BEN STENHURA | HEAD COACH
Ben Stehura enters his ninth season as the head coach of the Cleveland State wrestling program in 2016-17.
During his time at CSU, Stehura has coached five Eastern Wrestling League champions and nine NCAA Division I national qualifiers. Both Riley Shaw and Sam Wheeler advanced to the round of 16 at last year’s NCAA Championships as well as reached the 30-win mark for the season. The Vikings have finished second in the EWL regular season in two of the past three years and went 4-2 in EWL action a year ago.
Stehura has been heavily involved in coaching the Olympic styles of wrestling, serving as the head coach for Team Ohio the past seven years at the Junior National Freestyle Tournament in Fargo, N.D. The 2015 Ohio Junior National Team finished second in the country.
In addition, he has helped 15 athletes qualify for Olympic and World Team trials. Stehura has also coached 10 U.S. Senior Open All-Americans and more than 20 UWW JR and University age group All-Americans. He coached Nick Corba to a UWW Jr. World Greco Roman Team Berth in 2015.
For five seasons before coming to CSU, Stehura was the head coach at Limestone College, a Division II college, in Gaffney, S.C. The first head coach in Limestone College history, Stehura played an integral part in developing the program.
In 2007-08, he guided the Saints to a 15-4-1 mark, the first winning season in team history. While there he coached one NCAA national champion, three NCAA All-Americans, five NCAA national qualifiers and eight NCAA All-Academic Team members.
He began his coaching career as a graduate assistant for Cleveland State in 2001 under Jack Effner. During that time, he was part of a staff that qualified 10 wrestlers for the NCAA Championships, had three EWL individual champions and 14 EWL placewinners. In addition, the 2003 squad finished third at the EWL Championship after placing second during the dual meet campaign.
Stehura is a 2000 graduate of Lock Haven where he earned his Bachelor’s of Science in secondary education/geography and social studies. Stehura proceeded to earn a Master’s in Education Administration in 2003.
Stehura resides in Richmond Heights with his wife Michelle and three children: Oscar, Helen and Stella.
JOSH MOORE | ASSISTANT COACH
Josh Moore returns for his second season on the staff at Cleveland State in 2016-17.
In his first season at CSU, Moore helped a pair of wrestlers to NCAA Championship berths. Both Riley Shaw and Sam Wheeler reached the round of 16 at NCAA’s as each hit the 30-win mark for the year. Shaw won the Eastern Wrestling League title in his classification while the Vikings went 4-2 in dual EWL action.
Moore, who was a two-time All-American as an athlete, had spent the last 11 seasons as an assistant coach at Kent State prior to coming to CSU.
“When we had the opportunity to hire Josh, I knew we had to bring him on,” head coach Ben Stehura said when he hired Moore. "I'm extremely excited to have him in Northeast Ohio to help build our program even further. I've known him for a long time and I have been extremely impressed by his work over the last 11 seasons at Kent."
In his 11 years at Kent, Moore was a key piece in helping to rebuild a program that had not had an All-American in 20 years before his hiring. Since then, the program had nine All-Americans as well as a national champion and several top-25 team finishes over Moore’s last eight seasons. Moore coached five MAC Freshman of the Year honorees and had at least four NCAA qualifiers in each of his last five seasons. In the classroom, the program had a team GPA of 2.35 before Moore's hiring and improved to over 3.0 beginning in 2012. He is also the founder and director of Kent State Wrestling Camps, which has eclipsed 3,000 campers since 2006.
Moore is a 2004 graduate of Penn State where he was a two-time NCAA All-American, finishing as a national runner-up in 2004 and third place in 2003. He is the Penn State record holder for all-time matches wrestled (184), falls (53) and senior wins (44).
FREDDY GARCIA | GRADUATE ASSISTANT
Freddy Garcia returns for his second season as graduate assistant at CSU in the 2016-17 season.
In his first season at CSU, Garcia helped a pair of wrestlers to NCAA Championship berths. Both Riley Shaw and Sam Wheeler reached the round of 16 at NCAA’s as each hit the 30-win mark for the year. Shaw won the Eastern Wrestling League title in his classification while the Vikings went 4-2 in dual EWL action.
Garcia is a recent graduate of fellow Eastern Wrestling League member Lock Haven, where he completed a stellar wrestling career that included over 100 career wins and three trips to the NCAA Division I National Championships. A Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Champion and three-time EWL runner-up, Garcia is also a counselor and clinician for the Rob Wallers All-American Wrestling Camps, working camps throughout several wrestling hotspots in the U.S.
Garcia is a native of Donora, Pa., where he was an all-conference athlete in both wrestling and baseball at Ringgold High School.