Cory Ace returns for his second season on the Old Dominion staff after a successful campaign as a wrestler and graduate-assistant at his alma mater, Edinboro.
Last year, Ace concentrated with the middle-weights and helped the Monarchs to their best season in nine years, going 11-5 and finishing conference competition at 6-2.
As a competitor, Ace was a 2002 All-American at 133 pounds and was ranked as high as seventh in the nation his junior and senior years. Ace wrestled 141 his freshman, sophomore and senior years and was a four-time NCAA qualifier.
At the 2002 NCAA Championships in Albany, N.Y., Ace came in unseeded and rebounded from a first-round loss to eventual third-place finisher Witt Durden of Oklahoma to win four straight matches in the consolations.
Ace was a Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference in 2002, and an Eastern Wrestling League champion in 2003. He aided the Fighting Scots Matt King (165) and Nate Yetzer (174) to All-American status and also aided in Deonte Penn's EWL crown at 149 pounds in 2003-04.
"I'm excited to be a part of the new regime at Old Dominion." Ace said. "I feel that we can be immediately competitive and I'm glad to be a part of a program that has winning in mind and the commitment from the coaching staff, the wrestlers and the administration."
"In the time I've been here, I've learned a lot from coach Steve Martin. I feel that as a coaching staff, we mesh well which is going to help the program." Ace said.
Originally from Franklin, Pa., Ace was high school teammates with Penn State All-Americans Josh Moore and Scott Moore (who later placed third at the University of Virginia). While at Franklin H.S., Ace won the Pennsylvania state title at 135 pounds in 1998.
Ace is single and resides in Norfolk, Va. He enjoys mixed martial arts, golfing and fishing, both freshwater and saltwater.