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Derek St. John built a wrestling career on taking on all challenges.
The former University of Iowa national champion and the Hawkeyes' 18th four-time All-American will face a new one.
North Dakota State University announced Monday that St. John has joined the staff of the Bison wrestling program as an assistant coach for head coach Roger Kish.
'I'm excited to join the North Dakota State wrestling program and to be a part of Coach Kish's staff,' St. John said in a news release. 'I look forward to building on the tradition and the success that have already been established here, and I know we will work hard to take it to the next level.'
St. John, a Parnell native who was a two-time state champion for Iowa City West, finished fifth at the 2014 NCAA Championships in March at Oklahoma City, Okla. He posted a 106-17 career mark at 157 pounds, including a 31-2 record during the 2013 national title season. He was a national runner-up as a sophomore, placing fourth as a freshman. St. John was also a 2012 Big Ten Champion and three-time conference finalist.
'We are thrilled to be able to add a guy of Derek's caliber and experience to our program at North Dakota State,' Kish said in the release by NDSU. 'His values, philosophy and vision are right in line with what we expect at NDSU.
'He's proven himself as one of the nation's elite competitors, and his achievements at the Big Ten and NCAA levels speak for themselves.'
St. John earned a degree in business studies, graduating in this spring.
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