Three-Time NCAA Champ Dieringer Joins U-M Staff as Recruiting, Video Coordinator

Three-Time NCAA Champ Dieringer Joins U-M Staff as Recruiting, Video Coordinator

1/4/2023 12:52:00 PM

// Leah Howard

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — University of Michigan wrestling head coach Sean Bormet announced Wednesday (Jan. 4) the addition of three-time NCAA champion and Hodge Trophy winner Alex Dieringer to the Wolverines’ staff as recruiting and video coordinator.

Dieringer, who has been a part of Michigan’s Cliff Keen Wrestling Club since 2020, will work with the coaching staff in identifying and evaluating prospects, assist with recruiting communication and on-campus visits as well as help manage and break down Michigan match film in his new position.

“Alex is both a phenomenal wrestler and a phenomenal person, and we are absolutely thrilled to bring him onto our Michigan staff,” said Bormet. “He will be a great representative of our program. He’s been a tremendous friend and role model to our wrestlers over the last three years and has established a great rapport with our entire coaching staff. He knows what it takes to excel — and dominate — at the highest level, and I look forward to his voice and perspective in our staff conversations. I know Alex wants to get into college coaching someday, so I think this role will provide valuable off-the-mat experience as he continues to train and compete with our Cliff Keen Wrestling Club.”

“I am beyond excited to join the staff here at the University of Michigan,” said Dieringer. “This is a very special place, and I look forward to trying to make an impact on the people around me. I have a lot of respect for Sean, Josh, KJ and Dave, and I can’t wait to work with and learn from all of them. Let’s go Wolverines!”

Dieringer captured three NCAA titles during his career at Oklahoma State (2013-16), winning at 157 pounds as a sophomore (2014) before claiming back-to-back 165-pound titles in 2015 and 2016. Following his senior season, he was awarded the Dan Hodge Trophy, presented annually to the nation’s top collegiate wrestler. He was a four-time NCAA All-American, taking third place at 157 pounds as a freshman (2013).

He compiled a stellar 133-4 record in college, including a perfect 66-0 mark over his last two seasons, and earned bonus points in more than 70 percent of his wins with 45 career falls. He was a four-time Big 12 champion, becoming just the seventh wrestler in Cowboy program history to win four conference titles, and in 2016, was named Oklahoma State’s Male Athlete of the Year.

A four-year member of the U.S. National Freestyle Team since his college graduation, Dieringer has excelled internationally at the senior level, capturing gold medals at the Yasar Dogu, Dan Kolov and Medved International tournaments, silver at the Matteo Pellicone International and bronze at the Yarygin Grand Prix. He captured the U.S. Open freestyle title at 79kg/174 pounds in 2019 and previously took third at the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials. He is a two-time Junior World Team member (2012, ’13), capturing world silver at 74 kg/163 pounds in 2013.

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