Shakopee Coach Jim Jackson to Retire

After five seasons leading the Sabers, Jim Jackson has chosen to retire from the head wrestling coaching position for Shakopee High School. Jackson’s long career is well-known in Minnesota wrestling with numerous conference and state wrestling championships on his resume. In Shakopee, he led the Sabers to four conference championships, three section championships, one 2nd place state finish and two state championships.

In September (2020), Jackson started a new career in the private sector and since then has been splitting time between coaching and his new job. “Trying to juggle both is not fair to our student athletes or our entire program, nor is it fair to the company I work for,” said Jackson. “With this change in my life, I feel like it is the right time to focus on my next chapter.”

Taking over the wrestling program in an interim position for this season is assistant coach Marcus Levesseur. Levesseur has also been with the Sabers for five years and has been an integral supporter and mentor of the team. His dedication will allow him to seamlessly lead the present program. Continue reading at www.shakopee.k12.mn.us →

Rutt brings big credentials as new RCTC wrestling coach

Travis Rutt is taking over as the Rochester Community and Technical College’s head wrestling coach, Randy Rager stepping down after 15 impressive seasons on the job.

The motherload would be if Rochester Community and Technical College’s new wrestling coach Travis Rutt was actually eligible to wrestle in a few matches this season.

That’s not going to happen, but Rutt would scare the heck out of opponents. The 29-year-old Rutt was one of the best 184-pounders in the country while competing at the University of Wisconsin, and then among the country’s best 197-pounders after transferring to wrestling power University of Oklahoma.

But it isn’t Rutt’s physical powers that he calls on anymore. Now, it’s his wrestling teaching acumen and people skills that he leans on, and he’s hoping it can help carry RCTC to new heights.

Rutt is taking over for Randy Rager, who stepped down at the end of last season after 15 years as RCTC’s head wrestling coach. The 43-year-old Rager hands off a program that he built into one of junior college’s best. RCTC won non-scholarship division national championships in 2014, 2017 and this past season. Rager was named national non-scholarship division Coach of the Year each of those championship seasons. Continue reading at postbulletin.com

Saint Thomas Academy Names Former East Ridge Coaches as Co-Head Wrestling Coaches

Matt Everson and Graydon Anderson bring passion for wrestling and developing young men to the Academy

MENDOTA HEIGHTS, Minn. – Saint Thomas Academy has named Matt Everson and Graydon Anderson co-head varsity wrestling coaches. Both Everson and Anderson were most recently with the East Ridge High School wrestling program, as head coach and assistant head coach, respectively. Anderson also served as head coach for freestyle + Greco wrestling. Both bring passion for the sport of wrestling and years of coaching experience at the high school level to the Academy.

“I couldn’t be more excited to welcome Coach Everson and Coach Anderson to the Cadet athletic family,” said Interim Athletic Director Dan O’Brien. “They bring years of successful experience developing young men through the sport of wrestling. I’m confident they will be a great addition to Saint Thomas Academy.”

While at East Ridge, the duo developed a struggling program into section champions that ultimately placed 6th in the state team tournament in 2019. They had 9 individual section champions, 7 of whom went on to place in the 2019 state tournament.

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New Ridgewater Coach Brings Strong Athletic Background to the Team

WILLMAR and HUTCHINSON, MN – Ridgewater College Warrior wrestlers will have a new head coach for the 2020-21 season. Meet Joey Brown from Washington state.

Brown comes to Ridgewater College highly recommended after serving the previous five seasons as the head wrestling coach at Snohomish High School in Snohomish, WA, where following this last season, he was named District 1 Coach of the Year.

Brown grew up in Washington and Oregon where he wrestled, played football, baseball, and threw for the track team through high school. After high school, he attended Southern Oregon University and Mayville State University, ND, where he played football and walked on to the wrestling team.

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Hopkins Girls Wrestling Announces Kelli (Rasmussen) Metzger as Head Coach

Hopkins Wrestling Club is pleased to announce the Head Coach for its 2020-2021 inaugural season, Kelli (Rasmussen) Metzger.

Kelli started wrestling at Blue Earth Area High School in Minnesota where she was the first female Varsity wrestler at her school. Kelli continued to wrestle in college at the University of Regina in Saskatchewan where she was a two-time Conference All-American and at Winona State University where she was a two-time NCWA National Champion and Runner-up.

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Jake Lords Joins MSU-Moorhead Coaching Staff

MOORHEAD, Minn. — Minnesota State University Moorhead head wrestling coach Kris Nelson has announced the addition of Jake Lords to the Dragon coaching staff starting this fall.

A native of Rexburg, Idaho, Lords was a three-year varsity letterwinner at Division II Chadron State in Nebraska, where he earned Freshman of the Year honors.

He has spent the past six years as the head wrestling coach at Madison High School in Rexburg.

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Pack Named NDSU Volunteer Assistant Coach

FARGO, N.D. – Former South Dakota State University 157-pounder Cody Pack has been named volunteer assistant wrestling coach at North Dakota State University. NDSU head coach Roger Kish made the announcement today.

Pack, a native of Quincy, Calif., comes from Legends of Gold RTC in Beresford, S.D. He has been an assistant coach and residential life counselor for the IDA residential program. His responsibilities have ranged from teaching freestyle, Greco-Roman and folkstyle skills on the mat to developing diets and motivational techniques to helping young athletes gain balance between competition and daily life.

Currently, Pack is training for the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics in the Greco-Roman discipline. He has placed 4th and 5th at the U.S. World Trials and was a residential athlete at the Olympic Training Center in 2016-17. Pack rolled up 196 wins at Quincy (Calif.) High School, and was a three-time finalist and six-time All-American at the USA Wrestling tournament in Fargo.

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Two-time All-American Austin Marsden Named NDSU Assistant Coach

FARGO, N.D. — Former Oklahoma State All-American wrestler Austin Marsden has been named assistant wrestling coach at North Dakota State University. NDSU head wrestling coach Roger Kish made the announcement today.

Marsden, a native of Crystal Lake, Ill., served as an assistant coach at the University of Buffalo from 2017 to 2019. He helped to develop Bulls’ heavyweight Jake Gunning into an NCAA qualifier during his stay.

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