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Antonelli, Estrella named by USA Wrestling to coach 2007 U.S. Greco-Roman World Team



USA Wrestling has made its choice for the World Team Coaches in Greco-Roman who will participate in the World Championships in Baku, Azerbaijan, Sept. 17-23.

Selected to join USA Wrestling National Greco-Roman Coach Steve Fraser of Colorado Springs, Colo. as World Team Coaches in Greco-Roman wrestling are Jay Antonelli of Chesapeake, Va. and Rich Estrella of Colorado Springs, Colo.

These coaches, as well as all of the coaching assignments in Greco-Roman for the year, were made by the Greco-Roman Coach Selection Committee and approved by USA Wrestling's Executive Committee.

Antonelli and Estrella were both World Team Coaches for the 2005 U.S. World Team that competed in Budapest, Hungary, which earned one medal and placed 17th in the team standings.

Antonelli was the assistant coach of the 2003 U.S. World Team, which competed in Cretiel, France. He has been on the Greco-Roman coaching staff at the last two Olympic Games, as well as many other U.S. international tour teams. Included were head coaching assignments with the 2002 World Cup team and four CISM World Military Championship teams.

He served many years as the head coach of the U.S. Marine Corps wrestling team, and tutored numerous athletes who qualified for Greco-Roman Team USA. The Marine Corps team was the overall champions at the 2001 Armed Forces Championships.

Estrella served as coach of the 2006 U.S. University World Team, which competed in Mongolia and featured World champion Spenser Mango. He coached the 1996 U.S. World Cup team, which won a record five individual gold medals. He has coached five World Cup teams. He has also coached on numerous U.S. World and Olympic team staffs. He has been coach of three Pan American Championships teams, as well as three CISM World Military Teams. Estrella was assistant coach of the 2003 Pan American Games team that placed second in the standings.

He served as head coach of the 1991 and 1996 Junior World Teams, and was an assistant on the 1993 Espoir World Team. Estrella has served as head coach of the U.S. Air Force team for 20 years, coaching the program since since 1987. The U.S. Air Force won the U.S. Nationals Div. II team titles in 2003 and 2004.

Complete biographies of the World Team Coaches follow, as well as quotes from each of the coaches.

QUOTES FROM THE GRECO-ROMAN WORLD TEAM COACHES

Jay Antonelli of Chesapeake, Va.
"I am excited and honored to get this position, to represent the United States, USA Wrestling and the sport of wrestling at the World Championships. We had a tremendous performance last year, winning the bronze medal as a team. We have to use that momentum to carry forward into this crucial year and qualify all of our weight classes for the Olympic Games. We have to build on our success. It will be harder going forward. People will be gunning for us. The athletes are excited about this year. They know the task at hand. It is no time to rest. It is time to build. The athletes realize this and want to move forward, to win more medals. We have much work ahead for us."

Rich Estrella of Colorado Springs, Colo.
"When an opportunity comes to coach a World Team, it is an exciting chance to work with the best the USA has to offer and to help our athletes win medals and achieve their dreams. After the wonderful year we had in 2006, we aim to strengthen that in 2007 and continue all the way to 2008. We have good people all working towards the same goal. We are giving the fruits of that effort to give these athletes the opportunity to win medals."

National Greco-Roman Coach Steve Fraser of Colorado Springs, Colo.
(about Antonelli and Estrella)
"I am really excited about our efforts with Jay Antonelli and Rich Estrella. Both are experienced coaches, that have been aroud the block. Both have good relationships with all of the athletes. I look forward to a great team effort. It is an important year, the Olympic qualifying year, so we need a great performance. They will both be a great asset to our effort."

BIOGRAPHY SKETCHES OF WORLD TEAM COACHES IN GRECO-ROMAN WRESTLING

Jay Antonelli of Chesapeake, Va.

Antonelli served as a World Team Coach for the 2005 U.S. World Team that competed in Budapest, Hungary, which earned one medal and placed 17th in the team standings.

Antonelli served as the Assistant Coach of the 2003 U.S. Greco-Roman World Team that competed in Cretiel, France. The U.S. team placed 13th in the standings, led by three athletes in the top 10 of their divisions.

He was a member of the 2000 and 2004 U.S. Olympic Team coaching staffs. Antonelli has also been a member of three other U.S. World Team coaching staffs. Antonelli was the head coach for four CISM World Military Championship teams. He was named USA Wrestling Greco-Roman Coach of the Year in 1998.

He was the head coach of the 2002 U.S. World Cup team. Antonelli has coached a number of other U.S. teams on international tours. He has been active in coaching youth Greco-Roman teams in the past, including working with the New Jersey Junior National team.

Antonelli worked seven years as the head coach of the U.S. Marines Corps team, through the end of the 2004 season. Numerous members of the U.S. Marines team have made U.S. World Team, or qualified for Greco-Roman Team USA during Antonelli's tenure. The Marine Corps was the overall champion at the 2001 Armed Forces Championships, and claimed the Greco-Roman team title in 1998. Antonelli has coached dozens of individual Armed Forces champions in both styles.

He is a major in the U.S. Marine Corps, stationed at JPASE in Suffolk, Va. Antonelli is grateful that the JPASE leadership has allowed him the time and support to serve as a U.S. coach. Antonelli served a tour of duty in Baghdad, Iraq, where he was Media Chief for Multinational Forces in Iraq.

As an athlete, Antonelli was a nationally-ranked Greco-Roman wrestler for the U.S. Marines team. He placed eighth in the 1995 U.S. Nationals, and was fifth in the 1994 World Team Trials. He competed in college for the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md. Antonelli also received a masters degree in Exercise and Health Fitness Promotion from George Mason Univ. He competed for the Pingry School in New Jersey in high school.

Rich Estrella, Colorado Springs, Colo.

Estrella served as a World Team Coach for the 2005 U.S. World Team that competed in Budapest, Hungary, which earned one medal and placed 17th in the team standings.

Estrella served as head coach of the 1996 U.S. World Cup team, which won a record five gold medals in the competition. Team USA I placed third and Team USA II was fifth in the standings. He has been a coach on five U.S. World Cup teams.

He was also the coach of the 2006 U.S. University World Team, which competed in Mongolia and featured World champion Spenser Mango.

He was a member of the 1996 U.S. Olympic coaching staff. Three times, Estrella has been coach of the U.S. CISM World Military Team. He has also coached at three Pan American Championships, including the 1994 Pan American team that was the first U.S. Greco-Roman team to win the team title since 1978.

Estrella was assistant coach of the 2003 Pan American Games team that competed in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. The U.S. team placed second in the standings and featured six medalists.

He served as head coach of the 1991 and 1996 Junior World Teams, and was an assistant on the 1993 Espoir World Team. In 1993, he was one of the winners of the USA Wrestling FILA Junior/University Person of the Year award.

He has served 20 years as head coach of the U.S. Air Force team, leading the program since 1987, and has coached many National Team members and nationally-ranked athletes. The U.S. Air Force won the U.S. National Div. II team titles in 2003 and 2004 and was the runner-up in Div. II in 2001 and 2002. The All-Air Force team is based at Peterson AFB in Colorado.

Estrella has been one of the coaches working with the Greco-Roman resident-athletes at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs since the program was created in 1993. He works for Home Depot and is an Olympic Job Opportunities Program member.

2006 INTERNATIONAL COACHING ASSIGNMENTS IN GRECO-ROMAN WRESTLING

World Championships, Baku, Azerbaijan, Sept. 17-23
Jay Antonelli, Chesapeake, Va.
Rich Estrella, Colorado Springs, Colo.

Pan American Games, Rio de Janiero, Brazil, July 14-18
Shon Lewis, Colorado Springs, Colo.
Dan Hicks, Triangle, Va.

World Cup, Antalya, Turkey, Feb. 24-25
Jay Antonelli, Chesapeake, Va.
Dan Russell, Gresham, Ore

Serbia/Hungary Tour
Shon Lewis, Colorado Springs, Colo.
Rusty Davidson, Grants, N.M.
James Johnson, Phoenix, Ariz.

Pan American Qualifier, San Salvador, El Salvador, May 18-20
Dan Chandler, Minneapolis, Minn.

Junior World Championships, Beijing, China, Aug. 21-26
John Matthews, Phoenix, Ariz.
Isaac Ramaswamy, Rocky Point, N.Y.

Junior Pan American Championships, Maraicaibo, Venezuela, June 22-24
Dave Curby, LaGrange, Ill.

Cadet Tour du Monde
Darren Petty, Greenwood, Ind.
Bob Empey, Stoughton, Wis.

Cadet/Junior alternates
Mark Halvorson, Brentwood, Calif.; Brian Church, Columbus, Ohio; Jeremy Moore, Omaha, Neb.; Chris James, Pueblo West, Colo.
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