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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Sykora Joining NDSU Wrestling Staff as Volunteer Assistant

FARGO, N.D. – Four-time NCAA qualifier Cam Sykora will join the North Dakota State University wrestling staff as a volunteer assistant coach for the 2021-22 season, head coach Roger Kish announced Tuesday, June 8.

Sykora, originally from Wheaton, Minn., qualified for the NCAA tournament at 133 pounds from 2017 to 2020. He was a three-time Big 12 Conference placewinner and North Dakota State’s first Big 12 champion in 2020.

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Short named new Augsburg Women’s Wrestling head coach

MINNEAPOLIS — Jake Short, a University of Minnesota alumnus who has served as a coach for an elite wrestling school for the past three years, will be the next head coach of the Augsburg University women’s wrestling team, the university has announced.

Since 2018, Short has served as a coach at the Pinnacle School of Wrestling, an elite training program based in the Twin Cities. He has served as both a girls’ and boys’ wrestling coach at Pinnacle, a program co-owned by legendary wrestlers Jared Lawrence and Brandon Paulson.

In January 2021, Short was named as the head coach for the Minnesota/USA Wrestling women’s state team, leading its practices and training sessions for tournaments.

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Obenson Blanc Named Associate Head Coach for NDSU Wrestling

FARGO, N.D. – Obenson Blanc has been elevated to associate head coach of the North Dakota State University wrestling team for the 2021-22 season, head coach Roger Kish announced Wednesday, June 2.

Blanc has spent the past two seasons with the Bison program, which has crowned two Big 12 Conference champions and qualified 10 wrestlers for the NCAA championships while compiling a 17-7 dual meet record during his time.

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Nelson resigns as SMSU head wrestling coach

MARSHALL, Minn. – Following 14 seasons at Southwest Minnesota State University, head wrestling coach Jesse Nelson announced on Thursday he is resigning his post to pursue an outside professional opportunity.

“I want to thank Chris Hmielewski for taking a chance and hiring me in 2007,” Nelson said. “A big thank you to the rest of the of the SMSU Athletics Department for all of their friendship and mentorship over the past 14 years. The opportunity has been great and has been an amazing ride. I would also like to thank the alumni and my coaching staff for their dedication and passion to Mustang wrestling. Thank you as well to all of the parents and student-athletes that put their faith in me to lead them.”

Nelson, who was named just the fourth head coach in program history on Aug. 22, 2007, groomed 25 national qualifiers—including four two-time qualifiers and three three-time qualifiers—during his tenure. He coached six NCAA All-Americans, including Justin Reinsma in both 2012 and 2013, Jacob Begin in 2015, Cole Wilson in 2016 and Jackson Ryan and Caden Steffen this past season.

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Augsburg women’s wrestling coach Mejia stepping down

MINNEAPOLIS — Augsburg University Women’s Wrestling Head Coach Max Mejia has submitted his resignation, after leading the Auggie program for the past two seasons, the university announced on Tuesday.

Mejia helped to launch the Auggie women’s wrestling program in 2019, coaching the team through its first two seasons. The Auggies finished fifth at the 2021 National Collegiate Women’s Wrestling Championships (NCAA schools) on Saturday, the best finish among all NCAA Division III teams at the event.

“I have appreciated my time here in the Augsburg Athletics Department,” Mejia said. “It has been a blessing to be involved with a university with such a strong wrestling culture. It was special to be a part of the process that led to establishing the only women’s wrestling program in the state of Minnesota.”

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