Viking Men's Wrestling Coaching Staff
Mike Machholz - Head Coach
Coach Machholz is entering his 21st year at the helm of the Viking wrestling team. During the past 20 years Coach Machholz' teams have produced eleven regional team titles, three National Titles, four National Runner-ups as well as a third and two fourth place team finishes. This past season marked the programs twentieth 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 10 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, Penn. He has 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.
Machholz has served two stints as the president of the NAIA Wrestling Coaches Association and has also served as the NAIA liaison to the NCAA Wrestling Rules Committee, as a member of the board of directors for USA Wrestling and the National Wrestling Coaching Association and the National Wrestling Hall of Fame.
A native of Marshall, Missouri 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 becoming head coach 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 and coached his team to multiple regional and national titles across North America. In the fall of 2004, Machholz was elected to the Missouri Valley College Athletic Hall of Fame in the category of coaching excellence.
During his tenure at MVC, Machholz has coached 145 All-Americans and 15 National Champions, 34 National Finalists while claiming three national team titles. His athletes have garnered multiple titles at the University, FILA, Senior and World levels in both freestyle and Greco competition. His program has produced 25 NAIA Academic All-Americans and numerous NWCA Academic All-Americans. His MVC overall dual meet record is 154-79-3.
He is married to his wife Janine of 25 years.
Pat Giangrosso - Assistant Coach
Coach “G” begins his eighth season as a member of the Viking coaching staff and third season in the role of top assistant. 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 - Graduate Assistant
Coach Ewart enters his second season as a graduate assistant coach for the Missouri Valley College men's wrestling program. Prior to coaching the Vikings, Coach Ewart was a wrestler in the program for five years, four of which were spent as a member of the varsity program in the Heavyweight division. During his varsity career Coach Ewart was a two-time all-American placing 8th in 2009 and 3rd 2011.
As a graduate assistant Coach Ewart specializes in coaching the heavyweights and 197 pound wrestlers. Coach Ewart also helps run and coordinate lifts for the heavyweights.
Coach Ewart is pursing his Graduate degree in Education Administration and received his undergrad from Missouri Valley in K-12 P.E.
Coach Ewart attended La Sierra High School in Riverside, California where he placed 7th at heavyweight.
Shawn Terryberry - Volunteer Assistant Coach
Shawn is starting his second stint as a Viking assistant. Currently he is a member of the MVC faculty in the American Humanics department and very active in campus leadership. He is a great addition as a lower weight coach and is an avid student of wrestling. He will assist in recruiting and as academic studies co-coordinator for the program. As an undergraduate athlete Shawn was a member of the original 1991 men’s wrestling team and helped begin the traditions of today’s wrestling teams and standout varsity performer. He is a graduate of Ft. Osage High School in Ft. Osage, Mo., where he was a multiple freestyle state placer and Greco State Champion. He is married to his wife of four years, Wanda, the two have one son, Corey.
Shay Shive-Student Assistant Coach
Cecylee Lewis-Student Manager