Chapman leaves PHS for Lakeland coaching job

Ben Chapman, a standout wrestler during his time as a Lakeland University Muskie, is returning to his alma mater this fall to become the school’s head wrestling coach, announced LU athletic director April Arvan.

Chapman, a 2010 Lakeland graduate, returns to Lakeland after several years of coaching and training high school and college athletes.

For the past three years, he has been the head wrestling coach at Plymouth, his high school alma mater, after previously serving as assistant and head wrestling coach, and strength and conditioning coach at Sheboygan North High School.

Each of his last two PHS teams improved its overall dual record from the previous season, including a 12-10 mark this past season which was six more wins than the previous campaign.

For the past five years he’s worked as a fitness trainer at the Sports Core in Kohler and in 2016 he was named youth fitness coordinator for the Sports Core’s Boost Academy which provides physical and mental training for young athletes.

Chapman, who received a bachelor’s degree in biology, was a three-time Northern Wres- tling Association champion and team captain who helped lead the Muskies to three straight conference team titles.

“Throughout my wrestling journey, this sport has taught and given me more than I can describe,” Chapman said.

“I appreciate this opportunity to give back to the sport and the school I love so deeply, and I welcome the responsibility to teach our student-athletes about commitment, sacrifice and persistence.”

Known for his versatility on the mat, Chapman won conference titles at Lakeland at 149 pounds, 157 and 174. As a senior at PHS, he capped an undefeated season with a state championship in 2004.

“We are excited to welcome Ben back to Lakeland to lead our wrestling program,” Arvan said.

“His time at Lakeland and his accomplishments since graduation will make him a great leader for our student-athletes. We look forward to big things from our wrestling program.”

The search for a new PHS head wrestling coach is under way.

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