Oct. 22, 2013
EVANSTON, Ill. -- Northwestern wrestling head coach Drew Pariano announced several changes and an addition to the current Wildcats wrestling staff on Tuesday. Former head coach Tim Cysewski is the new Director of the Ken Kraft Midlands Championships, Assistant Coach Matt Storniolo will take on an expanded role in recruiting and program organization, 2010 NCAA champion Jay Borschel has been promoted to Assistant Coach, and Conor Beebe has joined the staff as a volunteer assistant.
"This staff understands the demands that today’s student-athletes face, and embraces the opportunity to help them achieve success on and off the mat in the premier wrestling conference in the nation,” said Pariano. “We thank Dr. Phillips, President Schapiro and sport administrator Scott Arey for their unwavering support. We know that we are positioned to win Big Ten and NCAA titles because of the vision that they have for Northwestern Wrestling and the athletic department as a whole. The future of Northwestern Wrestling is in good hands as we look forward to helping our student-athletes reach their full potential not only on the mat but in the classroom and in the community.”
Tim Cysewski is the new Director of the ‘Ken Kraft Midlands Championships’ and also will assist with the operation of the wresting program.
As a competitor, Cysewski captured many titles, including the World Cup Championship, the Pan Am Games, the New Zealand Games, the National Federation Championship and the AAU Championship. He also is a former All-American, U.S. World Team member and a five-time Midlands champion. Cysewski is a member of the Illinois Wrestling Hall of Fame and the Midlands Hall of Fame.
A four-year starter at the University of Iowa, Cysewski earned All-America honors as a senior. During his college career, he won two Midlands titles. Following graduation, he served as an assistant coach for the Hawkeye Wrestling Club and went on to win the final three of his five-consecutive Midlands titles.
"Tim is a true mentor for our athletes,” said Pariano. “He has devoted his life to wrestling and has served 33 years as an assistant, head coach, and director for this program. Much of our success as a program can be directly attributed to his efforts. In many ways, Tim is Northwestern Wrestling. The opportunity to run the Ken Kraft Midlands Championships is a role that he relishes and his passion will allow us to continue to run the best tournament in the nation.”
Now in its 51st year, the annual Ken Kraft Midlands Championships has welcomed more than 1,000 wrestlers, many of whom have gone on to compete in the NCAA Championships and Olympics.
The 51st tournament takes place at Welsh-Ryan Arena from Sunday, Dec. 29, to Monday, Dec. 30. The annual event regularly features some of the top programs in the country.
Now entering his fifth season with Northwestern, Matt Storniolo will take on a more expansive role with recruiting and program organization.
Storniolo, a two-time All-American at Oklahoma, helped Andrew Nadhir to an All-American finish in 2011 and was instrumental in the development of three-time All-American Jason Welch (157).
"Matt is exceptional in the wrestling room from a technical and organizational standpoint,” said Pariano. “His ability to wrestle and teach our athletes at the highest level is a quality that few possess and he is excited to begin a new chapter in his coaching career. This promotion is well deserved and his potential is unlimited. We look forward to having Matt on the staff for years to come.”
After spending the 2012-13 season with Northwestern as a volunteer coach, Jay Borschel will join the staff as full-time assistant coach.
During his first season in Evanston, Borschel helped guide returning two-time All-American Mike McMullan to the NCAA finals at 285 lbs. He also worked extensively with 2013 NCAA qualifiers Lee Munster (174) and Alex Polizzi (197) and helped the Wildcats finish in the Top-20 at NCAA's with two All-America honors.
A collegiate standout at Iowa, Borschel racked up an overall record of 98-10 at 174 lbs. He was a two-time All-American and Iowa's Male Athlete of the Year in 2010, a senior season that included a perfect 37-0 record, a Big Ten championship and a national title at the 2010 NCAA Championships.
"Jay has worked diligently to make our student-athletes exceptional since the moment he joined our staff,” Pariano said. “His passion for the sport and the fact that he reached the pinnacle as a competitor serve as lessons to our men as he leads by example on a daily basis.”
Conor Beebe has joined the Northwestern staff as a volunteer coach. Beebe was a four-time NCAA qualifier for Central Michigan and was on the coaching staff at Gardner Webb University from 2010-2012.
Beebe helped guide four Gardner Webb student-athletes to become East Regional Champions and qualify for the 2011 NCAA National Championships, the most that the Runnin' Bulldogs have had in a single season since 2006.
"Conor is well respected in the Illinois wrestling community and understands that being a career coach is a lifestyle choice,” said Pariano. “ He’s excited for this opportunity to coach in the most powerful wrestling conference in the nation and his style and level of intensity will help our student-athletes reach their goals.”
The Wildcats open their season at Welsh-Ryan Arena facing the University of Chicago and Stevens Tech on Saturday, Nov. 2.
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