Daniel Dennis, a former Olympic Wrestler, visited the Scouts practice on Thursday to give some tips and motivation to the team.
He attended Grant High School along with wrestling coach Matt Fiordirosa, where he was a two-time Illinois state runner up . His esteemed high school career led to his college career at the University of Iowa, where he was a two-time All American for the Hawkeyes, including a stunning last second defeat in the 2010 NCAA Finals match.
Following his defeat, he checked out from wrestling for a couple years and moved around the western United States coaching wrestling. When he returned to wrestling, he made two national teams in 2015 and 2016. He qualified for the 2016 Olympics but was eliminated in the first round by Vladimir Dubov. Dennis has also won the University Nationals Championship, the Grand Prix of Spain in 2015.