1992 NCAA Division 3 National Champion - Trenton State University
4-Time NCAA All-American
Perhaps the best lightweight the Shore Conference has ever produced, Steve Rivera made history in 1992 when he became the first wrestler from the Shore to earn All-American honors four times at the collegiate level. And he did it in grand fashion, defeating Plymouth State's Kevin Sheehan, 2-1, to claim the 118-pound National Championship.
In addition to being a four-time All-American for the Lions, Rivera was also a three-time Metropolitan Conference Champion, and served as team captain.
At the high school level, Rivera won the NJSIAA State Championship at 102 pounds in 1987, and was the runner-up in 1986. He also claimed the Region 6 title in 1987 and was a two-time District 24 champion.
His accomplishments at the collegiate and high school levels led to his inductions into the Region 6 Hall of Fame and the Manalapan High School Hall of Fame.
Currently Rivera is the head trainer of Elite Wrestling in Jackson, one of the top wrestling clubs in New Jersey.
Steve Rivera - National Champion - All American - Manalapan - Shore Conference Wrestling