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Andy Rein

Wrestler/Coach Andy Rein

Andy Rein is the head wrestling coach of the University of Wisconsin - Madison. Andy wrestled for Stoughton High School and later wrestled for the University of Wisconsin - Madison. There should be no better way to promote Wisconsin wrestling than to have athletes represented their state in the national and international levels. Andy has repeatedly represented Wisconsin and accomplished dramatic success.

Andy is a product of Wisconsin Wrestling. Duane Kleven has this to say about Andy, "Andy Rein has experienced tremendous success at all levels of wrestling. He is, without a doubt, the most successful Wisconsin wrestler that ever started and finished all of his wrestling competition in, and for his home state."

Andy received his Bachelors and Masters degree in Agricultural Economics. He worked for Procter & Gamble as a sales representative prior to his assignment as head wrestling coach at the University of Wisconsin.

While at Stoughton High School, Andy won the WIAA state championship in 1975 and 1976 at 126 and 132 pounds. He won the Wisconsin Wrestling Foundation state meet several times. While he was a senior, he placed second in the National Federation Tournament. Also, he won the state and national AAU tournament in Greco Roman and Freestyle.

His collegiate competition and records include a career record of 115-19-1 with his 1980 season amassing 40-0-0. Andy was Big Ten champion in 1978 at 142 and 1980 at 150. He was second in 1979 at 142. Three times Andy was selected All-American. He was NCAA champion in 1980 at 150 and runner-up in 1978 and 1979 he was sixth at 142. Andy was three times champion in the Midlands Tournament and twice participated in the East-West All Star Meet.

His international competition allowed Andy to travel extensively. He traveled to Los Angeles, California in 1984 for the Olympic Games, where he received the Silver Medal. Andy defeated the 1980 Olympic Champion en route to the Gold Medal in the Tbilisi International Tournament in the Soviet Union in 1983. Andy received the Gold Medal in the Pan-American Games in San Juan, Puerto Rico in 1979, placed fourth in the Worth Championships in Shopje, Yugoslavia in 1981 and was the Silver medallist at the World Cup in Toledo, Ohio in 1982. At the Super Champion Title Tournament in Tokyo, Japan in 1985, Andy was a Silver medallist.

Among his many special honors, Andy was the 1980 Olympic team alternate. He was the Madison Pen and Mike's area Sportsman of the Year recipient in 1976 and 1980. Andy is a member of the USA Wrestling Freestyle coaches selection committee.