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Fechko named DWU head wrestling coach

Dakota Wesleyan University Athletic Director Curt Hart announced Monday that Craig “Boomer” Fechko will take over the wrestling program starting in March.

Current head coach Matt Sedivy announced his decision to step down from the position earlier this season.

“Boomer is very knowledgeable about not only the sport of wrestling, but also Dakota Wesleyan wrestling,” Hart said in a press release. “We are excited to have Booer on staff and to have him continue to grow the Tiger wrestling program and push it in the right direction.”

Fechko, who will be the 11th head coach in program history, has served as a graduate assistant wrestling coach at DWU from 2010-2012 under Sedivy. While with the Tigers, the Broadview Heights, Ohio, native has helped coach 15 wrestlers who qualified for the NAIA National Championships, including one NAIA All-American.

After graduating from Dakota Wesleyan in 2012 with a master’s degree in educational policy and administration, Fechko served as a volunteer assistant coach at NCAA Division I Bloomsburg University in Bloomsburg, Penn., for the 20012-13 season. This year, he is an assistant wrestling coach for the Brunswick High School wrestling team.

No comments were available from Fechko, despite attempts to reach him.

This year’s Tiger squad is 9-7 overall and 4-2 and tied for second in the Great Plains Athletic Conference. The nine victories are the most in a season since 1968-69.

The Tigers are back in action Saturday as they host the North Qualifying tournament at the Christen Family Wellness Center on DWU’s campus.