The U.S. Cadet World Teams will compete in the Cadet World Championships next week in Zagreb, Croatia, and will be led by a talented group of coaches.
The head of the men’s freestyle team is one of the greatest American wrestlers in history and the National Freestyle Developmental Coach Kevin Jackson.
Jackson has garnered countless achievements as an athlete and coach. Most notably, during his athletic career, Jackson was the 1992 Olympic champion and a two-time World champion, winning gold in both 1991 and 1995.
Last summer was a successful season for Jackson as he coached at the Cadet, Junior and Senior World Championships. He helped the Junior and Senior teams to World Championship finishes and the Cadet team to a second-place team finish - where they won four gold medals and two bronze medals.
Assisting him are a pair of NCAA Division I assistant coaches in Lee Pritts and Kellen Russell.
The women’s freestyle team will be led by U.S. National Women’s Freestyle Assistant Coach Emma Randall, who has been on staff with USA Wrestling since 2012. She’ll be making her third-consecutive trip to Cadet Worlds as a coach.
She has been on several World Team staffs, including the 2017 Cadet, U23 and Senior World Teams. In last year’s run, she saw the U.S. women win seven World medals which included two silver medals in the Cadet divisions.
As an athlete, Randall competed for Lock Haven University as the only female on the team. On the national scene, she was a 2010 World Team Trials qualifier and earned All-American honors at the 2010 U.S. Open.
Randall is assisted by legendary coach and athlete John Smith and highly successful McKendree coach Sam Schmitz.
Leading the Cadet Greco-Roman World Team is USA Wrestling Manager of Greco-Roman Programs Gary Mayabb, whose position focuses on improving USA Wrestling’s performance in Greco-Roman wrestling at all levels while growing the sport in the United States.
In 2003, he was named USA Wrestling Junior Greco-Roman Coach of the Year, and in 2014, he was the Cadet Greco-Roman Coach of the Year. Mayabb is a Gold Certified coach within USA Wrestling’s National Coaches Education Program, the highest level of achievement in the program.
Mayabb will be assisted by Lucas Steldt and Mark Rial.
The Cadet World Championships begin on Monday, July 2, in Zagreb, Croatia, at 10:30 a.m. local time (4:30 a.m. ET). Fans can watch all the action live on Trackwrestling.com.
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