Staff
Assistant Coach
Derek St. John

Derek St. John is in his first season as an assistant coach for the Iowa State wrestling program.

St. John was a member of the Virginia Tech wrestling staff in the last two seasons, helping the Hokies achieve unprecedented success.

In 2016-17, St. John helped guide the Hokies to their sixth-straight top-10 finish at the NCAA Championships. VT finished sixth as a team with five individual All Americans. At the ACC Championships, Tech claimed its third conference title in school history, winning six individual titles.

The Hokies finished the 2016-17 campaign with an 18-1 dual mark.

In St. John’s first season at VT (2015-16), the team went undefeated in ACC duals and finished a program-best fourth at the NCAA Championships. The Hokies had eight NCAA qualifiers with six earning All-America status.

Tech’s record-setting 2015-16 campaign featured third-place finishes by Zach Epperly and Nick Brascetta. Brascetta became the second three-time All-American in program history, ending his career with three ACC championships and four NCAA Championship appearances.

The Hokies won their second-straight ACC dual meet title and finished runner-up at the 2016 ACC Championships in St. John’s first season in Blacksburg.

St. John came to Virginia Tech after one season (2014-15) as an assistant coach at North Dakota State. The Bison finished 9-4 overall, including a perfect 5-0 mark in Western Wrestling Conference action, and 23rd at the NCAA Championships.

St. John, who won the 2013 NCAA title at 157 pounds, became the 18th four-time All-American in Iowa history in 2014. He placed fourth at the NCAA Championships as a freshman, second as a sophomore, first as a junior and fifth as a senior, claiming his spot as one of the most decorated Hawkeye wrestlers of all time.

The Parnell, Iowa, native concluded his collegiate career with a record of 106-17. St. John was the 2012 Big Ten champion and a two-time Big Ten runner-up at 157 pounds. He posted a record of 31-2 in his national championship campaign of 2012-13, earning Iowa’s Mike Howard Most Valuable Wrestler Award.

St. John graduated from Iowa in 2014 with a degree in business studies.

Head Coach
Kevin Dresser

Kevin Dresser, the 2016 National Wrestling Coaches’ Association Coach of the Year, enters his second season as the Iowa State head wrestling coach.

The 55-year-old Humboldt, Iowa native, built a national powerhouse at Virginia Tech. Inheriting a team that won one dual in the year prior to his arrival, Dresser led VT to Top 10 finishes at the NCAA Championship during his last four years – including an all-time best fourth in 2016. His teams won 91% of their duals (48-5) the last three years.

Iowa State Athletics Director Jamie Pollard aimed high during the search for a new head coach in 2017 -- with the goal of returning the Cyclone wrestling program to national prominence. Pollard believes Dresser’s championship pedigree as an athlete and coach will be a natural draw to recruits as well as an inspiration to the wrestlers on the team.

Dresser has coached 65 NCAA Championship qualifiers, 20 All-Americans and five ACC Most Outstanding Wrestlers. Dresser was named ACC Coach of the Year four years in a row and the state of Virginia’s coach of the year five times.

Dresser was named Virginia Tech’s coach in 2006-07 after a legendary high school coaching career in Virginia. He led Christiansburg High School (1996-2006) to five state championships and three runner-up finishes in 10 seasons. Before that, he took Grundy High School (1988-96) to eight state titles in as many years. Dresser coached 69 state champions and four of his teams ranked in the Top 10 nationally.

As a competitor, he won two state titles and compiled a 112-11-1 record at Humboldt (Iowa) High School before a distinguished collegiate career at Iowa. The two-time All-American and two-time Big Ten champion won the 1986 NCAA Championship (when he won the Mike Howard Award as Iowa’s MVW) and placed fourth at the national meet in 1985. The Hawkeyes won national titles in each of his five seasons on the roster.

Dresser has been inducted into the Iowa School Athletic Association Wrestling Hall of Fame (2009), the Iowa Wrestling Hall of Fame (2014) and is to be inducted into the Glen Brand Wrestling Hall of Fame of Iowa this summer.

Volunteer Assistant Coach
Brent Metcalf

Brent Metcalf is in his first season as a volunteer assistant coach on Iowa State’s wrestling staff.

Metcalf served as the National Freestyle Developmental Coach prior to his arrival in Ames.

Metcalf joined the USA Wrestling coaching staff in November of 2016. He operated under National Freestyle Coach Bill Zadick, who is the older brother of ISU Associate Head Coach Mike Zadick. His coaching duties included coaching the age-group men’s freestyle World Teams, directing the freestyle resident athletes at the U.S. Olympic Training Center and serving as an assistant coach on the Senior national team.

As a senior-level athlete, Metcalf was a staple in the United States’ lineup from 2010-2016. He was a part of four U.S. Freestyle World Teams (2010, 2013, 2014, 2015). He won a gold medal at the 2015 Pan American Games in Canada, and claimed World Cup gold medals in 2014 and 2015 in Los Angeles. Other major international events he won included the 2014 UWW Golden Grand Prix Finals in Azerbaijan and a silver medal at the 2013 Ivan Yarygin Grand Prix in Russia.

Metcalf qualified for the U.S. Freestyle National Team for six straight years from 2010-16, winning U.S. Open titles in 2014 and 2015. He was also a member of the 2006 Junior World Team.

Metcalf is one of the most decorated wrestlers in Iowa wrestling history. He won two NCAA titles (2008, 2010) and was three-time NCAA finalist (2008-10) in his three seasons wrestling for the Hawkeyes.

A native of Davison, Mich., Metcalf won the 2008 Dan Hodge trophy, given annually to the nation’s best collegiate wrestler, and helped the Hawkeyes to three NCAA team titles (2008, 2009, 2010).

Metcalf was one of the most highly touted prep wrestlers. While wrestling for Davison High School, he posted a record of 228-0 with 156 victories by fall. He was one of the best athletes to wrestle in USA Wrestling’s age-group program, winning six ASICS Junior National Titles, three each in freestyle and Greco-Roman.

He earned his bachelor’s degree from Iowa in 2010.

Director of Operations
Robin Wilson

Robin Wilson is in her first season with the Iowa State wrestling program as director of operations.

Wilson aided Dresser and his Virginia Tech program as a volunteer assistant for the Southeast Regional Training Center in Blacksburg, Va.

Wilson has been a reporter for the Chronicle of Higher Education for 32 years, joining The Chronicle as a staff writer in 1985. She has written numerous articles on faculty members’ personal and professional lives, as well as about issues involving students.

Wilson began her association with Dresser and the Hokie wrestling program when her son, Lex Ozias, joined the team in 2011.

A native of Detroit, Mich., Wilson received her bachelor’s degree from the College of Wooster (Ohio) in 1982.

Wilson and her husband, Darryl Ozias, have two sons: Lex and Coy. Coy was a member of the Princeton wrestling team.

Women's Camp Instructor
Megan Black

Fargo Champ
2X National Finalist
University National Champ
Pan American Champ
Olympic Trials Qualifier
2017 University World Team Member