Why the transition to a new head coach has been smooth for Kasson-Mantorville wrestling team

Hill was picked by longtime legendary coach Jamie Heidt to take over the perennial powerhouse program this year after spending the past decade as his assistant.

KASSON — The year was 2012.

Ryan Hill had just moved to southeastern Minnesota when out of the blue, he received a call from an unknown number.

It was Jamie Heidt.

The then-Kasson-Mantorville co-coach and fellow Iowa native had heard Hill was living close by. Heidt had a proposition for Hill, a former Wartburg College wrestler. It involved coming to the K-M wrestling room once a week to help with the team. Continue reading at postbulletin.com →

An Evolving Culture of Wrestling – Kasson-Mantorville

Regardless of the sport, coaches understand the importance of developing a culture for their particular activity. The wrestling program in Kasson-Mantorville is no different. Although the wrestling culture was growing when future head coach Jamie Heidt joined the staff, he helped accelerate that culture. Now, the KoMets are one of the best programs in Minnesota.

Heidt grew up in a state rich in wrestling culture - Iowa.

The sport of wrestling was first introduced to Heidt by one of his middle school teachers, who happened to be the high school coach at the time.

“He was a great promoter of wrestling. He would see us in the hallway and encouraged us to come out for wrestling. From youth wrestling to high school, I had great coaches that made wrestling fun, and it was a great sport to be part of,” Heidt said.

Success on the mat didn’t come early for Heidt, but he was in a good atmosphere to develop his love for the sport. He grew up in a small town – Humboldt, Iowa. The town was rich in wrestling history and was the hometown of Frank Gotch – a true pioneer in the sport of wrestling. Heidt continued to develop as a wrestler in a community and state that has a deep passion for this sport.

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