005: NYAC Holiday Championships champion…DNP at World Championships… Third in World University Games… University World Team Trials champion… U.S. World Team Trials champion… U.S. Nationals champion… Third in Petrov International (Bulgaria)… Dave Schultz Memorial International champion…

2004: Second in New York AC Christmas International… Sunkist Kids International Open champion… Sixth in U.S. Olympic Team Trials… Third in U.S. Nationals…

2003: New York AC Christmas International champion… Third in Sunkist Kids International Open… Seventh in U.S. World Team Trials… Fifth in U.S. Nationals… Fifth in Dave Schultz Memorial International…

2002: Fifth in Sunkist Kids International Open…

USA Age-Group: 2003 and 2005 University Nationals champion... Fifth in 2004 University World Championships… Fifth in 2003 Junior World Championships... 2003 FILA Junior World Team Trials champion... 2000 Junior Nationals champion... 1999 Cadet Nationals champion... Second in 1999 Cadet Nationals (freestyle)... 1999 Cadet World Champion (freestyle)...
College: Attended Northern Michigan Univ., where he was a member of the U.S. Olympic Education Center program… Coached by Ivan Ivanov... Graduated with degrees in history and geography... Previously attended Iowa State Univ., where he was coached by Bobby Douglas...

High School: Attended Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy, where he was coached by Dave Bergan... Four-time state champion (1998-2001)... Career record of 165-2... Earned second team All-State honors in football...

Personal: Son of Fred and Verleane Lester... Has two daughters, Zuriana and Zayla… Has three brothers, Fred, Ryan and Damion, and two sisters, Sandra and Kenya... Nickname is Harry… Hobbies include playing chess and fishing...
Awards: 2001 ASICS Tiger High School First-Team All-American...