Dlagnev to train at Ohio Regional Training Center
Tervel Dlagnev (Cedar Falls, Iowa/Sunkist Kids), who captured the spot on the 2009 U.S. Freestyle World Team at 120 kg/264.5 lbs., has decided to move to Columbus, Ohio and train at the Ohio Regional Training Center starting in September 2009.
The Ohio RTC will serve as the training base for two 2009 U.S. World Team members, as Shawn Bunch (Columbus, Ohio/Gator WC), the World Team Trials champion at 60 kg/132 lbs., also trains there.
Dlagnev was a 2008 University World champion. He won two NCAA Div. II national titles for the Univ. of Nebraska-Kearney, and is originally from Arlington, Texas.
"We are excited about getting that much closer to our goal of having an Olympic hopeful at every weight class training here," said Tommy Rowlands, Executive Director of the Ohio RTC. "Tervel brings a lot to the table, and is truly one of the nation's top Olympic hopefuls in freestyle wrestling."
Rowlands, a 2007 U.S. World Team member at heavyweight and a past World University Games champion, will be among the workout partners for Dlagnev.
Among the other athletes who are training in Columbus include World Team Trials qualifiers Reece Humphrey (Indianapolis, Ind./Ohio State) at 60 kg/132 lbs. and J.D. Bergman (Columbus, Ohio/New York AC) at 96 kg/211.5 lbs.
"Tommy Rowlands is there, and you can't get a better workout partner than him. Every time I wrestle him, I will try to beat him and he will try to beat me. He is very competitive. J.D. Bergman is also a great workout partner, and there will be some college athletes to wrestle against as well," said Dlagnev.
He is looking forward to working with Ohio RTC coach Lou Rosselli and has confidence that the program will accelerate his improvement.
"They have a great package. They have a structured freestyle training system and great workout partners. I know the guys there and they are good people. Lou Rosselli is a great coach. There are more techniques I can sharpen with Lou, who is a great technician. A big part of it is being comfortable, but being pushed by your surroundings. This is huge. You enjoy being there and believe in the system," said Dlagnev.
Rosselli is looking forward to working with Dlagnev each day and helping him to reach his goals.
"His is an established wrestler and did a great job making the World Team," said Rosselli. "I got to know Tervel a bit during the World University Championships. He is a great asset for the Ohio RTC and for Ohio State. Tervel has a great work ethic. This will be a big plus for him, and for the entire program.
Dlagnev's decision to train in Columbus is part of the vision Rosselli has for the program.
"It is continually growing," said Rosselli of the Ohio RTC program. "We are getting the right people there. The goal is to have even more guys training here. In a perfect world, it would be great to have somebody capable of making U.S. World and Olympic teams in every weight class. A lot must fall into place for that to happen. We are building on that."
National Freestyle Coach Zeke Jones is pleased with the commitment by Dlagnev and those at the Ohio RTC to seek excellence.
"It's great to see Ohio RTC gaining momentum by adding Tervel. He'll do a great job there. That gives them two world team members training there and it's good to see the support that Ohio RTC has for our overall national freestyle program. It's a win-win. Coaches Rowlands, Rosselli, and Ryan get it by recognizing the value of regionalizing our national freestyle plan. Most American's don't know this but the best wrestling countries in the world have a regional training concept and is the model of the 21st century," said Jones.