History

Greco-Roman wrestler Adam Wheeler with arms raised after victoryThe Greco-Roman wrestling program at the Northern Michigan University United States Olympic Training Site (NMU-OTS) was established in 1999.  The program was created to give athletes the opportunity to wrestle in the Greco-Roman style full-time while giving them the opportunity to earn a college degree.

During the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, Adam Wheeler (pictured left) won a bronze medal and became the first USOEC alumnus to medal at an Olympics. Northern Michigan University graduate and NMU-OTS athlete Spencer Mango participated in the Olympic Games in 2008 and 2012. There were six wrestlers on the 2012 Olympic Team with ties to NMU and the NMU-OTS.

In 2006, Mango became the first American wrestler to win a gold medal in the University World Championships. In 2012, Max Nowry became a World Champion at the University Worlds in Finland.

Since its inception, the program has developed a number of Olympians, U.S. World Team members and champions at the FILA-Junior, University and Senior level.

The NMU-OTS has hosted numerous wrestling events against teams from China, Japan, Sweden, Norway, Navy, and the Marines.

 

Berry Events Center main floor with wrestling mat and crowd
NMU-OTS VS China wrestling event held in NMU's Berry Events Center