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Kevin Dresser Accepts Offer to be Iowa State’s Next Wrestling Coach

The former Virginia Tech head coach will take over after Kevin Jackson.

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Kevin Dresser, who has served as Virginia Tech’s head wrestling coach since 2006, has agreed to become Iowa State’s next head coach according to Ben Visser of the Iowa State Daily.

Dresser is set to follow up Kevin Jackson, who resigned as the leader of ISU wrestling at the end of January. As the head coach at Virginia Tech, Dresser led the Hokies to back-to-back ACC Tournament championships in 2013 and 2014. Tech also claimed the 2015 and 2016 ACC dual meet championships under Dresser.


The 2015-16 campaign marked the best season in school history both in terms of performances on the mat and individual accolades. The Hokies won the ACC dual meet championship and then stunned the nation by finishing fourth at the NCAA Wrestling Championships, beating perennial powers such as Iowa, Missouri, Nebraska and Cornell. The fourth-place finish marked the best finish ever by an ACC team.

Following the event, Dresser received national acclaim. For the first time in his career, he was named the National Wrestling Coaches Association's national Coach of the Year.

Resident WRNL wrestling expert, GrappleCy, was very pleased to hear Dresser is heading to Ames. After hearing the news, he said the following:

"Dresser looks to be a great hire who has had sustained success as the coach of Virginia Tech. Just as importantly, the fact that Jamie Pollard was willing and able to lure him away from VT indicates that ISU is willing to do what it takes to put itself back in the elite of the wrestling world. And as a kicker, Dresser and Tom Brands have had a long feud that will surely result in fireworks when Iowa comes to Ames."

This is an exciting day for Iowa State wrestling. Be on the lookout for contract details to emerge over the next couple days.