A three-time All-American at Wartburg and a 2003 NCAA Division III champion at heavyweight, Gardner previously coached at the U.S. Naval Academy Prep School in Rhode Island and the club program at the University of Houston-Downtown.
Garnder's backstory involves discovering wrestling late, never placing at the Minnesota state tournament, making a Junior World team in Greco-Roman, a tour of duty in Afghanistan and marrying an accomplished judoka from Uzbekistan.
It's a great background story, for sure.
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