USA Wrestling John Fuller named as...

John Fuller named as Editorial Manager for USA Wrestling

By Gary Abbott | April 18, 2002, 12 a.m. (ET)

John Fuller of Des Moines, Iowa has been named as Editorial Manager for USA Wrestling, the national governing body for amateur wrestling, announced Executive Director Rich Bender. Fuller joins USA Wrestling after more than two years working as an editor and webmaster for InterMat Wrestling, one of the top wrestling web sites in the world. He will be working on a variety of editorial and communications projects for USA Wrestling. Among his duties will be serving as editor of USA Wrestler, the organization's publication, and senior writer for TheMat.com, the official web page of the Amateur Wrestling Alliance. Fuller will also manage media relations activities for the organization, including media promotions for USA Wrestling athletes and events. "USA Wrestling is excited to add such a talented and experienced individual to its national staff," said Bender. "He has proven his editorial skills while working at InterMat. We expect John Fuller to have a major impact on the sport and the organization in his new position." "John has been essential to InterMat's overall growth the past two and half years, " said InterMat's founder and owner Tom Owens. "He wasn't afraid to bring all wrestling-related issues to the forefront, even if they were not popular issues. We feel it is critical for us as a wrestling media resource to bring all issues to the wrestling community and John did a great job of this." "I am excited to be taking a step in a different direction with USAWrestling, " said Fuller. " I have been fortunate to stay within the sport of amateur wrestling throughout my career and I hope my addition can in some way help this sport grow on a national and international level. I am thankful to InterMat and Tom Owens for giving me the opportunity to showcase my writing and editorial abilities. I feel this is the right time for me to move forward in my career and to help expose a new generation of media and sports fans to amateur wrestling." With InterMat Wrestling, Fuller managed the daily maintenence of the web page, as well as developing its coverage of wrestling on all levels, including youth, high school, college and international. His coverage of major wrestling events helped increase the popularity of InterMat, which was named the 2002 Web Page of the Year by the National Wrestling Media Association. Since November, 2001, Fuller served as a co-host of "Takedown Radio," an all-amateur wrestling show that was produced each Saturday. On the show, Fuller interviewed many of the top stars in amateur wrestling, and also provided analysis of major wrestling events. Fuller graduated with a B.S. degree in journalism from Michigan State Univ. in 1999. He also spent three years at Central Michigan Univ. prior to his transfer to Michigan State. While at Central Michigan, Fuller was a staff writer for CM Life, the student newspaper, and covered CMU's Div. I wrestling and softball teams. His wrestling background includes competing in the sport as a youth in California and Pennsylvania. He wrestled at Flushing High School in Michigan, placing second in the Michigan State Championships at 160 pounds in 1995. He served as team captain as a high school senior.