Former University of Minnesota wrestling teammates will be reunited on the staff of the North Dakota State coaching staff.
Roger Kish, promoted two months ago to the head coaching position at NDSU, has hired Manny Rivera, a 2008 NCAA All-American for the Golden Gophers, as an assistant coach, the Fargo-based Division I wrestling program announced Wednesday.
Rivera, who graduated from Minnesota in 2008, was an assistant coach at the University of Virginia last season. Piror to that, the native of El Monte, Calif. served for two seasons as a graduate assistant at his alma mater.
As a wrestler at Minnesota, Rivera was a three-time NCAA Division I qualifier, earning All-American honors as a senior at 141 pounds at the 2008 NCAAs. He completed his collegiate career with an overall record of 113-40.
“We are excited to have Manny on board,” said Kish. “His passion and excitement for the sport will help elevate this program to a new level. I believe our wrestlers will feed off the energy brought to the program by our staff.”
In related news, NDSU assistant coach Bret Maughan was suspended from the coaching staff for five days last week without pay after being convicted of driving under the influence in an incident in Fargo in mid-July. According to The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead, Maughan received a sentence of 30 days in jail, which was conditionally suspended. He was also ordered to pay $1,025 in fines and fees with $400 conditionally suspended. Maughan also will have to go through an alcohol evaluation.
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