Kevin Dresser will tell you he’s not satisfied with just making the top 10 in the NCAA national wrestling tournament.
The Humboldt native and veteran head wrestling coach of the Virginia Tech University Hokies, shared his thoughts with the Independent three weeks after his squad finished 10th in the NCAA Division I-A national championships held at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines Mar. 20-22.
Dresser took all 10 of his wrestlers to Des Moines and ended up with four All-Americans who earned medals.
It capped a banner year for the Hokies, whom Dresser has poured a lot of blood, sweat and tears into developing into a national, top-10 contender. The Hokies finished the year unbeaten in the Atlantic Coast Conference duals and also won the ACC tournament title. Dresser was recently named ACC Coach of the Year.
Pretty lofty accomplishments – and yet – Dresser says there’s plenty left to attain.
“Finishing in the top 10 and having four All-Americans is definitely a step forward for our program,” Dresser said. “Overall I think we are all pleased, but the competitive side of me thinks we left one or two on the table.”
“In looking back and looking at the hard numbers, I’m pleased with the progress we are making,” Dresser said.
Dresser enjoyed his return to his home state last month for the finals. Des Moines is where he won two state titles in 1980-81 and he also won a national title at the University of Iowa in 1986. His younger brother, Dan, lives in Ankeny.
“It’s fun to represent well coming back to Iowa because Iowa is home for me. I saw lots of Humboldt people who grabbed me on the floor. That was cool,” Dresser said. “Of course, my mother got to come in from Arizona and watch the whole tournament. My brother was there, along with my niece and nephew. It was nice to let down on Saturday night when it was over and have a social night in Ankeny at our host hotal. To do that was cool.”
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