Blackhawk Coaching Staff:

Head Coach – Ryan Gerber

Coach Gerber has been involved in wrestling his entire life.  He attended DeForest High School where he was a 2x state qualifier and a member of a Team State Qualifying Team.  After High School he attended UW-Whitewater and immediately began helping on the Middle School and Youth Levels.  After a few years Coach Gerber moved up to the high school where he became Co-Head Coach with Frank Weiss.  During his time with Frank Weiss he coached Fort Atkinson’s first Conference Championship team since the 1960’s.  After Franks Retirement from coaching he stayed on as the head coach and has been leading the ship for the past 10years.

Assistant Coach – Abe Graziano

Coach Graziano has been coaching in Fort Atkinson for the past 8 seasons.

Assistant Coach – Ryder Hebbe

Coach Hebbe is a lifelong Fort Atkinson Wrestler.  Growing up he competed in the Fort Atkinson Wrestling Club, wrestled for the Fort Atkinson Middle School and wrestled for the Fort Atkinson High School Team.  He was a member of the Conference Championship team of 2013 and amassed 109 Career wins.  Since graduation he has continued to stay on as an assistant coach for the past 7 seasons.

Assistant Coach – Drew Dunkleberger

Coach Dunkleberger is another lifelong Fort Atkinson Wrestler.  He wrestled for the Fort Atkinson Wrestling Club, Middle School and High School.  He was also a member of the Conference championship team and amassed 108 career wins. Since graduation he has stayed active as both an athlete and coach.  He played Collegiate football, coached Football in Fort Atkinson, coached wrestling in Iowa and we are glad to have him back as an assistant in Fort Atkinson.

Assistant Coach – Ned Healy

Coach Healy has been involved in Fort Atkinson Wrestling for the past 45 years.  As a high schooler he was a multiple time sectional qualifier.  Since high school he spent many years helping to coach youth wrestling and has spent the past 12 years assisting at the high school.

Assistant Coach – Rich Stine

Coach Stine is yet another lifelong Fort Atkinson Wrestler.  He wrestled for Fort Atkinson High School and Middle School.  In high school he won a coveted stop sign by becoming a Junior All-American.  Since High School he has spent many years coaching our upper weights.

Assistant Coach – Draven Sigmund

Coach Sigmund is yet another great Fort Atkinson Wrestling Alumni.  Competing for the Youth Club, Middle School and High School.  In High School he amassed 135 career wins and captured a coveted Badger Conference Individual Championships.  Since graduation he has been a great assistant at the high school for the past 3 years.

Assistant Coach – Chris Graziano

Coach Graziano has been coaching high school wrestling for the past 35 years.  He spent 33 years as the Head Coach at Slinger High School, amassing over 350 dual victories, 10 Conference Championships, 11 Regional Championships and making 3 team state appearances.  He has now been assisting as the Monday night coach for the past two seasons in Fort Atkinson.

Coaching Tips

Showering after each practice is a must. With the constant threat of skin rashes and infections, the best way to stave off issues is good personal hygiene. In addition to showering, be sure to wash your clothes. Items that cause skin irritations can survive within your clothes. We do have laundry services at school so use them or take them home! It wouldn’t be a bad idea to also wash your head gear periodically throughout the season.

Eating habits are also crucial. Many people see wrestlers as those people starving and under nourished during the winter season. Top wrestlers are those wrestlers that are able to find a comfortable weight class and sustain their weight through healthy eating habits. Make sure that you continue to eat and are able to fill your recommended daily nutrients throughout the season. Success depends on being able to compete at high levels and being strong in the 3rd period; all of which depends on a healthy body.

Grades are the final component. Academic standing is the crux of being able to compete in high school athletics. Without maintaining appropriate grades, wrestlers may not practice or compete. To reach our goals as a team, we will need everyone, which means that all team members must keep up with their grades. See coach if you are struggling in class so that we can get you help before it’s too late!