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Martin County West has a new head wrestling coach

By Lee Larson, KKOJ-KRAQ Radio, Jackson

Eric Tvinnereim will guide the Mavericks into the 2003-2004 season.

Tvinnereim was an assistant coach at Jackson County Central from the 1999-2000 through 2001-2002 seasons. He was named the Huskies‚ head coach in September 2002, but resigned prior to the start of the season.

Prior to coming to JCC, he coached two seasons in North Carolina, where he was an assistant coach one year and head middle school coach for one year.

Tvinnereim is a phy ed and health teacher at Jackson County Central High School.

"I don't know a lot about the wrestlers coming back (at MCW)," Tvinnereim said. "I know they do have a pretty good youth program and they do have a few outstanding wrestlers that are coming back from last year. I'm looking forward to getting to work with some of those guys and we'll go from there."

Tvinnereim said he plans to bring an aggressive style with him to the Mavericks.

"I have an attack-oriented philosophy," he said. "I like to go after people and be on the offensive. That's the philosophy I hope to bring to any program I'm part of. I was to be on the offense and keep the other person on the defense."

Serving as assistant coaches with the Mavericks will be Tom Crosby and Jon Fitzgerald.

Martin County West will open its season Dec. 6 at a tournament in Blue Earth. The Mavericks will wrestle in the Pizza Ranch-JCC tournament in Jackson on Dec. 13.