Redmond coach, grapplers join Ascend Wrestling Academy

Redmond High wrestling coach Lantz Schwabenbauer and several local grapplers are part of the new all-ages Ascend Wrestling Academy in Woodinville.

Schwabenbauer, who’s part of the Mustangs coaching squad, is on staff at Ascend, which is housed in a 5,000-square-foot area at 7533 W. Bostonian Road, Building C. All levels of boys and girls wrestlers from K-12 are welcome to hone their skills at Ascend. Registration is now open, and more information can be found at

Three clubs merged to bring Ascend to life during the pandemic. There are Ascend locations in Woodinville and Yakima and all the academy’s coaches are past college All-Americans or are nationally recognized coaches. Ascend features wrestlers from 29 different high schools, and in July the academy sent 15 wrestlers to the Freestyle and Greco Nationals in Fargo, North Dakota, with five attaining All-American status.

According to the Ascend website, “We are a Christian-based organization creating a consistent, positive training environment through professional relationships and next-level results.”

Schwabenbauer has been on Redmond High’s staff since 2016 and has coached 15 state place winners, 31 state qualifiers, the 2017 KingCo team champions and 2018 and 2020 KingCo team runners-up.