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Ullyott resigns from coaching Laker wrestling after 30 years

When Rob Ullyott took over the Detroit Lakes wrestling head coaching position in 1996, he was determined to build a culture that would impact student-athletes positively. As Ullyott steps down from the job 26 years later, it’s safe to say the program is in a better place than when he found it.

Ullyott announced he was resigning from the head coaching role in a Facebook post this week–putting an end to a combined 32 years of coaching wrestling.

“There were a lot of contributing factors,” Ullyott said of his decision to resign. “I think change is good. If we want to take further steps with our program and grow, I think new blood is an important thing. You can only build something so far, and it takes a lot of energy and new ideas to help programs continue to grow. I think our program might benefit from a change in leadership.”

Ullyott got his start in his hometown of Walhalla, ND, in 1990 as an assistant coach. He then moved to Detroit Lakes to take a teaching job in 1992, which led him to the Laker wrestling program. After five years of being a Detroit Lakes assistant coach, he took his first and last head coaching gig. Continue reading at dl-online.com →

Eustice Named Head Assistant Wrestling Coach at Davidson

DAVIDSON, N.C. – Ty Eustice has been named the head assistant coach of the Davidson Wrestling program, head coach Andy Lausier announced Monday.

The Blue Earth, Minn. native wrestled collegiately at the University of Iowa where he was a two-time All American and a four-time NCAA Qualifier. In 2006, Eustice was a NCAA Finalist. He was also a four-time High School State Champion in Minnesota.

“I am so excited to welcome Ty and his family to Davidson, and I am confident that there isn’t a better fit for our program and our scholar-athletes,” Lausier said. “Ty’s competitive and coaching accomplishments are world-class, and he is a product of one of the greatest wrestling programs in the history of our sport.

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Moreno joins Itasca coaching staff

Itasca Community College coach Joseph Umlauf has announced that Morgen Moreno has been named as an assistant coach for the Vikings.

Coach Moreno is a graduate from Rochester Community & Technical College where he was an All-American at 197 pounds in 2019. Moreno graduated from Hayfield in 2018 where he was a state placewinner. Moreno will direct upper-weight operations, social media/marketing operations, program development, and student-athlete academic support.

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Osing Named MSUM Wrestling Assistant Coach

MOORHEAD, Minn. — Minnesota State University Moorhead head wrestling coach Kris Nelson has announced that Griffin Osing has been named as an assistant coach on the Dragon coaching staff.

Osing spent the past two seasons as a graduate assistant on the Northern State coaching staff. He helped the Wolves to an undefeated season, an NSIC championship, and a fifth-place finish at the regional tournament.

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Berge Joins Jackrabbits Coaching Staff

Two-time NCAA qualifier Brady Berge will join the South Dakota State wrestling coaching staff as a volunteer assistant, head coach Damion Hahn announced Saturday.

“We are ecstatic to announce the addition of Brady Berge to our coaching staff,” Hahn said. “Brady brings a wealth of knowledge and experience having competed on some of the biggest stages. His wrestling mind and strong work ethic will most definitely elevate our program.”

A native of Mantorville, Minnesota, Berge competed at Penn State for four seasons, 2017-18 through 2020-21, compiling a 31-9 career record. He wrestled at 149 pounds for the Nittany Lions during the 2018-19 season, earning his first trip to the NCAA Championships and finishing with a 20-5 overall record.

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Chayse Jackson named head wrestling coach at SMSU

MARSHALL, Minn. – Southwest Minnesota State University Interim Director of Athletics Bruce Saugstad announced on Thursday the hiring of Chayse Jackson as the next head wrestling coach at SMSU.

Jackson comes to SMSU after serving the past three seasons as an assistant coach at Minot State University. Jackson, who becomes just the fifth head coach in the 55-year history of the program, takes over for Jesse Nelson, who announced his resignation on May 6 after 14 seasons as head coach.

“We are thrilled to welcome Chayse as our next head wrestling coach,” Saugstad said. “Chayse was outstanding in the interview process as his philosophy and vision made him the person to lead our program. 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.”

Jackson helped Minot State make significant improvements during his three-year tenure. In 2019-20, MSU recorded a Division II-era record six dual wins, as well as victories over three Top 25 programs. The team also received its first-ever Division II national ranking. During his first year on staff in 2018-19, the Beavers had three NWCA Scholar All-Americans, four Super Region V place-winners, and a school-record two national qualifiers.

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New RCTC wrestling staff set for 2021-22

Rochester, MN – The RCTC athletic department is happy to announce Andy Hackenmueller as the new head coach of the RCTC wrestling program. Coach Hackenmueller will be taking over for former coach Travis Rutt to lead an RCTC wrestling program that historically is one of the top programs in the country.

The Jackets are coming off a non-scholarship national championship in 2020-21. Coach Hackenmueller has coached at many different levels in his young career, including, youth, high school, and national levels. He served as a coach with the Minnesota Storm National High School Team, as well as with Forest Lake High School.

Coach Hackenmueller wrestled at North Dakota State University and the University of Wisconsin-Lacrosse. “I am excited to get to work and pick up where Coach Rutt and Coach Rager left off. My goals are very very high for the team and the program. We will strive to win titles, earn degrees, and improve ourselves in all aspects of life. I intend to utilize my passion and connections to help all of my athletes reach their ultimate goals and get them to where they want to be.”

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