Wrestling: Chris Kline resigns as coach at Hilliard Davidson

FRANK DIRENNA
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Citing family commitments, Chris Kline has stepped down as wrestling coach at Hilliard Davidson after two seasons.

Citing family commitments, Chris Kline has stepped down as wrestling coach at Hilliard Davidson after two seasons.

“It’s unfortunate but I had a change in my work and my wife and I became new parents this summer, so it was best for me to focus on my family,” Kline said.

The Wildcats had a Division I state qualifier in each of his two seasons.

Luke DeWeese went 0-2 at 152 pounds in 2019 to finish the season 20-6 and Dez Gartrell qualified at 152 this past season, but the tournament was canceled because of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. He finished the season 42-6.

“I didn’t get to accomplish everything I wanted, but I’m thankful for the opportunity and relationships I have built at Davidson,” Kline said. “A lot of the younger wrestlers took a step forward becoming better technical wrestlers and we had a state qualifier each season, which I’m really proud of.

“I had a lot of fun coaching and have learned a lot in the process. I’ll miss teaching the kids the most and I wish them nothing but the best.”

Kline, a 2008 Westerville North graduate, was a three-time Division I state qualifier with the Warriors. He won the state title at 160 as a senior after placing fourth at 152 as a junior and finishing 1-2 at 130 as a freshman.

“We are truly sorry to see coach Kline step down,” athletics director Nate Bobek said. “He did a tremendous job for us and he will be missed. In his short tenure, his focus on culture and the work he and his staff put in with our student-athletes was second to none. Our program is stronger because of it.”

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