Ferrum promotes Logan Meister to head wrestling coach

Meister was the first Panther to qualify for and win a match at the NCAA Tournament.
Updated: Jun. 9, 2021 at 5:47 PM EDT
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FERRUM, Va. (WDBJ) - A new era in the Ferrum College wrestling program began Wednesday, with the promotion of Panthers assistant Logan Meister to the head coach position.

Meister, who wrestled at Ferrum for four years from 2014 to 2017, replaces Ryan Riggs, who left earlier this week for Mount Union.

Meister was the first Panther to qualify for and win a match at the NCAA Tournament, where he competed three times in his Ferrum career.

He was also the first Ferrum wrestler to win the college’s President’s Cup in 2017.

Meister said he is looking forward to helping grow the sport in the region before Ferrum hosts the Division III championships in Roanoke again in 2023.

“It’s growing a lot,” said Meister about wrestling in the region. “It’s gotten a lot better over the past few years. There’s been a few colleges that have popped up in the area that started wrestling programs. They’re doing that for a reason because we have good wrestling around here. We’re going to continue to recruit in this area and hopefully do our part to improve our high school and our youth athletes so we can keep recruiting at home.

“I think one thing that makes us stand out is our family atmosphere. If guys need help, if guys want to succeed, they have a whole support system behind them to do that,” added Meister. “They have all the resources that they need here to be successful. Ferrum’s a great place to focus on your academics and your athletics.”

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