Richard Schlotfeldt and Andover Wrestling
By Brian Jerzak
When Richard Schlotfeldt took over the Andover wrestling program, it wasn't something he had planned. Although he had been involved in wrestling since he was a young boy, becoming a coach – much less a head coach – was not on his radar. He had worked at the University of Minnesota for years but was ready for a change.
"I liked what I was doing at the 'U,' but I didn't think it was something I could do until I retired, so I thought I would try something different," Schlotfeldt said. "A friend recommended teaching. At the time, there was an opening at Andover High School. After teaching for a year, I thought I would help with the youth or wherever they needed help in the wrestling program."
Some persuasive voices in the community and Schlotfeldt's own family moved up Schlotfeldt's coaching timeline.