IOWA CITY, Iowa – Columbia wrestling alumnus David Barry ’87CC was recently named USA Wrestling’s Myron Roderick Man of the Year at the 2012 Olympic Wrestling Trials at Carver-Hawkeye Arena in Iowa City, Iowa.

Barry has served as the Greco-Roman Team Leader for USA Wrestling since 2009 and continues to lead in that role for the 2012 Olympics Games in London. He has provided financial support for a variety of USA Wrestling projects that provide additional training and competition opportunities for all wrestlers and expanded direct support for elite athletes.

“Columbia wrestling wants to congratulate Dave on his much- deserved award of "Man of the Year" presented to him by USA Wrestling at the Olympic trials,” Andrew F. Barth Head Coach of Wrestling Carl Fronhofer said. “Dave has been a huge part of Columbia wrestling and one of our biggest supporters. His work as the Olympic team leader for the 2012 Games in London has been tremendous for the sport of wrestling and the United States Olympic movement.”

Barry also serves as a steward for the Living The Dream Medal Fund, which provides financial support for the nation’s wrestling champions as they work to represent the United States at the World Championships and the Olympic Games.

In addition, Barry serves as a trustee for Beat The Streets, an organization whose mission is to expand and develop wrestling in the New York City Metropolitan Area from the youth through the Olympic level.

During his Columbia wrestling career, Barry was a first-team All-Ivy League selection as a sophomore, a two-time EIWA placewinner and a team captain as a senior.

In 2011, David Barry and his brother Michael Barry ’89CC generously committed to establishing an endowment in support of a Columbia assistant wrestling coach position. They will receive Athletics Alumni Awards at the 91st Annual Varsity C Celebration: Celebrating Our Student-Athletes on May 1 at Levien Gymnasium.