RUDIS Brand Ambassadors distinguished themselves through their accomplishments in the sport of wrestling but defined their status by elevating the sport of wrestling through their character and integrity on and off the mats.
Ben Askren is one of the most accomplished and recognizable figures in the sport of wrestling. Hailing from Wisconsin Ben competed scholastically for Arrowhead Union High School where he won 2 State Titles and a Junior National Title.
Askren competed collegiately for the University of Missouri, where he completed one of the most impressive careers in NCAA history. Askren was a 2x Undefeated NCAA Champion, 4x NCAA Finalist, 2x Hodge Trophy Winner (Awarded to the top collegiate wrestler) and amassed 153 wins, 93 of which came by fall, which ranked 4th most in NCAA history.
In 2008 Askren won the 74kg freestyle weight class at the United States Olympic Trials and was the US Olympic representative in Beijing, China.
Following his competitive wrestling career, Askren embarked on a highly successful MMA career. Winning World Titles in Bellator and One FC, Ben completed his career with the UFC and retired with a professional record of 19-2-1
Askren continues to give back and grow the sport of wrestling. In 2011 he Co-Founded the Askren Wrestling Academy (AWA) where he has developed some of the top scholastic and youth wrestlers in the country.
Learn more about the Askren Wrestling Academy at https://awawisconsin.com/
Cary Kolat is one of the most influential wrestlers in the history of the sport. A native of Pennsylvania, Kolat competed at Jefferson-Morgan High School where won PIAA state titles and compiled a perfect 137-0 record.
Kolat competed collegiately for Penn State and later transferred to Lock Haven. Between the two, he achieved one of the most impressive careers in college wrestling. Kolat was a 2x NCAA Champion and a 4x NCAA All-American. His overall college wrestling career wrapped up with a 111-7 record and 53 pins.
Following his collegiate career, Kolat was the United States representative at the World and Olympic Championships from 1997-2001. In 1997 and 1998 Kolat won a Silver and Bronze medal at the World Championships. In 2000 Kolat won the 63kg freestyle weight class at the United States Olympic Trials and was the US Olympic representative in Sydney, Australia.
Kolat is in his sixth season as the Head Coach at Campbell University in Buies Creek, NC, and has quickly led the program up the national ranks. During the last four seasons, the Camels brought home three SoCon titles, two regular-season SoCon championships, 12 SoCon individual champs, and qualified 19 Camels for the NCAA Championships.
In March 2020 Kolat took over as head coach of the Naval Academy.
Watch clips of various areas of wrestling with Cary Kolat and more at Kolat.com
Micah Jordan is one of the most impactful wrestlers produced from the state of Ohio. Hailing from the legendary St. Paris Graham wrestling program and guided by the tutelage of his father Jeff Jordan, Micah won four OHSAA state titles.
Jordan recently completed a stellar collegiate career at the Ohio State University where he amassed a 115-21 record. As a member of the Buckeye wrestling program Jordan became a 3x All American, 3x Big Ten Finalist.
Currently serving as the Assistant Camp Director of the Jeff Jordan State Champ Camps, Micah dedicates his time to the growth of wrestling. Jordan also devotes his time to the RUDIS creating RUDIS Wrestling Technique and being a major face to the brand.
Learn more about the State Champ Camp at https://jordantrained.com/
Logan Stieber is a legendary figure in Ohio wrestling. Stieber competed at the high school level for Monroeville where he became a four-time OHSAA DIII state champion while amassing a 181-1 record.
Stieber continued his collegiate career at The Ohio State University where he became the 4th four-time National Champion in NCAA history while also capturing 4 Big Ten Titles. In 2015 Steiber led the Buckeyes to their first NCAA Team Title and was also the recipient of the Dan Hodge Trophy, awarded to the top collegiate wrestler of the year. In 2016 culminated his wrestling career winning the 2016 World Championships.
In 2019, following his competitive wrestling career, Stieber founded the Stieber Elite Wrestling Academy (SEWA). Devoted to growing the next generation of wrestlers(SEWA) provides world class instruction and training to athletes (K-12) within the sport.
Learn more about the Stieber Elite Wrestling Academy at https://stieberelite.com/