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Waldorf College Selects New Coach for Women's Wrestling

Anthony Cornealius

Dustin Baynes is the head coach of Waldorf College’s new women’s wrestling program, the first collegiate program in the state of Iowa for female wrestlers.

Baynes, a former graduate assistant wrestling coach at Cleveland State University, comes with firm goals for the program. "My expectation for the women’s wrestling program here at Waldorf is to grow the program into one of the top programs in the country," Baynes said. "I believe Waldorf is a great place for young women to come and not only get an opportunity to wrestle, but also to receive a high-quality education."

While the team is small, they are currently traveling to matches and competing hard. Baynes is aggressively recruiting women for the team which he hopes will number about 20 to 30 wrestlers by fall of 2011.

Baynes possess a strong background in wrestling including serving as assistant coach at Lakota East High School in Ohio, a volunteer coach for the Ohio Junior National Wrestling team, team captain for three years on the Limestone College (Gaffney, S.C.) wrestling team and a wrestler on the Cleveland State University team.

A native of Liberty Township, Ohio, Baynes holds a bachelor’s degree in physical education. He is pursuing a master’s degree in sport management at Columbia Southern University, one of the first online colleges in the nation.

To learn more about the women’s wrestling program at Waldorf College, call the Athletic Department at (641)585-8182.