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Ike Okoli (born March 23, 1988) from Cayce, South Carolina[1] is a beach wrestler who is a 3x U.S. Beach Wrestling Nationals/ World Team Trials champion at +90 kg. Winning in 2013[2][3] 2014 and 2015[4][5] At the 2014 FILA (now known as the UWW or United World Wrestling) Beach World Championships in Katerini, Greece where he earn the bronze medal as a member of the USA World Beach Team with a record of 4 - 1. Okoli was the only world beach medalist of the U.S. delegation in 2014 after suffering travel delays due to inclement weather.[6]

Ike Okoli
Personal information
Born (1988-03-23) March 23, 1988 (age 31)
Columbia, SC
Height6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Event(s)Beach wrestling
College teamUniversity of South Carolina (NCWA)

In 2015, Okoli won gold in the first UWW Pan American Beach Wrestling Championship, where he beat an opponent from Colombia in a best-of three series. Okoli won in two straight matches by 3-0 margins, he was the only U.S. athlete entered in the competition, which featured athletes from Canada, Colombia, Brazil, Venezuela and the United States.[7] Okoli is of Nigerian descent.

Okoli wrestled at Brookland-Cayce High School in Cayce, South Carolina.[8] He later became a 2x NCWA All American for the University of South Carolina.[9][10] In 2013, Okoli help South Carolina to a 2nd-place finish behind the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the NCWA Division II National Team Standings[11]

Prior to South Carolina, Okoli played football for Mount Union University for one season.[12]


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