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Moorhead Wrestling | COACHING STAFF


Gerad  Fugleberg- Head Varsity Coach


Coach Fugleberg is entering his 5th year as Head Coach of the Spud wrestling team. Coach Fugleberg grew up locally, graduating from Fargo South High School, in Fargo, North Dakota in 2010. He was a three-time letter winner in football and five-time letter winner in wrestling with the Bruins. He was a 2-time wrestling state finalist, bringing home one Runner-up finish and one state championship. The Bruins also had three top 4 state team finishes under, then Head Coach, Lynn Forde. The highlight of those state finishes was during Fugleberg's junior year when the Bruins finished 2nd in state as a dual team. Coach Fugleberg continued his wrestling career at Minnesota State University Moorhead under Head Coach Kris Nelson. He was a 3 year starter for the Dragons and would go on to graduate from MSUM with a bachelor's degree in Physical Education. Fugleberg is now a teacher at Horizon Middle School in Moorhead as well as as an assistant football coach for the varsity football team. Coach Fugleberg is married to current assistant Spud volleyball coach, Amber Fugleberg since August of 2020 and they have a little girl on the way, expected January of 2023.

JJ Fankhanel - Assistant Varsity Coach


Coach Fankhanel is entering his 6th year coaching the Spud wrestling team.

JJ graduated from Hillsboro High School in 1993, where he wrestled for Ron Gadberry and got to know his future wife Amy who was the wrestling team statistician. JJ entered the USMC after graduation, spending five years with the 3rd Marine Regiment, in Hawaii and two years in California.  After the USMC he returned to Moorhead earning an Associates Degree in Construction Management.  After a few years working in the construction industry he returned to MSUM and completed his Bachelors Degree in Physical Education and a Minor in Coaching.  JJ taught in Pelican Rapids, MN where he also coached wrestling for seven years. He has been working as the Lead Child and Youth Program Coordinator for the ND Army National Guard for the past four years, and has a total of 16 years of total military service. He and his family moved to Moorhead in 2016, were he began coaching at Moorhead High School.  In May of 2018 he completed a Master Degree in Educational Psychology and Counseling.  JJ and his wife Amy and their two sons Evan and Zack live in Moorhead.  Their daughter Miranda lives in Pelican Rapids, MN.

Travis Ostby - Assistant Varsity Coach


Travis is entering his 3rd season as an assistant wrestling coach for the Spuds. He grew up in Morris, Mn and wrestled for the MAHACA Tigers. During Travis's high school career, he was a two-time state entrant and avid freestyle and greco wrestler. He competed at both Cadet & Junior Nationals as well as the Southern Plains Regional Championship, where he won Greco in the Junior division. 

       Coach Ostby continued his wrestling career at Luther College in Iowa and Concordia University in Moorhead. He graduated from Concordia with a Social Studies Education  degree and is married to his wife, Alexis. Travis and Alexis also have a little girl named Mckenna. 

Collin Haar - Assistant Junior Varsity Coach
Collin is entering his 2nd year as a Spud Wrestling Coach. Collin is from Aberdeen, SD where he wrestled for 15 years of his life including a 6 year varsity career where he accumulated a record of 166-75. Collin was a 4 time state placer for Aberdeen Central and won a state championship as a senior. He is currently a senior at MSUM, studying physical education and health education with minors in coaching and special education.

Mike Jenkins  - Head Jr. High/Assistant Varsity Coach

Mike Jenkins is entering his 6th year with the Spuds. Mike grew up in all around the Midwest but ended up in Fargo, ND and was a graduate of Fargo South High School where he lettered in wrestling and participated as a member of the team for 4 years. Mike has helped coach at the youth level in Moorhead for the previous 6 years and has also coached weight training. Mike and his wife Dawn have been married for 13 years. They have four kids, three boys and one girl. Mike was a graduate with a Bachelor's degree in Business Management and an Associate's Degree in Criminal Justice. He currently works as a supervisor at Discovery Benefits where he was worked since 2016, 
Trace Bakke - Assistant Jr. High & High School Coach

Coach Bakke is entering his 1st year with the Spiuds. Trace graduated from Kindred High School in 2017. Trace Started varsity for all 6 years qualifying for state 5 of those years. Trace placed 7th his junior year and 3rd his senior year and once held the most wins in Kindred wrestling history. After high school he went to college in Devils Lake where he was the assistant varsity coach for 2 years for the Firebirds. After he graduated he transferred to MSUM and was hired as the head wrestling coach in Hillsboro North Dakota. During his time at MSUM he got his social studies degree and is now teaching at East Horizon. Trace Married his wife Hannah in August of 2022 and they enjoy hunting, fishing, and racing fourwheelers.

Taylor Meissner - Assistant Jr. High & High School Coach

Taylor is entering his 3rd season as an assistant coach for the Spuds. Taylor has been involved with wrestling since he was in kindergarten. He was a 6 year varsity wrestler for Osseo High School. Despite battling injuries and several surgeries on his knee, Taylor still became a state participant as a Junior. Taylor is currently a Junior at Concordia University and is studying to become a chiropractor. 

Jack White - Assistant Jr. High & High School Coach

Jack is entering his 2nd season with the Spuds wrestling staff. Jack is from Osseo, MN where he wrestled for former Spud Assistant David Ahmed. Jack started wrestling at a very young age and participated in the sport throughout high school where he wrestled 4 years of varsity. He is currently at NDSU studying to be an engineer.
Inno Nsengyumva - Assistant High School Coach

Inno is entering his 1st year with the Spuds. Inno wrestled in high school at Fargo Davies under Coach Fugleberg. He also competed collegiality at Concordia University. 

Past Coaches



Phil Sheffield

Bill Pierce    

Dan Grohnke 

Ron Gadberry   

Harris Shellito 

Guy Kimball  

Mick Dunn    

Bret Maughan      

Shawn Osbourne    

Paul Larson     

Joe Gaughan    

Skip Toops    

Kenard Booker

Gerad Fugleberg

Spuds All-Time
































29-53-0 (Through 2021-2022 season)


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