Dean Heil, a two-time NCAA wrestling champion and three-time All-American at Oklahoma State, announced Tuesday that he is making a move to Annapolis, Maryland, to join Navy-Marine Corps Regional Training Center.
“I’m thankful for this opportunity the Navy-Marine Corps RTC has given me and I look forward to this next step of my journey,” the Brunswick, Ohio native said in a statement. “I am excited to get to Annapolis and get to work.”
Heil, who trained as a member of Buies Creek RTC and Oklahoma RTC, will be following Cary Kolat to Navy. Heil served as a volunteer assistant coach and director of wrestling operations on Kolat’s staff at Campbell, where he was able to work with his younger brother, Josh. Kolat, a two-time NCAA champion and four-time All-American at Lock Haven and member of the United States’ 2000 Olympics freestyle team, took the Navy head coaching job March 20 after four seasons at Campbell.
Heil joins Alex Dieringer as the second former OSU wrestler to make a move to a new RTC this year. In April, Dieringer, a three-time NCAA champion and 2016 Dan Hodge Trophy winner, announced his decision to leave Cowboy RTC in Stillwater and join Michigan RTC in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Dieringer plans to compete at 86 kilograms for the 2020-21 Olympic year, while Heil will be at 65 kg.