Press Release via: Eastern Iowa Wrestling Club
The EIWC is excited to announce our new club director, Topher Carton. Carton is returning to the area and is excited to continue to build the EIWC into the premier club wrestling program in the state of Iowa. The former Hawkeye returns to the Iowa City area as the new Eastern Iowa Wrestling Club (EIWC) Director. Former Director Grant Henderson is leaving the EIWC to return to his alma mater, Grand View, for a full-time coaching position.
Topher Carton stated “I am incredibly excited and grateful for the opportunity to begin working with the EIWC. I couldn’t be happier to be back in the Cedar Rapids/Iowa City area and to begin this new opportunity.
I know that the EIWC is going to be the greatest wrestling club in the state of Iowa and in the entire country. It is my goal to continue to develop this program towards greatness. I have a passion for wrestling and for developing wrestlers both on and off of the mat. As director and coach, I will mentor EIWC athletes to not only be great wrestlers and competitors, but to also be exceptional in every aspect of their lives. I cannot wait to begin my role with Eastern Iowa Wrestling Club, and I look forward to getting started!”
Carton’s high school wrestling accolades include: 175-2 career record with 99 pins… won 154 consecutive matches to begin high school career… three-time state champion, four-time finalist… four-time conference, sectional and district champion… two-time metro wrestler of the year… four-time all-metro… conference wrestler of the year as a senior… two-time National High School Coaches Association All-American… four-time academic all-conference…. National Honor Society Member.
Carton was also a United World Wrestling (UWW, formerly called FILA) Junior All-American at 61 kilos and a UWW Junior national runner-up in freestyle.
After high school Carton joined the University of Iowa where he was a four-year varsity letter winner and a national qualifier for the Hawkeyes. Carton won 71 matches while wrestling for the Hawkeyes. Coach Terry Brands, former world champion and EIWC founder, said the following about Carton, “We loved Topher, he was all in as a member of our Hawkeye Wrestling family. He was on call 24-7-365 for whatever this program needed. He will do an outstanding job.”
Since leaving the University of Iowa, Carton has coached at Oak Park River Forest High School and the Huskie Wrestling Club in Oak Park, Ill. and he was recently an assistant coach at the University of Mary.
Coach Carton will be joined by Jim Kelly, long-time member of the coaching staff and various world class clinicians throughout the year, offering the very best in coaching in the two finest wrestling facilities in the state with practices at both the historic Carver Hawkeye Arena and the University of Iowa wrestling room and the brand-new Coe College wrestling facility.