Cliff Keen Athletic has entered into separate marketing and athlete endorsement deals with men's freestyle wrestler Brent Metcalf and prominent women's wrestling coach Marcie Van Dusen.
Brent Metcalf joins Cliff Keen with a decorated resume in both folkstyle and freestyle wrestling. A two-time NCAA champion from the University of Iowa, the Davison, MI native was also hailed as the 2008 NCAA tournament Outstanding Wrestler and the 2008 Dan Hodge Trophy recipient (the Heisman Trophy of college wrestling).
“Brent has long been known for his aggressive and relentless wrestling style, said Tom Keen of Cliff Keen Athletic, which makes wrestling uniforms and gear. “Off the mat, Brent is a terrific individual, a tough competitor, and will be a great partner for us in wrestling.”
Metcalf recently won the World Team Trials at 66 kilos this past weekend in Stillwater, becoming a two-time World Team Member for USA Wrestling.
A long-time supporter of women's wrestling, Cliff Keen also announced the signing of U.S. women's wrestling team coach Marcie Van Dusen to a marketing and endorsement deal. Van Dusen comes to Cliff Keen with an impressive career in women's wrestling. Originally from California, Van Dusen earned a spot on the 2008 Olympic Team. She was a silver medalist in the 2007 Pam Am Games. Following her Olympic career, Marcie became the first female head wrestling coach at the collegiate level, coaching Menlo College in California. She also coaches the women at Titan Mercury Wrestling Club and serves as program coordinator for Beat the Streets (Los Angeles), mentoring female athletes and future Olympic hopefuls.
“Marcie is a tremendous individual, and one of the real stalwarts of women's wrestling in America. We are delighted to have her join our team and be an advocate for our brand,” Keen concluded.
Metcalf wrestles for the Titan Mercury men's wrestling club, and Van Dusen is the coach for Titan Mercury women's wrestling club.