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Jason Silverstein

Apex North and Central Instructor

 

Jason Silverstein has been a part of The Apex Wrestling School coaching corps since its inception in 2001 (and he has the OG Apex gear to prove it!)  A New Jersey wrestling legend himself, Silverstein’s wrestling career in the Garden State, and then collegiate career in the Big Ten in the midwest paralleled Damion Logan and Dane Tabano’s wrestling career trajectory.

 

As a high school student-athlete, Silverstein was in a rare category of wrestlers who made it to the podium in both the NJSIAA state tournament and the Prep School National tournament.  Wrestling in his junior year for the Rams of Ramsey High School, Silverstein finished 5th/6th in the 1995 NJSIAA state tournament in the 112 pound weight class.  After transferring to Blair Academy for his senior year, Silverstein captured a Prep National tournament title at 119 pounds in 1996.  This championship finish made Silverstein a much desired recruit to NCAA wrestling programs throughout the country.

 

Silverstein chose to pursue his postsecondary wrestling career at Purdue University.  As a student-athlete for the Boilermakers, Silverstein earned All-American recognition, placing 8th in the 1999 NCAA tournament, which he entered as a 12 seed. 

 

After completing a Bachelor’s degree in Construction Management from Purdue, Silverstein went on to offer his time as an assistant coach at various New Jersey high schools, including St. Mary’s, Queen of Peace, and David Brearly. He trained and sat matside for a number of high-achieving high school state medalists and champions.  Silverstein also volunteered a great deal of his time to help get the original Apex Wrestling School in South Hackensack off the ground.  He still volunteers his time to Apex to this day, where his son, Zach, a high achieving youth wrestler, trains regularly in the youth wrestling program.   

Jason currently lives in Oakland with his wife, Lisa, daughter Alexa, and sons Zachary and Jake. He works as a superintendent of operations for the Hunter Roberts Construction Group

 

Silverstein’s proudest moment as a wrestling coach: “One of the high school wrestlers I coached came up to me crying after a match and thanking me for helping him take third place in the district tournament as a senior and achieving his goal of qualifying for the regional tournament.”