Ann Arbor, Michigan, U.S.A.

Cliff Keen Athletic has entered into a marketing and athlete endorsement deal with United States Men’s 57 KG Freestyle Wrestler Daniel Dennis.

Daniel Dennis joins Cliff Keen after his stunning performance at the recent U.S. Olympic Team Trials, capturing first place in the 57 KG Freestyle category, and punching his ticket to Rio as a member of the U.S. Olympic Wrestling Team. A 2016 U.S. Open Championships Gold Medalist originally from Ingleside, IL, Daniel also recently earned a solid 3rd place finish at the Bill Ferrell International Tournament, 1st place at the Grand Prix of Spain, and was runner up at the 2015 World Team Trials.

“Daniel is one tough competitor with an exciting wrestling style. Off the mat, Daniel is a humble, polite gentleman, with an infectious personality. He’s a great role model, with a terrific back story, and a wonderful ambassador of our sport. We are very excited to have him on Team Cliff Keen,” said Tom Keen, President of Cliff Keen Athletic. Dennis, who will compete this coming August in the Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games, has been heralded for going from living in his pickup truck in California, to working his way back onto the mat, to now earning a spot on the 2016 Olympic Team.

Training out of Iowa City, IA, Dennis (a former Iowa Hawkeye wrestler) will be a prominent fixture in Cliff Keen’s brand marketing and advertising to the Wrestling market.

A long-time supporter of International Wrestling, Cliff Keen Athletic is the World’s leader in Wrestling uniforms, equipment, and training apparel.

Daniel Dennis’ bio and wrestling accomplishments are listed below, courtesy of Team USA:

2016-17 Team USA Ranking: No. 1 at 57 kg/125.5 lbs.
Years on Team USA: 2 (2015-17)
Residence: Iowa City, Iowa
High School: Ingleside, Ill. (Grant)
College: Iowa
Born: Sept. 24, 1986
Height: 5-4

Career Highlights
– 2016 U.S. Olympic Team member
– 2016 U.S. Open champion
– Second in 2015 World Team Trials
– Fourth in 2015 U.S. Open
– 2008 University Nationals champion
– Two-time All-American for the Univ. of Iowa

2016: U.S. Olympic Team Trials champion… U.S. Open champion…
2015: Third in Bill Farrell International… Grand Prix of Spain champion… Second in U.S. World Team Trials… Fourth in U.S. Open…
2012: Eighth in Hari Ram Grand Prix (India)… Third in Final Olympic Trials Qualifier…
2011: Fifth in U.S. World Team Trials… Northern Plains Regional champion…
2009: Northern Plains Regional champion…
2008: Second in University World Team Trials… University Nationals champion…
2007: Fourth in University Nationals…
College: Second in 2010 NCAA Championships and seventh in 2009 for Iowa, where he was coached by Tom Brands and Jim Zalesky…
High school: Two-time state runner-up for Grant High School…
Personal: Son of Tim and Jane Dennis… Dennis left wrestling in 2013 for a few years, to be in California, living in his truck and in a trailer with no TV or internet. He coached some wrestling but did no training.

By Ross Bartachek (@rossbchek)

Lead Editor of IA Wrestle