Upper Iowa Assistant Coach Josh Wenger

by Howie Thompson, Sports Information

Josh Wenger has been named as the assistant wrestling coach at Upper Iowa University. The Cedar Rapids, Iowa native comes to the Peacock wrestling program from Grand View University in Des Moines, Iowa.

"I am very excited to be a part of the Upper Iowa University wrestling staff," said Wenger. "Upper Iowa has a great culture and the talent to compete at the highest level. I am eager to begin working with the team and help each of the wrestlers be the best student-athletes they can be."

Wenger earned a pair of NAIA National Championships for the Vikings with one coming at 141 pounds and one at 149 pounds. He earned NAIA All-American and NWCA Scholar All-American honors three times each. Wenger was named a Heart of American Champion of Character in 2020 and scored a spot on the Amateur Wrestling News 2017 All-Rookie Team.

"I'm fired up to announce Josh Wenger as our new assistant wrestling coach," said Head Wrestling Coach Heath Grimm. "He is fresh out of college and will be someone who can get on the mat every day with our student-athletes. He brings an impressive skill set and wealth of technique to our room. His passion and intensity to work hard is just what we need."

A graduate of Prairie High School in Cedar Rapids, Wenger was a four-time place winner at the Class 3A Iowa State Tournament including three fourth-place finishes and a title at 138 pounds in 2015.
Wenger earned a Bachelor's Degree in business administration and finance, as well as a Master's Degree in organizational leadership from Grand View.

A past state champion from Cedar Rapids Prairie,  and a two time national Champion from Grandview has been hired as head assistant coach at Upper Iowa.