Randy Baker named Minnesota West Head Wrestling Coach

Few can even imagine, let alone replicate, all the accolades that Randy Baker has compiled both as a wrestler and as a wrestling coach.

Now Baker brings all that knowledge and experience to the Minnesota West Bluejay Wrestling room.

On Thursday (5/23) Randy Baker was introduced as the new head coach of the Bluejay wrestling program.

A long-time high school wrestling coach in Southwest Minnesota, Baker helped lead the wrestling programs of the Lakefield Panthers, Heron Lake-Okabena-Lakefield Silver Bullets, Heron Lake-Okabena-Lakefield/Jackson Jaguars and the Jackson County Central Huskies to 510 dual meet victories in 34 years as head coach (1984 to 2018) He has coached 39 individual state champion wrestlers (2nd all-time in Minnesota), 93 state place winners (3rd all-time in Minnesota) and has lead his teams to 7 State team championships and 14 won region/section team championships. Continue reading at www.kwoa.com

Valek joins Moulsoff as men’s wrestling co-head coaches

MINNEAPOLIS — After serving on the Augsburg University men’s wrestling coaching staff for the past seven seasons, three-time Augsburg All-American Tony Valek ’12 will join current head coach Jim Moulsoff as co-head coaches of the Auggie men’s wrestling program, the university has announced.

Valek served as a graduate assistant coach for the Auggies from 2012-14, and has been the Auggies’ associate head coach since 2014.

“Tony has worked side by side with me over the past five seasons and is very deserving of this promotion,” Moulsoff said. “We are excited to continue working together to provide a great academic and athletic experience for our wrestlers.”

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Osborn Named Cobbers Head Coach

MOORHEAD, Minn. — Concordia Athletic Director Rachel Bergeson announced that Quincy Osborn has been named the head coach for the Cobber wrestling program.

Osborn replaces Phil Moenkedick who resigned to take become of Dean of Students at Perham High School.

Osborn steps into the head coach position after serving as the full-time assistant for the team for three seasons.

“Quincy’s experience with college wrestling and the Cobber program made him a perfect fit for the job,” Bergeson stated. “Quincy will make this a smooth transition process and I am excited to have him lead the wrestling team as we go forward. He is an excellent leader and will carry on the tradition of Concordia wrestling.”

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Moenkedick Resigns As Cobbers Head Coach

MOORHEAD, Minn. — Concordia wrestling head coach Phil Moenkedick announced that he will resign from his position effective at the end of May to take the job as Dean of Students at Perham High School.

Moenkedick said that the decision was very difficult and easy at the same time. “My wife and I are excited about the opportunities this move provides for our family,” Moenkedick stated. “This is a great opportunity for me to continue to have a positive impact on young people in the Perham Schools. Perham is home for Tara (wife) and I and we have a lot of family there.”

Moenkedick just finished his third season as head coach of the Cobber wrestling program. He helped Concordia to a national Top 25 ranking in each of his three seasons at Concordia and guided seven wrestlers to an appearance in the Division III National Championship Meet. He also had seven wrestlers earn All-Region honors and Adam Presler was named the winner of the NCAA Elite 90 award at the 2017 NCAA Meet. Moenkedick was the top assistant coach for the Cobbers for two years prior to being named the head coach in the summer of 2016.

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Cowdin resigns as coach for Minnesota West

WORTHINGTON — Minnesota West head wrestling coach Bryan Cowdin announced his resignation on Wednesday.

Cowdin, a two-time state champion at Worthington High School, wrestled for the Bluejays during the 2001-02 season. He was named the Minnesota College Athletic Conference Outstanding Wrestler of the Year and was a NJCAA All-American while competing for the Jays, then was an All-American for South Dakota State University.

After leading the Minnesota West program for a second year, Cowdin said he stepped down due, in part, to time demands. He has a full-time job outside of his wrestling responsibilities. Continue reading at www.dglobe.com

Ryan stepping down as K-W coach

The epiphany came to Matt Ryan this past Dec. 1.

It happened as Ryan, in his 21st year as the Kenyon-Wanamingo wrestling coach, was in the middle of devoting 12 hours of his Saturday to his team’s participation in a tournament in northern Twin Cities suburb Chisago Lakes.

Ryan’s son, Tyler, was with him, a senior wrestler on the team who next season will compete at St. Cloud State. His 10th-grade and seventh-grade daughters were elsewhere, competing separately in athletic competitions of their own.

It was during a break in that Saturday tournament that Ryan — one of most successful wrestling coaches in the state — came up with a big decision: This would be his final season directing the K-W program. Continue reading at www.postbulletin.com