John Mesenbrink

Over 20 years of experience coaching the best of the best

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 understanding of the sport as both a collegiate athlete and freestyle wrestler himself.

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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.

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The Mesenbrink File

 

John Mesenbrink, AWA Wisconsin Coach

NATIONAL COACHES EDUCATION PROGRAM: GOLD LEVEL CERTIFICATION (USA WRESTLING) APRIL, 2006 MASTER OF SCIENCE DEGREE IN EXERCISE SCIENCE & HEALTH PROMOTION, EMPHASIS IN SPORTS PSYCHOLOGY
MASTER OF SCIENCE DEGREE IN CURRICULUM & INSTRUCTION, EMPHASIS IN TECHNOLOGY ENHANCED INSTRUCTION NATIONAL FEDERATION OF HIGH SCHOOLS (NFHS) CENTRAL SECTIONAL COACH OF THE YEAR (ILLINOIS, INDIANA, IOWA, MICHIGAN & WISCONSIN) 2010-2011
NATIONAL WRESTLING COACHES ASSOCIATION (NWCA) WISCONSIN STATE COACH OF THE YEAR 2010-2011 NATIONAL FEDERATION OF HIGH SCHOOLS (NFHS) WISCONSIN STATE COACH OF THE YEAR 2010-2011
WISCONSIN WRESTLING COACHES ASSOCIATION STATE COACH OF THE YEAR 2011 WISCONSIN DISTRICT 6 COACH OF THE YEAR 2004, 2008, 2011
WISCONSIN DISTRICT 7 COACH OF THE YEAR 1997 JOURNAL SENTINEL’S MILWAUKEE-AREA COACH OF THE YEAR 2004, 2005, 2008, 2011
WISCONSIN WRESTLING COACHES ASSOCIATION DISTRICT REPRESENTATIVE 2003 NATIONAL COACHES EDUCATION PROGRAM BRONZE CLINIC INSTRUCTOR 2004, 2005