Wartburg hires Ortner as full-time wrestling assistant - KWWL - Eastern Iowa Breaking News, Weather, Closings

Wartburg hires Ortner as full-time wrestling assistant

Posted:
WAVERLY (KWWL) -

Wartburg College's head wrestling coach, Eric Keller, announced today that Chris Ortner '01, has been elevated to full-time assistant coach.

"We are ecstatic to have Chris Ortner at Wartburg full time," said Keller. "We think he is one of the best upper weight coaches in the nation."

Ortner will assume his new duties Aug. 1, 2013.

Ortner has spent the past eight seasons as an assistant coach and head recruiting coordinator with the program. The Knights have won the Iowa Conference Championship in each of those years and won six NCAA National Championships.

"Since coming to Wartburg in 2005, Wartburg's upper weights have had 17 All-Americans and eight National Championships," commented Keller. "He has coached student-athletes like Akeem Carter, Romeo Djoumessi, Blake Gillis, T.J. Miller, Byron Tate, and John Helgerson reach the pinnacle of this sport and achieve their goals in the classroom.

"I don't know a coach more passionate about helping student athletes achieve their dreams than Chris," Keller continued. "He has been "all in" since he began here in 2005 and has proven himself nationally. He believes in Wartburg College and does an outstanding job of relaying our mission and what is possible here. This is a unique place where special things happen, and no one does a better job getting that message to kids than Chris."

Ortner previously led Waterloo (Columbus) High School to three consecutive top seven finishes at the Class 2A state tournament including a team championship in 2004.

Ortner was a two-time All-American for Wartburg as he placed sixth in 1997 and 1998 at 177 lbs.

 

  • SPORTSMore>>

  • North Fayette Valley beats Decorah, 14-0

    North Fayette Valley beats Decorah, 14-0

    Saturday, August 30 2014 1:25 AM EDT2014-08-30 05:25:51 GMT
    The skies opened up here a couple of times tonight, which was pretty much deja vu all over again.More >>
    The skies opened up here a couple of times tonight, which was pretty much deja vu all over again.More >>
  • Waverly-Shell Rock dumps Waterloo West 31-13

    Waverly-Shell Rock dumps Waterloo West 31-13

    Saturday, August 30 2014 1:19 AM EDT2014-08-30 05:19:22 GMT
    One of the great benefits of the new 4A district formation is that 3A schools now play 4A teams.More >>
    One of the great benefits of the new 4A district formation is that 3A schools now play 4A teams.
    More >>
  • Solon upsets Regina in stunner overtime, 29-28

    Solon upsets Regina in stunner overtime, 29-28

    Saturday, August 30 2014 1:15 AM EDT2014-08-30 05:15:16 GMT
    There was a great matchup Friday night as the four-time defending 1-A State Champion Iowa City Regina, who is riding a state record 56-game win streak, met a Solon team that advanced to the 3-A State Semifinals.More >>
    There was a great matchup Friday night as the four-time defending 1-A State Champion Iowa City Regina, who is riding a state record 56-game win streak, met a Solon team that advanced to the 3-A State Semifinals.More >>
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and KWWL. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service and Mobile Privacy Policy & Terms of Service.

Persons with disabilities who need assistance with issues relating to the content of this station's public inspection file should contact Administrative Assistant Sandy Youngblut at 319-291-1259. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, at 888-835-5322 (TTY) or at fccinfo@fcc.gov.