Hall of Fame coach Dave Arens passed away on January 19, 2024. He was 90 years old. Arens coached wrestling at Jordan High School from l961 to l968 and Bloomington Kennedy High School from l975 to l984.
While at Bloomington Kennedy, Arens’ teams placed third in state five times and won state titles in l980 and l984. He coached ten individual state champions for The Eagles. In l979, Brad Tufto and Chuck Vavrosky became Kennedy’s first. In l980, Dave’s son, Todd, won a state title. Other state champions and standouts include John Morgan, Dave Wiklund, Chris Lembeck, Danny Collins, Blake Bonjean, Dave Meir, and Marty Morgan, to name a few. Marty Morgan went on to win a DI National Championship and coached with J Robbinson at The University of Minnesota. Lembeck and Gordy Morgan were DI college All-Americans. Brothers Gordy and John Morgan were eventual United States Olympians in Greco-Roman wrestling.