Two-time All-American Nick Marable came to Morgantown in the summer of 2014 has helped coach Sammie Henson bring the program to new heights in his short tenure.
During the 2014-15 season, the Mountaineers made numerous strides in moving the program forward. WVU defeated a pair of ranked opponents in then-No. 25 Bucknell and then-No. 18 Pitt, briefly making an appearance in the top-25 rankings themselves for the first time in years. The squads win over the rival Panthers was its first since 2007. A trio of wrestlers earned podium honors at the 33rd Annual Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational, leading the Mountaineers to their best showing since 2007 with a 16th-place finish.
The squad produced a program-best 35 points at the 2015 Big 12 Championship, with a team-record four Mountaineers qualifying for the championship finals. Zeke Moisey (125), Roman Perryman (149), Jake A. Smith (197) and A.J. Vizcarrondo (HWT) recorded runner-up finishes at their respective weights and Bubba Scheffel (184) took third as Vizcarrondo became the first two-time finalist in program history.
Moisey, Michael Morales (141), Scheffel and Smith earned at-large bids to the 2015 NCAA Championships in St. Louis, where the Mountaineers became the story of the tournament. Unseeded true freshman Moisey, who had started the season as a redshirt, upset four seeded grapplers to become the first unseeded wrestler to compete in the national championship finals since 2003. Moisey was the first Mountaineer to make the finals since Greg Jones in 2005, and was WVU’s first All-American since 2007.
Within weeks of joining the staff, Marable put West Virginia wrestling on the international map by competing in the 2014 United World Wrestling World Championships in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. His spot on Team U.S.A. meant every member of the WVU wrestling staff had competed in the World Championships. Marable balanced coaching and competing throughout the year, winning the Dave Schultz Memorial International in February and competing for Team U.S.A. at the World Cup in April
Marable joined the staff of the Mountaineers after spending the 2013-14 season as the volunteer assistant coach at Missouri, lending a hand in the Tigers’ 14th-place finish at the NCAA Championships in Oklahoma City and helping two Missouri Tigers earn All-America honors, including true freshman J’den Cox claiming the National Championship at 197 pounds. Prior to his time as volunteer assistant, Marable spent three years as the assistant strength and conditioning coach for the Tigers’ grapplers.
Marable is currently the top-ranked men’s freestyle wrestler at 70 kilograms (154 pounds) in the United States. He was named TheMat.com’s Wrestler of the Week in February after claiming Gold at the Yasar Dogu International in Istanbul, Turkey. Marable defeated the 2012 Olympic champion and two-time world champion Jordan Burroughs on his way to the title. The victory snapped Burrough’s 69-match win streak and was his first loss in his career at the senior level. Marable also won Gold at the Grand Prix in Paris, France, and Gold at the New York Athletic Club International this year. He finished third at the 2013 U.S. Open.
Marable currently wrestles with the Sunkist Kids Wrestling Club and will continue to do so while in Morgantown.
A two-time All-American at 165 pounds for Missouri, Marable was a three-time NCAA qualifier and wrestled to a third-place finish at the 2008 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships. As a senior, he posted a 35-5 record, which included a 13-1 dual mark, and became the 17th Missouri wrestler in program history to join the elite 100-win club.
Winner of three consecutive Big 12 titles, Marable finished his career with 116 wins, the eighth-most in Missouri history, and was awarded Missouri's Hap Whitney Coaches Award honor in 2007, as well as Most Improved Wrestler accolades in 2008.
The Collierville, Tenn., native graduated from Missouri in the spring of 2010 with a degree in psychology.