JJ Trained's staff has a passion for the sport of wrestling and invest their time to ensure your child learns great wrestling technique while developing the discipline to become a champion.
"I'm not telling you it's going to be easy wrestling for us. I'm telling you it's going to be worth it" - Coach Jeff
Coach Jesse and Jeff have wrestled together since they were 5 years old.
JJ TRAINED COACHING STAFF
Jeff Wichern, JJ Trained Founder/Head Coach
High School: Minneapolis Roosevelt. College: Augsburg, Minneapolis, MN. Jeff begins his sixth year as EP Youth Head Coach. As a high school wrestler, he had 133 career wins, was a 3-time State Qualifier and a 5-time Minneapolis City Conference Champion. He also made the Minnesota Cadet National Team and wrestled on 3 Section Finals teams. He was the "career wins leader" in Minneapolis public schools. As a coach, Wichern served as an assistant coach to Gopher great Billy Pierce at Edison High School. During this period, Wichern coached eight high school wrestlers to win state titles, fourteen wrestlers became state place winners and won five national titles and ten wrestlers became college All-Americans. Coach Wichern also served as a USA Team Coach for the Dapper River Classic in Pennsylvania. He has several years of experience in the Minneapolis Wrestling Club and Richfield/Edina Wrestling Club. In 2015 while coaching Eden Prairie, the team was ranked #10 in the country at Folkstyle MNUSA Nationals. Jeff's late father, Rodney Wichern, created the Minneapolis Wrestling Club which produced 7 state champions and 14 place winners in 10 years. During that time, Jeff also served as a personal coach to 4-time Minnesota HS State Champion Marcus Levesseur and State Champion Jafari Vanier.
Jesse Martin, JJ Trained Head Assistant Coach
High School: Minneapolis Roosevelt. College: Augsburg, Minneapolis, MN. Jesse begins his fourth year coaching in the EP Youth Wrestling program. As a wrestler, Jesse was a two-time All-Conference wrestler and two-time State Qualifier. He also made both the Minnesota Cadet and Juniors National teams. As a youth wrestler, Jesse won several state and national titles. His brother Jerry Martin was a Minnesota HS State Champion. His father Terry Martin was a legendary football coach in Minneapolis. Jesse is a huge asset to our program providing the EP Youth and JJ Trained program with one of the finest coaching staff's in the country. Jesse owns his own business and is a contributor to the Eden Prairie Takedown Association and JJ Trained Wrestling School. Jesse lives in Minneapolis with wife Liz and son Chance.
TJ Friederichs, JJ Trained Head Assistant Coach
High School: Osseo. College: St Cloud State, St Cloud, MN. TJ was a 3-time state place winner and state finalist that also wrestled on 4 state tournament teams. He ended his high school career with 161 wins and went on to wrestle at Iowa Central where he was coached by his uncle and hall of fame coach Denny Friederichs that won national team titles. TJ was a multiple time Freestyle and Greco National champion and place winner. He was one of the finest wrestlers in his day with unbelievable technique.
Billy Pierce, MS/HS Co-Head Coach
High School: Minneapolis Roosevelt. College: University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN. Billy was a 2-time state champion in High School and National Champion for Cadet, Junior and Expoir. In college, he was a 3-time all American and big 10 champion that also traveled overseas to compete. Billy brings 15 years of high school coaching experience to JJ Trained. He was instrumental at Anoka with two 3rd place state finishes and coached Olympian Jake Dietchler. He coached with JJ Trained founder Jeff Wichern at Edison HS during Terrance Young and Marcus Levesseur’s high school career. He has also held positions at Forest Lake and Chisago Lakes. Billy was the #1 high school heavy weight in the nation and continues to make a huge impact in Minnesota wrestling.
Brett Pfarr, MS/HS Co-Head Coach
High School: LeSeuer. College: University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN.
Mustafa "Moo" Shabazz, JJ Trained Assistant Youth Coach
High School: South High. College: Graduate School, William Penn University, Undergrad, Hamilton College. Born in Newark, New Jersey and raised in Minneapolis, Mustafa started playing football at the age of six and started wrestling at the age of 10. Mustafa played on a team that won 6 straight City Championships while staying undefeated during the run. In wrestling, Mustafa participated on a team that won 4 City Championships and 4 team State Championships in freestyle. Individually, Mustafa is a State entrant in his freshman year, 4x City Champion, 2x All Metro Champion, 2x Freestyle State Champion and placed 3rd at the Northern Plains National tournament. His family has always had one member serve in the Armed Forces so when it came time to choose a college, his national signing day was at M.E.P.S as he decided to join the United States Marines and serve our country. He medically retired in 1999 and still serves the community today through charitable work in his fraternity and on the Wellsprings Second Chance board of directors where they work with at risk youth and adults coming out of prison.
Terrance Young, JJ Trained Assistant Coach
High School: Minneapolis Edison. College: Northern Iowa. 2x MN State Champion, 3x MN State Place Winner, 4x All Conference and Folkstyle National Champion. Terrance was also a 2x Minnesota State Christmas Tournament Champion and also named Outstanding Wrestler. He saw success in freestyle as a 2x Freestyle Champion, MN Cadet and Junior National Team member. Terrance was ranked #1 in the country as a High School Senior. In college, he was JUCO National Champion, 2x All American at Iowa Central, and a varsity wrestler at Northern Iowa. At Iowa Central, Terrance was part of 2 National Champion teams. Terrance was named MVP of high school football team. Terrance was inducted into the Edison High School Sports Hall of Fame in 2016.
Sean Marsh, JJ Trained Assistant Coach
High School: Minneapolis Edison. Sean had 100 career wins in his high school career and was 5 time All Conference. He wrestled for JJ Founder Jeff Wichern and was a teammate to Terrance Young. Sean coaches youth wrestling for NE Wrestling Club and had 3 state place winners last year. He also coached the team to 2 Minneapolis city titles.
Ryan Sather, Assistant Youth Coach
High School: Anoka, College: Augustana, Sioux Falls, SD. Ryan was a two-sport athlete at Anoka High School. He played on two conference and one state championship teams. He earned All-Conference and All-State honors in football. In addition, Ryan Lettered three years in Wrestling at Anoka, earning All-Conference honors his senior year at heavyweight for the Tornadoes. Coach Sather went on to play Division II Football at Augustana College in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. There he earned All-Conference honors and NCAA All-American honors. In addition, he was named to the All-Conference and All-American All-Academic teams. Coach Sather now enjoys volunteering with the Eden Prairie Takedown Association as well as the Eden Prairie Football Association. Ryan works for Cru, a non-profit Christian ministry where he is the COO for the inner city division with the national office here in Minneapolis and oversees 17 other cities around the country. Ryan and his two boys also run a bible study before practice on Wednesday nights. He and his wife, Ashley, have four children, including two sons who compete on the Eden Prairie wrestling and football youth teams.
Brady McGinnis, Assistant Youth Coach
High School: Prior Lake. Brady wrestled since he was young and placed at State following in the footsteps of his father, National Champion JJ Trained Coach TJ Friederichs.
Travis Linsmeier, Assistant Youth Coach
High School: Sibley East, College: Mankato. Travis was a MN high school state qualifier and NJCAA National qualifier. He wrestled two years at Ridgewater (Wilmar) and MSU (Mankato) After college, Travis continued giving back to the sport by coaching for 5 years as a Head High School Coach and has since joined our staff to teach our JJ Trained youth wrestlers along with his son Brayden.
Simon Kallal, Assistant Youth Coach
High School: New Prague, College: University of Minnesota. Simon was a two time MN high school state place winner and played golf at the U of M. He continued his career with golf and now operates his own business 2nd Swing while raising four children with his wife Sarah in Eden Prairie. Simon dedicates his time coaching many of our new wrestlers on fundamentals along with his twins "Z" and Charley.
Coach Terrance inducted into Edison High School Sports Hall of Fame with Coaches Billy Pierce and Jeff Wichern
JJ Trained coaches role model Oklahoma State University Head Coach John Smith