A Look at Iowa Wesleyan New Wrestling Room

This a look at the remodel wrestling room at Iowa Wesleyan in Mt. Pleasant.  Tentative completion is the first part of August.  This will be a great facility for both of the mens and womens programs.  It is a stand alone facility.

Shawn Contos Photo

Shawn Contos enters his first year with the Tigers for the 2020-21 season. Contos brings with him over 20 years of experience as a wrestling coach. He has coached and competed alongside many notable wrestlers throughout his years. Contos coached at Iowa State with Cael Sanderson and at Penn State with both Cody Sanderson and Casey Cunningham. While at PSU, Contos helped lead the team to four NCAA National Championship Titles. At ISU, he was with the team when they won the Big 12 Conference Championship, were third in the NCAA, and as they produced a USA NCAA National Champion.

Contos is also familiar with club wrestling as he founded Mat Rat Wrestling in Ohio. He took a small group of wrestlers and grew the club in numbers every year. The club teaches young wrestlers proper nutrition, weight management, strength training, and conditioning, and allows the young wrestlers to grow in a healthy and competitive nature.

In 2012, Contos qualified for the US Olympic Trials. In 2013, he was ranked 9th in the USA. He has titles as the Junior National Champion in both Freestyle and Greco-Roman and was a 4X USA All-American Wrestler. Contos was also honored to be chosen as the Head Coach for the Ohio Junior National Wrestling Team by USA Wrestling, Ohio, in 2008.