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Alex Clemsen
Alex  Clemsen

Assistant Coach

Alma Mater:
Edinboro, 2007


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Alex Clemsen is serving in his fifth season as assistant wrestling coach at Virginia. A former All-America wrestler at Edinboro, Clemsen has helped Virginia to four straight record-breaking seasons.

In Clemsen's time at Virginia, the Cavaliers have boasted 30 NCAA qualifiers, five All-Americans and six ACC champions.

Virginia set program records with nine NCAA qualifiers and four national seeds in 2012-13. Jedd Moore (157 pounds) and Nick Sulzer (165) each earned All-America honors while Matt Snyder (125) and George DiCamillo (133) reached the All-America round. DiCamillo was crowned the ACC champion at 133 pounds, becoming the first UVa freshman to win an ACC title since 1995.

The Cavaliers recorded a program-best No. 11 national ranking during the season and defeated then-No. 9 Central Michigan at the Virginia Duals, marking the first top-10 opponent that Virginia has ever beaten. UVa posted a 16-4 record in dual matches before narrowly finishing second at the ACC Championships and taking 21st at the NCAA Championships.

Virginia also was honored as one of the top academic teams in college wrestling in 2013 as UVa recorded the fifth-best GPA nationally (3.239), while a national-best eight Cavaliers wrestlers were named to the 2012-13 NWCA All-Academic Team. Matt Snyder was named an Academic All-America for the second straight year.

Virginia had another standout year in 2011-12 as three Cavaliers won ACC championships, while the team went 11-1 in dual matches. In recording a 91.7 winning percentage, the Cavaliers set a program record. Matt Snyder (125 pounds), Nick Nelson (141) and Jon Fausey (184) all won ACC titles, while Snyder also was honored as an Academic All-American. A league-high seven Cavaliers were named to the All-ACC Wrestling Academic Team.

During Clemsen's second season with the Cavaliers, Virginia produced a pair of All-Americans while recording its second straight Top-25 finish at the NCAA Championships. Derek Valenti (149) and Chris Henrich (174) each reached the podium at NCAAs, while seven Cavaliers qualified for the national championships.

As a team, UVa won a school-record 19 dual meets during the 2010-11 season, including a victory over then-No. 14 Kent State, which marked the highest ranked opponent that Virginia has ever defeated.

In Clemsen's first season in Charlottesville, Virginia won the ACC Championship in 2010 and recorded a 15th-place finish at the NCAA Championships in 2010, marking UVa's top finish at the national championships since 1957. The Cavaliers were ranked as high as No. 16 nationally in 2010 - Virginia's highest ranking ever at the time.

Virginia's ACC Championship was its first since since 1977 as Chris Henrich and Mike Salopek each captured individual crowns. Behind Henrich's All-America finish at the NCAA Championships, UVa notched a 15th place, which was tops among ACC schools. Brent Jones also won the Gorrarian Trophy at the NCAA Championships, becoming just the second Cavalier to earn the honor.

Prior to his time at Virginia, Clemsen worked for two years as Oregon State's Director of Wrestling Operations. During Clemsen's time at OSU, the Beavers had seven NCAA qualifiers, one All-American and one Academic All-American.

At Edinboro, Clemsen was an All-American and four-time NCAA qualifier while posting a 121-35 career record. He was just the 14th wrestler to win four Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference championships, and he also was named an Eastern Wrestling League Champion. He ended his career with the ninth-most wins in Edinboro history.

At the international level, Clemsen was a University Nationals All-American and a University World Team Trials runner-up.

Clemsen also was a two-time Academic All-American, graduating with the highest GPA of any wrestler in school history.

At Moberly Senior High School, Clemsen finished with a 158-7 career record and was an All-American. He twice posted perfect records, while winning the Missouri state championship three times and advancing to the state finals all four years. Clemsen also holds the state record with 27 tournaments won. In addition, he received Academic All-America honors.

A native of Moberly, Mo., Clemsen graduated in 2007 from Edinboro with a bachelor's degree in business administration with concentrations in financial services and marketing. Clemsen and his wife Lindsay have a daughter, Payten, and son, Porter.


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A 1985 graduate of UVA, White worked at the Richmond Times-Dispatch until July 2009. He was honored six times as the state's Sportswriter of the Year.

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