Mark Niemann has been a longtime supporter of high school wrestling in central Ohio.

He hopes his passion for the sport makes a difference in his new role as the coach at Westland.

The 39-year-old replaces Chas McCutcheon, who was the coach for three seasons after serving as an assistant the previous four years under Bret Busby.

“I want to expose as many people (as possible) to wrestling,” Niemann said. “Now that I’m at Westland, it’s all Cougars all the time.”

Niemann, a 1996 graduate of Groveport, was an assistant coach for the Cruisers from 2007-08 through 2010-11 before serving as head coach in the 2011-12, 2012-13, 2014-15 and 2015-16 seasons.

He did not coach in the 2013-14 season because he was student-teaching. He also has coached at the youth and middle school levels.

“Coach Niemann is well known in the central Ohio wrestling arena,” athletics director Mike George said. “He brings a lot of enthusiasm and experience to our program. Our kids need that. I am sure he will do great things here at Westland.”

For more on Niemann and the Cougars wrestling program, read the May 28 edition of ThisWeek West Side News.

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