Head Wrestling Coach
Dakota Wesleyan University ’06
South Dakota State University ’08
Dakota Wesleyan University wrestling coach Matt Sedivy guided his squad to its most successful season in more than a decade in 2012-13, and he hopes his talented young squad continues to excel in his fifth year at the helm in 2013-14.
The Tigers went 7-5 overall in 2012-13, marking the most wins in a season since DWU went 12-7-1 in 1968-69. It was also the first winning season for the DWU wrestling program since the Tigers went 5-2 in 1998-99. Dakota Wesleyan also had two wrestlers on the All-Great Plains Athletic Conference First Team for the first time in school history, and claimed multiple All-American honors at the national meet for the first time since 2004.
Seven Tigers qualified for the NAIA National Championships in 2012-13, and sophomores Dusty Paulsen and Trever DeVestern both earned All-American honors after taking seventh at their respective weight classes. Both wrestlers went 4-2 over the two-day tournament – Paulsen at 149 pounds and DeVestern at 157. Both wrestlers also earned All-GPAC Second Team honors.
Richard Rios and Kyle Gerlach both earned All-GPAC First Team honors and Tyler Sarringar and Eric Gruis earned honorable mention accolades. Those four, along with Nick Hutcheson, also made the trip to the NAIA National Tournament. Hutcheson went 2-2 at 165 pounds, Rios went 1-2 at 133 and Gerlach (157), Sarringar (174) and Gruis (285) all went 0-2.
Sarringar continued to increase his record for reversals in a career. The junior has 82 in three seasons and holds the career record. As a team, the Tigers tied the school record for individual winning percentage at 50 percent. Sarringar (69-49), Rios (64-33), DeVestern (62-23) and Hutcheson (60-43) all continued to climb up the top 10 in the all-time career wins list and currently sit at seventh, eighth, ninth and 10th, respectively.
Sedivy also made sure his wrestlers performed well in the classroom. Sarringar earned NAIA-Daktronics Scholar-Athlete honors, and Sarringar, Gerlach, Paulsen and Hutcheson all earned individual recognition from the National Wrestling Coaches Association. DWU also earned team honors and finished third in the team race with a cumulative 3.34 GPA. Sarringar was also the GPAC nominee for the prestigious A.O. Duer Award, which is given to one male and one female junior student-athlete around the NAIA based on scholarship, character and citizenship.
In four seasons with the DWU wrestling program, Sedivy has coached 30 national qualifiers, 13 All-GPAC athletes, four NAIA Scholar-Athletes and three All-Americans while guiding the Tigers to a 19-26 dual mark.
During the summer of 2010, Sedivy was one of 32 college wrestling coaches from around the country chosen to participate in the second annual National Wrestling Coaches Association Leadership Academy in Delray Beach, Fla. The academy was started to help young wrestling coaches strengthen their programs and practices, as well as improve on CEO skills.
Sedivy came to his alma mater from Grand Island (Neb.) High School, where he was an assistant wrestling coach under former Tiger head coach Mike Schadwinkel. Sedivy served as a student assistant coach during his time at Dakota Wesleyan, and he was a graduate assistant coach at NCAA Division I South Dakota State University for two seasons from 2006 to 2008. From his previous experiences, Sedivy brings a strong passion for coaching, excellent knowledge of the sport and established connections in the South Dakota wrestling community to DWU.
While he was a graduate assistant with the Jackrabbits, Sedivy gained valuable college coaching experience under SDSU head coach Jason Liles, including coaching, recruiting and learning how to run a program. Sedivy coached the Jackrabbits’ first NCAA Division I National Qualifier in addition to the three NAIA All-Americans he coached while at Dakota Wesleyan.
In 2008, Sedivy coached Grand Island to the Nebraska 2009 Class “A” State Championship. His squad also had seven individual state finalists, four individual state champions, and set state records for scoring and pins at the state tournament.
Sedivy received a Bachelor of Arts degree in physical education with a minor in coaching from Dakota Wesleyan in 2006. He received a Master of Science degree in health, physical education and recreation with a specialization in sports pedagogy from South Dakota State University in 2008. He was a member of the dean’s list and a recipient of Cum Laude honors and the Physical Education Alumni Medal. Sedivy’s background also includes mission trips to Peru in the summer of 2005, 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Mitchell.