FCAW Board - Financial
Officer for Ceres Consulting LLC
Edwardsville Wrestling Club Coach
Mark Mestemacher brings a passionate and an enthusiastic spirit to the FCAW Board. "I am so excited about the future of FCAW because it opens up a whole new arena for reaching the wrestling community for Christ." Mark continues, "It truly gives us a vehicle to share the gospel with coaches and athletes in an environment that is comfortable for them. Through FCAW's partnership with other organizations like NWCA, USA Wrestling, and the National Wrestling Hall of Fame, I believe we can make a difference in transforming the lives of our coaches and wrestlers for God's kingdom. That's exciting to me!"
Whether working with elementary, middle school, high school, or college-age wrestlers, Mark's passion for the sport of wrestling is evident. His record in coaching is impressive with the Edwardsville Wrestling Club in Edwardsville, Illinois. In the last 12 years the club has produced three state champions, 32 state place winners, and 121 state qualifiers. Over the last five years, the club has averaged over 100 members each year, making it one of the largest kids' clubs in Illinois.
Mark was instrumental in raising funds, planning and designing the state-of-the-art Jon Davis Wrestling Center in Edwardsville, Illinois. The $4 million wrestling center is perhaps the most impressive wrestling-specific building in the United States.
Mark wrestled at Collinsville High School, beginning his career in 1972 under Coach Joe Spurgeon. He also wrestled at Illinois State University. In 1993, he helped form the Edwardsville Wrestling Club with Mike Freitag and Jon Wagner. Mark completed his B.S. in Agricultural Economics at the University of Illinois in 1979.
Professionally, Mark is an officer for Ceres Consulting LLC in East St. Louis, Illinois. The company provides barge freight management, logistic services, and consulting to a variety of bulk and project cargo importers and exporters. They also own and manage hopper and deck barges and act as an agent to investors in barges. Ceres specializes in barge transportation, logistics, and consulting for a variety of allied industries.