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Judson University reinstates wrestling program

Judson University is bringing back its wrestling program after more than four decades, and has hired Matt TreDenick as its head coach, the Elgin, Illinois-based school announced Wednesday.

The Eagles wrestling program, which last took to the mats in 1970, will start up again for the 2017-2018 school year, competing as a NAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics) program.

TreDenick has more than 30 years of high school and college coaching experience, working at schools in the greater Chicago area such as Wheaton Warrenville South, and Driscoll Catholic High in Addison, Illinois, as well as Cedar Springs High in Michigan. Most recently, TreDenick has served as assistant wrestling coach at Triton College, a two-year junior college in River Grove, Illinois.

TreDenick has also been active in the community developing many youth programs that include the Bartlett Junior Hawks in Bartlett, Illinois, the Villa Lombard Cougars in Carol Stream, Illinois, and the Carson City Youth Wrestling program in Carson City, Michigan.

Prior to launching his coaching career, TreDenick attended Carson City High School where he was a two-time Michigan high school state wrestling champion and team captain. TreDenick then attended Grand Valley State on both a football and wrestling scholarship and was the Chapter President of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. He would later complete his bachelor's degree from Indiana Wesleyan University in Christian Ministries.

"I am honored, thrilled, and thankful to be at Judson where I can share the love of Jesus through the medium of wrestling," said TreDenick.

Founded as the undergraduate division of Northern Baptist Theological Seminary in 1913, the school became Judson College in 1963, and Judson University in 2007. Located in Elgin, about 40 miles northwest of Chicago, Judson has an enrollment of approximately 1,300 students.

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