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Hoosier wrestling alumnus Mike Dixon joins coaching staff

<p>Redshirt freshman Austin Holmes and redshirt freshman Davey Tunon wrestle in the 149 lb weight class in the Cream and Crimson dual on Oct. 26 at the University Gym. IU named Mike Dixon associate head coach on Tuesday.</p>

Redshirt freshman Austin Holmes and redshirt freshman Davey Tunon wrestle in the 149 lb weight class in the Cream and Crimson dual on Oct. 26 at the University Gym. IU named Mike Dixon associate head coach on Tuesday.

On Monday, IU Coach Angel Escobedo announced the addition of Mike Dixon to his staff. Dixon returns to IU as an associate head coach after ending his varsity wrestling career in 2001.

"I'm excited to bring Mike Dixon on staff, as he was an instrumental part of the rise of Old Dominion Wrestling and brought in many top-25 recruiting classes," Escobedo said in an IU press release.

Dixon was an NCAA qualifier for IU at 275 lbs. in 1998 and won the team's most improved wrestler award that same year. In 2001, Dixon became a University National Freestyle Champion and earned a fourth-place finish in the Pan-American Games at 97 kg.

"As an alumnus, his passion and commitment to see Indiana wrestling at the top is unwavering," Escobedo said. "I know he is excited to have a big impact on taking this program to new heights."

Dixon has previous coaching stops at Arsenal Tech High School in Indianapolis, the University of Indianapolis, James Madison University and Old Dominion University. 

In his 13 years at Old Dominion, Dixon coached nine All-Americans and 18 individual conference champions.

Auston Matricardi

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