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By David Martin

New high school wrestling coach selected


The Wolves wrestling team will be headed up by a longtime middle school football and wrestling coach in their 2017-2018 season.

Sweetwater County School District No. 2 announced hiring Josh Wisniewski, a health and fitness teacher at Jackson Elementary School, as the new head coach for the high school program. He has 11 years experience in K-4 physical education and health teaching and works as a wellness and activity instructor at both Jackson and Harrison during the summers.

“We look forward to working with Josh as our new GRHS head wrestling coach,” Tony Beardsley, district athletics director, said in a media release. “Josh has put in considerable time as a middle school head coach and teacher within Sweetwater County School District No. 2.”

Wisniewski was assistant wrestling coach at Lincoln Middle School from 2009-2011. He became head wrestling coach at LMS in 2011, a position he served to 2017. Wisniewski also volunteered as a coach for the Green River Grapplers from 2013-2017.

Off the wrestling mat, he was the assistant football coach for LMS from 2015-2017 and was a volunteer football coach for the Young American Football League in Rock Springs from 2005-2013.

Wisniewski has both high school and college wrestling experience, having wrestled for the Rock Springs Tigers, Western Wyoming Community College and Chadron State College in Nebraska.

Wisniewski will replace former head coach Marshall Rhodes in November 2017, pending approval by the district’s school board. Rhodes lead the team to back-to-back state titles in 2016 and 2017 and decided to resign after the 2016-2017 season to focus attention on other areas of his life.

“Coach Wisniewski has laid out a plan for the wrestling program moving forward. I look forward to assisting Josh in his effort to sustain our outstanding tradition in wrestling,” Beardsley said.


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