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Tony Black


Tony Black

Tony Black graduated from RFHS in 1999 and the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2005 with a degree in kinesiology.  As a Wildcat, Tony was the second RFHS wrestler to win four individual Big Rivers Conference titles.  During his sophomore campaign, he was the WIAA state runner-up at 103 lbs.  In 1998 and 1999, Tony was the WIAA state champion at 103 lbs. and 112 lbs., respectively.  He was also named a WIAA Scholar Athlete in 1999. 

During those same four years, the RFHS wrestling team won four BRC titles, four regional titles, and qualified for state three times.  The teams his freshman and sophomore seasons both were WIAA Team State runners-up.  Outside of his accomplishments at RFHS, he also earned USA Wrestling All-American honors by placing 4th at the 1996 Cadet Nationals in freestyle and was named to the Wrestling USA first team Academic All-American Team in 1999. 

Tony followed three of his high school teammates to the University of Wisconsin in Madison after graduating from RFHS.  At UW he was a four year starter and letter winner, where he amassed 78 career wins at 125 pounds.  During his senior season as a Badger, Tony led the team in pins, was named team MVP, and earned All-American honors by placing 5th in the 2003 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships.  He was the UW Scholar Athlete for the wrestling team a sophomore, a three-time Academic All-Big Ten selection, and was named to the Verizon/CoSIDA Academic All District V First-Team and second-team NWCA Academic All-American as a senior.

Off the mat, Tony excelled academically.  He was valedictorian of RFHS in 1999, member of the National Honor Society and three-time first team Crossface Academic All-State selection.  Tony had perfect attendance in grades 9-12, was a graduate of the inaugural River Falls Citizen Police Academy in 1996, and was also the FFA president as a senior in high school.  Tony was also recognized by the RF Chamber of Commerce as the Youth Volunteer of the Year in 1998.

Upon completion of his wrestling career, Tony was an assistant wrestling coach at UW for three years before leaving to take a position at USA Wrestling in 2006, where he has been ever since.  For the last two years, Tony has been the Director of State Services, where he is responsible for membership growth, retention, and benefits.    

In 2010, Tony was selected by the US Olympic Committee as one of three Americans to attend the 50th annual International Session for Young Participants at the International Olympic Academy in Olympia, Greece.  Along with over 100 participants from around the world, Tony was involved in utilizing the Olympic Movement as a tool for peace and increasing participation in sport worldwide.

Tony lives in Colorado Springs, CO, and married Ingrid Klipp in 2014.