Two of the more prominent wrestling programs in the St. Vrain Valley School District will be under new leadership during the 2014-15 season.

Niwot coach Scott Sanchez and Longmont coach Adam Keiswetter both are moving on to pursue opportunities in their native states. Sanchez has accepted a teaching position in Wyoming, while Keiswetter is heading east to become the head coach at Columbus High in Columbus, Neb.

Sanchez, who graduated from the University of Wyoming, spent nine seasons as Niwot’s head coach. Prior to that, Sanchez spent four years as an assistant under local coaching legend Gary Daum.

“A lot of this really had to do with family — my wife’s family is up there, and I have family up there,” Sanchez said. “If I was going to make a move, this was the time to do it.”

Sanchez said he may focus on coaching at younger levels in the foreseeable future, given that his six-year old son is just now getting into wrestling, before perhaps returning once again to the high school ranks. Sanchez also was quick to cite the relationships he has built over the years as the highlight of his 14-year tenure at Niwot.

“There are always groups of seniors who stand out,” Sanchez said. “Then there’s guys like Paco (Retana, a wrestler at Colorado Mesa) … seeing him wrestle in college and seeing that relationship last beyond high school, those things are invaluable.”

Although Keiswetter was unable to speak about his move on Tuesday due to a painful root canal procedure, he did trade emails with about his six-season tenure at the helm of the Trojans’ program. Among the highlights Keiswetter noted was the third-place finish at state turned in this past year by Ivan Wolf after an impressive injury comeback; Forrest Wetterstrom’s win over Mead standout Kyle Couch in Mead’s gym; and, of course, the heavyweight state title won by Scotland Coyle during Keiswetter’s first season at Longmont.

Overall, Longmont wrestlers collected nine state medals under Keiswetter.

“This year’s seniors were a special group, with Ivan as part of the leadership, and they won several tournaments and placed third at regionals,” Keiswetter wrote. “Coaching guys that had never wrestled and were successful despite taking it up in high school was one thing that I’ll never forget.”

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