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UW-Platteville wrestling coach Chris Walter resigns after 17 years

Chris Walter, shown here as head wrestling coach at University of Wisconsin-Platteville
Photo courtesy of University of Wisconsin-Platteville, used with permission

Chris Walter, head wrestling coach at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville for the past 17 years, has announced his resignation, the Division III program announced Friday.

The school’s statement did not provide a reason for Walter stepping down.

Since taking the reins of the Pioneer mat program in 1997 after serving one season as the school’s assistant coach, Walter has coached 29 NCAA Division III championship qualifiers and nine all-Americans. While at Platteville, Walter compiled a 113-116-3 overall record, with a 46-47-1 mark in the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. Walter coached 16 WIAC champs and 15 WIAC runners-up. As a team, the Pioneers finished second in the WIAC twice, tying the best finishes in school history, and have been in the top three five times.

Walter has also served on the National Wrestling Coaches Association ranking committee for 16 years.

Prior to launching his coaching career, Walter was a four-year letter winner at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he served as team captain in 1995. He was a two-time NCAA Division I national championships qualifier for the Badgers.

"I want to thank Chris for everything he has done for the Pioneer wrestling program, the Athletic Department and the University," said UW-Platteville Athletic Director Mark Molesworth. "Chris always had a great ability to get the best out of his guys, and it showed with several national qualifiers and WIAC champions."

Located in southwestern Wisconsin near the state’s borders with Iowa and Illinois, UW-Platteville was founded in 1866. According to the school’s website, UW-Platteville has an enrollment of approximately 8,600 students.

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