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University of Central Florida Team Press Releases

A Big Weekend for UCF Wrestling

08/28/2013 -
UCF Wrestling fans celebrate an important weekend as two individuals will be honored for a lifetime of service to the sport of wrestling. John Hauser and Russ Schenk will be inducted in to the National Wrestling Hall of Fame – Florida Chapter under the title “Lifetime Service Award.” The ceremony will be held on August 10 in Lake Buena Vista, FL. Coach Hauser and Coach Schenk will join four other Florida coaches as the Florida induction class of 2013; their names will forever be displayed at the National Wrestling Hall of Fame headquarters in Stillwater, OK.

Coach John Hauser is a longtime Metro Conference coach in Central Florida. He began his coaching career in 1972, after wrestling and earning a degree from the University of Florida. Hauser coached at Colonial High School before accepting the job as Stetson University’s head coach from 1983-1986. After leaving Stetson University, Hauser returned to Colonial High School until 1995 when he transferred to Edgewater High School. All three of his sons wrestled for him at Edgewater High School. Two of Coach Hauser’s sons, Todd and CJ, wrestled at UCF after each earning a wrestling state title. While Todd was wrestling at UCF, Coach Hauser did double duty and helped coach his son at UCF and also continued as head coach at Edgewater High School. UCF earned back to back NCWA National Championships in 2004 and 2005. Todd Hauser was a four-time All-American for UCF and a two-time national champion. His younger brother followed similar fashion also becoming a two-time All-American for UCF. After retiring from Edgewater High School, John Hauser now works as an assistant coach to his son, Todd, at Apopka High School.

Russ Schenk’s 30 years of service to wrestling is also worthy of this distinguished honor. Like Hauser, Schenk was a high school wrestler in Florida and attended college in Florida to wrestle at the NCAA level. Schenk was a state champion for Tarpon Springs High School in 1982 and was recruited to wrestle at UCF by Johnny Rouse. In 1984, just two years before UCF dropped its NCAA program, Schenk was a regional champion and All-American for the Knights. Schenk went on to compete in the 1984 and 1992 Olympic Trials. Throughout the next fifteen years, Schenk continued competing in the veterans division, earning a national title and medal at the world level of the division. After graduating from UCF, Schenk was the head coach at Oviedo High School in Orlando, FL. After coaching at several other programs in Florida and Indiana, Schenk is a now the assistant coach and athletic director at Sunlake High School in Land O’ Lakes, FL.

Hauser and Schenk will join other former UCF coaches and wrestlers in the most prestigious club of wrestling coaches in the United States. Former head coach, Johnny Rouse, was inducted in 2001, former UCF assistant coaches, Randy Jessee and Scott Sherman were inducted in 2005 and 2006, respectively. Rouse, Sherman, and Jessee were also former UCF wrestlers. Russ Schenk will join a growing group of other former UCF wrestlers, including Rick Tribit (2008), Doug Peters (2010), Bill Combs (2010), Robert Wimberley (2012). These men wrestled for UCF’s NCAA program before the program was dropped in 1986. Rouse, Sherman, Jessee, and Hauser were key individuals in the program’s NCWA (National Collegiate Wrestling Association) rebirth in 2001. Rouse was part of the inaugural 1972 UCF team (then called Florida Technological University) and eventually began the head coach in 1982 and again the head coach in 2001.

Earning a lifetime service recognition by the National Wrestling Hall of Fame is the highest accolade in the sport of wrestling, a fitting honor for the dedication of these men.
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UCF 2005-2006 Season Outlook

09/24/2005
Finishing the 2004 and 2005 season as the NCWA National Champions, the Golden Knights hope for another outstanding finish in 2006. Two-time NCWA “Coach of the Year,” Johnny Rouse, will lead the Knights this season followed by assistant coaches: Scott Sherman, and Jason Snow. Two former wre....

UCF @ the GT Open

10/26/2005
The wrestling club competed in the Georgia Tech Open this past weekend. Though the tournament proved to be a wake-up call to some of the wrestlers, two veteran wrestlers lead the team during the tournament. Team captain David “BooBoo” Miller (133 lbs) and Jimmy Myers (184 lbs) dominate....

Florida College Dual Meet Championship

11/23/2005
The Wrestling Club finished second in the State Dual Meet Championship held last weekend. The Wrestling Knights defeated FSU in their first dual by a score of 54-3. The next dual was against The University of Florida and the Knights picked up another win beating the Gators 38-7. T....

2006-2007 UCF Season Outlook

10/19/2006
UCF Wrestling – 10/19/2006 After claiming back to back national titles in 2004 and 2005, the Golden Knight’s wrestling team ended their 2006 season with a fourth place finish, just two points out of third place, at the national tournament in Grand Rapids, Michigan. This was no small fea....

UCF Wins Doug Cherry Classic

02/05/2007
In a dominating performance, the Central Florida Knights swept through the competition at the 11th annual Doug Cherry Wrestling Classic in Bethlehem, PA. For the second consecutive year Northampton Community College played host to top ranking NCWA teams as well as several NJCAA and NCAA t....

2007 Cliff Keen National Duals

01/19/2007
For the second consecutive year, the UCF Wrestling team has been invited to participate in the NWCA Cliff Keen National Duals in Cedar Falls, Iowa. The venue for the duals—the UNI Dome—hosts the top teams from the NCAA, NAIA, NCWA, NJCA, and the college women’s wrestling league. Represen....

2007 Mercer Duals

01/31/2007
Following a stellar performance at the 2007 Mercer Duals, the Central Florida Knights now hold a 16-6 dual meet record. In continuing with their preparation for the NCWA national tournament, the Knights were able to pick up five dual meet victories, including four team shutouts and only t....

Seminole Invitational

02/12/2007
In yet another outstanding performance, the Central Florida Knights finished first at FSU’s 2007 Seminole Invitational. Despite having four starters not participating in the tournament, Central Florida finished with six tournament champions, and four top three place-winners. The Knights ....

2007-2008 University Central Florida Season Outlook

10/10/2007
After claiming back to back national titles in 2004 and 2005 and a fourth place finish in 2006, the Knight’s wrestling team ended their 2007 season as the NCWA National Runner-Up team behind Grand Valley State University. The Knight’s were also proud to add Paul Rothenberg to the ranks of....

UCF Wins Southeast Conference Championship

03/04/2008
3/1/2008 NCWA Southeast Conference Championship Jason Balma The Knights began their pursuit for the 2008 NCWA national title this weekend with an impressive first place finish at the Southeast Conference Championship hosted by Darton College. This was the Knight’s second consecutive ....

UCF Third at NCWA Nationals

04/10/2008
After an impressive win in its Conference Championship, the UCF Wrestling team placed third in this years Collegiate Nationals. The team won the National Collegiate Wrestling Association Southeast Conference Championship by 48 points, and 18 wrestlers qualified in the Southeast Conferen....

No Ordinary Freshman

04/13/2008
By ANDREW MIKULA - Staff Writer Daytona Beach News....... Stephen DeAugustino didn't waste any time making his mark at UCF, and credits his days at Flagler Palm Coast High School for his success. DeAugustino set a school record for career wrestling victories at FPC High School ....

NCWA National Champion on Spike TV's "The Ultimate Fighter"

09/22/2008
Former University of Central Florida 3X NCWA National Champion Tom Lawlor will compete this Wednesday (September 24 - 10pm EST) for his spot in the "Ultimate Fighter" house. Lawlor, a 2003, 2004, & 2005 NCWA National Champion, fights out of Orlando for American Top Team in light heavy-wei....

UCF Alumni Match

11/02/2008
This past weekend the Knights kicked off their competition season with an alumni match instead of the traditional sanctioned college tournament. “The match was intended to launch our young team into the competition season with a fun event that encouraged team camaraderie and reaffirmed ou....

UCF Finishes 2-0 at Central Florida Duals

01/04/2009
12/31/08 - Central Florida Duals The Knights improved their dual meet record to 6-0 with wins over Lawrence University (DIII - WI) and Milwaukee School of Engineering (DIII - WI). Both teams attended the Sunshine Open and wrapped up their Florida tour with a match at UCF. During the m....

University of Central Florida to wrestle Purdue in Fort Myers

01/04/2009
Purdue will compete against the University of Central Florida at 8 p.m. Monday at the Fort Myers High School gym. Yes, you read that correctly — Purdue and UCF at Fort Myers High. "I don't know the last time a Big 10 team has wrestled in Florida, let alone for one dual meet," UCF coa....

Match brings out crowd

01/06/2009
High school wrestlers from throughout Southwest Florida converged on the Fort Myers High School gymnasium Monday night to watch something many of them had never before seen in person — NCAA Division I wrestling. Clusters of purple, garnet, green, red and blue gathered in the Green Wav....

Central Florida's Lawlor Defeats NCAA All-American in UFC-100 Bout

07/15/2009
Tom Lawlor, one of the few four-time NCWA All-Americans, made national news last Saturday at the UFC 100. Lawlor, the most prominent wrestler in Central Florida’s NCWA history, beat former NCAA All-American C.B. Dollaway in the featured middleweight bout before a record UFC pay-per-view au....

UCF Upsets National Champion Builders

11/08/2009
ORLANDO, Fla. – University of Central Florida walked away from this weekends first major NCWA tournament of the young season with 78 points and a solid victory. The Apprentice School, the Defending NCWA National Champions, had to settle for a close second with 70 points in the 14 team fie....

UCF Finishes 1-1 at Menlo Duals

01/03/2010
Knights Finish 1-1 Against Ranked Foes in Menlo Duals ATHERTON, Calif. – University of Central Florida picked up an impressive victory over Pacific University before falling to a strong Simon Fraser University to finish 1-1 on the day at the Menlo Duals on Saturday inside Haynes-Prim P....

UCF Wins Southeast Conference

03/08/2010
The University of Central Florida Wrestling team travelled to Tallahassee to compete in the NCWA Southeast Conference Championship Tournament on February 27th, 2010. The Wrestling Knights came home with the first place trophy, and 6 individual champions. This event marked the return of UCF....

Former Bulldogs contribute toward national title run

04/21/2010
By ANDREW MIKULA , Correspondent April 20, 2010 Two former Flagler Palm Coast wrestlers helped the University of Central Florida capture the National Collegiate Wrestling Association title last month in a dramatic comeback over the defending national champion. Stephen DeAugustino (1....

UCF Finishes with 6 in the medal round at Shorter University

11/16/2010
Coming off a strong performance at the Citadel Open, the Knights traveled to the Rome, GA for Shorter University's Roman Open. Shorter University celebrated their first wrestling home event in their inaugural season with the NAIA. The tournament was held in the Roman Forum in Rome, GA an....

UCF Wins Central Florida Open

11/29/2010
UCF Wrestling capped off a competitive November campaign at home as the Knights played host to several teams last weekend. Friday saw UCF match up with long time rival The Apprentice School in a high octane affair that ended with a UCF victory, 31-22. The Knights started off strong with bi....

University of Central Florida Season Preview

10/26/2011
After graduating standouts at several key weights, the Central Florida Knights start the 2011-2012 season with plenty of fresh faces. However, the young team isn't letting the loss of four all-americans stop them, as the Knights look to test their new talent against an increasingly toug....

Central Florida Goes 2-0 at Cavalier Duals

12/06/2011
Albany, GA - The UCF Knights finished their fall semester competition season in style at the Cavalier Duals in Albany, GA. The Knights went 2-0 in the day against NCWA rival Marion Military Institute and NCJAA team Darton College. In total the team went 16-5 matches. In the first du....

Central Florida Mid-Season Recap

12/28/2012
Mid-Season Recap: By Rebecca Soderholm - In a division that is continuing to grow in numbers and talent, the University of Central Florida wrestling is really heating up this season, proving to be a tough team in the National Collegiate Wrestling Association. After great performances in....

Santiago Shines in Las Vegas

07/03/2013
One of our own UCF Wrestlers, Santiago Martinez, recently wrestled in the US Open in Las Vegas, NV competing against wrestlers around the country, including many Olympic wrestlers. Santiago has earned his spot on the Olympic World Team Trials and will be competing for a position on the Ol....

New UCF Head Coach Has Active Freestyle/Greco Summer

08/13/2013
After over a decade of success under the direction of Coach Johnny Rouse and Jason Balma, UCF will continue their success and winning tradition under the direction of new Head Coach JD Robbins. Coach Robbins has a long history of success in both California and Florida with Folkstyle, Free....

A Big Weekend for UCF Wrestling

08/28/2013
UCF Wrestling fans celebrate an important weekend as two individuals will be honored for a lifetime of service to the sport of wrestling. John Hauser and Russ Schenk will be inducted in to the National Wrestling Hall of Fame – Florida Chapter under the title “Lifetime Service Award.” The....