Kings Mountain, N.C.
Staff Sgt. Dremiel Byers
Event: Greco-Roman Wrestling
Staff Sgt. Dremiel Byers, an accomplished Greco-Roman wrestler with the Army’s World Class Athlete Program (WCAP), did not plan to join the Army.
“I had a football scholarship to North Carolina A & T and after one year I had some problems at home that required my attention,” the 2008 Olympian recalls. “So I gave up my scholarship and signed up for a two-year enlistment.”
Twelve years later, Byers has found a home in the Army.
“Something happened at my first duty station and I realized how fortunate I was to be around these people. Then I got around the guys on the team and it became a family. These guys taught me how to be a man and you don’t walk away from that,” Byers said.
He joined the WCAP in 1996.
Byers won a spot on the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team at the trials held in Las Vegas, Nev. He is currently ranked number one at 120 kilograms for Team USA. When asked if he has any plans of getting out of the service, Byers exclaimed “they will have to kick me out twice! The Army allows you to dream big and I’m proud to be a part of it.”
Of note: Was in Athens as a training partner for 2004 Bronze medalist Rulon Gardner (who was also the 2000 Gold medalist)<< Return to Homepage