Sponseller appointed assistant coach at Edinboro

11/2/2012
Edinboro University Sports Information

EDINBORO, Pa. -- Edinboro University Director of Athletics Bruce Baumgartner today announced the appointment of Colt Sponseller as assistant wrestling coach. Sponseller replaces Joey Fendone, who left earlier this summer.

Colt Sponseller
Sponseller is a former All-American and three-time NCAA qualifier (2009, 2010, 2011) while competing for the Ohio State University. He earned All-American honors thanks to a fourth place finish at 165 lbs. the 2011 NCAA Championships. He would finish that season with a 25-7 record, and was the Big Ten runner-up in both 2010 and 2011. In 2010 Sponseller had a 30-7 record and also finish second at the Big Ten Championships. He would end his career with a 105-24 record for the Buckeyes.

In addition to his prowess on the mat, Sponseller was also an excellent student. He was a 2008 NWCA Freshman All-Academic selection, a 2010 and '11 NWCA All-Academic Team member, a two-time Academic All-Big Ten selection, and a three-time Ohio State Scholar Athlete. In 2012 he was a Big Ten Conference Medal of Honor finalist.

"First and foremost I'm very happy to have someone of his pedigree join our program," related head coach Tim Flynn. "He's a great example of what we're looking for in our student-athletes. He's a hard worker, a good student, and an All-American. He's everything we want in our wrestler. We couldn't have had a better hire.

Sponseller graduated from Ohio State with a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration, specializing in marketing. In addition to his accomplishments as a Buckeye, he was a University Freestyle National Champion in 2010 and 2011, and a University Freestyle World Team member in 2011. He won a bronze medal at the 2012 University World Championships.

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