A Wrestling Head Coach for 19 years in Wisconsin and Iowa
Mesenbrink’s freestyle experience proves to be just as impressive. This aspect of his career began as a member of the U.S. Junior College National Team (Yugoslavia & Austria) in 1989, and flourished from there. While placing 3rd (‘02 ), 4th (‘97 ), and 5th (‘96 ), in the Northern Plains Senior Regional’s, Mesenbrink also competed in the U.S. Senior National Freestyle Championships in 1994, 1996, 1997, and 2002. Additionally, he became the U.S. Veterans Freestyle National Champion in 2004. Mesenbrink’s eclectic combination of distinct and rare experience, knowledge, leadership, and skill allowed for the development of a coaching style that both Ben and Max excelled in and expanded upon for the AWA.
John Mesenbrink spent a total of 19 years as a high school head coach in Wisconsin and Iowa. During that time, he influenced and inspired eight NCAA Division I competitors, three NCAA Division II competitors, seven NCAA Division III competitors, and two NJCCA competitors. Additionally, he had 87 state qualifiers, 44 state place winners, 8 runners-up, and 12 champions, 3 of who were All-Americans, and one, a runner up within Senior Folkstyle Nationals. Mesenbrink lead 8 teams to Conference Championships, and had Wisconsin State Team qualifiers in ’97, ’04 – ’08 and ’11. Three of those years his teams were semi-finalists (’04, ’06, ’08) and in 2005 and 2011, they were State Runner-up.