A former Cal College Crimson Wave wrestler will now lead the team as its new coach.
Dan Bedoy will take over the CCSJ wrestling program effective immediately following the departure of former coach Ryan Rivera.
The home grown Bedoy comes to CCSJ after a stint as a volunteer assistant coach with the Purdue Boilermakers, the same team he finished his collegiate wrestling career at from 2003-2006.
A 2006 NCAA Championship qualifier for Purdue at 165 pounds, Bedoy also brings coaching experience with the Boiler Elite Wrestling Club. With the experience and knowledge Bedoy brings, he’s hoping that carries over into recruiting.
“Coming to a school like Calumet College of Saint Joseph, you obviously face task of recruitment. The school is small, the facility is small but we have toughness, and I already seen that with the 10 wrestlers we have on the team,” Bedoy says. “I’m really honored to get the opportunity to lead the team here at CCSJ. Coach Ryan Rivera has done a great job during his tenure here, and I am really looking to expand upon the foundation he has built.”
CCSJ Athletic Director Rick Torres says Bedoy was chosen for the position because of his toughness:
“I look back at Daniel Bedoy in his years as a high school wrestler, he was tough – so tough that he qualified for the state finals tournament, was runner-up and he accomplished this with a fracture in his arm as well as a torn medial collateral ligament,” Torres says.
“This is the type of toughness Danny brings to the wrestling program and this is the type of toughness that he will demand from his athletes. More importantly, Danny will bring a balanced attitude as he completed his degree at Purdue University, and will be equally demanding on his athletes to be successful in their academics so that they complete their degree and have good futures.”
Bedoy is excited to coach under Torres.
“The opportunity to coach under the leadership of Athletic Director Torres is exciting as well, because he is widely-known and a proven coach in the area. I have no doubt that the success he has had on the track will continue to translate to his new role to lead CCSJ to one of the top NAIA athletic programs in the country; and to be a part of that is exciting,” Bedoy said.
Bedoy also plans in taking the wrestling program to new heights, competing with the best programs in the nation and also gaining national attention. “We have 10 wrestlers, but with these 10 wrestlers I believe we can wreak havoc in the coaches’ poll and have All-Americans in the weights we have.
Tyler Bernard, a senior on the team, says he’s excited to learn from Bedoy.
“I believe we have the talent to beat any team in the nation, because we’re a small team we have gelled together well and formed a bond. We know that each member is important and plays a vital role in our success as a team,” Bernard says. “Coach Bedoy brings intensity to our workouts and practice that we need.”
Wrestler Aaron Mersich says, “Coach brings a high level of wrestling education to the program and also brings higher level program routines to the team. I’m excited to wrestle for coach, I’m excited for the season.”
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