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Former Penn State Wrestler Ken Chertow Named Misericordia Women’s Wrestling Head Coach

Three-time Penn State wrestling All-American and Olympian Ken Chertow was named the head women’s wrestling coach at Misericordia University Monday.

Chertow finished third in the 1987 and 1988 NCAA Wrestling National Championships, wrestling at 126 pounds and 118 pounds, respectively. The Nittany Lion finished off his senior campaign with his third All-American nod and a sixth-place finish at the 1989 National Championship in the 118 pound division.

During his time at Penn State, Chertow also competed for the USA Wrestling team at the 1988 Seoul Olympics at 52 kilograms, one of only six Penn Staters to make an Olympic wrestling team.

After his competition days were over, Chertow began his coaching career as an assistant at Ohio State before returning to Happy Valley to coach for the Nittany Lions until 1992.

Chertow began operating Ken Chertow Gold Medal Training Camps throughout Pennsylvania for more than 30 years, where he’s developed youth wrestlers, hosted training camps, and run summer camps.

“I am thrilled to welcome Ken Chertow to Misericordia University as our first head coach of women’s wrestling,” Director of Athletics Chuck Edkins said in a release. “His resume speaks for itself and we believe he is the perfect choice to build this program. He will begin recruiting immediately to fill a roster for the 2024-25 season.”

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Brendan Wagner

Brendan is a Junior majoring in print and media journalism. Born in Pittsburgh, he now lives in Mooresville, North Carolina. As a die-hard Pittsburgh sports fan, you can find him on Twitter, @brchwags, often complaining about the Pittsburgh Steelers and Matt Canada

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