Swedenhjelm brings excitement to NHS wrestling
The Newton Senior High School wrestling program has seen some interesting times as of late. It is unnecessary to rehash some of the controversy that took place weeks ago, but it goes without saying that there was a void left when long time coach Bill Reed resigned from the program. Recently, Athletic Director Scott Garvis’ search concluded with a much younger mindset now at the head of the program.
Meet the new face of Cardinal Wrestling — Andy Swedenhjelm. Coach Swedenhjelm is an Iowa native. He attended Dowling Catholic in Des Moines, where he played football and wrestled. He ended up at Truman State University as a defensive tackle on the football team. He went from the Truman State Bulldogs to the Ottumwa Bulldogs, where he has been an assistant wrestling coach for the past three years. When he saw the job in Newton open, he jumped at the opportunity.
“Newton has always had a strong wrestling program,” Swedenhjelm said. “It has always been a hotbed of wrestling in Newton. People have always been passionate about wrestling there. So, when the job opened up, I saw it as a terrific opportunity to coach kids who would be enthusiastic about the sport.”
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