Travis Fiser

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Marengo, Iowa
CitizenshipUnited States of America
Alma materKirkwood Community College
OccupationHigh school wrestling coach

Travis Fiser is a high school wrestling coach, currently at Grundy Senior High School, and a member of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame and Museum.[1]

Wrestling Career

Born in Marengo, Iowa, Fiser was a high school wrestler for Iowa Valley High School in Marengo. Fiser was a Iowa High School Class 1A State Runner-Up at 167 lbs. in 1987. He continued his wreslting career at Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa Rapids, Iowa, where he earned NJCAA All-American Honors in 1989. He then wrested for wrestling legend Dan Gable at the Iowa Hawkeyes wrestling where he was a two-time NCAA All-American at 190 lbs. [2]. He had a NCAA record of 72-26-5, and was a member of two NCAA National Championship teams. [3].

Coaching Career

After graduating, Fiser wrestled for Hawkweye Wrestling Club. After a failed bid to make the US Olympic team, he accepted a position as head wrestling coach at Grundy Senior High School in Grundy, Virginia, VA in 1996, taking over for fellow Hawkeye Kevin Dresser[4] [5] [6]

Fiser led the Virginia powerhouse to four Virginia state titles in five years after taking over the program, and has been at the helm for 12 of Grundy’s 23 state team titles:

  • Virginia Class AA - 1997, 1998, 2000, 2001
  • Virginia Class A - 2012, 2013
  • Virginia Class 2A - 2014, 2016, 2017
  • Virginia Class 1 - 2018, 2019, 2020 [7]

More than 100 individual state championship medals have been awarded to Golden Wave wrestlers under his watch, but “He doesn’t measure his success in accomplishments, accolades, state champions, state championships,” said Jimmy Griffey, a two-time state champion and a 1998 Grundy graduate. “He really doesn’t measure his success. His success is shown in the graduation rate of his wrestlers, the countless successful husbands, fathers and contributors who have been fortunate enough to have been coached by him. Those are his successes and a legacy much bigger than state championships.”

He was inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame for Lifetime Service to Wrestling (Virginia) in 2019.

Personal Life

Travis is married to Jackie, and has two children, Gabe (a four-time state wrestling champion)[8] and Alexa.


  1. "Honoree: Travis Fiser". National Wrestling Hall of Fame.
  2. "Official Athletics Website of the Iowa Hawkeyes". University of Iowa.
  3. Hayes, Tim. "Before he became the head coach at Grundy High School, Travis Fiser forged his mat identity in Iowa". Bristol Herald Courier.
  4. Gildea, William; Gildea, William (23 February 2003). "Grundy's Diamonds in the Rough" – via
  5. "VHSL Record Book". Virginia High School League.
  6. Hayes, Tim. "Travis Fiser has continued winning tradition at Grundy, has found home in coalfields of Southwest Virginia". Bristol Herald Courier.
  7. "VHSL Record Book". Virginia High School League.
  8. Ogden, J. "Ex-Hawkeye Travis Fiser finds success as Virginia high school wrestling coach". Cedar Rapids Gazette.

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