Summer 2024

Liberty Wrestler Proposes To Girlfriend Minutes After Winning National Title

There are moments in your life that you never forget. For Liberty wrestler Josh Ferenczy, he had two of those in the span of a few minutes.

Last month, Josh, competing as the top ranked wrestler, reached the finals of the NCWA National Wrestling Championships. After a tough match, Josh became a National Champion, winning the NCWA title by defeating Clay Kocsis of  Penn State – Mont Alto.

But it was what he did next that made the night one he and his girlfriend would never forget.

After winning the match, while his hand was being raised in victory, Ferenczy took the post-match celebration to another level by bringing his girlfriend Riana Turner up to the podium. Josh caught the ring, tossed by a friend and then dropped to one knee, pledged his love for Riana and popped the question.

Turner said yes.

Photo Courtesy: Dana Podell

“I wasn’t thinking about doing any proposal when you have the toughest match of your life coming up right before, that you are mentally preparing for,” said Ferenczy. “It was like instantaneous for me, kind of jumped from one to the other.”

“That was the first time in 34 years of coaching that I’ve seen that happen at a wrestling match,” Liberty Head Coach Jesse Castro said. “He actually proposed to his girlfriend right on the stage after he won the national championship.”

The proposal may not have been planned but Josh and Riana could not be happier

“It was perfect. It was just what you want to hear,” said Turner. “He’s actually my first boyfriend. It’s crazy to be engaged to the first man I ever loved.”

Photo Credit: Dana Podell

Best wishes to Josh and Riana on a long and happy marriage.