Iowa Wesleyan tabs Jake Kadel as new head wrestling coach

Iowa Wesleyan University's head coach Jake Kadel and assistant coach Steven Holloway shout instructions to IWU wrestler Francisco Mendez during his match against Waldorf University's Dalton Thorson Wednesday Jan.  12, 2022 in Wesleyan's Ruble Arena.

MOUNT PLEASANT — Two years ago, Jake Kadel had his life all mapped out.

The New London High School and University of Iowa graduate was going to get into medical school, then follow in the footsteps of his father, Dr. Kelly Kadel, a longtime podiatrist.

That all changed last year when Kadel spent a year as the top assistant coach for the men’s and women’s wrestling teams at Iowa Wesleyan University.

Kadel got the coaching bug, and a year later he finds himself as the new head coach of the Iowa Wesleyan men’s and women’s wrestling teams.

Iowa Wesleyan made the formal announcement on Friday, removing the interim tag Kadel had before his title since December when he replaced Shawn Contos.

For Kadel, it was a matter of semantics. For Iowa Wesleyan, it is a big step forward in continuing the momentum Kadel and graduate assistant coaches Steven Holloway and Cash Wilcke built over the last four months.

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