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
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
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
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
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
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