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Matzek to leave Augsburg, return to Ellsworth and coach wrestling

NCAA Champion Coach and Athlete Mark Matzek is making his way back to Ellsworth, as he will become a teacher and co-head wrestling coach at Ellsworth High School. (Herald file photo by Chris Falteisek)

MINNEAPOLIS -- Mark Matzek, who led the Augsburg College wrestling program to top-10 national tournament finishes in each of his six years as head coach, has announced his resignation, college officials said on Monday.

A 2005 Augsburg alumnus, Matzek is returning to his hometown of Ellsworth where he will become a mathematics teacher at Ellsworth Middle School, pending the Ellsworth School Board's

approval. Matzek will also serve as a coach at the high school level.

"This is the toughest decision I've ever had to make in my life, because I love both Augsburg and the community I came from," Matzek said. "Having a child in February reinforced my values that I want to have more time with my family, and the best way for me to do that is to teach and coach at Ellsworth."

Matzek would be the second addition to the EHS wrestling program in the last two months. Former NCAA Division III champion and UW-La Crosse assistant Adam Sheley was also recently hired by the district to join the wrestling program. At the time Ellsworth Athletic Director Ann Anderson said positions within the staff would be decided at the beginning of the school year.

Under Matzek's leadership, Augsburg continued its reputation as one of the top small-college wrestling programs in the nation. The Auggies won the NCAA Division III national title in the 2009-10 season, while finishing second in 2008-09, 2010-11 and 2011-12, fifth in 2013-14 and 10th in 2012-13. Augsburg wrestlers earned 30 All-American honors and five individual national championships during Matzek's tenure as head coach. Augsburg squads won NCAA regional titles in each of his six seasons, with 25 individual regional titlists. The Auggies recorded a 55-21-1 dual-meet record over the past six seasons. Academically, Matzek's teams finished in the top 10 in the National Wrestling Coaches Association Division III Scholar All-America Team listing each of the last three seasons, including earning the academic national title in 2011-12 with a 3.7341 team grade-point average. Auggie wrestlers earned 22 NWCA Scholar All-America honors and two Capital One Academic All-America (CoSIDA) honors in Matzek's six seasons as head coach.

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(Courtsey of Augsburg Sports Information Department) 

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