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OTTAWA, Kan. – The Ottawa University Athletic Department is pleased to announce the hiring of Dalton Weidl as OU’s new head women’s wrestling coach.

“I have had the pleasure of knowing Dalton throughout both my competitive and coaching career, and have witnessed his impact within the sport first-hand over the years,” said Colby Crank, Ottawa University Director of Wrestling and head men’s wrestling coach. “He has completely revamped and revitalized the Ottawa High School program in town, has increased their participation in a short period of time, and saw immediate results by winning league titles, as well as producing multiple state placers.”

Before coming to Ottawa University, Weidl was the head boys and girls wrestling coach at Ottawa High School since 2018. While at OHS, he created weekly practice plans, developed in-season and off-season strength and conditioning programs, oversaw both program’s budgets, managed fundraising and booster donations, monitored student-athlete academic progress, was responsible for department communication, and advocated for both the academic and athletic success of all individuals involved in the program.

“Dalton was fortunate enough to be in a head coaching role at the high school level when KSHAA sanctioned our women’s state tournament, and his enthusiasm for women’s wrestling is infectious,” said Crank. “Coaching his sister Darby to a state title just this last season, he has had a special opportunity to become entrenched not only locally, but statewide in our growing women’s wrestling community. I have no doubt he is going to do a great job for us!”

Weidl was named the 2021 District Coach of the Year, helped OHS to an undefeated 2021 Frontier League Championship, and a 2019 Regional Championship. In the last three years, Weidl has coached 24 state qualifiers and a 2021 Kansas Girls State Champion.

“I am honored to have been selected as OU’s women’s wrestling coach, and to join such a talented program. Many thanks go to Arabie Conner, Bruce Tate and Coach Colby Crank for giving me this opportunity,” said Weidl. “Coach Crank and I entered the Ottawa wrestling community in 2018, when he was hired as the head coach at OU and I returned to my alma mater to lead the program at Ottawa High School… [We] connected quickly as we share the same coaching mentality and had a desired goal to change the culture of wrestling in Ottawa. This made the opportunity to join the OU wrestling program very attractive, [knowing] I would be joining a program that shares the same ambition [and would] be surrounded by individuals who share the same vision.”

Weidl graduated from Newman University in 2018 with a degree in criminal justice. He will complete his masters in special education from Pittsburg State University in the summer of 2021.

Weidl was a member of the Newman University men’s wrestling program. He was a Jet Invitational Champion, a two-time Kansas Cup Champion, a 2017 Midwest Classic Finalist, was nationally ranked, and earned the 2014 Newman Jets Breakthrough Athlete of the Year. Weidl competed in the 197 and 285 pound weight classes for the Jets. At Ottawa High School, Weidl was a two-time Frontier League Champion, a two-time Regional Champion, and was a 2014 Kansas 4A State Champion.

“Wrestling is a sport that teaches you all about life – it will give back everything you put into it and then some,” said Weidl. “Women’s wrestling is becoming very popular, [and] the fact it is still very new provides a great opportunity to change a lot of futures. I can’t wait to help continue growing wrestling at OU by building a program and culture women across the country want to come join.”

Weidl will start at Ottawa on June 7.

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