KENDALLVILLE — An era of wrestling is coming to an end at Churubusco High School, as head coach Sam Riesen was chosen by East Noble to take the reins of its program.
East Noble brought in a proven winner to replace longtime high school wrestling coach Keith Hoffar.
The East Noble school board approved of the hiring of Riesen to be the new East Noble High School wrestling coach at the board’s meeting last week.
Riesen has been the head wrestling coach at Churubusco High School for the past 10 years, and kept the Eagles as one of the top teams in the Northeast Corner Conference. He led the team to Class 1A state championship in the Indiana High School Wrestling Coaches Association Team State Duals in 2014.
In his 10 years at ’Busco, Riesen posted nine seasons with winning records, placed second in the state in 2013, fifth in 2015 and was a state qualifier in 2016. The Eagles were NECC regular season champions in 2012 and 2014, and were Carroll Sectional and Regional runners-up in 2013. Riesen also led the Eagles to four Woodlan Invitational Championships.
“It’s an exciting time for me and my family,” Riesen said. “It’s tough leaving those guys and that community (at Churubusco). That program will keep getting better. But I wanted to see what I can do at a bigger school.
“It’s exciting to be a part of one of the best programs in the area. Coach Hoffar has really built this program over the years. You do not get an opportunity like this every day.”
Riesen sees a good transition on and off the mat. One of his children is entering kindergarten next school year.
Riesen, who will be a teacher in the East Noble school system, prides himself selling the sport of wrestling in the school hallways. He looks forward to elevating the Knights within the Northeast 8 Conference and beyond.
“I will work the hallways hard. We never forfeited a weight class at Churubusco and I don’t look to forfeit here,” Riesen said.
“I like to have the community involved. I know wrestling is part of the culture here. There should not be a long rebuild.”