Zeke Jones

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Zeke Jones
Medal record
Men's Wrestling
Competitor for the United States
Olympic Games
Silver 1992 Barcelona Freestyle (– 52 kg)
World Championships
Gold 1991 Varna 52 kg
Pan American Games
Gold 1995 Mar del Plata Freestyle (– 52 kg)
Bronze 1991 Havana Freestyle (– 52 kg)

Larry ("Zeke") Jones (born December 2, 1966, in Ypsilanti, Michigan) is an American wrestler who won a silver medal at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, a world championship in Varna, Bulgaria, in 1991, and is currently the Freestyle Head Coach at USA Wrestling. He was a 6-time National Freestyle Champion, 4X World Cup Champion, Pan American Games Champion, and received the "World's Most Technical Wrestler Award" awarded by FILA, the international governing body for the sport. In college, he was a three-time All-American for Arizona State University and competed on the 1988 NCAA Championship team, coached by famed Bobby Douglas. After college, he wrestled on two world championships teams with the United States Wrestling Team. In 2005 he was inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame.

Now the current Head Coach of the 2012 US Olympic Freestyle Wrestling team, Jones coached at the collegiate division I level for 18 years. His first college coaching position was an assistant coach at Bloomsburg University, Arizona State University and West Virginia University before becoming the head coach at the University of Pennsylvania in 2005. In 2008, he accepted the Head Coach of the United States Freestyle Wrestling Team with USA Wrestling at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, CO.[1] In the August of 2013, Jones helped coach Kyle Snyder to a Junior World Championship in Sofia, Bulgaria.

Early life[edit]

Jones started wrestling under the influence of his brother Johnnie, a two-time Junior College National Champion for Schoolcraft Junior College and later a wrestler on Iowa State's National Championship team in 1976. He was citywide champion at Scarlett Junior High School, in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where he was coached by James Bryant.

In high school he amassed a 111-6 record, finishing 2nd and 1st in the Michigan High School State Championships in 1984 and 1985 competing for Huron High School in Ann Arbor, Michigan. In high school he was coached by Tom Davids and Ernie Gillum. He was a 3X High School All American at the Junior National Championships and was named Dream Team All American selection by Wrestling USA Magazine in 1985.

Jones signed with Bobby Douglas and Sun Devils in 1985. He compiled a 139-21 record and garnering three All American honors at the NCAA's, three Pac-10 Championships, Midlands Title, and was the NCAA finalist his senior year.

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