Carl Adams is a living legend in the sport of wrestling! His accolades as a competitor, coach, and contributor have raised the level of wrestling nationwide. In his actions on and off the mat, he has carried himself as a true ambassador of sport. For the past thirty plus years, he has led the wrestling movement throughout the entire New England area. He is an outstanding American who made his mark during turbulent times in our history. Yet, his efforts cross over many cultures and the mere mention of his name evokes “champion” in every sense of the word.
As a young grappler from Brentwood, New York, Carl won two state titles in the late 60’s. In 1967 and 1968, no one would touch Carl on the mat in New York State. He wrestled for the legendary NYS coach Joe “Gov” Campo and helped lead the Brentwood Indians to numerous team titles. He and his brothers were leaders on those early Brentwood teams. Carl was recruited by another wrestling legend, Dr. Harold Nichols, and took his talents to Iowa State University. There, he won NCAA titles at 158 lbs. in 1971 and 1972 as well as Midlands titles in ’71,’72 and ’74. Back then, Midlands was the greatest non NCAA tournament anyone could enter. His undefeated 17-0 record led him to his induction in the Midlands Hall of Fame.
As an Olympic level athlete, Carl won National freestyle titles in 1973 and 1975. He placed fifth in the World Championships, wrestled in the World cup, and won a silver medal in the Pan Am Games. His battles and victories over Wade Schalles, Stan Dziedzic, and Lee Kemp happened during a period when the US had the best 163 lb. wrestlers in the world. While competing at the world level, Carl assisted at his alma mater, ISU, to help others achieve greatness.
His last thirty plus years have been spent in the New England area coaching wrestling at University of Rhode Island and Boston University. At both schools, he led his teams to multiple New England Championship titles. He has coached All Americans and helped his athletes graduate with prestigious degrees that led to successful careers. Additionally, his New England Wrestling camps has serviced thousands of wrestlers who have taken this knowledge back to their teams and reached new heights in wrestling. His early technique books and videos have sold substantial numbers helping both wrestlers and coaches improve their technique and wrestling. As he inches closer to retirement, Carl Adams will be remembered for his countless contributions to wrestling and the lives of the athletes and families he’s touched.
Coach Michael Porcelli
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