Tony Ramos announces his next wrestling stop
Tony Ramos sent ripples through the wrestling world earlier this month when he announced he was leaving Iowa during a post-Olympic Trials news conference.
On Wednesday, the 2014 NCAA champion and two-time World Team member revealed his next stop.
In a Twitter statement that expressed his gratitude to coaches and fans at Iowa and stated his excitement for a new opportunity, Ramos announced he’ll continue training and begin his coaching career as an assistant to Coleman Scott at North Carolina.
Ramos defeated his new boss earlier this month at the Olympic Trials, but that match against Scott became a footnote to the story of his last outing inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena. After losing to former Iowa teammate Daniel Dennis in the best-of-three championship series at 125.5 pounds, Ramos voiced his displeasure over how the Iowa program handled having two Olympic hopefuls in the same training environment and said he felt betrayed.
His farewell message Wednesday had a different tone.
“I am extremely thankful for being a part of the Hawkeye wrestling family and tradition over the past eight years,” Ramos wrote. “It was an honor for me to wear black and gold and compete in front of fans who love and understand the sport. My family and I will always be Hawkeyes and Iowa City will always hold a special place in our hearts (from meeting my wife in the training room at Carver, to blowing the roof off a sold-out arena and bringing out the patented double rainbows to the birth of my son.
“I am thankful for the coaches who have been by my side during this journey and transformed me from a non-placer at NCAAs to a two-time World Team member. My ultimate goal is to be the best in the world and to do so, I am moving on to explore different styles, techniques and perspectives to add to the foundation built during my time as a Hawkeye.
“There are some exciting things happening in Chapel Hill and I can’t wait to get out there with the coaching staff and be part of the legacy that is to come.”