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Johnston Wrestling Club

Johnston Wrestling Club

success starts with believing in yourself

More enduringly than any other sport, wrestling teaches self-control and pride. Some have wrestled without great skill – none have wrestled without pride. 
                             -Dan Gable


                                                 Zach Robinson and Collin Hushagen

Zach Robinson and Collin Hushagen are both graduates from Johnston High School and former wrestlers at Johnston HS.  Zach and Collin made a combined three trips to the state wrestling tournament, during their careers, and Collin became a two time state place winner.  Collin continued his wrestling beyond Johnston at Northern State University in South Dakota, before injuries ended his competitive career.  Both wrestlers were prime examples of how important “the process,”  of hard work, academics, and coachability, is to development, and success within our Johnston wrestling program.

Coach Robinson and Hushagen were not just successful wrestlers, but ideal role models and community members.  Both are college graduates, and Coach Robinson is currently a special education teacher at Summit Middle School in Johnston.  He is also married and a father of a new little one!  Collin recently graduated from Iowa State University, and also resides and works in Johnston.

We are excited to have both of these young men, with Johnston Dragon roots, helping shape and mold our PreK-2nd grade wrestlers at the JWC!


Zach Thompson

Coaching Background

  • Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach Iowa State University - 2001-2002

  • Assistant Wrestling Coach Iowa State University - 2002-2004

  • Assistant Varsity Wrestling Coach Johnston High School - 2011-present

School/Athletic Background

Began wrestling career in 1992 at St. Vincent DePaul Middle School, Cleveland, Ohio

Graduated from St. Edward High School, Lakewood, Ohio 1996’

  • Participated in Football and Wrestling

  • Football 2nd Team All-State, 1st team all-district

Wrestling, Iowa State University 1997-2001

  •  Recruited 1996 for collegiate wrestling 


  • Wrestling 3 x State of Ohio place winner – 3rd 94’, 3rd 95’, 2nd 96’

  • 2 x Cadet National All-American – 5th 93’, 2nd 94’

  • 2 x Junior National All-American – 5th 95’, 3rd 96’

  • Rated 5th Best 189 lbs. by Amateur Wrestling News 96’

  • Inducted to St. Edward Athletic Hall of Fame 2013

  • 2 x collegiate All American placing 8th in 1999 and runner-up 2000

  • Big Twelve Champion 1999

  • Espoir National Freestyle Champion 1999’

  • Junior World Silver Medalist 1999’ (First Junior World medalist for Iowa State University Wrestling program).

  • Korean University National runner-up 1999’

  • Four-time University National All-American placing no lower than 4th 

  • 4 x Senior National All American

  • Tied all-time career win list with Nate Carr 12th 

  • World Team Trials participant placing 5 overall

  • Iowa State University Bachelor Liberal Studies 2001

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