By Emily Unnone, Contributing Writer
Summer Olympic fans have one more thing to cheer about with the upcoming games in Rio de Janeiro. Alumnus Aaron Joel “A.J.” Monseau, M.D. was given the opportunity to be the team physician for USA Wrestling this month.
Dr. A.J. Monseau, is an emergency medicine and sports medicine physician and a West Liberty University graduate who will be receiving the opportunity of a lifetime. Wrestling has had a huge impact on his life far before the 2016 Summer Olympics. While at West Liberty, Monseau was a wrestler himself, like his father, the legendary Dr. Vince Monseau.
While attending West Liberty University, he received All-American honors in the NCAA Division II national championships in 2003. Off the mat he was also an outstanding student. He was awarded the honors of Academic All-American team four times while attending and maintained an exceptional GPA, all while double majoring in biology and chemistry.
On having an Alum represent in the Olympics, senior Daniel Carpenter said, “I think it’s great. A couple years ago they were going to take wrestling out of the Olympic Games and now we have an alum and former wrestler as the team doctor. It really helps put WL on the map and shows students/student athletes that if they can do that, then so can we.”
The Rio Olympic Games begins Friday, August 5 and ends on Sunday, August 21. The wrestling portion will take place in the second week.