The Wolfpack Olympic Regional Training Center (RTC) has come together as one of the top training centers in the country for wrestling. The training center is already home to multiple U.S. Open place winners, University National All-Americans, and World Team Members.
The mission of the Wolfpack’s RTC is to provide year round opportunities for wrestlers who strive to pursue the dream of wrestling both at the Olympics and other international tournaments in both Freestyle and Greco-Roman wrestling.
The Wolfpack RTC is headed up by coach Obe Blanc. A member of the staff since 2014, Blanc was recently named the Coach of the Year by the 2018 National College Open.
The Wolfpack's RTC boasts a very impressive full-time roster:
Nick Gwiazdowski (Duanesburg, N.Y.)
The most decorated wrestler in NC State school history, Gwiazdowski has remained in Raleigh since his collegiate career and trained at the Wolfpack RTC. Gwiazdowski has taken over as the top U.S. competitor at 125 kg in freestyle wrestling. He is a 2017 Bronze Medalist at the World Championships, and he helped the U.S. win its first Freestyle World Cup since 2003. Most recently, Gwiazdowski won Gold at the 2018 Pan Am Games in Peru. While at NC State, he won a pair of national championships and was an All-American in all three of his seasons at NC State, and a three-time ACC Wrestler of the Year.
Tommy Gantt (Cahokia, Ill.)
After earning All-American honors at 157 pounds as a senior for NC State in 2016, Gantt has been training at the Wolfpack’s RTC while enrolled in grad school. Gantt now transitions to a full-time Wolfpack RTC member. Gantt has enjoyed success since transitioning to freestyle. Gantt bumped up to 74 kg in 2018 and won the Gold Medal at the Bill Farrell International, which qualified him for the U.S. Team Trials for the second straight summer.
Timmy McCall (Hope Mills, N.C.)
A North Carolina native, McCall joined the Wolfpack RTC in 2015, and has not only trained full-time but works extensively with Athletes in Action on NC State’s campus. McCall competed collegiately at Wisconsin, and was ranked as high as ninth nationally. He took first place at the 2017 Henri Deglane Challenge, and was a 2016 Bill Farrell International runner-up.
Three recent athletes that just completed their college eligibility will also be joining the Wolfpack’s RTC. Michael Macchiavello and Kevin Jack both will training full-time in Raleigh after completing their All-American Wolfpack careers this past March, while Jacob Kasper will split his time training between the Wolfpack’s RTC and his alma mater Duke after his All-American career with the Blue Devils.
The three combined to earn six All-American honors during their collegiate careers, including all three earning All-American status at the 2018 NCAA Championships in their final go-around.
"We are very happy and pleased to keep both Michael and Kevin here in Raleigh as they have been instrumental to our program's success. These guys have had several post-college opportunities, and I am glad they have viewed us as the best training environment to accomplish their Senior-level goals." - NC State head coach Pat Popolizio
"This shows the evolution of the ACC, how we are using each other's resources and both schools are benefitting from a move like this. Jacob has a very bright future ahead of him. He has developed and progressed tremendously over the last few years, and I am expecting big things from him." - Duke head coach Glenn Lanham
Michael Macchiavello (Monroe, N.C.)
Macchiavello capped his NC State career in grand style, winning his final match to win the 197-pound National Championship back in March. The 2018 ACC Wrestler of the year, Macchiavello started the NCAA Championships as the No. 4 seed, and capped off his title run with the winning takedown with 15 seconds left to claim NC State’s eight national title. After a redshirt season in 2016. Macchiavello earned All-ACC honors each of his last two seasons. He earned a B.S. degree in Finance from NC State in the Spring of 2017.
Kevin Jack (Danbury, Conn.)
Jack finished his NC State career as only the fifth individual to earn All-American honors three times in a career, and he also finished second in school history in career wins (115). Jack burst onto the college wrestling scene, coming out of redshirt and placing fifth at 141 pounds as a true freshman in 2015. He then went on to place third last year and capped his career with a sixth place finish this past March. He will earn a degree in sport management in May.
Jacob Kasper (Lexington, Ohio)
Kasper recently completed his collegiate career as a two-time All-American wrestling at heavyweight at nearby Duke, placing fourth this past year and sixth in 2017. The 2018 ACC Champion was 39-4 in his senior season and was 30-6 as a junior. He redshirted the 2016 season, and trained in Colorado at the Olympic Training Center.
In December 2016, the Wolfpack RTC announced its partnership with Titan Mercury Wrestling Club, the 2016 World Clubs Cup Champion. All post-graduate current members of the Wolfpack RTC will now compete under the Titan Mercury banner.
"We are very excited to partner with the best club in the world," said NC State head coach Pat Popolizio. "This is a perfect storm coming together as our goal is to produce NCAA, World and Olympic champions."
"Andy Barth and Wayne Boyd have done a great job at providing athletes with an avenue to pursue their highest goals within the sport of wrestling. I am excited for our Wolfpack Regional Training Center (RTC), and the opportunities this partnership will provide for our future athletes."