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Wisconsin announces staff updates, Gross joins WRTC staff

MADISON, Wis. -- Wisconsin wrestling head coach Chris Bono has announced staffing changes in a restructure for both the Badgers and the Wisconsin Regional Training Center (WRTC).

Beginning this month, Wisconsin assistant coach Seth Gross will be joining the WRTC coaching staff as a full-time coach and continue training as a national and international athlete as the next Olympic training cycle starts.

"This is something that is greatly needed in today's competitive landscape as we have athletes competing and training across the world," said Bono. "Seth will be training talented wrestlers for the highest levels of national and international competition, in addition to being able to focus on his own training on the path to his dream of becoming an Olympian."

The WRTC coaching staff works directly with both UW wrestlers and athletes within a 250-mile radius of Madison. The WRTC is a USA wrestling sanctioned training center where high school, college and post-collegiate wrestlers who meet established criteria can all train together on a consistent basis to reach their potential of being state, national and world champions.

"Being able to focus on training high-performance wrestlers right here in Madison and keep building the WRTC into a national and international powerhouse is an honor," said Gross. "My own journey to becoming an Olympian is one of my highest priorities alongside my family and my faith, so I am looking forward to starting my next training cycle and working with talented wrestlers here on the path to the next summer Olympics in Los Angeles in 2028."

The next upcoming goal for Gross in this new cycle is to make the United States' World Team in September at 61 kilograms in men's freestyle.

Gross will spearhead a talented WRTC coaching staff that includes Garrett Model, a UW alumnus and two-time NCAA qualifier for the Badgers, and Cade Sarbacker, a 2013 NCAA All-American at UW-Whitewater.