Voorheesville Blackbirds


Shawn Sheldon was a 3rd place finisher in the New York State Championship in 1983 when he wrestled for the Voorheesville Blackbirds.

Shawn went on to wrestle for SUNY Albany where he was a 1986 NCAA Division III National Champion and a three time All American.

Sheldon also won the U.S. National Greco-Roman Championships nine times and was second in the U.S. Nationals eight times. He was a two-time World Cup champion, winning titles in 1989 and 1996. He was also third in the 1987 and 1991 Pan American Games. Sheldon won a U.S. record nine Greco-Roman World Cup medals during his career. He was a five-time Concord Cup gold medalist

Sheldon placed fourth in the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona, Spain, and competed in the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul, South Korea. He was also a silver medalist at the 1991 World Championships. Sheldon competed in eight World Championships for the United States.

Shawn was part of 5 US Olympic teams and was one of the most successful Greco-Roman wrestlers in American history, competing on the national and international levels for almost two decades. He was a US National Team Member for 13 consecutive seasons 1988-2001. Shawn was a three time Belt Series Recipient 1989, 1993 and 1998 as USA wrestling outstanding wrestler of the year.

He was an assistant wrestling coach at his alma mater, SUNY-Albany from 1991-1993. Sheldon served as the Colorado State Junior National Team Head Coach in 2002 and the New York State Junior National Team Assistant Coach in 1993. Sheldon is a bronze-level certified coach in USA Wrestling's National Coaches Education Program.

Along with Andy Seras of Sandy Hook, Conn., Sheldon was named by USA Wrestling to serve as a 2006 U.S. Greco-Roman World Team coach, working at the Wrestling World Championships in Guangzhou, China.

He was a club coach with the New York Athletic Club, which won the 2005 U.S. Nationals team title in Greco-Roman and placed four athletes on 2005 U.S. Greco-Roman World Team. Sheldon coached at the U.S. Olympic Training Center for a number of years, assisting with the resident program. He has also coached many U.S. teams on international tours.

Shawn was named the 2005 Greco-Roman Coach of the year by USA Wrestling. He has coached 5 High School State Champions, 15 USA National Champions and 1 World Champion.

Sheldon has been the Florida National Team Coach since 2003. He is also the American Heritage School - Delray Coach since 2015.

As of 2017, Shawn is the owner of Olympic Networking Technology and provides computer networking services to small businesses in Florida.