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Fivay wresting coach Andy Medders resigns to take out-of-state job

Posted Jul 19, 2013 by Steve Campbell

Updated Jul 19, 2013 at 06:23 PM

Fivay wrestling coach Andy Medders, the architect of one of the strongest wrestling program in Pasco County, has resigned from his position with the Falcons.

Medders, who was a fireman in Kentucky before taking the job at Fivay, has been hired by the Camden County Fire Department in Georgia. Medders will also be an assistant coach at Camden High and run the wrestling club. The Wildcats are a wrestling powerhouse in south Georgia, led by head coach Jess Wilder and winning the 2012 AAAAA state championship.

Although the program is just three years old, Medders leaves a legacy at Fivay. The Falcons were conference champions the past two seasons, and Medders led Fivay to district and regional championships in 2012. The Falcons finished sixth in the 1A state meet in 2012 and seventh last season. The Falcons also had five state placers the last three years.

Medders said he will always look back at his three seasons at Fivay with fondness.

“It was amazing,” Medders said. “We went farther than I ever thought we could go in three years. Those kids did so much so fast. I created a plan and pointed the kids in the right direction, but they did all the work. They bought in right away. That was the awesome thing.”

Fivay assistant Matt Bullwinkel will take over for Medders. Bullwinkel was a 2004 state champion wrestler at Ridgewood, and Medders feels the program will be in good hands.

“I know Matt really wanted to be the head coach at Ridgewood before he joined me at Fivay,” Medders added. “I’m excited for him to take what we stated and go with it.”

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