Dardanes added to Jackrabbits staff

South Dakota State University wrestling coach Damion Hahn announced Monday the addition of Chris Dardanes (pronounced dar-DANES) to his inaugural coaching staff as a volunteer assistant.

“I am thrilled to add Chris to our staff,” Hahn said. “I am confident he will have an immediate impact on our program and will add tremendous value in recruiting and working with our light- and middle-weight student-athletes.” Continue reading

NDSU Announces Addition of Hutchison to Coaching Staff

FARGO, N.D. – North Dakota State University head wrestling coach Roger Kish today announced the addition of volunteer assistant Gage Hutchison to the coaching staff. Hutchison will work with the upper weight divisions.

“I’m honored to be able to join such a well-established staff, and be given the opportunity to be a part of something really special here in Fargo,” said Hutchison.

Hutchison, a native of Buchanan, Michigan, recently completed a four-year career at Eastern Michigan University that included three NCAA tournament appearances and 94 wins. He was a two-time Mid-America Conference runner-up at heavyweight for the Eagles. Continue reading

Simaz joins SDSU staff

South Dakota State University wrestling coach Damion Hahn announced Thursday the hiring of Cam Simaz as an assistant coach.

“I am thrilled to have Cam Simaz join the Jackrabbit wrestling coaching staff,” Hahn said. “I had the pleasure of coaching Cam during his successful collegiate career at Cornell and am keenly aware of his work ethic and leadership abilities. He possesses the qualities that fit the vision of the program and I know he will make an immediate impact.”

Simaz (pronounced CY-mazz) most recently served as director of the West Point Wrestling Club Regional Training Center and associate head coach of the United States Military Academy Preparatory School wrestling team. His USMAPS team completed an undefeated dual season during the 2017-18 campaign and won three open tournament titles. Three of his wrestlers went on to earn All-America honors at the National Collegiate Open. Continue reading

Rutt Joins the Rochester Community and Technical College Coaching Staff

NCAA All-American Travis Rutt has joined the coaching staff at Rochester Community and Technical College for the 2018-2019 season.

“I am very excited to have Travis with our program next season. He brings a wealth of knowledge and is very well respected in the wrestling community. I know that he will have an immediate impact on our program,” said Coach Randy Rager. Continue reading

Hartung takes the reins for Ponies

A familiar face has been named the new head coach for the Stillwater wrestling program.

After serving as an assistant for the Ponies each of the past two seasons, Tim Hartung was recently promoted to head coach according to SAHS Activities Director Ricky Michel.

“We’re excited to have him here and I think the wrestling program is in great hands,” Michel said. “Obviously he’s very knowledgeable and he has experience as a head coach. He’s highly respected in the wrestling community here. I think Stillwater wrestling is on an upswing and I think he will take it and run with it and do very well with it. We’re extremely happy.”

The decision was hardly a surprise for Hartung, who coached at Iowa State before returning to Minnesota and coaching at the high school level at Eagan and Wayzata. His involvement in the Stillwater Area Wrestling Club (SAW) began in 2014. Continue reading at www.hometownsource.com

Gophers Welcome Brandvold to Wrestling Staff

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – Trevor Brandvold as officially joined the University of Minnesota wrestling coaching staff, Brandon Eggum announced today. Brandvold, who spent the last six years at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, begins his role immediately.

“We are extremely excited to bring Trevor on board,” Eggum said. “With his experience on the mat as a two-time Big Ten Champion along with his time as an Associate Head Coach, he will excel here at the University of Minnesota. He has great relationships in the Midwest, he a phenomenal leader and mentor that will help us each and every day in the wrestling room.”

With the addition of Brandvold, Dustin Schlatter will move on to a role with the Minnesota Regional Training Center team, Minnesota Storm, as their head coach. After Schlatter’s legendary career with the Gophers, where he won an NCAA Championship and was a three-time All-American, he also was a gold medalist in freestyle at the 2015 Pan American Championships in the 70-kilograms weight class. Continue reading

Bono Moves On To Wisconsin

Chris Bono, who built the South Dakota State University wrestling program to national prominence, stepped down Saturday to accept the head coaching position at the University of Wisconsin.

“First of all, I want to thank (SDSU Director of Athletics) Justin Sell. He brought me back to coaching and gave us everything we needed to be successful. For what he did I will be forever grateful,” Bono said. “I also want to thank the fans for all their support. SDSU and the community of Brookings is a very special place.”

In his six seasons at SDSU, Bono coached 24 NCAA qualifiers and five All-Americans. He also led the Jackrabbits to a 64-41 dual record that included four consecutive winning seasons and a 22-3 mark against Big 12 Conference foes since joining the league at the start of the 2015-16 season. SDSU was a fixture in the national rankings each of the last three seasons, rising to as high as No. 12 this past season. Continue reading