Mike Machholz -
Head Coach (660) 831-4158
Coach Machholz has been at the helm of the Viking wrestling team since 1994. During his more than two decades at Missouri Valley, Coach Machholz's teams have produced eleven regional team titles, three National Titles, four National Runner-ups as well as a third and three fourth place team finishes. This past season marked the programs 22nd-straight top 10 national placing.
During his first year as Head Coach, Machholz was named, “1995 Rookie Coach of the Year” by Amateur Wrestling News. In 2003, Coach Machholz was named the NAIA Coach of the Year for the third time. Additionally, Coach Machholz has also earned eight Regional Coach of the Year Awards during his tenure. Machholz also served as a member of the coaching staff for the 1997 National Wrestling Coaching Association All-Star Classic held in Clarion, PA and directed USA Exchange trips to Sydney, Australia where 15 of 18 athletes earned medals in the 1997 Australian National Freestyle/Greco Championships and to Beijing, China in 2002 with competitions against the Chinese National, University and Army teams.
Currently, Machholz is serving his second stint as the President of the NAIA Wrestling Coaches Association and is also the NAIA liaison to the NCAA Wrestling Rules Committee. A native of Marshall, MO and a 1984 graduate of Missouri Valley College, Machholz was instrumental in reviving the Viking wrestling program in 1991. He served as assistant head coach for three years before taking over the reigns in 1994. In 1999 Machholz pioneered the way for Missouri Valley to become the first USA College/University to offer a women's varsity wrestling scholarship program. In the fall of 2004, Machholz was elected to the Missouri Valley College Athletic Hall of Fame.
During his tenure at MVC, Machholz has coached 152 All-Americans, 17 National Champions, 37 National Finalists, while claiming three national team titles with a career record of 170-88-3.
He is married to his wife Janine of 25 years.
Pat Giangrosso -
Associate Head Coach
Coach “G” begins his 14th season as a member of the Viking coaching staff and ninth season in the role of top assistant. Prior to the 2015-16 season, Giangrosso was promoted to the Associate Head Coach position within the program. He will continue to work closely with in all phases of the Viking wrestling program and has an active role in the daily management and recruiting efforts of the team. He possesses a vast knowledge of wrestling skill in the neutral position and on the mat in collegiate as well as freestyle and Greco. Pat graduated from MVC in 2003 and capped off his wrestling career as a member of the 2003 National Championship team while earning his second all-American title at 157 lbs. Pat is a graduate of perennial Kansas powerhouse, Bishop Carroll High School in Wichita, Kan., where he was a 5A state champion.
Travis Ewart -
Assistant Coach (660) 831-4158
Ewart enters his four year as an assistant coach for the Viking men's wrestling program having previously served as a graduate assistant during the 2012-2013 and 2013-2014 seasons. Ewart is a two-time all-American in the Heavyweight class during his time at Missouri Valley, finishing third in the weight class in 2011.
Derek Bohnsack - Assistant Coach (660) 831-4158
Merik Mainz - Assistant Coach (660) 831-4158
From Lower Left to Lower Right
Britt Borlinghaus, Amber Dunwoody, Kirsten Eierman, Katanna Davis, Samantha Hejnal, Sabrina George (Not Pitctured)