It’s A New Era For The Mustangs

Southwest Minnesota State University has a new staff and new ideas

By Matt Krumrie

It’s a new era for the Southwest Minnesota State University wrestling team. In May, Jesse Nelson announced his resignation as head coach after 14 seasons. In July, Chayse Jackson was named head coach, coming to SMSU after serving the past three seasons as an assistant coach at Minot State University. Before joining the staff at Minot State, Jackson spent two seasons as a graduate assistant coach at the University of Dubuque (2016-18) and one season as a volunteer assistant coach at Grand Canyon University (2015-16). Jackson was a five-year member (2011-16) and two-time team captain for the Grand Canyon University wrestling program.

“We are thrilled to welcome Chayse as our next head wrestling coach,” said SMSU Interim Director of Athletics Bruce Saugstad. “He has a tremendous work ethic, energy, and passion for the sport, which will be invaluable to our student-athletes both on and off the mat. We look forward to Chayse’s leadership to help continue to build on our wrestling tradition.”

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