Bob Guzzo is entering his 28th year as head wrestling coach at NC State. During his nearly three decades in Raleigh, Guzzo has established the Wolfpack as a perennial national power. Guzzo is NC State’s most successful wrestling coach ever, and one of the most successful and respected coaches in the country.
Guzzo’s teams have won 11 ACC championships, the latest coming a year ago, and have finished first or second in the conference 18 times in 27 years. Under Guzzo, the Wolfpack has finished atop the ACC regular-season standings 10 times, including a 4-1 regular-season conference record a year ago.
Nationally, the Wolfpack has finished in the top 25 at the NCAA Championships 12 times in the past 22 seasons, and has been represented by at least one wrestler at each of the past 24 NCAA Tournaments.
The 2001 Wolfpack won the ACC championship, the school's 11th under Guzzo and its first since 1996. NC State won eight of its last nine dual matches last season, and then had three individual wrestlers win their respecitve ACC championships enroute to the team title. The Wolfpack finished the season 12-7 overall in the regular season, 4-1 in the ACC.
Four different NC State wrestlers won 20 matches or more in 2001, the first time that has happened since the 1994-95 season, and Zach Breitenbach (17 matches), Pierre Pryor (16 matches) and George Cintron (12 matches) all capped career-longest winning streaks by winning the ACC individual championships at 197, 157 and 125 pounds, respectively. Five Wolfpack wrestlers earned bids to the NCAA Tournament.
Guzzo, who has had just one losing season in 27 years, has compiled an impressive career record of 328-159-7 (.671). He has a 107-48 record against ACC opponents, including a 19-match ACC unbeaten streak from 1980-83. He has won 12 of his last 13 ACC dual matches.
Since Guzzo arrived at NC State in 1974, Wolfpack wrestlers have earned 76 individual ACC titles, and 12 NC State wrestlers have claimed the Outstanding Wrestler Award at the conference tournament. Guzzo has been recognized as the ACC Coach of the Year five times — 1988, 1989, 1991, 1996 and 2001 — in the 16 years that the league has given that honor.
With Guzzo at the helm, 20 Wolfpack wrestlers have earned 27 All-America citations, and four NC State matmen have won national championships. In 1988, Scott Turner won the national title at 150 pounds and was named the Outstanding Wrestler of the NCAA Championships, which is college wrestling’s equivalent of the Heisman Trophy. Matt Reiss won the NCAA crown at 167 as a freshman in 1980, and Tab Thacker bested all heavyweights in 1984. In 1993, Sylvester Terkay concluded a perfect 41-0 season with the NCAA championship at heavyweight.
Guzzo is widely respected throughout the country for his innovations and promotion of college wrestling. In 1981 at Columbus, Ohio, he coached the East team in the prestigious East-West All-Star Classic.
In Guzzo’s first season at NC State (1974-75), he led the Pack to a 12-5 record and was named the National Rookie Coach of the Year by Amateur Wrestling News.
Guzzo attended East Stroudsburg (Pa.) State University, where he wrestled at 123 pounds. As a junior, the Easton, Pa., native was unbeaten, claimed the Pennsylvania State College championship and earned All-America honors. As a senior, Guzzo won the 1966 NAIA national championship at 123 pounds. He graduated in 1966 with a degree in health and physical education.
Prior to coming to NC State, Guzzo coached wrestling and taught physical education for five years at the State University of New York at Canton.
Guzzo lettered in wrestling, football and track at Wilson High School in Easton, twice winning district wrestling championships at 130 pounds. He won 10 varsity letters in all and served as team captain of three sports.
Guzzo is married to the former Janis Fish of Easton, Pa. They have a seven-year-old daughter, Gina, and a six-year-old daughter, Valerie. Guzzo also has a son (Robert) and daughter (Kristi) from a previous marriage.