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Feb. 5, 2007

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State assistant wrestling coach Lou Rosselli was selected as a U.S. Freestyle World Team Coach for the 2007 World Championships in Baku, Azerbaijan Sept. 17-23. Rosselli will join USA Wrestling National Freestyle Coach Kevin Jackson of Colorado, Springs, Colo., and Kerry McCoy, who is the head coach at Stanford in Palo Alto, Calif.

“It is always exciting to get the opportunity to work with the best athletes and coaches in the nation,” Rosselli said. “Hopefully we can improve on last year when we won four medals and were close to winning as a team. We will work together to again put ourselves in the position to win. As our weight classes become deeper, it will help our effort. If it is difficult to make the U.S. team, then the No. 1 athletes go up to a higher level. We have the guys to get the job done. We have the talent to do what we need to do. Our athletes train hard and I am excited to work with them once again.”

As a world team coach in 2006, Rosselli helped guide the freestyle squad to a third-place finish, while coaching four individual medalists, including world champion Bill Zadick. Rosselli also was the assistant coach of the 2005 U.S. World Team at the World University Games, which placed third in the team standings and had three individual gold medalists, including fellow Buckeye assistant Tommy Rowlands.

2007 International Coaching Assignments in Freestyle Wrestling

World Championships, Baku, Azerbaijan, Sept. 17-23
Lou Rosselli, Columbus, Ohio
Kerry McCoy, Palo Alto, Calif.

Pan American Games, Rio de Janiero, Brazil, July 14-18
Kerry McCoy, Palo Alto, Calif.
Mike Duroe, Iowa City, Iowa

World Cup, Krasnoyarsk, Russia, March 22-25
Sean Bormet, Naperville, Ill.
Shawn Charles, Pawtucket, R.I.

Pan American Qualifier, San Salvador, El Salvador, May 18-20
Zeke Jones, Aston, Pa.

Tours
Roman Ruderman, Stanhope, N.J.
Joe Seay, Paso Robles, Calif.

Junior World Championships, Beijing, China, Aug. 21-26
Lee Kemp, Alpharetta, Ga.
Jamill Kelly, Cambridge, Mass.

Junior Pan American Championships, Maracaibo, Venezuela, June 22-24
Mike Hagerty, Blue Springs, Mo.

Cadet Tour du Monde
Mel Dow, Prairie du Chein, Wis.
Randy Baker, Lakefield, Minn.

Alternates
Danny Struck, Jeffersonville, Ind.
Mark Hemauer, Deforest, Wis.
Peter Weaver, Ellsworth, Maine