After a tremendous run with the Northwestern Wildcats coaching staff, NCAA champion and four-time Iowa High School State champion, Jay Borschel, returns to Iowa to build The Wrestling Lab. An accomplished wrestler and proven mentor, technician and coach, Jay aims to bring new life to the youth wrestling community in eastern Iowa.

His long and accomplished history started with a prep record of 163-1 with 95 pins and three undefeated seasons. One of only 23 wrestlers in Iowa state history to win four state titles, spanning the greatest leap between weight classes by any Iowa four-timer (103, 125, 152 and 174), Jay capped his high school career with numerous Athlete of the Year awards (Linn County, The Gazette) and school records for most pins (30) and wins (45) in a season.

The last, and one of only 19 Iowa wrestlers to post an undefeated National Championship season. Jay’s senior year (37-0) at the University of Iowa ended in a National and Big Ten Championship at 174 and the Iowa Male Athlete of the Year Award. While steamrolling through his final season, Jay scored bonus points in 22 bouts, scored 105 team points in dual competition as well as garnered a Midlands Championship, Big Ten Wrestler of the Week mentions, Outstanding Wrestler at the NWCA National Duals, the fastest pin (:13) and Academic All-Big Ten honors.

His college tenure (Virginia Tech from 2006-2007 and the University of Iowa from 2007-2010) under Olympic gold medalist, Tom Brands, included a career record of 98-10, 265 team points in dual competition, three NCAA tournament qualifications, three Big Ten All American Honors (2008, 2009, 2010), two NCAA All American Honors (2008, 2010), three all-Big Ten awards and three NCAA and Big Ten Team championships.

Jay gained tremendous status as a premier assistant wrestling coach during his three-year tenure with the Northwestern wrestling program. As the team’s mental and physical compass, he coached 1 NCAA Champion, 3 Finalists,  7 All-Americans and 17 qualifiers, including National Champion Jason Tsirtsis (149), Finalist and four-time All-American Mike McMullan (heavyweight), and All-American Pierce Harger (165).

borschelfamilyWith a wrestling style methodical, tough, funky and offensive and a coaching style of integrity, consistency, toughness and understanding Jay aims to provide the youth wrestling community a tremendous bout of technique, support and mentorship with his high-touch and all-encompassing programs at the Wrestling Lab. He lives in Marion, Iowa with his wife and two children and believes there isn’t anything much greater than family, community and personal reliability.

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