Wendland was a four-year letterwinner at Wyoming (2003, '04, `05, `07) and won two West Regional/Western Wrestling Conference titles (184 pounds as a sophomore in 2004; 197 pounds as a senior in 2007). He qualified for the NCAA Championships in 2004 and 2007.
Wendland graduated with a bachelor's of science from Wyoming in 2007 and studied physical education.
Wendland served in various coaching roles following graduation and his collegiate career at Wyoming. From 2007-09, Wendland coached for Western State Colorado University (formerly Western State College of Colorado), coaching several NCAA Division II All-Americans and helping guide the Mountaineers to a NCAA Division II Regional team title in 2009.
In 2009-10, Wendland served as a graduate assistant coach at Tiffin University and helped the Dragons transition into a NCAA Division II program.
Prior to his arrival in East Lansing, Wendland assisted at Bozeman (Mont.) High School for two seasons (2010-11, 2011-12) and helped the Hawks win the state championship in 2011.