AWC Coaches




Our History

The Ankeny Wrestling Club (AWC) began in 1992 by a small group of volunteers and a handful of young wrestlers, which has grown to over 200 members annually!

Our Mission

The primary goal of the Ankeny Wrestling Club is to encourage participation in the sport of wrestling, keep the kids excited and interested in the sport as well as provide the proper technique and training to allow each kid to reach their fullest potential as a wrestler.

 

Justin Song

Ankeny Wrestling Club Junior Coach

Wrestling Accomplishments:

High School:

  • Des Moines Hoover High School  1998
  • 4 Year Letter Winner
  • Team Captain
College:
  • Simpson College 2002
  • 4 Year Letter Winner
  • 3 Year Varsity Starter
  • Team Captain
  • Two Time Academic All-American
Coaching:
  • Ankeny Wrestling Club 2014- present

Mike Kelly

Ankeny Wrestling Club Junior Coach

Wrestling Accomplishments:

High School:

  • Britt High School 1986
  • 1986-State Champ
  • National Espoir All-American
College:
  • Iowa State University 1991
  • Member of the Iowa State Wrestling team 1987-1991
  • 1987-NCAA Championship Team member
Coaching:
  • Ankeny Wrestling Club 2013- present 

Paul Folkers

Ankeny Wrestling Club Junior Coach

Wrestling Accomplishments:

High School:

  • Turkey Valley 1992
  • 1992 - state qualifier
  • 1991 - state qualifier
College:
  • Iowa Central
Coaching:
  • Ankeny Wrestling Club 2013 - present
  • Assistant Coach- North Fayette/West Union 1997-1998 

 

Dean Ken Worthy

Ankeny Wrestling Club Junior Coach

Wrestling Accomplishments:

High School:

  • Clinton High School 1996
  • State Qualifier
College:
  • University of Dubuque
Coaching:
  • Ankeny Wrestling Club 2014 - present 

 Scott Turner

Ankeny Wrestling Club Junior Coach

Wrestling Accomplishments:

High School:

  • Ankeny 1993
  • Indianola 1989 - 1990
  • Freestyle Nationals Qualifier, 1993
Coaching:
  • Norwalk Wrestling Club 2007 - 2010
  • Ankeny Wrestling Club 2016- present
  • USSA Baseball 2010 - Present
  • Ankeny Little League 2010 - 2012
  • Certified IHSAA Wrestling Official 2009 - Present

 Dave Kildow

Ankeny Wrestling Club Junior Coach

Wrestling Accomplishments:

High School:

  • Ottumwa High School 1997
  • Iowa Junior National Freestyle Team- 1996
Coaching:
  • Englewood, CO Wrestling Club 2001-2004
  • Ankeny Wrestling Club 2011-present
  • USSSA Baseball 2014-present

 

Joe Grider

Ankeny Wrestling Club Coach

Wrestling Accomplishments:

High School:

  • Osage 1993
  • 1993 6th Place
  • 1992 State Dual Champs

College:

  • Luther 1998
  • 3 Year Team Capt
Coaching:
  • Ankeny Wrestling Club 2016-present
  • USSSA Baseball 2012-present

JD Naig

Ankeny Wrestling Club Coach

 Wrestling Accomplishments:

High School:

  • Emmetttsburg 2002
  • 1999 - 2nd place2001 - 4th place
  • 2002 - State Champion
  • 2000 - State Qualifier
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College:

  • University of Nebraska Omaha 2008
  • Palmer Chiropractic of College 2011
  • 2004 - 3rd Place2007 - National Champion and Outstanding Wrestler
  • NCAA Division II Wrestling Hall of Fame 2015
  • UNO 2015 Wrestling Hall of Fame
  • 2006 - National Champion
  • 2005 - National Champion 

Coaching:

  • Student Coaching Nebraska Omaha 2007-2008Ankeny Wrestling Club 2017 - present
  • Crossfit Ankeny - 2015- present
  • i9 Sports 5 and 6 year old Flag football 2017
  • Ankeny High School Hawks 2011-2016
  • Davenport Assumption High School 2009-2011

 

 


Kurt Backes / Coach
Bill Bernardo / Coach
Wes Sloan / Coach
Larry Tanchinh / Coach
Justin Mendenhall / Coach
Dan Sleiter / Coach
Bryan Beal / Coach

Jack Wignall / Ankeny Head Coach
Jay Groth / Ankeny Centennial Head Coach

 

 

Our Trainers

Our Mission

The primary goal of the Ankeny Wrestling Club is to encourage participation in the sport of wrestling, keep the kids excited and interested in the sport as well as provide the proper technique and training to allow each kid to reach their fullest potential as a wrestler.

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