Ben Askren

One of the most well known wrestlers in the United States.

Co-founder of AWA and a highly decorated 2008 U.S. Olympic Freestyle team member, Ben Askren, is one of the most well known wrestlers in the United States. After being a four-year starter at 174 lbs for Missouri (2004 -2007), and a four year college coach, Askren moved back to Wisconsin to train at Roufusport MMA and help coach at AWA.

pro mma wrestling champ ben askren
Outstanding Wrestler Award Winner at the 2006 NCAA Championships

For his success on the mats as a junior and senior, Askren was honored by W.I.N. Magazine as its Dan Hodge Award winner, an award given annually to the top collegiate wrestler. In those same years, Askren won the Schalles award twice for the NCAA’s ‘best pinner’ as well as the Outstanding Wrestler award at the 2006 NCAA Championships. He completed his career with a record of 153-7 and added four Academic All-Big XII honors to his mantle.

After earning his degree from MU in 2007, Askren remained in Columbia and served as a volunteer assistant coach, working along side coach Shawn Charles for two years before both went to Tempe, AZ to coach at Arizona St. Additionally, he and Max began their wrestling camps, allowing kids a glimpse of the highly stylized approach toward the sport of wrestling. Simultaneously, during his two years after graduating, Askren continued to hone his skills and went on to capture the 74kg freestyle championship at the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team Trials. With the victory came a spot on the Team USA roster and trip to the Beijing Olympics where he posted a 1-1 record on the world’s largest stage.

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The Askren File

Ben Askren, AWA Wisconsin
2008 U.S. CHAMPION AND U.S. OLYMPIAN (74KG FREESTYLE) WON 18-CONSECUTIVE MATCHES BY FALL IN THE FIRST PERIOD (NCAA RECORD)
TWO-TIME NCAA CHAMPION FOR MISSOURI AT 174 POUNDS (2006, 2007) UNDEFEATED OVER HIS LAST TWO YEARS OF COMPETITION AT MU
FOUR-TIME NCAA FINALIST AND ALL-AMERICAN (2004-07) WON HIS LAST 87 MATCHES IN A ROW (TOP 10 IN NCAA HISTORY)
THREE-TIME BIG XII CONFERENCE CHAMPION FOUR-TIME NWCA ALL-ACADEMIC SELECTION
TWO-TIME DAN HODGE AWARD WINNER FOUR-TIME ACADEMIC ALL-BIG XII SELECTION
TWO-TIME SCHALLES AWARD WINNER GRADUATED FROM MISSOURI IN 2007
CAREER 153-7 RECORD AT MU WON 93 MATCHES BY FALL (FOURTH-MOST IN NCAA HISTORY)