FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
UNI’S MOUNTSIER RESIGNS WRESTLING POST
FALLS—University of Northern Iowa assistant wrestling coach Derek Mountsier
has resigned from the position, affective immediately, UNI head coach Brad
Penrith announced recently.
was in his fourth season with the Panthers and was the first assistant hired by
Penrith when the latter was named UNI’s head coach.
Mountsier is moving to Tulsa, OK, to be near his fiancee and is entering
private business. The couple plans
to wed next summer.
has been a huge part of our program,” Penrith said.
“He will be truly missed and we are not only losing a great coach, but
I am losing a great friend. He
needs to do what is best for his family and we wish him the best.”
a native of Newton, IA, was an all-American wrestler at Iowa State in 1994 and
’96. In 1996, he was the Big
Eight champion at 142 pounds, placed fourth at the NCAA Championships and
captained the Cyclones to a NCAA runner-up team finish.
He also placed eighth at 134 pounds in 1994.
He qualified for the nationals each of his four years, placed at the
Midlands Tournament each year and finished his career ranked second on the
school’s all-time win list with 128. He’s
a three-time National Open Greco-Roman all-American (1997-99) and a three-time
Greco-Roman World Team Trials place winner.
He also is a University National Greco-Roman champion.
to being named Penrith’s top assistant, he was the head assistant at
Pennsylvania from 1999-00 and prior to that, spent a year as an assistant at
Nebraska. He also served two years with the Cyclone Wrestling Club
prior to his stint at Nebraska. Pennsylvania
placed ninth at the 2000 NCAA Championships.
He also was instrumental in securing the Quakers’ 2000 recruiting
class, which was ranked seventh nationally by InterMat.
fourth-year assistant Randy Pugh is replacing Mountsier as head assistant.
Pugh is a UNI alum and finished fourth at the 2000 NCAA Tournament at 174
pounds, capping a senior season in which he compiled a 26-4 record.
He was ranked as high as third nationally after upending top-rated Otto
Olson at the Virginia Duals. He
transferred to UNI in 1998 from the Naval Academy and went 16-8 his first year
in a Panther singlet and finished his UNI career with 54-9, 70-17 overall.
sitting beside Penrith and Mountsier, he also has been training for
international competition as an 85 kg. freestyle wrestler.
other two assistants include Jose DeAnda and Tolly Thompson, who serves as head
club coach and strength and conditioning coach.
DeAnda is in his fourth season and Thompson is in his third year.