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

Perham’s Moser steps down as head coach

Longtime Perham wrestling head coach Robb Moser knew it was time. The long-time coach announced his resignation, which was accepted by the Perham-Dent School Board on March 18 during its meeting at Perham High School.

Moser capped off his career with a storybook ending. He coached his final match at the Class AA Championships, which happened to be his son’s last match as a Yellowjacket. Ty Moser captured the Class AA Championship at 195, earning the school’s first individual championship since the 2006 season. It was the third individual state champion during Moser’s time as head coach with the Yellowjackets. Moser oversaw 12 state tournament appearances, nine state placements, 109 total state entrants and 38 individual placewinners during his career with the Yellowjackets. He finished his coaching career with a 425-99-1 record. Continue reading at www.perhamfocus.com

SJU Announces Addition of Clark to Coaching Staff

Collegeville, Minn. – Saint John’s University head wrestling coach Kevin Schiltz has announced the addition of Jake Clark as an assistant coach for The Johnnies.

Clark has an impressive Greco-Roman resume at the senior level. He is a two-time U.S. World Team member (2006, 2010), seven-time member of the U.S. National Team, three-time U.S. World Team Trials runner-up, 2007 World Cup Champion, 2000 World Military Bronze Medalist, and 11-time Armed Forces Gold Medalist. He competed in the last five U.S. Olympic Trials (2000, 2004, 2008, 2012, 2016) and was an Olympic Team alternate in 2004 and 2016. He is a 2020 Olympic hopeful. Continue reading

Jackson County Central’s Baker announces retirement

Randy Baker, one of the most successful and longest-serving high school wrestling coaches in Minnesota, has announced his retirement from Jackson County Central High School, the Jackson County Pilot reported Tuesday.

Baker presented a three-page, handwritten letter to the Jackson County Central school board Monday night which opened with a simple-but-direct statement: “I am stepping down as head wrestling coach.”

Baker began his prep coaching career in 1984 at a succession of schools that eventually became Jackson County Central High — first at what was then Lakefield High School, which then combined with Heron Lake-Okabena in 1987. Then there was a co-op arrangement with Jackson High from 1994 to 1997 which then led to an official merger, creating what is now Jackson Central County 21 years ago. All those different school names — each with their own team name — all with one constant: Randy Baker was head wrestling coach, and incredibly good at it.

Since taking the helm of what eventually became the JCCHS mat program in southwestern Minnesota in 1984, coach Baker has racked up some serious statistics. He has coached 39 individual high school champions, which ranks him second on the all-time Minnesota list… with 93 state placers, third in the state. Baker led his teams to seven state championships. And, during his 33 years as coach, he tallied 510 wins. Continue reading at intermatwrestle.com