HAYS — Chas Thompson, a former Parsons High School and Labette Community College wrestling standout, announced he was resigning his post as Fort Hays State head wrestling coach.

“I want to thank Fort Hays State University and the Athletic Department for all of the opportunities given to me in my tenure in Hays,” said Thompson in a Fort Hays State press release. “I have many fond memories here. I will truly miss my FHSU Wrestling family, and I look forward to seeing them reach their goals. While this has been a very hard decision for me, with all this uncertainty due to COVID-19, I am looking into opportunities to get back closer to family.”

Thompson served as the head coach at Fort Hays State for 12 years. His 91-77-1 record in duals marks the most dual victories for any coach in Fort Hays State history.

He coached 12 wrestlers to 17 All-American honors and twice finished 12th at the NCAA Championships in 2010 and 2017.

“We’d like to thank Chas for his efforts as our head wrestling coach over the years,” said FHSU Athletic Director Curtis Hammeke in a press release. “We wish him and his family the best in their future endeavors.”

In 2019-20, Thompson coached Fort Hays State to a fourth-place finish in the regional championships. Five Fort Hays State wrestlers qualified for the national championships, which were canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Thompson’s best team, arguably, at Fort Hays State came in 2009-10. That squad posted a 12-5 dual record, the most dual wins for a season in 45 years and second-most in school history. The school finished 8-1 in Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference duals to take second in the conference. Fort Hays State also set a school record with 10 straight dual victories that year.

A Parsons native, Thompson posted a 133-14 record for Parsons High School, according to the Joplin Globe. Thompson was a four-time KSHSAA medalist for the Vikings and won a state title his senior year.

Thompson, who is the son of legendary Labette Community College wrestling coach Jody Thompson, then wrestled for the Cardinals for two years. In both seasons at Labette, Thompson qualified for the NJCAA National Championships and earned All-America status his sophomore year.

Prior to his 12-year stint at Fort Hays State, Thompson served as the head coach of Pratt Community College for two years. Thompson also finished out his college wrestling career at Fort Hays State (1999-2002) before serving as an assistant at the school from 2002-05. 

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