Class of 2013

Providence Catholic | University of Illinois

Karl Roesler competed for Providence Catholic from 1990 to 1994 and was a part of the Celtics rise to power in Illinois wrestling.

Wrestling for IWCOA Hall of Fame coach Keith Healy at Providence, Roesler captured the 189-pound IHSA State Championship in 1994. A two-time All-State wrestler he also played and lettered in football.

Roesler continued his wrestling career at the University of Illinois compiling a superb 87 -35 record. Under IWCOA Hall of Famer Mark Johnson’s direction Roesler became a two- time NCAA All American.

Following his collegiate career Roesler was the 1996 Espoir National Champion as well as placing second at the Ocean Pacific Games.

Roesler coached briefly at the University of Illinois for the 2001 season and at Columbia University the following year.

An avid outdoorsman Roesler currently is the Outdoor Instructor for REI Outdoor School. He is a member of several organizations including College Access Consortium of New York and Partners for After school education, the Association for Equality and Excellence in Education, Bay Area Wilderness Training, Wilderness Medicine Institute and the Appalachian Mountain Club Youth Opportunity Program.

Roesler hobbies include International travel and adventure such as Extensive Trekking in Switzerland, Argentina, Chile, Turkey, India, Alaska and various U.S. National Parks. In addition he enjoys Sea Kayaking trips to Arcadia NP, Maine, Glacier Bay, Alaska and Abel Tasmin.

Roesler has also completed self-sufficient solo cycling tours to Iceland, New Zealand, Canada, and the West Coast. He is a three-time medalist at the Master Track Nationals.