Trent Paulson comes to Charlottesville from Ames, Iowa where he served as member of the Iowa State University wrestling staff and the Cyclone Wrestling club in various capacities since 2009. In addition to being one of the most decorated folkstyle wrestlers of his era, Trent spent many years on the senior level freestyle circuit. His vast international experience and relationships around the globe uniquely position the Cavalier Wrestling Club and our senior level athletes for continued success.
On the senior level circuit, Paulson focused on the freestyle discipline, where he was a four-time member of the United States National Team, US Open national champion and earned a spot on the 2009 world team. Paulson added several international titles to his resume, winning the 2008 Dave Schultz Open, 2011 Sunkist Open and 2010 NYAC Open.
The Council Bluffs, Iowa, native is one of the most decorated wrestlers in Iowa State history, wrestling to a national title, three All-America honors and 116 career victories. Paulson is one of just 11 in Cyclone history to achieve all three milestones in a Cardinal and Gold singlet. Paulson also picked up two Big 12 titles, as well as a pair of titles at the University National Championships in 2005 (Greco) and 2006 (Freestyle).
As a coach, Paulson got his start as a volunteer at Nebraska from 2008-09 before joining the Iowa State support staff. He coached the Cyclones for four years before being named the head coach of the Cyclone Wrestling Club in 2012. Paulson worked with the club's senior-level athletes for a year before making his return to the Iowa State program as one of four former world-team members on staff.