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DWU wrestling's Mouw resigns, SDSU's Mueller to take over

Martin Mueller will begin his first head coaching role for DWU after serving as an assistant for SDSU for the last two years.

Casey Mouw is stepping down as the head wrestling coach at Dakota Wesleyan University. (Dakota Wesleyan University Athletics Photo)
Casey Mouw is stepping down as the head wrestling coach at Dakota Wesleyan University. (Dakota Wesleyan University Athletics Photo)

MITCHELL — Dakota Wesleyan University wrestling head coach Casey Mouw is stepping down after four years to pursue a new career opportunity, the university announced Friday morning. South Dakota State University wrestling assistant Martin Mueller will take over, becoming the 13th head men's wrestling coach in program history.

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Casey Mouw

Mouw has led the DWU wrestling program for four seasons; he's coached one NAIA All-American, two NAIA All-American Scholar-Athletes, six All-Great Plains Athletic Conference performers and four NAIA National qualifiers.

Under Mouw's leadership, Marcus Urban was a three-time All-GPAC performer and earned All-American honors in 2020 at 165 pounds. Mouw's latest national qualifier was Darien Malone , qualifying for the second time at 133 pounds.

Mueller will begin his first head coaching role for DWU after serving as an assistant for SDSU for the last two years. Mueller, a native of Rapid City, graduated from SDSU in 2020, eventually returning to SDSU for his Master's in Sports Administration while serving as a graduate assistant for the Jackrabbits.

As part of a 13-4 overall 2021-22 season, Mueller had a wide range of responsibilities for Jackrabbit wrestling including alumni relations, fundraising, social media and recruiting efforts.

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Martin Mueller

Before his stint as a graduate assistant, Mueller was a four-year student-athlete for the Jackrabbits. He tallied a career record of 46-34 overall and a 23-17 dual record. During the 2017-18 season, earned a spot at the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships in the 184-pound class.

"South Dakota is home for me. I have grown up in this great state, and my competitive career originated in South Dakota. I am excited to take this next step and coach this program to new heights." Mueller said.

Mueller comes to DWU after having worked with Damion Hahn, current head coach of SDSU and formerly of Cornell, and Chris Bono, current head wrestling coach at Wisconsin. Mueller was a part of SDSU's successful transition into the NCAA's Big 12 conference.

"I would like to thank Jon Hart and the DWU community as a whole for the opportunity to lead this program,” Mouw said. “It was a lifelong goal to give back to wrestling in a head coaching role and the past four years have been a blessing.”

“The strides we have made are largely due to the people around this program both on and off campus," he continued. "I'm excited see Coach Mueller bring a high level of experience and energy, and look forward to seeing our young team continue to progress."

Mueller will begin his role in early April. Mouw's last day with the program will be June 1.

Dylan is sports reporter for the Mitchell Republic. A native of Michigan, he graduated from Central Michigan University with a bachelors of science in journalism before joining the sports staff in March 2022. He covers 35 high schools along with NAIA's Dakota Wesleyan, which are all within Mitchell Republic's 17 county coverage area. Before joining the Mitchell Republic, Dylan covered sports in Michigan for a year, coached baseball for the Lakeland High School freshman team in White Lake, Mich. and played baseball and basketball in high school.
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