• Coach Mitchell watching one of his wrestlers compete with an opponent.

Dave Mitchell

We are very excited about the upcoming Luther College Wrestling Season. We return 5 NCAA National Tournament Qualifiers, including All-American and Scholar All-American Evan Obert. Four of those five National Qualifiers were wrestling in the All-American round Friday night, so they have have a taste of what it feels like to be an All-American. We have an outstanding freshman class to compliment the great team we have returning and so we are excited to once again make a run at being one of the Top 4 teams in the country at the NCAA Championships as we did in 2001, 2004, 2005, 2006, and 2007. Train Like A Norseman!

Luther Coaching Career


  • NCAA Division III National ‘Coach of the Year’ as voted by the NCAA Division III Wrestling Coaches Association, 2004
  • NCAA Division III National ‘Coach of the Year’ nominee, 2002
  • Four-Time Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference ‘Coach of the Year’, 2008, 2004, 2002, 1999
  • Inducted into the NCAA Division III National Wrestling Coaches Association Hall of Fame, 2010
  • Seven Top 6 team finishes at the NCAA Championships: 3rd in 2005, 3rd in 2004, 4th in 2007, 4th in 2006, 4th in 2001, 5th in 2003, 6th in 2008
  • Seven Top 8 team finishes at the NWCA National Duals in the past twelve years: 3rd in 2006, 4th in 2005, 5th in 2007, 5th in 2003, 6th in 2008, 7th in 2004, 8th in 2002
  • Has coached 8 National Champions, 4 National Runner-ups, 49 All-Americans and 35 Academic All-Americans in 17 years
  • Has coached 2 NCAA Post-Graduate Scholarship recipients and 4 first team CoSIDA Scholar All-Americans
  • Has coached 2 IIAC Male Scholar Athlete of the Year Award Recipients
  • Most Winning Coach in Luther College Wrestling history with career record of 213-102-6
  • Founder and director of successful Luther Wrestling Camps.  Over 1,000 athletes and 150 coaches attended our on-campus wrestling camps last year
  • Rookie ‘Coach of the Year’ nominee by the National Wrestling Coaches Association and Wrestling USA Magazine, 1997
  • Featured speaker and clinician at numerous banquets and camps in Iowa, Minnesota, and Wisconsin, including presenting at the Iowa Wrestling Coaches Association Convention

Wrestling Career

  • Placed 3rd in the NCAA Division III at 167 pounds earning All-American honors, 1993
  • 2-time NCAA Qualifier, 1992, 1993
  • 2-time Academic All-American, 1992, 1993
  • GTE CoSida Academic All-American, 1993
  • Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference ‘Scholar Athlete of the Year’ in wrestling, 1993
  • Co-captain of team, 1993
  • Wisconsin State University Conference Champion at 167 pounds, 1993
  • Voted Team Outstanding Wrestler, 1993