Entering his 15th year as Adams State University’s head wrestling coach, Jason Ramstetter has guided the Grizzly program to be consistently one of the best in the entire country.
A tough 2015-16 season had its positive moments. Martin Ramirez won an RMAC championship, received All-American and All-RMAC honors, and posted a 30-9 overall record on his way to an 8th place finish at the NCAA Division II National Championships. Devin Vasquez and Ian Wingstrom were also named to the RMAC All-Academic honor roll for the season.
In his first 13 years with the Grizzlies, Ramstetter has coached seven wrestlers to NCAA Division II Individual National Championships and has guided 21 different wrestlers to 38 combined All-America honors. With these individual performances, the Grizzlies finished in the top 10 at the NCAA Division II National Championships seven straight times from 2003-09, including fifth place finishes in 2007, 2008 and 2009.
The success has also been evident at the conference level as Grizzly wrestlers have combined to win 20 individual RMAC and regional titles while qualifying 69 total wrestlers for the NCAA Division II National Tournament, including all 10 in 2005. As a team, the Grizzlies have placed as high as second at the RMAC Championships conference on three occasions (2005, 2006 & 2009).
The squad has also been a matter of consistency in the national polls and has been ranked amongst the top 20 of the National Wrestling Coaches Association Division II Rankings for an incredible 65 straight polls from the final poll of the 2000-01 season, his second with the Grizzlies, through the end of the 2009-10 campaign.
Ramstetter has defeated every current RMAC foe that the Grizzlies have dualed at least once. The Grizzlies went 11-1 overall and 9-0 in RMAC duals in 2007-08 winning Adams State’s first RMAC dual meet crown in 18 years while posting the team’s best overall dual meet mark since 1982.
The Grizzlies have also shined in regular season tournaments winning the Midwest Classic title in both 2007 and 2008 after sharing the title in 2003 after claiming in-state bragging rights by winning the now disbanded Colorado Collegiate team title in 2004.
For his efforts, Ramstetter, has been named as the National Wrestling Hall of Fame Colorado Chapter’s Colorado Collegiate Coach of the Year a co-record four times (2003, 2005, 2007 & 2008) and was named as the Colorado Collegiate Coach of the Year in 2004 after the Grizzlies won the state title.
A native of Alamosa, Ramstetter was a 3-time Colorado State Champion at Alamosa High School, where he wrestled for his father Gary and graduated from in 1992. Ramstetter would go onto a successful wrestling career at Division I Cal State-Bakersfield. He was a 2-time runner-up at the Pac-10 Championships in the 142-pound weight class. He qualified for the National Tournament both times and placed fifth in 1997, his senior, year to earn All-America honors.
Ramstetter was a key member of the Division I third-placed Roadrunner team in 1996 and earned his degree in history in 1997. After his wrestling career, he would serve as an assistant coach for the Roadrunners for two years and would also serve as CSU-Bakersfield's strength coach for the football and wrestling teams.
Ramstetter is quite active in the sport of wrestling as a whole and directs the Cool Sunshine Wrestling Camp held each summer in Plachy Hall and also travels around the country in the summer assisting with several other prestigious summer camps and clinics.
In his free time, Ramstetter enjoys riding his motorcycle and playing video games.