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A former Ottumwa wrestling standout has been named head coach for the Ottumwa wrestling program.

Jeremy Frueh, an OHS graduate who was a two time state qualifier and a district and conference champion, will lead Ottumwa wrestlers as the program continues to grow and improve.

After high school, Frueh wrestled two years for Mount St. Claire and was a national qualifier. The program was dropped after his second year. Not knowing what he wanted to do, he took a job as assistant wrestling coach at William Penn. After a year, he decided to finish his education degree and came back to Ottumwa.

While completing his degree, he served as the wrestling coach at Evans Middle School. He currently teaches special education in the OHS Freshman Academy. He has coached middle school wrestling for six years and at the high school for one.

“I’m pretty excited about this opportunity,” said Frueh. “I feel our program is going in the right direction. By encouraging students to do more off season training and competitions, we can compete in the elite level.”

Frueh also feels strongly about the importance of a youth program. “A youth program provides an opportunity to teach the basics that you shouldn’t be teaching at the high school level,” he said. “It provides a solid foundation.”

The biggest change will be an increased focus on the off-season. “Wrestling is a demanding sport,” said Frueh. “Most state wrestlers are competing in the summer. We need to add that level to be competitive at the state level. I will expect wrestlers to be in the summer lifting program and participate in off-season wrestling tournaments.”