Northland Community & Technical College Head Wrestling Coach Scott DCamp announced this week that the college has hired NCAA Division II national qualifier and two-time NJCAA All-American Travis Peralta as an assistant coach.
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“We are thrilled to have Travis come home to Thief River Falls to help build the Pioneer Wrestling program,” DCamp said. “His experience at the junior college level and later at the division two level make him a huge asset for the program.”
A 2009 graduate of Thief River Falls, Peralta reached the medal stand twice during his standout high school career, which culminated with a state championship his senior season.
Peralta’s first collegiate stop was at Ridgewater College, Willmar, where he earned an Associate of Arts degree and was a two-time All-American. Peralta placed sixth at 174 pounds in 2010 and third at 174 in 2011.
Peralta’s next stop was Southwest Minnesota State University, Marshall, where he was a two-year starter for the Mustangs and 2013 national qualifier at 184 pounds. Peralta graduated from SMSU in May with a Bachelor of Science degree in exercise science.
“I joined the staff at Northland Community & Technical College to give back to the sport and honor those who have helped me on my own journey,” Peralta said. “I plan to mentor these young men and guide them to better themselves in the classroom and on the mat.”