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Torres added to coaching staff

Dan Torres

JAMESTOWN — Jamestown Community College head coach Kris Schimek recently announced the addition of Dan Torres, Class of 2020, to his wrestling staff.

“I’m am more than thrilled to bring Dan onto the coaching staff,” said Schimek. “I see a lot of myself in Dan and love having someone as responsible and hard working as him around.”

Torres returns to Jamestown CC after having a remarkable career dawning the green and gold in completion. During his sophomore season, Torres was a force to be reckoned with. Torres compiled a record of 42-8, his 42 wins is now a single-season record within the program. His strong season lead him to be an All-American at the 2020 NJCAA National Championships, becoming a national runner-up in the 174 pound weight class.

“JCC is like home, and I’m hoping to get more local guys interested in opportunities that JCC provides both on and off the mat,” said Torres. “I’m really excited to help build onto what coach Schimek has started here.”

Torres was dominant throughout his sophomore campaign, earning the NJCAA Region 3 Wrestler of the Week award five times throughout the season.

Torres’ role on the staff will be to assist with workouts, compiling each competitors statistics, and making sure the wrestlers are warmed up and ready to compete.

“Dan is a guy who was recently here, knows the stuff we are showing and knows it very well,” added Schimek. “His experience is worth its weight in gold to the program.”

Not only will Torres have the responsibilities of a coach but he also brings in a wealth of knowledge, hard work and determination.

“With my joining the coaching staff, I’ll bring another example of what hard work can do,” added Torres. “Coming out of high school, I wasn’t where I wanted to be as a wrestler. Coach Schimek told me from day one I’d have to work my butt off and out work everyone to get where I want to be.”

“I’ll be able to show the guys that doing the extra work works,” Torres added.

Not only was Torres dominant on the mat, he was just as dominant in the classroom. Torres received the National Alliance of Two Year College Athletic Administration Scholar-Athlete of the Year award for his outstanding work in the classroom. In the classroom, Torres majored in criminal justice while maintaining a 4.0 grade point average.

To be eligible for the award, nominees must meet the following criteria: minimum 3.6 GPA on a 4.0 scale with a minimum of 36 semester hours or 45 quarter hours with a minimum of 24 semester/36 quarter hours at the nominating institution; participation in a minimum of one complete season of varsity competition at the nominating institution; outstanding athletics success; and outstanding qualities of leadership and citizenship.

“It’s helpful to have someone would is fresh out of the classroom who has been here and one that,” said Schimek. “No one better I could ask for to help keep these guys on pace and in line academically.”

Torres was also awarded the 2019 NYS Chancellor Scholar in wrestling, awarded to the top student-athlete in all of the SUNY and CUNY school systems.

“Academics are a huge part of this team and I’ve learned that throughout my two years here at JCC,” said Torres. “I’ll be able to use my success in the classroom to show guys it’s possible to focus on their academics and wrestle at the same time. If you can excel in one, you can excel in both.”

Torres was a part of the 2018-19 team that were recipients of the All-Academic Award for having the best grade point average of all the programs in the country.

“I’m ready to get to work,” Torres said, “and help our athletes be the best they can be on and off the mat.”

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