The 2016 & 2019 National Wrestling Coaches’ Association Coach of the Year, enters his second season as the Iowa State head wrestling coach.
Coach Kevin Dresser has an electrifying leadership ability to turn programs into Championship Gold! The 2016 National Wrestling Coaches’ Association Coach of the Year, enters his second season as the Iowa State head wrestling coach. Prior to Iowa State, Dresser compiled a 160-51 dual record at Tech and won ACC dual meet titles in 2015-2016-2017 and league tournament championships in 2013 and 2014. He has mentored 65 NCAA Championship qualifiers, 20 All-Americans and five ACC Most Outstanding Wrestlers. Dresser was named ACC Coach of the Year the last four years in a row and the state of Virginia’s coach of the year five times. Six of his classes have ranked among the Top 11 nationally, including the 2013 group that was No. 2 according to InterMat. Dresser began his collegiate coaching career in 2006-07 after a legendary high school coaching career in Virginia. He led Christiansburg High School (1996-2006) to five state championships and three runner-up finishes in 10 seasons. Before that, he took Grundy High School (1988-96) to eight state titles in as many years. Dresser coached 69 state champions and four of his teams ranked in the Top 10 nationally.
As a competitor, he won two state titles and compiled a 112-11-1 record at Humboldt (Iowa) High School before a distinguished collegiate career at Iowa. The two-time All-American and two-time Big Ten champion won the 1986 NCAA Championship (when he won the Mike Howard Award as Iowa’s MVW) and placed fourth at the national meet in 1985. The Hawkeyes won national titles in each of his five seasons on the roster.
Dresser has been inducted into the Iowa School Athletic Association Wrestling Hall of Fame (2009), the Iowa Wrestling Hall of Fame (2014) and the Roanoke Valley Wrestling Hall of Fame (2015). He was also presented a Lifetime Service Award by the Virginia chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2013.
+NWCA Coach of the Year (2016)
+Head NCAA DI Wrestling Coach, Iowa State
+ACC Championship Coach & Coach of the Year
+65 NCAA Qualifiers & 20 All-Americans
+13 H.S. Team State Titles
+2x Big Ten Champion
+NCAA DI National Champion
Freestyle Wrestling and Coaching Phenomenon
Coach Schwab completed his ninth season at the University of Northern Iowa in amazing fashion! He capped off the 2018-19 season with a 184 lb. NCAA Champion, Drew Foster!
Schwab was an International and Freestyle phenomenon. He represented the United States at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China, wrestling freestyle at 145.5 pounds (66 kg). Won titles at the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team Trials and U.S. Nationals. Won the U.S. Senior Freestyle title in 2007. Earned a bronze medal at the 2007 Pan American Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Placed fifth at the 2007 World Championships in Baku, Azerbaijan, among many more accomplishments!
At the NCAA level, Doug was a three-time All-American and Big Ten champion for the Hawkeyes from 1998-2001. He won the 1999 NCAA title at 141 pounds and finished his collegiate career with 130 wins!
+NCAA Head Coach (UNI)
+9 Years of Head NCAA Coaching Experience
+NCAA Champion at 141 lbs.
+3x NCAA DI All-American
+U.S. Olympian, 2008
+World Team Member and 5th in the World, 2007
+130 Career NCAA Victories
Still actively competing and training with Team MN Storm, Coach Nazar made his very first National Team by winning the Senior 74kg World Team Challenge tournament in 2018!
A Freestyle Phenomenon, Kulchystkyy has an array of international accolades competing for Titan Mercury WC: World Cup Champion & Club Championship TMWC, Silver Medal, Pan-Am. Games, Dave Schultz Champion, Silver Medal U.S. Open, and much more!
Previous to International Competition, Nazar was a 3x NCAA DIII Champion for UW-Oshkosh; As a prep a 5x Ukrainian National Champion and Bronze Medalist at the European Championships.
+2018 USA National Team Member
+World Club Cup Champion
+Pan-American Games, Silver
+U.S. Open, Silver
+Dave Shultz Champion
+3X NCAA Champion
+5X Ukrainian National Champion
Coach Shamus O'Grady is the epitome of folkstyle Wrestling success! A 2x MSHSL State Champion graduate of Coon Rapids High School in Coon Rapids, Minn., O'Grady was a four-year standout for the St. Cloud State Huskies in wrestling. The 2013 NCAA Division II champion at 184-pounds, O'Grady charted 108 wins during his college career. He tied a team record as a senior with 40+ wins in one season, 2012-13. He gained All-American status four times during his collegiate career, which included the national title in 2013, a fourth place finish at 174-pounds in 2012 and 2011 and a fifth place finish at 174-pounds in 2010. Shamus also coached the NCAA II National Champion Huskies as a grad-assistant following his prestigious career.
Of all of O'Grady's successes, the most memorable was his individual 184 lb. title and The Outstanding Wrestler Award at the 2013 NCAA Division II championships.
+4x NCAA All-American
+NCAA National Champion, 184 lbs 2013
+NCAA DII 2013 Outstanding Wrestler Award
+NCAA Coaching Experience
+2x MSHSL Champion
We welcome Coach Damion Hahn back to his college stomping grounds where he had one of the greatest careers ever seen by a Gopher!
Before entering his first season as SDSU's Head Coach in 2018-19, the 2x NCAA Champion, 4x AA, and 3x Big Ten Champion 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.
As a collegiate wrestler at the University of Minnesota, Hahn completed one of the greatest careers the maroon and gold has ever seen! Damion won NCAA individual national titles as a junior and senior, capturing two NCAA individual titles in exhilarating fashion!! A four-time All-American, Hahn was also a three-time Big 10 individual champion and was named the Jesse Owens Big 10 Male Athlete of the Year in 2004. The Golden Gophers won team NCAA championships during both his freshman and sophomore seasons.
He is a New Jersey native where he won 3 individual state titles, and became one of the greatest Wrestlers to ever come out of the Garden State!
+Head NCAA DI Wrestling Coach, SDSU
+50 NCAA All-Americans & 12 NCAA Champions
+2x NCAA DI Champion
+3x Big Ten Champion
+4x NCAA DI All-American
+Jesse Owens Big Ten Athlete of the Year (2004)
+U of M Wrestling Hall of Fame Inductee
+3x NJ H.S. State Champion
Pat Smith, 77 kg USA Wrestling (MN STORM)
Help us congratulate US World Team Member and MN TOUGH Camp Clinician, Pat Smith, on winning the 77 kg Greco-Roman 2019 World Team Trials Challenge Tournament!! Your 2019 Clinician is the epitome of what makes the MN STORM one of the best Wrestling Clubs in the World! The 77 kg Chaska, MN native brought a prestigious resume to the bout and carries the following accolades:
Pat Smith, 77 kg USA Wrestling (MN STORM)
• 2017 U.S. World Team member
• Three-time Pan American champion (2015, 16, 17)
• 2014 University World silver medalist
• 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials runner-up
• 2017 U.S. Open champion
• Two-time U.S. World Team Trials runner-up (2014-15)
• Five-time U.S. Open runner-up (2014-16, 2018-19)
Coach Smith will be joining us through interruption of his World Championship Training and we're extremely excited to train with him at peak shape!!
We're proud to grow the sport and host one of the greatest Women's Wrestlers in MN history!
Meet our MN TOUGH Camp Women's Wrestling Leader, Coach Makayla Welch!!
Makayla is the epitome of an all around student-athlete! The 2018 Miss Minnesota Recipient Winner (Most Outstanding H.S. Women's Wrestler in the state of MN) has a high level of success in the classroom and on the mat!
While also achieving a near perfect GPA of 3.8 in the classroom, Welch competes and excels for the King University Women's Wrestling program in Tennessee. A WCWA National Qualifier this past season, Makayla is a 5x Women's H.S. MN/USA State Champion, The Tricia Saunders Excellence Award Winner, and a 2018 MN All-State Academic Team Member!!
She has had multiple success at the Freestyle level winning All-American honors at Fargo and other high caliber national tournaments. Of all of her successes, Makayla made history by becoming the very first "Miss Minnesota" Award Winner in 2018, setting a new benchmark for our sport and it's growth in Women's Wrestling!!
We welcome Coach Makayla Welch to the MN Tough Camps as our Women's Wrestling Leader and thank her for the impact she's created across the Nation!
Mr. Josh Olatunde aka. Mister Josh
Educator, Entrepreneur & Overcomer:
Joshua Olatunde was born and raised on Chicago’s Southside. As a child, he failed to perform well in school, using his environment as an excuse for his lack of productivity. At age seven, his mother learned the necessity of young men in this neighborhood developing leadership qualities – and signed him up to become a Wrestler with the Harvey Twisters Club. Under the stewardship of Coach Quintroy Harrell, Joshua joined a ‘band of brothers’ who included Olympic Wrestlers Joe Williams and TC Dantzler, and NCAA Champions T.J. Williams, Tony Davis, Reggie Wright and David Douglas.
As an IKWF (Illinois Kids Wrestling Federation) Participant, Joshua immediately began performing better in school. His grades rose from average to excellent, and he found his love of Science in the process. Joshua desired to become an Astronaut, and began studying astronomy diligently while scoring “perfect attendance” from Grades 2-8.
Joshua attended Alan B. Shepard High School of Sciences, where he continued his journey into the world of space while serving as a competitive wrestler. He qualified but failed to place in the state tournament his freshman year. Sophomore year however, he earned second place honors and qualified to represent the State of Illinois in the Cadet National Freestyle & Greco-Roman Tournament at the University of Nebraska. There, he received honors at the national level, being defeated only by Olympian and UFC Heavyweight Champion Daniel Cormier.
At Hunter College in New York City, Joshua’s career-goals shifted from Astronaut to Teacher. He tutored K-12 students from disadvantaged backgrounds in Brooklyn, the Bronx and Harlem and found his love for helping those less fortunate than he’d been. He finished undergraduate school and continued his post-graduate studies at Harvard University, where he taught Physics in Namibia and after, at UCLA.
Today, Mr. Olatunde serves as CEO of Mister Josh Productions, Inc. – a company that services K-5 Schools nationally to support Teachers by leveraging media to influence students’ attitudes towards S.T.E.A.M (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math), while fostering good character. He attributes wrestling to all-of his successes and is proud to be associated with a sport that transforms many of the lives it touches.
Learn more about Joshua Olatunde online at:
We are thankful for Mister Josh's influence through education across the World and for making the MN Tough Camps great this summer!
Camps are open to any and all entrants (limited only by number of campers, age, and/or grade level due to safety policies).