Ben Tomes

Graduated from Sturgeon Bay High School in 1990, lettered 3 years.

Graduated from Carroll University in 1997 and was a 4 year starter on the wrestling team, compiling a record of 60-49, setting a school record for career pins.  While at Carroll, wrestled internationally with the Russian National Team for a month during the 1994-95 season.  Was a two-time team captain and team MVW in 1996, posting a record of 23-11 for the NCAA DIII program.

Highly successful coaching career, serving as a head coach at three high school programs for a total of 11 seasons (Milwaukee Custer, Jensen Beach, FL and Dwyer, FL) and spent a year as a collegiate head coach (Carroll University).  Started two of the three high school programs from scratch and rescued another from being dropped.  Took all three programs to the state’s top ten in record time; all in 4 years or less.  Experienced similar success with a reborn program at Carroll University, posting the team’s best season in 50 years of competitive wrestling.

All told, leading teams without a youth program, teams compiled a record of 152-85 on notoriously tough schedules, including 8 team regional titles, 6 team conference titles, and a state team tournament appearance in 2003.

Individually, coached 34 state tournament qualifiers, 14 state medalists; including 4 finalists (2 state champions).  Also coached 5 national qualifiers in lone season as a college head coach, with three coming one win from All-American status.

Was recognized as the National Coach of the Year by the sport’s largest publication (Wrestling USA Magazine) in 2002.  Was the feature of a PBS Documentary in 2003 entitled Wrestling City Kids, which won a WBA award for Best Feature Documentary.  Received the Coach of Influence Award from Sports Illustrated in 2005 and was featured in an article in the magazine.   Was named the 2006 SBHS Alumnus of the Year.

Began MMA career working with the UFC’s Din Thomas in 2005.  Resumed work in MMA in 2010, coaching at Waukesha MMA for 5 years before joining Roufusport in 2015.

Lives in Waukesha, works as an elementary special education teacher at the Woodlands School in Milwaukee.  Married to Jenny, two children (Zander and Abby) and a stepdaughter (Molly).

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