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Coach Orlando Ponce

Coach Orlando Ponce dedicated his life to Jesus Christ in 2014. This was a life changing experiences for Coach Ponce and he has since then dedicated his life to using wrestling as a vehicle to build young men and women of Christian Character.

As an athlete for Augsburg College Wrestling, he was a 3x NCAA DIII All-American & National Finalist, and a member of the 2010 UNDEFEATED NCAA DIII National Championship Team. He received a BA in Physical Education (K-12).

Coach Ponce has been active in the Minnesota Wrestling Community since 2012. He's been an assistant coach at Augsburg College and helped lead the team to it's 12th NCAA DIII Title in 2015. He also runs Ponce Trained Wrestling, a local coaching service.

Coach Ponce credits his brother, Carlos Ponce, who introduced him to the sport of wrestling, his high school head coach, Mike Turner, Augsburg Wrestling, and his experiences at the prestigious Jeff Jordan State Champ Camp in Ohio for his passion of coaching.


Clinicians & Counselors

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Coach Rashad Kennedy, Augsburg College '16
AUGWA Head Technician 
Augsburg Wrestling John Grygelko Wall of Fame Inductee '17 
2015 NCAA DIII Team Champion as athlete
2016 NCAA DIII All-American at 149 lbs.
2016 NCAA DIII West Regional Champion
James Goman
Coach James Goman, Augsburg College '17
AUGWA Technician
2015 Team NCAA DIII Champion as athlete
2016 NCAA DIII Qualifier & Team Captain
3x State Qualifier-MSHSL
2x State Place Winner & Finalist-MSHSL
Sectional Champion-MSHSL
Julian Georgescu
Coach Julian Georgescu, Current College Wrestler
AUGWA Counselor
2x HS State Place Winner-FHSAA
BCAA County Champion-FHSAA
Regional Champion-FHSAA
Tone Fuenffinger
Coach Tone Fuenffinger, Current College Wrestler
AUGWA Counselor
2015 Team NCAA DIII Champion as athlete
3x Augsburg Letter Winner
5x State Qualifier-MSHSL
2x Sectional Champion-MSHSL