New CSU Bakersfield head coach Manny Rivera heads back home to California

Former Gopher All-American Manny Rivera leaves NDSU

Episode 270 of the Short Time Wrestling Podcast visits with the new head wrestling coach at CSU Bakersfield, Manny Rivera.

After an All-American career at the University of Minnesota, Rivera spent time at the University of Virginia and North Dakota State before taking the reigns of the Roadrunner program in his native California.

Rivera first broke on to the national scene as a senior in high school, winning the 2003 NHSCA Senior Nationals. He was only third in the state of California his senior year, but avenged a semifinal loss to Gabe Flores and beat eventual teammate Mack Reiter along the way. Listen/continue reading at

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