Kihn to lead reborn Wilmington program

Former Heidelberg assistant coach Justin Kihn has been named the new head coach at Wilmington College.

Justin Kihn was announced as the new head coach at Wilmington College this week. He will take the reigns and build a team this year before the Fightin’ Quakers begin competition in the 2018-2019 season. Kihn stays in the Ohio Athletic Conference as he competed and coached at Heidelberg before taking on his current role. He was an All-American at Heidelberg and the OAC Wrestler of the Year as a senior. Wilmington will return to the mats after a seven year absence. Read on for more.

Kihn named @DubC_Wrestling coach
Jul 31, 2017
Wilmington College Vice President of Athletic Administration Dr. Terry Rupert is pleased to announce the hiring of Justin Kihn (pronounced Keen) as the head wrestling coach.

Kihn comes to Wilmington after serving as an assistant coach at Ohio Athletic Conference’s foe Heidelberg.

“We are thrilled to have a coach at W.C. with such impeccable wrestling knowledge and a great set of coaching mentors,” said Rupert. “Justin has major recruiting roots in some of the most fertile wrestling areas of Ohio that will serve our program very well.”

A graduate of Heidelberg, Kihn was the OAC Wrestler of the Year as a senior, and a Division III All-American. He finished fourth nationally (in the 141 weight class) at the NCAA Championships. Kihn was also an Academic All-American his senior year.

His wrestling highlights include being a four-time letter winner while helping the Student Princes claim two OAC championships. He was also a two-time wrestling captain at the ‘Berg.

Kihn has spent the last eight years as a counselor and technician at the nationally renowned Jeff Jordan State Champ camp. During his time with the camp, 682 state champions – including more than 130 from the state of Ohio – have participated in the prestigious camp.

Wrestling returns to WC in 2018 after a seven-year hiatus with the hopes of establishing a strong program and rekindling some of the great traditions of yesteryears. History shows a number of Fightin’ Quaker wrestlers that have won multiple conference championships and advanced to the national tournament. Indeed, W.C. Hall of Famer Jimmy Wallace won the 2002 national title in the 157-pound weight class and was selected as the NCAA National Tournament’s Most Outstanding Wrestler.


Jeff Jordan, Founder of Jeff Jordan State Champ Camp and Head Wrestling Coach St. Paris Graham High School

“I am really excited to see a young man like Justin Kihn hired as the head wrestling coach at Wilmington College. He is very connected in southwest Ohio, as well as the rest of the state. I have seen Justin build great relationships with many wrestlers, and he has positively impacted their lives. I’m confident he will build a winning tradition for the Fighting Quakers.”

Frank Baxter, Head Wrestling Coach Kettering Fairmont High School

“I think this is a fantastic hire for Wilmington College! Justin will be a strong, morally sound, and dynamic leader for the Quakers. I’ve known Justin, literally, since he was 5 years old. I’ve seen him commit himself to elite goals and be fanatical about improvement over long periods of time. He will recruit young men of high character and then help them grow on and off the mat. He has a vision for what the Wilmington College program can become and I know he will work extremely hard to make that vision a reality.”

Jimmy Wallace, Wilmington College Hall of Famer

“I’m excited Wilmington College is taking all the right steps to bring in a new wrestling team. One of those steps is hiring the new wrestling coach Justin Kihn. I believe he will do a great job building the program and developing a solid team for the Quakers. He is focused, driven, and has a positive attitude. After speaking with him, I’m confident he will give this challenge everything he’s got.”