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Parkston’s Jared Digmann, right, talks to Blake Bietz, left, during the championship round at the 2013 Class B state wrestling tournament. (Luke Hagen/Republic)

PARKSTON — Jared Digmann, who led Parkston to Class B state championships each of the past two years, has resigned as the school’s head wrestling coach.

Digmann said the move was motivated by a desire to spend more time with his family. An assistant coach said it was linked to allegations concerning an incident during a wrestling practice this past season.

Digmann confirmed Friday that he has resigned as the school’s wrestling coach. When asked about allegations related to an incident during practice, he said “nothing ever happened.”

“It’s time to be done,” he told The Daily Republic. “I care about the kids and the program. I have two kids and have spent a ton of time with wrestling.

“My wife is in her third year of her doctorate. We both have full-time jobs and I coach two sports. Something’s got to give and we can’t be spread as thin as we have been. Our kids deserve to see their parents.”

Digmann is a physical education teacher at the school and said he plans to continue teaching. He also coaches the Parkston cross country team, which has a cooperative with Ethan, and said he plans to continue in that coaching position.

Assistant coaches Ryan Meyer and John Gilman both declined to divulge details of the alleged practice incident, and both said they did not see it occur.

“It was an alleged incident that occurred in the wrestling room that I did not see,” said Gilman, Parkston’s longtime assistant wrestling coach, referring to what led to Digmann’s resignation. “I am pretty observant in the wrestling room, and I did not see this action take place. I don’t want to add any rumor to that. That’s all I can say.”

Gilman declined further comment.

Digmann led the Trojans to back-to-back state wrestling titles in 2013 and 2014. Parkston broke the state tournament points total record in 2013, recording 164 points. The previous mark of 157 was recorded by Redfield in 1981.

This season, the Trojans had 12 state placers — including one state champion — and finished with 158 points, eight points shy of their own record.

Digmann leaves a team that graduates three seniors who competed at the state tournament and will return nine state placers and another qualifier.

When asked if he knew of Digmann’s resignation, Tom Semmler — who has sons on the wrestling team — said, “I’m a Digmann fan. It’s a good wrestling team.” Semmler added he doesn’t think the team will be adversely affected by any controversy over Digmann’s resignation.

Calls to several Parkston School Board members were not returned Friday evening. Superintendent Shayne McIntosh also did not return messages left by The Daily Republic.

Activities Director Rob Van Laecken confirmed Digmann turned in his resignation but declined further comment.

Brooke Cersosimo
Brooke Cersosimo is The Daily Republic's sports editor.