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Riley Lefever ’17 joins IU wrestling staff

Riley Lefever ’17 has recently joined as an assistant coach for the Indiana University wrestling program.

Riley Lefever

“I’m excited to welcome Riley Lefever to our staff,” IU head coach Angel Escobedo said in a report by WANE TV. “Riley had a tremendous career at Wabash College, becoming only the second wrestler in DIII history to win four NCAA titles. Riley also brings international experience to his resume as he trained at Penn State for the Nittany Lion Wrestling Club. Riley will work with our upper weights and will look to help them achieve their goals on and off the mat.”

Lefever, who grew up in Fort Wayne, wrestled at Wabash where he was a four-time DIII National Champion, three times at 184 and once at 197. He posted a 58-6 record at the College, was an independent and graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in English.  

He was a team captain and a CoSIDA First Team Academic All-American. Lefever also earned two NCAA DIII Most Domination Wrestler awards and was also a junior national team member in freestyle.

“My wife and I are very excited to return to the Hoosier state and join the Indiana community,” said Lefever, moved to State College, Pa., to train freestyle with the Nittany Lion Wrestling Club for the last five years. “The university and wrestling program has a great group of staff and faculty who are committed to helping the program and the student-athletes achieve success and also create a culture that is comprised of men of character.”