Guillotine Grapevine Podcast: Former Gopher Damion Hahn now leading South Dakota State

Heading into November 25th’s dual at Maturi Pavilion, The Guillotine Grapevine catches up with new South Dakota State head coach Damion Hahn. A four-time All-American and two-time NCAA Division I champion for Minnesota, Hahn left Cornell after 12 seasons as an assistant coach and came back to the midwest. Hahn talks about his foundations in wrestling, how he dealt with being the best guy on a losing high school team and how he chose Minnesota and how the team component was a big part of it.

Hahn goes year-by-year as a Gopher, talking about the influences on him as a wrestler before he got into coaching with Rob Koll at Cornell. We then circle back as to how Hahn broke away from his own conventional thinking with what he wanted from a coaching job and how Justin Sell, the AD at South Dakota State changed all that.

While Hahn is coaching at a school looking to poach Minnesota talent from the state, it’s a good trip down memory lane for Gopher fans.

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MWCA Fall Clinic set for October 27th in Inver Grove Heights

The 2018 Minnesota Wrestling Coaches Association Fall Clinic will feature University of Minnesota Coach Brandon Eggum, South Dakota State Coach Damion Hahn, and Orlando Ponce. The Clinic will take place on Saturday, October 27th at Simley High School in Inver Grove Heights.

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Hahn to enter M Club Hall of Fame

The University of Minnesota’s M Club, one of the nation’s largest and oldest varsity letterwinner clubs, announced its 2018 Hall of Fame class. The nine-person class represents nine different Gopher programs, 26 All-America honors and nine national titles (individual and team). These Gopher greats will be officially added to the more than 350 current members of the Hall of Fame during the M Club Hall of Fame banquet on September 13 in the DQ Club Room at TCF Bank Stadium.

“It takes a special athlete to make a college team and earn a letter. To reach that level, where everyone is exceptional in some way, and then to become a stand out, to break records and earn awards and win championships, that level of greatness is what the nine people entering our Hall of Fame this year represent,” said M Club Interim Director Quincy Lewis. “The M Club Hall of Fame recognizes the most exceptional individuals in our department’s long history. Inclusion in the Hall of Fame is the most prestigious honor Gopher Athletics can present to an alumni athlete. I could not be more proud to present that honor to each person in this year’s Hall of Fame class.”

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Q&A with South Dakota State wrestling coach Damion Hahn

After 12 years as an assistant coach at Cornell, Damion Hahn was tabbed to replace Chris Bono as the wrestling coach at South Dakota State on April 9.

Bono led the Jackrabbits out of the dregs of Division I into the Big 12 and national relevance before taking over as coach of the Wisconsin Badgers in March. In his final season in Brookings, Bono guided SDSU to a 12th place finish at the Division I nationals, with Seth Gross winning the program’s first-ever national championship at 133 pounds.

So Hahn has big shoes to fill. But the 38-year-old New Jersey native and two-time national champion as a wrestler at Minnesota was considered a shrewd hire in the wrestling community, and he’s anxious to build on the foundation Bono installed. Continue reading at