Former Lakewood High School wrestling star Damion Hahn was named head wrestling
coach at South Dakota State University, the school announced Monday.
Hahn, who was a three-time NJSIAA champion at 189 pounds at Lakewood from 1997-99 and a two-time NCAA Division I champion at 197 pounds at the University of Minnesota in 2003 and 2004, succeeds Chris Bono as the Jackrabbits’ head coach.
Bono resigned last month to accept the position as the University of Wisconsin’s head coach.
It is the first head coaching job for Hahn, who was the associate head coach at Cornell University the last five seasons. He was an assistant coach at Cornell for 12 seasons in all.
“I am truly honored to be named the next head coach of wrestling at South Dakota State University and am thrilled for the opportunity to lead a program that has such incredible support from the university and the community,” Hahn said on South Dakota State’s Web Site. “I would like to thank Justin Sell (South Dakota State’s athletic director) and everyone on the search committee for giving me this opportunity. I am excited for the future of Jackrabbit Wrestling.”
Hahn takes over a program that has become a force in recent seasons.
South Dakota State had its first national champion in the NCAA Division I Championships last month in Cleveland in junior 133-pounder Seth Gross and finished 12th in the team standings with 42 points – just a half point behind Rutgers University.
The Jackrabbits, who compete in the Big 12 Conference, have been nationally-ranked each of the last three seasons. The Jackrabbits went 14-2 in dual meets this past season.