An assistant coach for the past two WIAA Division 1 state championship wrestling teams, Kyle Kleuskens has been named the head coach at Neenah High School.
Kleuskens has been an assistant coach at Kaukauna and helped the Ghosts win back-to-back state titles. He is a 2006 graduate of Freedom High School and was a state qualifier as a senior. He wrestled collegiately at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh and was a two-time team captain.
Kleuskens replaces Ryan Peterson, who resigned after three seasons to accept an administrative position at Oshkosh West High School. Kleuskens resides in Neenah and will continue to work full time as an elementary physical education teacher in Kaukauna.
“Kyle has a wonderful wrestling pedigree and brings an excitement and enthusiasm to Neenah High School,” said Activities Director Nate Werner. “We are excited for the expertise and experience that Kyle brings to the Rocket wrestling program and how he will continue to build on the strong foundation left by Coach Peterson.”
Kleuskens served as the head coach for the Green Bay East/West co-op team for two seasons in 2011-12 and 2012-13. He started several club and summer programs in Green Bay before moving to Kaukauna. He has been the lead clinician for Kaukauna’s Kangaroo Wrestling Club, which attracts 100 wrestlers from throughout northeastern Wisconsin. He has also been a staff member for the Wisconsin National Wrestling Teams, helping coach at national level competitions in the spring and summer.
Kleuskens has already established the Rocket Wrestling Factory mini-camp. A middle school camp for grades 5-8 will be held Sat., Oct. 24 and a camp for grades 9-12 will be held on Sat., Oct. 31. The program features a full day of instruction, lunch and a t-shirt for $40.