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Wrestling Club coach earns 500th career win

By Nate Cowart
On February 26, 2014

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The Wrestling Club at ETSU has been very active over the past few weeks and is looking forward to hosting National Conference Tournament the first weekend of March.
Over the past few weeks, the Wrestling Club has been hosting meets at the BCPA against many other club teams that also compete for the National Tournament.
Wrestling Club President Nic Shields has formed the Wrestling Club into a club to that is competing nationally.
"Looking at our club now, the Wrestling Club at ETSU has their best chance of bringing home a male All-American Winner from Nationals," Shields said.
The Wrestling Club at ETSU competed against the clubs at Southern Virginia University, University of Tennessee at Knoxville, Tennessee Temple University and Wake Forest University.  
The Wrestling Club, as a team, beat SVU and UTK in the first weekend of competition.
A few standouts in the Wrestling Club at ETSU includes: Markevis Duncan, who has already qualified to compete in the national tournament, and Ma'Nako Peay, who is establishing himself as one of the top wrestlers.
Don Elia, coach of the Wrestling Club at ETSU, previously coached at Carson-Newman University and is founder of the East Tennessee Wrestling Association. He has been coaching wrestling for more than 30 years.
Elia founded the Wrestling Club at ETSU and has been leading the team to national tournaments.
Elia recently acquired his 500th career team win as a wrestling coach. He is 1 of 6 coaches to reach 500 career wins in wrestling history.
The Wrestling Club at ETSU will host the Mid-Atlantic Conference Tournament in Brooks Gym on Friday, Feb. 28 and Saturday, March 1.

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