Competitors Hall of Fame: Brad Vering


Brad Vering began wrestling at the age of 5. He competed for the Howells Wrestling Club and then for the Fremont Wrestling Club while a youth.  Brad became a 3 time state champion and placed 3rd as a freshman wrestling for Howells High School while being coached by Lee Schroeder. He had a high school record of 148-2 ….. He won his first Junior Nationals Championship in Greco Roman in 1995 and proceeded to win it again in 1996 in both the freestyle and Greco Roman divisions. Brad wrestled in college at the University of Nebraska under coaches Tim Neuman and Mark Manning.  He was a 3 time All American and 2000 NCAA Champion.  Brad also won the FILA Junior Trials in both styles and represented the USA in Turku, Finland for the Junior World Championships in Greco Roman.  After college Brad began focusing solely on Greco Roman.  He was coached by Momir Petkovic and Steve Frazier and wrestled for the New York Athletic Club.  He made 4 world teams and 2 Olympic teams from 2002-2008, was a World Cup champion and was a 5 time US Nationals Champion. Brad won the Pan American Championships twice and also won the 2007 Pan American Games Championships.  He placed 5th in the world in 2002 and again in 2003. In 2007, he led the World Champion US team with a World silver medal.  That year he was a finalist for the Sullivan Award and was named the USOC Greco Roman athlete of the year.   Over the years he competed in over 35 countries around the globe.  Brad was also an assistant coach at Northern Iowa University for one year under head coach Brad Penrith and coached 2 years at American University under former Nebraska assistant Mark Cody.  Last fall Brad was inducted into the Nebraska High School Sports Hall of Fame.  After moving to Colorado Springs, CO in 2002 and wrestling his last match in 2008, he decided to make the Pikes Peak area his home where he resides with his wife, Candace, daughter Maya and pet rabbit Larry.   He is being introduced by his high school teammate and friend Kurt Bohaboj

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