Spencer Yohe

There's probably no individual in the country that has volunteered more to the promotion of amateur wrestling than Spencer Yohe. This 1968 Caledonia High School and 1972 Winona State University graduate has played an instrumental role over the past 37 years in the recognition and promotion of the sport. He has served on numerous committees, many in leadership roles, and given back to student athletes with scholarships. To know Spencer Yohe is to know "Mr. Wrestling" in Minnesota. Spencer was a member of the Caledonia H.S. teams that established a state record that still stands today, putting together a consecutive win streak from 1967 to l974, 83 straight dual meet victories! From Caledonia, Yohe attended Winona State University where his love of wrestling flourished under the guidance of Hall of Fame Coach Fran McCann. Upon graduation from Winona State, Yohe served as an assistant coach at Zumbrota H.S. then Houston High School, for three years. Yohe landed his first full time teaching and coaching position at Hancock (MN) High School in l974. Paired with Cyrus, for five of those years, his teams accumulated a 120-32-2 mark in 12 years. The Owls were State ranked for five years in a row. They won five District 21 titles. Rob Payne won a state title among several state qualifiers and place winners. Yohe was also a successful volleyball coach with his teams accumulating a 125-18 record in seven years, and won the 1982 Minnesota State Elementary Presidential Physical Fitness championship. His 1999 junior high football team was undefeated too. The 2004 Hancock High School seniors dedicated their school yearbook in his honor. From the high school ranks Yohe pursued college coaching in wrestling. Coaching first at the University of Minnesota - Morris, and the last ten years at Moorhead State University. He served as assistant under John Sterner, Moorhead State. The Dragons won 9 out of 11 NSIC Conference titles during that time and were consistently ranked among the top 15 in the country in NCAA II ranks, producing 25 All-Americans and 12 academic All-Americans. One of Spencer's top recruits was Nate Hendrickson, NCAA-II National Champion and OW. While at Moorhead, Yohe also served as an NAIA National Team Cultural Exchange coach on three different trips to the USSR, Guatemala and Poland. In all he coached 8 international teams that toured 19 different countries. He was named first runner-up for "National Assistant Coach of the Year" by Wrestling USA magazine. Yohe finished his coaching career in 2006 in a 4-year stint at Morris Area High School. He also served as an assistant coach at Morris/Hancock for 8 years while also coaching at the college. Yohe's numerous honors and awards include 1993 Distinguished Alumni Award from Winona State University, l993 Wrestling USA magazine's "State Editor of the year" (he's served as Minnesota Editor for 32 years), l994 Wrestling USA magazine's "Minnesota Wrestling Man of the Year," and the 2002 MWCA State Media Award. In 2002 Spencer was elected to the Winona State University's highest honor, the Presidential Medallion Award, presented to only 102 of a possible 46,000 graduates. Yohe is a member of 8 Hall of Fames, some of which are the NAIA, Wrestling USA Magazine, MWCA Dave Bartelma and charter member of the Caledonia Wrestling Hall of Fame. He served as Grand Marshall at the l998 NAIA National Tournament in Las Vegas, Nevada. Beyond all his recognition, Spencer's efforts are remarkable to the sport of Wrestling. He is responsible for the establishment and awarding of over 50 scholarships at the Greg Schwartze Memorial Wrestling Camp the past 17 years. He serves on 5 Hall of Fame committees and serves as President of the Minnesota Chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame. He is also a longtime column writer for the Guillotine entitled "Where are they Now?" Spencer currently serves as a substitute teacher and junior high coach at Caledonia - Houston H.S. He also still owns the Minnesota Mat company for the past 25 years. He is a devout Green Bay Packers football fan and owns season tickets. Yohe's service to the promotion of wrestling is unprecedented. He is Minnesota's Ambassador to Wrestling, and rightfully so. Frank Mosier, a member of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame's Board of Governors, says, "Mr. Yohe's dedication to the values, principals, integrity, culture, and preservation of wrestling is exceeded by few, if any. In his way, Spencer has carved out a special path for demonstrating his love for the sport."


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