Derek Moyer

Derek Moyer was a three-time state champion at Oskaloosa

OSKALOOSA — The Oskaloosa school board approved the hiring of Derek Moyer as the new high school head wrestling coach this week.

Moyer, a 2006 Oskaloosa High School graduate, is one the top wrestlers to ever take the mat for the Indians. He is a three-time state champion, grabbing titles in 2003, 2004 and 2006 with a broken jaw late in the 2005 season holding him back from another deep tournament run. Moyer still holds three records in the program with most wins in a season (44), most falls in a season (32) and total falls in a career (99).

“Talk about someone that knows wrestling and knows Oskaloosa,” Oskaloosa Activities Director Ryan Parker said. “As an alumnus of Oskaloosa, Derek checks many of the boxes that we were looking for. There are not many wresters, if any in the history of Oskaloosa wrestling, that has his type of resume. I am excited for Derek, his family and the Oskaloosa wrestling community. He has the ability, knowledge and energy to bring this program back to what it once was.”

Moyer takes over a program that has seen the participation numbers increase in each of the past three seasons while also having a state place-winner this year.

"I’m happy to be back in Oskaloosa as Head Wrestling Coach and excited to bring the program back to where it was when I was in school.” Moyer said.

Colin Peters can be reached at 641-672-2581, by email at or on Twitter @ColinPetersOH.

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