Steve Mocco was one of the most dominant high school wrestlers in recent history as well as an NCAA champion and US Olympian. He wrestled for the top 2 college wrestling teams in the country. He talks about his career and wrestling for MMA and Jiu-Jitsu. Click “Read More” for show notes!


  • Growing up in a wrestling family
  • Learning from Coach Dave Schultz as a kid
  • His strong work ethic and naturally aggressive attitude from the day he stepped on the mat
  • The family tragedy that molded him as a competitor
  • The importance of dealing with pressure as a combat athlete
  • Why he made every match personal and how it helped him
  • The importance of being “coachable”
  • How to deal with people who are less than coachable as a coach
  • Healthy doses of aggression in your game
  • Has modern society discouraged aggression in kids?
  • The hardest part of Wrestling
  • The difficulty of keeping teens invested in Wrestling
  • Nature vs Nurture in Wrestling
  • Why you should be drilling
  • Keeping class fun for kids
  • His high school career
  • The high school to college jump
  • The selection process of D-1 Wrestling
  • The Judo influence in his game
  • His controversial decision to switch from University of Iowa to their fierce rival Oklahoma State
  • The cultural differences between Iowa and Oklahoma
  • The backlash in Iowa when he switched teams
  • Winning the NCAA title
  • The struggle of college athletes
  • Rivalries in Wrestling
  • Training on the Olympic team compared to D-1 teams
  • His Olympic experience
  • Stylistic match ups in the Olympics based on regions
  • How American Wrestling has the edge over styles of other regions
  • His MMA career
  • Wrestling for Jiu-Jitsu
  • His role as President of Florida USA Wrestling
  • His summer camps for kids