CARY KOLAT

In addition to running his very successful Team Kolat Club and his entrepreneurial Kolat Camps and clinics in the Baltimore area, he has recently served as Volunteer Coach at the U.S. Naval Academy while also working with the Lehigh Valley Athletic Club in 2008-09.

One of America’s top wrestlers of the past two decades, Cary was an undefeated 4-time PIAA state champion (137-0) who placed third twice at the prestigious Midlands while in high school. He became an NCAA 2nd, 3rd and 2-time champion — wrestling for both Penn State and Lock Haven --and a two-time World medalist and 2000 Olympian.

Born in Alabaster, AL, Kolat began his college career at Penn State in ’92-93, where he was seeded 4th before placing second after losing 6-4 to UNC’s three-time NCAA champion, T.J. Jaworsky. In the semis, he beat defending champion & 4-time All-American, Troy Steiner of Iowa. Cary then earned a #1 seed in at the ’94 NCAAs, before an upset semis loss (6-4 in overtime) to 4-time A/A Babak Mohammadi, Oregon St, Kolat’s only soph defeat (39-1).

He transferred to Lock Haven in ’94-95, where he won both national titles: in ’96 he went 25-1 and beat two 3-time All-Americans at Nationals. In ’97, he was 25-0 (beating four A/As at NCAAs) to finish his career with a .941 win pct (111-7) with 53 falls (89-1 his final three seasons). He was named OW at both EWL Championships.

Internationally, Kolat participated in 13 events for the USA, including placing 9th at the 2000 Olympics. He placed 2nd, 3rd and 4th at the World Championships from 1997-1999 and won three World Cup golds from 1998-2000, also 2nd in 2001. He won titles at the 1998 Goodwill Games, the ‘99 Pan American Games and the 2000 Pan Am Championships. Back in 1989, Kolat was named Most Outstanding Wrestler at the Cadet World Championships.

Cary received his degree in criminal justice from Lock Haven and he and his wife, Erin, have a daughter, Zoe. Following graduation, Kolat served as assistant at major colleges such as Lehigh, Wisconsin, West Virginia, Lock Haven and North Carolina.