Nate Engel Wins Bronze at World Maccabiah Games

Nate Engel is the one on the right

Team U.S. who won 12 medals at the annual World Maccabiah Games was coached this weekend by 2006 California Wrestling Hall of Fame inductee Chris Feder. Mr. Feder represented the U.S. at the 8th & 13th World Maccabiah Games in 1969 and 1989, respectively, winning a silver medal in both freestyle and Greco-Roman at both tournaments. Feder also holds the record for the oldest wrestler to medal at the World Maccabiah Games.

The lone California representative Nate Engel (57 kg/125.5 lbs.) who was the champion in 2013, won the bronze medal this year in the freestyle portion of the tournament. A former wrestler of St. Helena High, Engel was a CIF state qualifier. He is currently an assistant coach for the U.S. Naval Academy. The entire team will compete in the Greco-Roman competition on Monday.

Since 1932, over 62,000 athletes have participated in the Maccabiah Games, in a celebration of Jewish Strength and Solidarity. Team USA’s success is not only measured by the medals won, but by the impact that the Maccabiah experience had on their lives as well as the friendships they formed.