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Zach Mizer named head wrestling coach

ZACH MIZERZach Mizer has been named head coach of the Muskingum University wrestling team.

Mizer arrives in New Concord after serving the past three years as assistant wrestling coach at Buena Vista University. At Buena Vista, he assisted in all areas of the wrestling program including recruiting coordination, organizing and executing practice plans, arranging team travel, assisting in fundraising and reviewing match film with the student-athletes.  During his tenure, Mizer coached one national qualifier, three Academic All-Americans and aided one wrestler in setting the school record with 18 pins.

Following the 2013-2014 season, Mizer served as co-coach for a group of 12 wrestlers from across the United States who took a trip overseas to practice and compete in Istanbul, Bulgaria, Bucharest and Paris.

"Zach brings a wealth of wrestling experience and knowledge to Muskingum," said Athletic Director Larry Shank. "I'm looking forward to Zach building a successful wrestling program."

A 2010 graduate of Heidelberg University with a bachelor’s degree in history, Mizer was a four-year letter winner, three-time national qualifier and two-time MVP for the Student Princes.  He posted a career record of 112-42, including a pair of 30-win seasons, and is second on the school's all-time career list for wins.  He ended his senior year as national runner-up in the 157-pound weight class and was a key member of four consecutive Ohio Athletic Conference tournament championship teams and two OAC regular season championship teams.  He was also the OAC champion at 149 pounds in 2008.

Following graduation, Mizer remained with the program and served as a graduate assistant coach until 2012.  During that time, he coached 10 All-OAC wrestlers, six Academic All-Americans and four national qualifiers.