COLUMBUS, Ohio - Ohio State associate head coach Lou Rosselli has been named to the USA Wrestling coaching staff for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games, the organization announced today.
"I am always excited to help the Olympic team," said Rosselli. "I was fortunate enough in 2012 to help out. Being selected by [National freestyle] Coach [Bruce] Burnett is a great honor. I am pleased to be helping. I believe we have a good team and it will go really well."
Rosselli, who is the head coach of the Ohio Regional Training Center, will be part of a strong contingent representing the Ohio RTC, as two of the six wrestlers competing train in Columbus - Kyle Snyder (97kg 213 lbs.) and Tervel Dlagnev (125kg/275 lbs.). Snyder is the youngest World champion in U.S. wrestling history and is coming off Big Ten and NCAA titles last season with the Buckeyes. Dlagnev is making his second Olympic appearance after a fifth-place showing in 2012.
Since 1997, the Ohio RTC has produced 15 World Team members. Among its members is Dlagnev, Snyder, Reece Humphrey and four-time NCAA champion Logan Stieber.
A 10-year veteran on the Ohio State coaching staff, Rosselli has been an integral part of a run of five straight top-five finishes at the NCAA Championships, including a national title in 2015. Hired by Ohio State head coach Tom Ryan in the spring of 2006, Rosselli was promoted to associate head coach following the 2008-09 season. The 2009 National Wrestling Coaches Association Assistant Coach of the Year and 2014 USA Wrestling Freestyle Coach of the Year, Rosselli helped guide Ohio State to a pair of NCAA runner-up finishes (2008, 2009) before the 2015 title. As well, Rosselli was instrumental in mentoring two-time NCAA champion J Jaggers in 2008 and 2009 and was also behind the success off four-time NCAA champion (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015) Logan Stieber.
This will be Rosselli's third Olympic appearance. He competed in the Atlanta Games in 1996 and was a volunteer coach at the London Games in 2012. The freestyle wrestling competition will be held August 19-21.
"Our goal should always be the same, to win six medals and hopefully, they would be gold," said Rosselli. "We know the world is tough. We have to do everything in our power to give them their best chance, from training them correctly to their recovery to tapering them down right, to scouting their opponents. Our chances are good. I think every guy in every weight class has a chance to be successful. As we come down the stretch, we have to make sure we flip every rock and we do our part to give them the best chance to win."