Ed Oehlers - Head Wrestling Coach
Coach Oehlers is beginning his 9th season as the Head Wrestling coach of the Willmar Cardinals. This will be his 12th season being involved with the wrestling program, after coming to Willmar as an assistant varsity Wrestling coach in 2007.
Coach Oehlers grew up in North Branch, MN where he competed in multiple sports; including football, wrestling, baseball, track, and powerlifting. Coach Oehlers attended Concordia College in Moorhead, MN and competed for the Cobber football and wrestling teams, earning an MIAC title in football during the 2005 season.
Ed, his wife Jeanette, and their daughter Camila live in Willmar. Ed teaches Health and Physical Education at the Senior High, and is the Strength and Conditioning coach. Jeanette works for Pact4 in the Kandiyohi County Health and Human Services building. Camila is involved in many activities; gymnastics, dance, swimming, and camping with her family are some of her favorites.
Tony Neumann - Varsity Assistant Wrestling Coach
Coach Neumann wrestled and played football for the Cardinals, finishing his senior year as a member of the 2005 state wrestling team. Neumann also qualified as an individual to the state tournament his senior season. He pursued wrestling and academics at Concordia College in Moorhead, MN, earning the title of All-American.
Tony returned to Willmar in 2010 and has been entering his 9th season with the wrestling program. He currently teaches Social Studies at the Senior High, and coaches football and wrestling. Tony is married to to wife Juliana, who is a nurse at Rice Hospital in Willmar. Tony and Juliana live in Willmar with their children; son Callan, and daughter Maren.
Dain Kalkbrenner - Varsity Assistant Wrestling Coach
Coach Kalkbrenner went to high school at ACGC and graduated in 2002. He participated in football, wrestling, and track for the Falcons. He pursued football and wrestling in college at Concordia College in Moorhead, MN, where he earned in teaching degree. He currently teaches Physical Education at the Willmar Middle School.
Dain joined the Cardinal Wrestling staff in 2015, and is returning to his 4th season with the program. He had previous coaching experience at Hawley, Barnesville, and Moorhead High Schools. Dain, his wife Dayna, and their daughters Jayla and Grace, live in New London. Dain coaches football, wrestling, and is involved with the Cardinal Strength program.
Trent Molacek - Varsity Assistant Wrestling Coach
Coach Molacek wrestled, played football, and competed for the track and field team as a Cardinal graduate. He graduated from Willmar High School in 2007. Molacek attended Ridgewater College and SMSU in Marshall where he pursued wrestling, coaching, and education. He returned to Willmar and is currently teaching 3rd grade at Roosevelt Elementary. He is also a coach for the varsity track team.
Trent joined the Cardinal Wrestling staff in 2015 as a middle school coach, and is returning at the varsity level for his 3rd year with the program. Trent and his wife Lisa, who is the head secretary at the Area Learning Center in Willmar, live in Willmar with their two children Maddison and Jackson.
Tyler Steen - 9th Grade/Middle School Wrestling Coach
Derrick Cruze - 9th Grade/Middle School Wrestling Coach
Christian Brown - Middle School Wrestling Coach
Coach Brown went to BC-IG high school in Ida Grove, Iowa where he participated in football, wrestling, track, and baseball. He then went to Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall and pursued a social studies teaching career. This is Coach Brown's fourth year in the district, and he is returning to his third year as a coach in the Cardinal Wrestling program. He currently teaches 7th grade social studies and also coaches middle school football and 9th grade softball.
Nathanial Swoyer - Freestyle Wrestling Coach/YouthWrestling Coach
Brock Streff - Youth Wrestling Coach
Alex Johannes - Youth Wrestling Coach