Mango, Chaid added as newest members of California RTC

By Taylor Miller, USA Wrestling | Sept. 28, 2018, 3:28 p.m. (ET)

STANFORD, Calif. – Former Stanford All-American Ryan Mango and North Carolina standout Danny Chaid have joined the California Regional Training Center, as announced by director Nate Engel.


“We are excited to welcome Ryan Mango and Danny Chaid to the California Regional Training Center,” said Engel, who just completed his duties as the head coach of the U.S. Greco World Team that competed at the Junior World Championships in Slovakia. “Having Ryan’s wealth of experience both in college and on the international circuit is huge. He will be a tremendous asset to our lower weights as he chases World and Olympic medals. After a stellar collegiate career, Danny is coming back home to his roots and we are excited to have him training with our upper weights. Both Ryan and Danny will make an immediate impact at the California RTC.”


Mango has spent the last three years training in Colorado Springs with the Army World Class Athlete Program. He will continue to reside and primarily train in Colorado Springs, but will travel to Stanford for a number of lengthy training cycles this year. A two-time NCAA All-American and four-time NCAA qualifier for Stanford, Mango won the 2018 U.S. Open and was third at the 2016 Olympic Team Trials.


“I am very happy to be back on The Farm training with the wrestling team. It’s a blessing anytime you are able to give back to a program that has not only given you athletic opportunities, but academic and professional opportunities as well,” said Mango, who graduated from Stanford with a degree in human biology.


Chaid began his collegiate career at Oklahoma before transferring to Grand Canyon and then to the University of North Carolina, where he competed from 2016-18. Chaid hails from San Jose, California, where he was five-time California freestyle state champion. He was also a FILA Junior Freestyle Pan Am champion and University Nationals Greco All-American.


“As we work to take the RTC to the next level under first-year director Nate Engel, this is a big first step,” explained Stanford head wrestling coach Jason Borrelli. “We have homegrown talent with Danny coming back to California, and adding Ryan to the RTC is huge. He is on the verge of making World and Olympic teams, and we have been trying to find a way to get him back to The Farm for a long time. Finally being able to make it happen will bode well for the future.”