Two former OHS wrestlers join coaching staff

Will Johnson

Two new but very familiar faces have joined the Owensville Dutchmen wrestling coaching staff for the upcoming season.

Joining Rod Barndollar’s staff will be a pair of former OHS wrestlers very familiar with the program over the last decade.

Recently hired as an emergency assistant wrestling coach was Owensville High School Class of 2006 member Dustin Howard.

One of Howard’s former teammates in OHS 2008 graduate Stephen Turner also officially joined Barndollar’s staff last spring.

“They (Dustin Howard and Stephen Turner) have both done an excellent job for us so far,” Barndollar said of both former Dutchmen wrestlers turned coaches. “Stephen has done really well working with the middle school wrestlers and Dustin has worked really well with the high schoolers.”

Barndollar has high hopes to get a wrestler on the medal stand in February with five returning state qualifiers.

Those include seniors Cooper Bombach, Dustin Jahnsen, Colton Moore and Tanner Rector along with junior Blaine Schoenfeld.

Other seniors returning for their final year of Dutchmen wrestling include Austin Angell and Bryce Mistler.

Joining Schoenfeld as the other junior on the OHS wrestling roster is Taylor Smith.

Six sophomores will also suit up for Owensville. They include Joe Bauer, Boston Belk, Tighe Bombach, Edward DeLong, Cody Linders and Seth Scheidegger.

Three freshman will make their OHS wrestling debuts in Owen Holtzer, Kolby Jahnsen and Caden Moss.

Working primarily with the high school wrestling team, Howard wants to share his passion for Owensville wrestling.

“My passion is wrestling,” Howard said. “I want to be a head coach one day. Seeing that no one was taking the position, it was just a chance for me to get a head start on my goal (of becoming a head wrestling coach).”

One of Turner’s goals as an assistant wrestling coach is to get numbers up in the middle school portion of the program.

“It was pretty exciting when I got the position of assistant wrestling coach,” Turner said. “I originally wanted to go into elementary education. I wanted to work with the younger kids and help them realize how much fun wrestling can be.”

Along with his assistant wrestling coaching duties, Turner also works in the Gasconade County R-2 Technology Department as a Computer Repair Technician.

Opening their season last night (Tuesday) in a tri-meet on the road against the host Rolla Bulldogs and Washington’s Blue Jays, Owensville will not be able to wrestle in front of their home fans until the middle on January.

Until then, Barndollar’s Dutchmen wrestlers will compete in three tournaments and a Four Rivers Conference (FRC) tri-meet throughout the month of December.

Opening the month this weekend, OHS will compete in the Pleasant Hill Tournament on Friday, Dec. 1 and Saturday, Dec. 2.

A week later, the Dutchmen will compete in the Missouri Duals Tournament hosted by Helias High School in Jefferson City instead of going to the Moberly Tournament the weekend of Dec. 15-16.

Closing the December portion of their schedule, Owensville will compete in a FRC tri-meet at St. Clair against the host Bulldogs and Union’s Wildcats.

Throughout January, OHS will have home meets with Blair Oaks, Missouri Military Academy, Central (Park Hills), St. James, Fatima, So. Boone, Sullivan and Potosi.