USA Wrestling is gearing up for its next major international event, the U23 World Championships, which will be held Oct. 28-Nov. 3 in Budapest, Hungary. All three squads will be led by a group of talented and experienced coaches.
The U23 World Championships will be streamed live on Trackwrestling.com.
Heading up the men’s freestyle team is Mike Zadick, who has had a successful athletic and coaching career.
As an athlete, Zadick was a three-time NCAA All-American for the University of Iowa. After college, he went on to pursue a freestyle career and won a 2006 World silver medal and represented the United States at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China.
Zadick has held some notable positions in the coaching world, most of them at the college level. After graduating from Iowa, Zadick spent 10 years on the Iowa coaching staff, serving in multiple positions, such as interim assistant, volunteer assistant and strength and conditioning. While he was there, the Hawkeyes won NCAA team titles in 2008 and 2009.
In 2015, Zadick was hired on as a volunteer assistant coach at Virginia Tech and was eventually promoted to assistant coach. While there, he helped the team to an incredible 34-3 dual mark and coached 11 athletes to All-American honors and eight wrestlers to ACC individual titles.
After that, Zadick spent one season as an assistant coach for Iowa State. Now he puts on multiple private camps and clinics each year.
Leading the women’s freestyle squad into Budapest is Nicole Tyson, née Woody.
Over the summer, Woody was hired as the women’s wrestling head coach at Oklahoma City University, her alma mater. She became the first OCU alumna to take over the program.
During her coaching career, Tyson has contributed to three national championships and three NWCA National Duals titles while guiding 10 individual national champs and 55 all-Americans.
Prior to joining the Stars, Tyson spent two years as an assistant coach for Campbellsville, where she helped lead the Tigers to its first WCWA team title. She also spent time at Missouri Baptist and King in assistant positions.
As an athlete, Tyson was a three-time WCWA finalist and a 2011 national champion. Her international career was even more impressive as a 2006 Junior World champion, a 2008 Junior Pan American champion and a 2011 U.S. Senior Pan American Team member.
The U.S. Greco-Roman squad will be led by one of the country’s most respected Greco coaches Jay Antonelli.
Antonelli has an impressive resume as a coach, which includes two USA Wrestling Coach of the Year honors (1998 and 2007). He began his coaching career with the All-Marine wrestling team, where he led the squad to an Armed Forces championship as well as a national team title. He also coached a World bronze medalist, one Pan American champion and eight U.S. Open champions.
He has coached Team USA on seven different World and Olympic tours, including the 2007 Greco-Roman World Team, which won its first World team title in U.S. history. Antonelli was also an official U.S. Greco coach for the 2008 Olympic Games Beijing, China, and the Marines coach for the 2000 Olympic Games in in Sydney, Australia.
Currently, Antonelli serves as the Director of the Physical Education Department at the United States Naval Academy where he leads the Plebe Summer Physical Education Program, serves as a martial arts instructor, and is an assistant coach of the Naval Academy Wrestling team.
As an athlete, Antonelli wrestled for the Marines and was an Armed Forces champion, three-time U.S. Open All-American and a 7th-place finisher at the 1996 Olympic trials.