About AWA

About Askren Wrestling Academy (AWA)

The Askren Wrestling Academy will prepare members to achieve success at the highest levels of Collegiate and International wrestling and will strive to develop a life-long passion for the sport. This may mean foregoing temporary success. Long term success will be accomplished through the development of mental toughness, persistence, a strong work-ethic and by encouraging initiative and innovation. These things will be stressed because they are the foundations for long term success in wrestling and in life. Well rounded wrestling will be the objective of the coaching staff, which means learning every technique possible and competing with focus and intensity from whistle to whistle. Currently Askren Wrestling Academy runs 2 locations; our Lake Country location and our North Shore location.

Excellence in skills, character and discipline will be forged, while providing a safe and challenging environment within a state-of-the-art facility.

Meet Our Coaches

We are a team dedicated to helping young wrestlers achieve their goals.

Ben Askren

Ben Askren

Co-Founder, Bellator World Champion

Co-Founder and highly decorated 2008 U.S. Olympic Freestyle team member, Ben Askren, is one of the most well known wrestlers in the United States. Askren moved back to Wisconsin to train at Roufusport MMA and help coach at AWA. Ben put together an... read more on Ben »

Max Askren

Max Askren

Co-Founder, Coach AWA North Shore

Co-founder and NCAA Division I Champion, Max Askren, head’s A.W.A. New York, the most recent addition the the A.W.A. program. Born in Cedar Rapids, IA, and raised in Hartland, WI, Max has been wrestling since the age of five, with a combined total of 20+... read more on Max »

John Mesenbrink

John Mesenbrink

Co-Founder, Coach AWA Lake Country

Former high school coach and core influence on both Ben and Max’s careers, Coach John Mesenbrink possesses not only the ability to coach the best of the best with his 20 years of experience, but has also had significant and notable... read more on John »

Josh Wagner

Josh Wagner

AWA Wrestling Coach, Camp Director

I’m from the Milwaukee area. I was born in West Allis but grew up in Menomonee Falls until 8th grade. My father was the head wrestling coach at the West Allis/ West Milwaukee wrestling club. That is how I got into wrestling at the age of 4... read more on Josh »

What others say about us

“It’s hard to put into words what Coach (Mesenbrink) can do for you. It’s something you only truly understand if you’ve had the privilege of being coached by him. He gives you an edge; you just know you’re going to win because you’re better prepared.”

Chris Borchardt (WIAA State Champion, Fargo Jr. All - American, D. 1 wrestling at the University of Wisconsin)
Brian Smith

“Coach Mesenbrink produces athletes that are well schooled in all three positions (neutral, bottom, and top) when you mix that in with their ability to scramble it becomes a very dangerous combination.”

Brian Smith (Head coach University of Missouri)