Ringers Wrestling Club History starts with Jim Schmitz. Jim was a standout wrestler at Marquette University Wrestling program. At Marquette Wrestling He was credited with knocking Rudy, the fighting Irish folk ledge's brother, out of the NCAA tournament! One match from All American, Jim continued his wrestling career, competing in the US Open and eventually becoming the head coach at Marquette.
Rooted in the basements of Marquette University Wrestling. Jim Schmitz had the vision to make Wisconsin wrestling one of the top wrestling states in the US. Jim was a Former Marquette Wrestling superstar who was awarded the head wrestling coach job. Jim knew that to recruit local athletes that could perform at a D1 level Wisconsin needed a Youth wrestling boost so he create Ringers Wrestling Club History .
Ringers actually means wrestling in German. While Jim was wrestling over seas chasing his Olympic dreams he thought the Ringers was cool for Milwaukee due to the strong German heritage.
Eric Swick was a prodigy wrestler for Jim. Eric not only won nationally he also racked up victories Internationally. If not due to injury would have most likely been one of Ringers First Olympic Wrestlers. Nice picture of your stop signs Eric!
Dennis Hall is known as one of the greatest US Greco Roman wrestlers ever from the United states. Dennis was a 3x high School State Champion from Hartford High School with a record of a 144-1-1. Dennis was so tough he would frequently go and train at Marquette university with Jim and his college athletes.
Dennis Hall won a wrestle off but, the US Olympic committee was not going to grant him a spot. After a phone call with Jim Schmitz, Jim reached out to a Marquette Lawyer. Dennis ended up successfully challenging the Olympic committee's decision. Dennis was a 3x Olympian, world champion, and bronze medalist. A 30 year friendship with Ringers continues to this day!
Eric Swick was a prodigy wrestler for Jim. Eric not only won nationally he also racked up victories Internationally.
Marquette cut wrestling as a sport. It was a terrible decision but, it allowed Jim to focus on Ringers and developing world class youth athletes.
Wisconsin wrestling royalty at it finest! Ben and Max grew up in Ringers Wrestling being coach by our very own Jim Schmitz! Ben accelerated at Ringers. He went on to become Ringers First NCAA Division 1 champion. And Ringers first member to win a Hodge Trophy. Ben went on to Represent the US in the Olympics. Jim helped run fund raisers to help his Olympic Bid! Ben went on to have a successful career in Mixed martial arts and now runs the largest wrestling club in the state of Wisconsin.
3-time state place winner, two-time state champ. 2nd place at Fargo for Greco. Grew up a long-time member, and now I grew a coach!
4x State Champion, lots more to fill in here.
Lots to fill in here!
High School State champ 3x NCAA D2 National champion, now head coach at UW Parkside
Jeff Lemmer State Champion went on to an Ivy League school - Brown University,
Coach D'alie was a hammer!
U20 world champ and Olympic trial runner up. Lots more to add!
2022 Final X Champ!
Next Generation of Greco Superstars!
Kylie Welker U20 World champ, Bronze U23
Notable National Performances
Michal Deliaden 2nd USAW youth Greco
12 Youth Folkstyle State Champions
Including exceptional performance from:
Maximus Hay, Tristan North, and Ian Webber State Triple crown Winners.
State Qualifier or better gets you in!