In this week’s edition of the coaching carousel, a trio of big men found new homes as Eric Thompson, Matt Meuleners, and Mauro Correnti all took new positions.
The first announcement came from Arizona State who has hired Thompson to round out their coaching staff. He will assume the volunteer assistant position. Thompson has most recently coached with the Nittany Lion Wrestling Club, working with Olympic gold medalists David Taylor and Kyle Snyder. He has also spent time coaching at Taylor’s M2 Training Center. As a competitor, Thompson started his collegiate career at Iowa State and finished as a three-time NAIA national champion at Grand View. He also competed in the 2016 Olympic Trials, finishing fifth. The addition of Thompson allows Mark Perry, the previous volunteer assistant, to move into a full-time role coaching the Sunkist Kids freestyle program, which is closely aligned with the ASU program.
Also in the Pac-12, CSU Bakersfield added Meuleners to its staff. Meuleners spent the past five years at Brown University and spearheaded the Bears’ recruiting efforts. While at Brown, half the teams’ eighth national qualifiers came at weights 184 and above. Most notably, 285 lber Ian Butterbrodt, who had an incredible run to the NCAA Round of 12. Meuleners also had great success in college, as he was a two-time DII national champion for Northern State. Before arriving at Brown, Meuleners spent four years as a volunteer assistant at Nebraska.
Finally, Hofstra added Correnti, who comes to the team after spending the past three-plus years training with the Pennsylvania RTC. Correnti was a national qualifier for Rider in 2016 at the 285 lb weight class. In 2016 and 2017, he finished third in the EWL.