LINCOLN, Neb. — Former Wagner High School wrestling coach Robert Kokesh will head to the University of Nebraska to join the wrestling coaching staff, the University announced on Monday.

Kokesh, a Wagner and Nebraska graduate, spent the past two seasons as the head wrestling coach at Wagner. He served as an administrative assistant for the Nebraska wrestling program in 2016.

“Robert (Kokesh) will bring his loyalty and work ethic to our program that will have such a positive impact on our athletes,” said Nebraska head coach Mark Manning, a Vermillion native. “His relentless pursuit of excellence and passion for our Husker program will flow into our team.”

From 2011 to 2015, Kokesh racked up 144 individual wins, which currently ranks second in school history. He earned All-America accolades on three occasions, finishing third at the NCAA Championships in 2013 and 2015, while taking fourth in 2014. Kokesh also won a pair of Big Ten titles in 2014 and 2015.

Kokesh was a member of the NWCA All-Academic Team, and he was a two-time Academic All-Big Ten selection. He also spent five semesters on the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll.

Kokesh was a three-time South Dakota Class B State Champion (2008-10) and led Wagner High School to team state titles both seasons. He graduated from Nebraska in August of 2015 with a degree in agronomy.


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