Ken Vogt

Ken Vogt moved to Sauk Centre in 1961, at age 9, when his parents purchased a farm in the area. After attending country school, he started wrestling as an 8th grader, along with participating in football. In the next few years, Ken also joined the high school track and baseball teams. After graduating in 1970, he played football and wrestled. Ken enrolled at Willmar Community College to continue his education. While at WCC, he played football and wrestled. He amassed a career record of 50-6-1 and was a 1972 National Champion for the Warriors. Coach Roy Minter had a huge impact on Ken's wrestling during those two years, as well as contributing to a lasting friendship between the two of them. In 1972 Ken headed to Albuquerque, New Mexico, on an athletic scholarship, to attend classes at the University of New Mexico, and eventually earn a BS in Physical Education. He played football and was on the wrestling team. Ron Jacobson, his wrestling coach, was a supportive mentor. Ken returned home in 1976 to take over the family farm. It was also the same year he started coaching the high school wrestling team in Sauk Centre. During his tenure, he worked extremely hard for his teams to come up with a record of 235 wins and 113 losses. There were numerous state entrants and state placewinners, including 9 state champions. The "Mainstreeters" were known for being in great condition, strong leg riders and very physical. Central Minnesota knows Ken for being an intensive coach, but for keeping wrestling fun. During Vogt's coaching career, he was Director of several Section Tournaments and served as a Section Representative. During a two-year hiatus from coaching to watch his daughter compete in varsity sports. Vogt serves on the Dave Bartelma-Minnesota wrestling Hall of Fame Selection Committee as well as the Sauk Centre Athletic Hall of Fame Committee. Ken is a member of the Sauk Centre High School Hall of Fame as an athlete and coach, the Ridgewater Community College Athletic Hall of Fame and the Dave Bartelma-Minnesota Wrestling Hall of Fame. Away from wrestling, Ken is active in the Minnesota State Amateur Baseball Association, having served as the President of the Elrosa Baseball Club and as Manager of the Elrosa Saints Baseball team. For the last 12 years he has also been a Supervisor for Getty Township. 43 years ago, Ken married his wife, Sally. Together they have raised 3 children in Aaron, Ann and Ethan. They have also been blessed with 6 grandchildren. Vogt currently owns and operates a dairy farm with his two sons. Congratulations to Ken Vogt on his deserving induction into the National wrestling Hall of Fame-Minnesota Chapter.


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