by Steve Peterson
Dustin Meinen of Akron will take over the Akron-Westfield wrestling program as its head coach for 2012 – 2013 with Chad Morrow as his assistant.
Meinen, an A-W Class of 2000 alum, finished fifth place at the State Meet at 145 pounds and was a three-time state qualifier under then coach Derek Briggs’ guidance.
“Absolutely I’m looking forward to it. We have a lot of good kids coming back and we want to continue to build on what we’ve been doing,” said Meinen, who works at Scanada International Inc. in Akron.
Meinen said he is looking forward to working with the A-W youth wrestling as well. He presented awards at the Spring Sports Banquet and helped organize a wrestling clinic with the South Dakota State University head coach, where A-W 2012 alum Chet Utesch will wrestle this Winter.
Meinen has been a volunteer at A-W wrestling since the 2010 – 2011 season.
In Meinen’s fifth place finish at state, Meinen advanced to district with an 18 second win over Steve Bomgaars of West Lyon, after beating Nate Collins of Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn, 19-4 and Nate Harmsen of Rock Valley for second place at sectional.
With a 39-0 record at the time, Meinen beat Scott Linden of Woodbury Central, 16-8 and Josh DeWall of Kingsley-Pierson, 9-3, in the district finals to reach Des Moines.
At state, Meinen beat Wes Boschorner of Southern Cal (Lake City), 12-5, in the fifth and sixth place match to go out a winner. He also won in the quarterfinals over No. 4-ranked Ross Blanchard of Belle Plaine, 11-0.
Meinen had a 42-2 record his senior year of 1999-2000 and won 128 career wins for A-W, then a school record.