Pitt Wrestling Names Jake Wentzel New Volunteer Assistant
Following a standout career with Pitt on the wrestling mat, Jake Wentzel will now be transitioning to another role in the sport of wrestling.
Panther head coach Keith Gavin announced on Thursday, that Wentzel has been hired as a volunteer assistant coach.
The former two-time All-American and three-time ACC champion just finished up his sixth season with Pitt, which was highlighted by earning a spot in the 165-pound national title match at the 2021 NCAA Championships in St. Louis.
Wentzel replaces Luke Pletcher, who was just hired as a Pitt full-time assistant coach.
“With Luke moving up, it opened up our volunteer assistant spot,” Gavin said. “Jake was adamant about wanting to stay around the program. He’s been a leader for us for several years and it will be a smooth transition for him to step into a coaching position. He was a very hard worker as a student-athlete, and I know he’ll continue to work hard to help our guys improve on a daily basis in the wrestling room.”
“Coaching at my alma mater is a dream come true,” said Wentzel. “I’m grateful that Coach Gavin saw value in adding me to the staff as I now have the unique opportunity to give back to my teammates what I was fortunate enough to receive these last six years. I’m excited to be a part of the bright future Pitt wrestling has in store and hope to play an integral role in the process. As always, Hail to Pitt!”
Pitt’s wrestling staff now consists of Gavin, Wentzel, Pletcher and Drew Headlee.