Posted 11 months ago
By John Axtell
CHADRON – Chadron State College has taken the word “interim” off the job title of head wrestling coach Brett Hunter.
The Rushville native and 2-time NCAA champion wrestler had been interim coach since the retirement from coaching of Scott Ritzen last summer, posting a 7-8 dual meet record and guiding two wrestlers – Jordan Debus and Perry McAfee – to All-American honors.
“It feels great to be the coach at my alma mater,” says Hunter. “This is a great position to have and a responsibility I won’t take lightly. I will work hard every day to continue the tradition of the CSC wrestling program and contend for regional and national honors.”
Hunter had been with Ritzen for nearly a decade as a wrestler, student assistant, and graduate assistant before taking over from his mentor last year and appreciates what he learned. “I would like to thank the hiring committee and especially Coach Ritzen for helping mold me into the coach I am today,” he says.
A stellar high school wrestler at Rushville… 2-time state champion and 2-time placer with a prep record of 141-10…Hunter became Chadron State’s all-time winningest wrestler and one of its all-time greats.
He is the school’s only repeat national champion – winning at 165 and 174 pounds in 2007 and 2009 – and finished with a career record of 133-32.
He married his wife Ashley, a native of Sargent, Neb., in the summer of 2011 and they are expecting a child next month.