Dremiel Byers

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Dremiel Byers
Dremiel Byers (top) lifts an opponent.

Dremiel Byers (born September 11, 1974) is an amateur wrestler in the Greco-Roman discipline from the United States, most notable for being the most decorated American Greco Roman Wrestler ever.[citation needed] Byers went to high school in Kings Mountain, North Carolina where he won a state championship in 1993. Decided to attend North Carolina A&T on a football scholarship to study Animal Science. After giving up his scholarship he signed a 2 year enlistment for the US Army. He joined the World Class Athletes Program (WCAP) in 1996, where he still plays a major role. Byers is a Sergeant First Class in the US Army.

High school years[edit]

Byers, a native of Newark, New Jersey, attended Kings Mountain High School in Kings Mountain, North Carolina. He was an All-State in wrestling, and was the 1993 wrestling state heavyweight champion.

College years[edit]

Dremiel Byers attended North Carolina A&T for one year on a football scholarship. Byers studied Animal Science. He was forced to give up his scholarship to take care of family matters.

Wrestling career[edit]

Byers competes out of Colorado Springs, CO for the US Army in the 120 KG(264.5 lbs) weight class. He has many accomplishments and awards as a wrestler. Most recently he was awarded the USA Wrestling Wrestler of the year for 2009. Byers earned the award also in 1999 and 2002. Byers is currently tied with Matt Ghaffari for the most world medals, by achieving 3 world medals in his career.

2010: U.S. World Team Trials champion… Granma Cup champion… Dave Schultz Memorial International champion… Second in Podubbny Grand Prix…

2009: Vantaa Cup champion… New York AC International Open champion… World silver medalist… Ion Corneanu Memorial champion… Second in Pytlasinski International… U.S. World Team Trials champion… U.S. Nationals champion… Grand Prix of Slovenia champion… Second in Granma Cup (Cuba)… Dave Schultz Memorial International champion… Fifth in Vehbe Emri Grand Prix…

2008: Haparanda Cup champion… Seventh in Olympic Games… U.S. Olympic Team Trials champion… U.S. Nationals champion… Second in Hungary Grand Prix… Second in Dave Schultz Memorial International…

2007: World bronze medalist… Member of World Team Champions… Second in Haparanda Cup… Vantaa Cup champion… New York AC Holiday International champion… Sunkist Kids International Open champion… Pan American Games silver medalist… U.S. World Team Trials champion… Third in U.S. Nationals… World Cup silver medalist… Dave Schultz Memorial International champion…

2006: Sunkist Kids/ASU International Open champion… Ninth in World Championships… U.S. World Team Trials champion… U.S. Nationals champion… Armed Forces Wrestling Championship champion… Turneul International champion (Romania)… Third in Dave Schultz Memorial International… Second in Cristo Lutte Championships (France).

2005: NYAC Holiday Championships champion…Sunkist Kids/ASU International champion…DNP in World Championships… CISM World Military champion (Lithuania)… U.S. World Team Trials champion… U.S. Nationals champion… Armed Forces champion… Fifth in O.Karavaev Memorial International (Belarus)… Poland Open champion… Dave Schultz Memorial International champion…

2004: New York AC Christmas International champion… Second in U.S. Olympic Team Trials… U.S. Nationals champion… Armed Forces champion… Third in Ivan Poddoubny International (Russia)… Second in Dave Schultz Memorial International…

2003: Second in New York AC Christmas International… Sixth in World Cup… Second in U.S. World Team Trials… U.S. Nationals champion… Armed Forces champion… Third in Vantaa Cup (Finland)… Pan American Championships champion… Third in Granma Cup (Cuba)…

2002: World champion… 10th in CISM Military World Championships… U.S. World Team Trials champion… U.S. Nationals champion… Second in Pan American Championships… Dave Schultz Memorial International champion…

2001: New York AC Christmas International champion… World Cup champion… Second in U.S. World Team Trials… Second in U.S. Nationals…

2000: Fourth in U.S. Olympic Team Trials… Fourth in U.S. Nationals… Armed Forces champion… Seventh in Granma Cup (Cuba)… Copa de Campeones International champion (Venezuela)... Second in Dave Schultz Memorial International…

1999: Second in Winter Classic… Second in Sunkist Kids International Open… Sixth in World Championships… Second in Pan American Games… U.S. World Team Trials champion… U.S. Nationals champion… Armed Forces Champion… Second in Dave Schultz Memorial International…

1998: Second in Devataev Tournament (Russia)... Second in Sunkist Kids International Open... Second in Winter Classic… Fourth in U.S. World Team Trials… Fourth in U.S. Nationals… Fourth in Concord Cup…

1997: Fifth in U.S. World Team Trials… Fifth in U.S. Nationals… Armed Forces champion… Fifth in Concord Cup… Third in Colorado Open.

1996: Sixth in Sunkist Kids International Open.

Personal life[edit]

Dremiel Byers was raised by a single mother in Kings Mountain, NC. Byers carries a childhood nickname, "Bam" or "Big Bam" to the current day. Byers earned this nickname from when he was a toddler, he carried a 1 pound dumbbell as a toy. Byers is an avid motorcyclist. He is a member of the motorcycle club Street Soldiers out of Denver, Colorado and is the Colorado Springs Chapter commander. Byers rides a Kawasaki ZX12R. Ticketed by wildlife officials for illegally hunting a deer.

External links[edit]

http://www.krdo.com/news/report-springs-poaching-suspect-is-soldier-olympian/27507860