Northland adds Sam Umlauf to wrestling staff

Northland Community & Technical College head wrestling coach Scott DCamp announced this week that the college has hired Sam Umlauf as the team’s assistant wrestling coach.

Umlauf was a four-time state qualifier and two-time state placewinner for Wausau West High School in Wausau, Wis. He placed third at 125 pounds in 2008 and in 2009, he won a state championship while tying Wisconsin’s season-wins record with 54.

Umlauf received a scholarship to wrestle at Stanford, where he competed at 157 pounds. His collegiate career was cut short by a knee injury that he suffered during his redshirt freshman season in 2010-11. Forced to medically retire, Umlauf stayed with the Cardinal as an assistant coach until his graduation from Stanford this spring.

Now at Northland, Umlauf has goals of helping the program become known as a tough, gritty and technically sound wrestling program that is a powerhouse at the national level.

DCamp said Umlauf brings energy, experience from both a division one program and a top-tier high school program, and a unique wrestling style to Northland.

“Sam is a tremendous addition to this wrestling program,” DCamp said. “He has worked with and learned from some of the best clinicians in the country. We share many of the same wrestling philosophies and I am thrilled to have him be a part of Northland wrestling.”

Umlauf is employed as a water resources engineer at Houston Engineering in Thief River Falls. He currently resides in Grand Forks, N.D., with his wife Jessica.

Umlauf comes from a wrestling family that also includes his younger brother, Joe, a four-time state qualifier and two-time state runner-up who will be a freshman at North Dakota State this year. Northland will be competing at the Bison Open Nov. 9, which will may give Umlauf a chance to coach against his younger brother.

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