Casey Cunningham
Position: Assistant Coach
High School: Fulton HS
Alma Mater: Central Michigan University
Graduating Year: 1999
Casey Cunningham
Courtesy: Associated Press
Release: 06/01/2008

Casey Cunningham, one of the top wrestlers in CMU history, completed his seventh season as an assistant coach at his alma mater in 2008.

Cunningham capped his collegiate career in 1999 by winning the national championship at 157 pounds. He was CMU wrestling’s first Division I national champion and only the second individual national champion in any sport in school history. He was named CMU’s Most Valuable Wrestler all four years of his career.

The 31-year-old Middleton, Michigan native was an All-American as a junior and senior and was the national runner-up in 1998. He won three MAC championships (1996, 1997, 1999) and was twice named MAC Wrestler of the Year (1998, 1999).

Cunningham qualified for nationals all four years and twice participated in the National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) All-Star Dual. His championship resumÈ includes three Penn State Open titles and two Midlands championships, where he was named Champion of Champions during his senior year.

Cunningham also shined in the classroom where he was CMU wrestling’s first three-time Academic All-MAC selection. He earned first team NWCA Academic All-America honors twice and was an honorable mention pick twice.

Cunningham finished his college career with a 134-19 career record. He holds several CMU records including career wins (134), career winning percentage (.876), and single-season winning percentage (.971 in 1998-99). He ranks sixth on the career pins list with 31.

At Fulton High School, Cunningham was an All-American who captured two state championships. He earned all-state honors three times and had a career record of 176-15.

He received his bachelor’s degree in sociology with an emphasis in criminal justice from CMU in 1999.

In 2002, he took second at both the U.S. Freestyle Nationals and World Team Trials wrestling at 74 kg. He won the Dave Schultz International Open in 2003 along with taking third at the U.S. Freestyle Nationals and the World Team Trials. He finished third at the U.S. Nationals in 2004.
Cunningham resumed his international career in 2007, finishing second at both the U.S. Senior Nationals and World Team Trials.

Cunningham married the former Tara Nott in July of 2003. The couple have two sons, Hayden William (2) and Asher Michael (1). In his free time, he enjoys hunting and playing cards. His younger brother, Ryan, was a three-time All-American for CMU.