FCAW Board Member
Head Wrestling Coach of Perry High School (Ohio)
3x NCAA Champion; USA Olympic Bronze Medalist
As a young man, wrestler Nate Carr brought home two Big Eight titles and three NCAA titles while at Iowa State University, then capped off a noteworthy athletic career by winning the bronze medal for his country in freestyle wrestling in the 1988 Olympics in Seoul, South Korea.
Carr grew up in Erie, Pennsylvania, in a family of 16 children. Five of these, including Nate, would become All-American wrestlers (an NCAA record) and two, again including Nate, would compete in the Olympic Games. During his high school career at Erie Tech, Carr posted a record of 115-7 and collected a Pennsylvania State Championship.
Upon his graduation from Erie Tech, Carr received a wrestling scholarship to Iowa State University. There he had a career record of 117-20-1 in the 150-pound weight class. He would earn three NCAA championships and two Big Eight conference titles while there.
After graduation from Iowa State, Carr continued his freestyle wrestling career at the international level. In 1983, Carr earned a spot on the World Championship team. In 1986, he won both the World Cup and the Pan-American Championships.
He began training for the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul while working as an assistant coach at West Virginia University. At the Games, he wrestled to the semifinal match and won a bronze medal. He returned as a member of the World Championship team in 1990 and also won his weight class at the Goodwill Games in Russia.
Carr continued his participation in the sport as an assistant coach at West Virginia University. After his retirement from WVU, he moved to Jones County, Georgia. There, his son, Nate Carr, Jr. was a nationally ranked high school wrestler and 3-time state champion. Nate, Jr. originally committed to West Virginia University, but instead opted to attend Iowa Central Community College where he won the NJCAA 157-pound National Title. He went on to sign with Iowa State University.
Nate Carr served as a Pastor for many years in Georgia and built a thriving ministry there. During this time he continued to help coach wrestling for Jones County High School and at camps and clinics across the country. He was also a commentator for Real Pro Wrestling on the PAX network.
Nate is now in Ohio and is the Head Wrestling Coach for Perry High School in Perry, Ohio.