St. Mary’s Ryken is thrilled to welcome alumnus Josh Llopez to the community as the new head wrestling coach. He brings extensive wrestling experience and years of personal wrestling success to the team.  

“Coach Llopezis one of the most decorated athletes we have ever had coach at St. Mary’s Ryken in terms of his ability in the arena,” said Athletic Director Jon Lombardo. “He is passionate, energetic and has a true vision for how to developthe student-athlete through holistic growth. Asa graduate of SMR, heunderstands our mission and vision – in academics and faith life. I look forward to working with Josh to continue to build a strong culture and identity within our already successful wrestling program as we come off the 2019 WCAC Championship!”

As a SMR student-athlete, Coach Llopez was a two-time state champion,National High School Coaches Association national champion, two-time Ironman All American, Fargo Junior National Champion andFargo Cadet All American. Later, he was aBeast of the East All American, National Collegiate Wrestling Association National Champion and anOlympic alternate (2020 games) representing Puerto Rico in the 163 pound weight class.

“I’ve wrestled my entire lifeat the highest level, andI realize the level of discipline it takes,” said Coach Llopez. “My goal is to have an atmosphere where we can have fun but also thrive through our hard work. I’ve won national titles in both freestyle and folk style. I have competedagainst and wonmany matches againstother Division INCAA All Americans. I want to spread my knowledge and skill to the student-athletesat St. Mary’s Ryken and help them achieve their personal and team best.”

For more information about the 2020-21 wrestling season, please contact Coach Lombardo at

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