Naturally, the news hit Borst hard, because his appreciation for Dresser was a big part of why he wanted to wrestle at Virginia Tech. Dresser turned the Hokies into a top-five program.
His challenge at Iowa State University is almost a carbon copy of what he encountered in 2006.
Iowa State appears to be on the cusp of hiring former University of Iowa grappler and current Virginia Tech head coach Kevin Dresser.
Dresser, who was in his 11th season as Tech's coach, agreed to a seven-year contract worth a total of $2.25 million in guaranteed salary, including a $300,000 base salary for next year, plus incentives, according to Tech.
Dresser will step away from Virginia Tech effective immediately.
"I am thrilled to have the opportunity to lead one of the nation's most storied and accomplished college wrestling programs at Iowa State", Dresser said in a press release. "Growing up in Iowa, I admired the sellout crowds at Hilton Coliseum and watching championship coaches like Dr. Harold Nichols and Jim Gibbons and countless All-America Cyclones". He was born in Humboldt, Iowa, graduated in 1986 from the University of Iowa and was inducted in 2014 into the Iowa Wrestling Hall of Fame.
"I'm looking forward to the process - it's not like it's going to happen overnight - I'm looking forward to whatever I can do to help the process to help Iowa State wrestling". Dresser, who built championship wrestling programs at Grundy and Christiansburg before breathing life into the Tech team, will not coach the Hokies at the ACC or NCAA championships.
The former 1992 Olympic Gold Medal victor at 82 Kg, coached the Cyclones to the best regular-season since his initial year, in 2014-15. I believe the guys that coach Dresser and his staff bring in are going to want to win too and are going to put in the work to do so.
Virginia Tech has promoted Tony Robie - who was in his 11th year as associate head coach - to the position of interim head coach. On Feb. 11, Tech defeated North Carolina State 20-14 to win the Atlantic Coast Conference's dual meet championship for a third consecutive year.
The loss also concludes the dual-season for head coach Kevin Jackson. They have seven wrestlers now ranked in the top ten nationally in their weight classes.
In making his decision to leave Virginia Tech, Dresser pointed to three areas that piqued his interest: family, wrestling tradition and a new challenge. I haven't gotten to spend a lot of time with my mother in the last couple of years, so that's a factor in my decision.
"There are very few jobs I would ever consider, but that's probably one of the two jobs I would consider".