EFRAIN AYALA | HEAD COACH
Efrain Ayala is entering his third season at the helm of the UW-Oshkosh wrestling program.
In 2014-15, Ayala led the Titans to a fith-place finish at the WIAC Championship and a sixth-place showing at the NCAA Division III West Regional.
In his first season as head coach, in 2013-14, Ayala was named the Rookie Coach of the Year by the National Wrestling Coaches Association after he guided the UW-Oshkosh wrestling team to a 10th-place finish at the 2014 NCAA Division III Championship. It was the Titans’ best showing at the national meet since 1982.
Ayala has coached two Titans to All-WIAC first team laurels and two wrestlers to All-America citations.
Ayala helped Nazar Kulchytskyy win the third of his three consecutive national titles and the second of his consecutive Wrestler of the Year awards from D3Wrestle.com. Dan Schiferl also earned All-America status for his fourth-place finish at the 2014 national championship, marking the first time since 1983 that UW-Oshkosh had two D III All-America wrestlers in the same season.
Ayala also guided Kulchytskyy to the 2014 WIAC Wrestler of the Year award.
In his two years as an assistant, Ayala helped the Titans finish 14th at the 2012 NCAA Division III Championship and 17th in 2013. Kulchytskyy won an individual national title both years.
Before coming to UW-Oshkosh, Ayala spent two years as an assistant wrestling coach and special education paraprofessional in the Kettle Moraine School District.
Ayala has also taught special education at Kennedy Elementary (2009) and was an assistant coach (2008-09) at Saint Peter High School in Minnesota.
Ayala was a Nebraska state champion in high school before wrestling at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln during 2003. He then transferred to Minnesota State University-Mankato and qualified for the 2005 NCAA Division II Tournament.
Ayala received his elementary education degree from MSU-Mankato during 2008.
DALLAS HERBST | ASSISTANT COACH
Dallas Herbst is entering his first year as an assistant coach for the UW-Oshkosh wrestling program. Prior to coaching at UW-Oshkosh, Herbst spent one year coaching at Menomonee Falls as well as two years at Appleton North high schools. He is currently a special education teacher in the Oshkosh Area School District.
Herbst attended Winneconne High School, where he qualified for the WIAA State Tournament as a freshman, placed third as a sophomore and crowned champion during his junior and senior years. He graduated with a 155-13 record, including 92 pins. Herbst placed third at Senior Nationals this year at 189 lbs and received the award for most falls. He was a three-time state Greco-Roman champion and three-time state freestyle champion during high school and was named a High School All-American by USA Wrestling Magazine.
Herbst competed at the University of Wisconsin, where he was a four-time national qualifier. He was a NCAA Division I All-American in 2008 when he placed sixth in the 197-pound weight class. He was named the team’s Most Valuable Wrestler that season.
During his senior collegiate season he also tied the record for most pins in a year with 18. Herbst was able to win the prestigious Midlands Tournament, knocking off future National and Olympic Champion Jake Varner. Herbst left the Badgers with a 108-32 career record (58 pins) and four Big Ten Wrestler of the Week accolades.
Following his final season at the University of Wisconsin, Herbst competed at the Senior level placing fourth at the U.S. Championship. The performance allowed him to qualify for the 2009 World Team Trials.
Herbst graduated from the University of Wisconsin with degrees in both history and political science. He recently received his teaching certificate from UW-Oshkosh and is currently seeking a master's degree in special education.
Herbst and his wife, Shannon, are the parents of daughters, Korrie and Brynley.