Head Coach

Coach Ed Kurth

Coach Kurth will be entering his 19th season as Pewaukee's head wrestling coach. This will be his 24th overall season as a head coach and his 32nd year as a coach in the sport. Across three conferences, two divisions and with two different teams, his overall conference record as a head coach is 145-5 with 20 Conference Championships, 16 Regional Titles and 7 Sectional Titles. He remains the only coach in Wisconsin history to reach the Team State Tournament with teams from Division One and Division Two. 

 Assistant Coach

Coach Tony Senner

Coach Senner transferred to Pewaukee in the fall of 2000 as a junior after compiling a 2-9 record as a sophomore at Sussex Hamilton. He began the season, 0-5, but a 16-match winning streak near the end of the season earned him a conference title and a trip to the State Tournament. Coach Senner qualified for State again in 2002.

Throughout his time as a wrestler at UW Whitewater and while serving in the U.S. Navy, Coach Senner often returned to Pewaukee to contribute to his former team by demonstrating moves and improving the skills of Pewaukee's current competitors. Coach Senner was an integral part of Pewaukee's rise to the 2014 State Finals and the Individual State Championships won by Jacob Raschka and Blaze Beltran. His personality and technical knowledge continue to make him an invaluable resource for Pewaukee wrestler. Coach Senner is a former #1-ranked jujitsu fighter and continues to train, teach and compete in that endeavor as well.

 

Coach Jon Volpentesta

Coach Volpentesta began wrestling in 8th grade and, five years later, led his team to its first Woodland Conference Championship by moving up from his 170-pound weight class to win the 189-pound division. He then won Regional and Sectional Championships before claiming a 4th-place medal at the State Tournament. 

After graduating, Coach Volpentesta attended college and enlisted in the Marines. Following his time living over-seas and in San Diego, he returned to Pewaukee and was immediately contacted by Coach Kurth to assist with the wrestling team. 

For the past six years, Coach Volpentesta has been vital in the development of wrestlers in every level of the program. His understanding of important fundamentals and incorportation of new techniques are what has allowed him to develop numerous state quaiifiers, medalists and champions. 

 

Coach Joe Porter

Coach Porter entered high school with one brief year of wrestling under his belt and struggled early in his high school career. As a junior, though, he finished second in the Conference Tournament and, as a senior, he came within an overtime takedown of reaching the State Tournament. 

The most memorable and important part of Coach Porter's high school career, though, came in the 2014 Team Sectional when he defeated a pair of top wrestlers from Sheboygan Falls and East Troy to help his team reach the Team State Tournament. His leadership then continued to lift the Pirates to the State Finals Meet.

As a coach, Joe Porter has given Pewaukee wrestlers imperative advice and a perfect practice partner for the light and middle weights. For four years, Coach Porter worked with 2018 State Bronze Medalist Eric Halverson and his experience from victory and defeat has allowed many Pirates to be well prepared for their upcoming battles.