Daniel Shoaf

2021 - Projects at 149/157# // 5'9", 160lbs // 4.53 weighted GPA

Laney High School // Wilmington, NC // djshoaf3@gmail.com

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Personal Statement

Given the late start I got into wrestling, I strongly believe that my best days are ahead of me. I'm confident that I would excel on a college wrestling team because I am always asking questions, looking for ways to get better, and surrounding myself with athletes who share the same goals. My drive to improve is what separates me from other wrestlers - I am always first on and last off of the mat each day.

Academic Info

High School: Laney High School

Weighted GPA: 4.53

Unweighted GPA: 3.95

Class Rank: Top 5%

Preferred Field of Study: Kinesiology and Exercise Science

Athletic History

2019-20 Overall Record: 26-13


2020-2021 Off Season

  • Daystar Duals

  • Tyrant Duals

  • Armageddon

  • The Bear Weekend of Wrestling, 3rd place finish

    • Won 6 straight, outscoring opponents 38-7

  • Super 32

  • Grappler Fall Classic


  • Jerry Daniels Invitational, 1st place finish

  • Matthews-Griffin-Burt Memorial, 3rd place finish

  • WRAL Invitational, 8th place finish

  • Jolly Roger Invitational, 2nd place finish


  • Received 2019-20 Coach's Award

  • Received 2017-18 Coach's Award

  • 2019-20 Team Captain

  • 2018-19 Team Captain

Best Position: Neutral

Bench Press: 210

Squat: 275

Deadlift: 375

Wrestling Background

After I began wrestling my freshman year, I soon realized that “working hard” wasn’t enough; that just going to school practices wasn’t enough for me to reach my goal of becoming a state champion. I may have gotten a late start compared to other kids, but this was no deterrent, I was driven and determined to be the best. I quickly became the one asking the most questions, seeking the most help, and trying to take advantage of all possible opportunities to grow.

My ex-teammate, now a Division II wrestler, would wrestle at this local club where the members consisted of mostly state qualifiers, placers, and champions. Afraid at first, but knowing that it was the place I needed to be, I joined the club. Ever since the first practice, I fell in love with the process. Day in and day out I started to get improve until the point where I was teaching others how to perform the drills. Through wrestling state placers, now Division I wrestlers, I gained intensity, focus, and other intangibles that closed the gap with them. Unfortunately, this club shutdown in March. I then sought the next best place to go and found a club about an hour away that was a great fit. Here, at the North Carolina Wrestling Factory, I found experienced and committed wrestlers to train with 3x/week.

Recently, I moved two hours away to Wilmington, NC in order to train under Alan Waters (2X NCAA All-American) and Boomer Boyd (both former collegiate wrestlers for the University of Missouri). This was a big step for me and my family, but I'm excited for the opportunity to train at an elite club. I look forward to competing again soon to get a running start into what I believe will be a very successful senior season!


Currently training at Innovate Wrestling 6x/week

Trained at various clubs in 2020 (NC Wrestling Factory, RAW, Innovate)

Wrestle 4x/week at The Crew (2019-2020)

University of Michigan Wrestling Camp (2019)

Askren Funky Fresh Wrestling Camp (2019)

Coach References

Boomer Boyd

Club Coach (Innovate)



Casey Gashaw

Club Coach (RAW)



Dave Pyper

High School Head Coach (Athens Dr HS)



Jay Maroney

Club Coach (Crew)



Contact Info

Daniel Shoaf


919-532-9768 mobile

Twitter: @danielshoaf_