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. Continue reading

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.” Continue reading

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

South Dakota State head coach Damion Hahn goes On The Mat

After a long career as an assistant at Cornell, two-time NCAA champion Damion Hahn is heading to the Upper Midwest to take over at South Dakota State. Hahn joins On The Mat to talk about the move.

“On the Mat” is a presentation of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame Dan Gable Museum and is hosted by the Director of the Dan Gable Museum, Kyle Klingman, and Trackwrestling Content Manager Andy Hamilton.

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Hahn selected to lead Jackrabbit wrestling program

Damion Hahn, who helped build Cornell into a national power over the past decade, was hired Monday to lead the South Dakota State University wrestling program.

“Damion represents everything we are looking for in being able to take our wrestling program to the next level,” said SDSU Director of Athletics Justin Sell in announcing the hire. “His success both as a collegiate wrestler and coach, along with his ability to recruit high-achieving student-athletes on and off the mat, made him the ideal candidate. He is a tremendous ambassador for the sport who will work tirelessly to ensure wrestling thrives both on our campus and across the country.”

Hahn spent 12 years as an assistant coach and later the associate head coach at Cornell in Ithaca, New York. During his tenure, the Big Red recorded 11 top-10 team finishes at the NCAA Championships, including consecutive runner-up finishes in 2010 and 2011. He mentored 50 All-Americans, 12 of whom were individual NCAA champions. Cornell also won 12 straight Ivy League dual championships and 11 consecutive Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association team titles. Continue reading