TARGOWEK, POLAND – Successful California wrestling coach Jack Schwartz was triumphant over the weekend in Targowek, Poland, in claiming double titles at the 2019 Veteran World Champions at 100 kilograms.
During Saturday’s Greco-Roman portion of the tournament, Schwartz won his first gold medal as he pinned the 2019 European Champion in less than a minute in the championship bout to claim the crown for the United States. No wrestling foe could get closed to scoring on him as he did not allow a single point to be scored on him.
On Sunday’s Freestyle competition, Schwartz, an unorthodox wrestler, used all types of moves on the mats as he garnered the freestyle title by outdistancing himself from the competitors from such countries as Russia, Ukraine, Croatia, and England.
Jack Schwartz had personal success as a wrestler in the past, winning third place in the Junior World Olympics and second place in the Pan American Games. He has also won the Senior National Olympics three times. In addition to personal success, Schwartz has an impressive coaching record: In 1981, he coached a South Hills High School team that won the California state championship. In 2013, he became the first coach at the University of Southern California where he guided Nick Cegelski to garnered All-American status at the National Collegiate Wrestling Association Championships.
A beloved wrestling coach at the Butcher Shop Boyz wrestling club in Lakewood, California, Schwartz has steered many of his athletes to national championships and winners at local wrestling tournaments. Despite his tremendous legacy in the Veteran Division, Schwartz still gives back to the wrestling community by showcasing his wrestling talent with the next generation of youth wrestlers.