Josh Barlage, seated right, has served on the Apple Valley coaching staff since 2007 (Photo/David Peterson)Barlage, who had served as varsity assistant wrestling coach at Apple Valley since 2007, replaces Dalen Wasmund, who announced his retirement from coaching in May. (Wasmund will remain an instructor at the suburban Twin Cities school.)
In the decade Barlage has been a member of the Apple Valley coaching staff, the team has won 10 state championships, 45 individual state champions and 113 state qualifiers. Just this year, Barlage was selected as the Section 3AAA Assistant Coach of the Year.
Prior to coming to Apple Valley, Barlage spent three seasons as assistant varsity wrestling coach at Lakeville North High School.
Barlage wrestled at Farmington High School, where he was a two-time qualifier for the Minnesota state wrestling championships. He then continued his athletic and academic career at Augsburg, where he wrestled at 174 pounds for the NCAA Division III powerhouse. After graduating with his bachelor degree in 2003, Barlage attended Minnesota State University-Mankato, where he earned his Master's.
In addition to coaching the Apple Valley mat program, Barlage will continue his career as a special education instructor at Apple Valley High.