May 272015

MANHEIM, Pa.– North Dakota State University placed three wrestlers — Evan Knutson, Hayden Zillmer and Clay Ream — on the National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) All-Academic team, while NDSU ranked No. 24 in the NWCA All-Academic Team Standings with a 3.078 grade point average. The Bison ranked in the top 30 for the fifth straight season.

Knutson, a 285-pound senior from Wausau, Wis. (Wausau West H.S.), makes his third appearance on the NWCA All-Academic team. He maintained a 3.702 G.P.A. majoring in animal sciences. Knutson compiled a 24-10 record including a runner-up finish at the NCAA West Regional. He made three trips to the NCAA national tournament and went 2-2 at this year’s event. Continue reading »

May 262015

MANHEIM, Pa. – The National Wrestling Coaches Association announced its Division I Top-30 All-Academic teams on Friday, with South Dakota State coming in at No. 23 on the list, with four Jackrabbits earning individual honors for their work in the classroom.

“We’re proud of the success on the mat the last few years, and just as proud of the success in the classroom, and this honor shows that all of the hard work is paying off,” head coach Chris Bono said. “I’m proud of the guys and thankful for all of the help we get across campus, and from the academic team here in the athletic department. It’s truly a team effort.” Continue reading »

May 262015

The National Wrestling Coaches’ Association announced three Gopher grapplers and the U of M team as a whole earned All-Academic honors this season

On Friday, the National Wrestling Coaches’ Association (NWCA) announced its All-Academic teams and individuals for the 2014-15 season. Gopher Wrestling was well-represented, with Minnesota appearing on both lists.

From a team perspective, the Gophers not only showed up on the NWCA Division I All-Academic Top 30 Teams list, they finished in the top 10. Minnesota’s tenth-place finish overall was the third-highest among all public schools and the best in the entire Big Ten.

As individuals, senior Scott Schiller and sophomores Michael Kroells and Brett Pfarr were all honored as NWCA All-Academic. Only 10 programs in the country had more individuals recognized by the NWCA. Continue reading »

May 222015

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – The National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA), in coordination with Elite Level Sport Marketing (ELSM), named 12 college programs as finalists for the 2014-15 Best of Brand Gold Standard Award, which includes defending champion South Dakota State.

“We’re excited for the chance to become back-to-back Gold Standard winners in the Best of Brand competition,” SDSU assistant AD for marketing and promotion Sam Doerr said. “This speaks not only to what we do internally to promote the sport of wrestling and SDSU wrestling, but how passionate our fans are about the promotions and giveaways we provide.” Continue reading »

May 222015

MOORHEAD, Minn. – Minnesota State University Moorhead head wrestling coach Kris Nelson has announced that former North Dakota State All-American Steven Monk has joined the Dragon coaching staff.

“We are very excited to add Steven Monk to our coaching staff at MSU Moorhead. Steven has proven that he knows what it takes to be successful at the college level having been an NCAA Division I All-American,” Nelson said. “I see Steven’s hard work, dedication and commitment to his wrestling career carrying over into his role as assistant coach at MSUM. He will help with all day to day operations of the wrestling program from recruiting to working on the mat with student athletes. The MSUM wrestlers are very excited to get started working with Steven and they know they will benefit from his vast knowledge of the sport.” Continue reading »

May 202015

Mark Hall and Lance Benick -1st Team; Bobby Steveson -2nd Team; Keegan Moore -3rd Team; Mitchell McKee, Griffin Parriott, Brady Berge -Honorable Mention

Irvine, CA – May 20, 2015 – ASICS America Corporation is pleased to announce the 30th annual ASICS All-America Wrestling Team and honors a record five repeat athletes as members of the First Team. The ASICS All-America Team, selected by a nationwide panel of wrestling experts, is the only national all-star team for which wrestlers enrolled in all four high-school grades are eligible.

Members of the First Team, who earned a combined 36 State and National Prep Championships, as well as the ASICS Wrestler of the Year, will be honored prior to the finals of the ASICS Vaughan USA Wrestling Junior & Cadet National Championships in July in Fargo, ND, of which ASICS is the title sponsor. Continue reading »

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