Bison Past And Present: Adam Aho, A Wrestling Life

Adam Aho continues to make an impact on and off the mat, this time as head coach for the University of Mary in Bismarck.

Adam Aho may not have known it, but he was destined to become a wrestling coach. With mentors like his father, Marty, an assistant coach at Frazee High School for 44 years, legendary Bison wrestling coach Bucky Maughan and Minnesota State University Mankato head coach Jim Makovsky, he was groomed to become a coach. He was not even 30 years of age when Aho got his first head coaching job at the University of Mary in Bismarck. He has now turned a once-dismal program around and is looking to leave his mark.

Coming from Frazee, Minnesota, Aho was immediately on the radar of North Dakota State’s wrestling program. His senior year with the Hornets saw him compile an unreal 47-1 record and a state championship. His 225 career high school wins is still one of the top marks in the state of Minnesota. Never the less, he was pursued by other schools, even after committing to be a Bison.

Aho says Wisconsin came to him very late in the recruiting season. This came after Aho himself defeated several Wisconsin commits in high school matches. While the glare of the Big Ten loomed largely, Aho stayed true to North Dakota State. Continue reading at

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