Samuel Wendland Joins Wrestling Staff as Volunteer Assistant Coach
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Wrestling head coach Tom Minkel announced Thursday, Sept. 6, the addition of Samuel Wendland to the Spartan coaching staff. He will serve as the volunteer assistant coach effective immediately.
While wrestling at Wyoming from 2002-07, Wendland was the Western Wrestling Conference Champion at 197 pounds in 2007 and was also a two-time NCAA national qualifier. Competing in freestyle, Wendland qualified for the 2006 World Team Trials at 96kg, and was ranked as high as ninth in the nation in the open division. Wendland graduated with a bachelors of science in 2007 and studied physical education.
He has served in various coaching roles following graduation and his collegiate career at Wyoming. From 2007-09, Wendland coached for Western State College of Colorado, coaching several NCAA Division II All-Americans and helped 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. The past two years he has been coaching at Bozeman High School, where he attended high school in Bozeman, Mont., and assisted the Hawks as they won the state championship in 2011.
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