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Mike Letts

Mike Letts

Mike Letts is an American wrestler, celebrated as one of the most successful athletes ever produced by the University of Maryland's Terrapins wrestling program as well as a Division 1, NCAA All American. After retiring from competition as an athlete, Letts went on to become a successful coach, particularly revered for his work with the United States Naval Academy.

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- 1st Place AA State Championship (2005, 2006)
- 1st Place Beast of the East Tournament (2006)
- 3rd Place AA State Championship (2004)
- 6th Place AA Region (2003)

NCAA All American (2011)
NCAA qualifier (2007, 2008, 2011)
- 1st Place ACC Championship (2007, 2008)
- 7th NCAA Championship (2011)
- ACC Tournament Most Outstanding Wrestler (2011)

- 1st Place US Junior NationalChampionships (2008)
- 3rd Place FILA Junior World Championships (2008)

- 174 lbs

- Octorara High School
- University of Maryland
- Naval Academy (Coach)

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Mike Letts Biography

Mike Letts was born in Parkesburg, a borough in Chester County, Pennsylvania, United States, being the son of Karen and Rich Letts.

Although little to no references could be found for this piece regarding Letts' early days in wrestling, his potential was on full display as soon he joined the Octorara High School “Braves” team. With constant improvement with each passing year, Letts first earned a respectful 6th place at the regional championship, during his freshman year, going on to earn a third place in his 2nd year for Octorara and 1st from then on, proving he was destined for greatness. By the time Mike was finished with high school, he had 3 state championships to his name.

The good form displayed during his high school days earned Mike Letts a few options for college, with the Pennsylvania native opting to join the University of Maryland and the Uni's well known Terrapins wrestling squad.

As he had done in high-school, Mike hit the ground running during his first year with the Terps by producing a 31-7 record as a rookie. Letts also became the Terps' first true freshman to advance to the NCAA Tournament since 1990.

As a junior (2008-09) Letts took a break from team competition, opting to gain experience in the open tournament circuit where he put together a 26-3 record, winning tournaments in Eastern Michigan, NC State, East Stroudsburg, and Penn State. Mike returned to the Maryland lineup the following year, although an injury forced him to end his season prematurely.

After his time off the team by choice and by injury, Letts enjoyed his most successful season, as a senior, a time when he was voted by his peers to serve as Maryland's team captain. Mike went on to conquer the ACC Tournament's Most Outstanding Wrestler trophy and place 7th at the NCAA Championship.

In 2011 Letts graduated with a bachelor's degree in criminal justice, after which he joined the United States Naval Academy as an Assistant Wrestling Coach in Annapolis. After being praised by the team, Mike was offered a leading job at the Naval Academy Prep School team, where he spent 5 years before returning to the Annapolis training center where he rejoined the coaching staff while serving also as an instructor in the Physical Education Department.

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