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Women's Wrestling - Mon, Jun. 26, 2017

Williamsburg, KY - University of the Cumberlands women's wrestling head coach Donnie Stephens has been named as a team coach for women's wrestling at the Cadet Pan American Games.  This is the second time that Stephens has coached the Cadet Pan American team and his first since 2013.

 

"It is great for the program and helps a ton with recruiting," said Stephens.  "It is always an honor to represent the United States and the University of the Cumberlands at international competition like the Pan American Championships. "

The Cadet Pan American team will be wrestling in Buenos Aires, Argentina on July 6-9th. Stephens has been coaching USA national teams since 2007, contributing to the development of the sport in the US is very important and he is a valued member of the USA wrestling community. Team members of the Cadet Pan Am team are some of the top women in the nation and have had success at previous international tournaments.

There are a total of nine girls that will be traveling from the US to Buenos Aires, Argentina to compete at the Cadet Pan Ams. The competition will feature over 100 athletes participating representing Japan, China, Canada, and USA.  The girls on the Cadet team were born between 2001 and 2002.

"These opportunities provide me the necessary resources to grow and develop as a coach and to stay on top of Olympic level techniques, tactics, and strategies which will benefit our UC women's wrestlers," added Stephens. "This is also a great chance to have early contact with the elite young athletes that I will definitely be recruiting."

Stephens is entering his fourth year as head coach of the women's wrestling program at the University of the Cumberlands. This past season team finished eight place at WCWA Nationals with Jessika Rottier (SO/Little Suamico, WI) winning WCWA Nationals at 170 pounds. The team also had five All-Americans. 

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