Itasca was what launched my wrestling career while completing my generals and keeping my options open to decide on a major and 4 year school. It truly was the best place to start for me. Coach Wilkes
Itasca alumnus Nicolas Wilkes started his wrestling career as a 2x NJCAA All American for the Vikings back in '04 '05. He went on to be a part of a NAIA national championship team at Dana College in Nebraska under head coach Steve Coastanzo and followed his coaches success up to St. Cloud State University in central Minnesota.
Coach Wilkes was a DII All American for St. Cloud State. He will be entering his 4th season as head wrestling coach for the Itasca Vikings.
Joe Umlauf is a graduate of NDSU where he was a four-year scholarship wrestler. He was a Big 12 starting wrestler his final year with the Bison.
In high school, Umlauf was a two-time Wisconsin state finalist and a four-time state qualifier. He was a multiple-time Border War and Pre-Season national champion and place winner and was an undefeated Clash National Duals tournament competitor in Rochester, Minn.
Umlauf graduated from NDSU with a double major in Physical Education and Health Education and a minor in Psychology. He is currently a Physical Ed and Health Teacher at Greenway High School in Coleraine, Minnesota.