Moorhead Wrestling | COACHING STAFF
Gerad Fugleberg- Head Varsity Coach
Coach Fugleberg is entering his 3rd 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.
JJ Fankhanel - Assistant Varsity Coach
Coach Fankhanel is entering his 4th 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.
David Ahmed- Assistant Varsity Coach
David Ahmed is entering his 2nd season as a wrestling coach for the Spuds. He grew up in Conrad Montana where he was an all state wrestler and football player. He wrestled at Concordia College in Moorhead where he earned his Bachelor's degree in mathematics education. He is a math teacher at Moorhead High School, and also is a freshman football coach. He has been a wrestling coach for the past 12 years, most recently at Osseo High School. He is married to Cassie, and they live in Hawley. David is excited to begin the season Go Spuds!!
Travis Ostby - Assistant Varsity Coach
Travis is entering his 1st 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.
Mike Jenkins - Head Jr. High/Assistant Varsity Coach
Mike Jenkins is entering his 4th 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,
Cal Prigge- Assistant Jr. High & Varsity Coach
Cal Prigge is entering his 3rd year with the Spuds. Cal grew up in Byron, MN. He started wrestling in 7th grade and was a state entrant at the 285lb weight class in 2017. Cal is currently a student at NDSU majoring in Agricultural Business and Agronomy.
Taylor Meissner - Assistant Jr. High & High School Coach
Taylor is entering is 1st 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.