FARGO, N.D. – Head coach Bucky Maughan today announced the addition of eight student-athletes to the North Dakota State wrestling program. Anthony Caputo of Red Lake Falls, Minn.; Tanner Carlisle of Prior Lake, Minn.; Evan Knutson of Wausau, Wis.; Kody Sorenson of Frazee, Minn.; Alex Andel of Valley City, N.D.; Kameron Hamley of Rolla, N.D.;Travis Kammerer of Chisago Lakes, Minn. and Brent Rees of Vacaville, Calif. will wrestle and continue their education at NDSU. They will join three-time Minnesota state champion Hayden Zillmer and two-time Oregon state champion Curtis Berger as part of the 2011 class.
Caputo is an All-American and six-year letterwinner out of Crookston High School. Caputo earned All-America honors after finishing fourth at 152 pounds at the National Wrestling Championships in Virginia Beach this spring. He is also a two-time Minnesota All-State honoree after taking fourth at the state championships as a junior and third as a senior. A four-time all-conference selection, he holds five season records and two career records at Crookston. He finished his career with an overall record of 201-43. He was also an all-conference football player.
Carlisle is a three-time all-state honoree out of Prior Lake High School. As a senior, he finished sixth at the Minnesota state championships at 145 pounds. he was fourth in the same weight as a junior. In 2007, he took fifth in the state at 103 pounds. He also qualified for the state championships in 2008 and 2009. A four-time all-conference pick, Carlisle holds the school record for takedowns in a season with 216.
Knutson is a four-year letterwinner from Wausau West High School. He finished second at the Wisconsin state championships at 285 pounds as a senior and took third as a junior. In 2009, he won the regional championship. An academic all-state selection, Knutson was a member of the 2008 state championship team as well as state runner-up squads in 2009 and 2010. He was also a two-year letterwinner in football and track and field.
Sorenson comes to NDSU from Frazee High School. He won the 2011 Minnesota Class A title at 189 pounds with a record of 48-1. He also took fourth at the state championships in 2010. Sorenson won back-to-back titles at the Rumble on the Red in 2009 and 2010. He finished his career with an overall record of 130-40.
Andel, a product of Valley City High School, won the 2011 North Dakota Class A title at 285 pounds. He also took third at the state championships as a sophomore. Andel also helped lead Valley City to its first entry into the state team duals. He broke the school’s season pins record three years in a row and also holds the school’s all-time pins record. His overall career record was 142-34.
Hamley is a two-time North Dakota state champion out of Turtle Mountain Community High School. He claimed the 2011 title at 135 pounds and the 2010 title at 130 pounds. He was also a state runner-up in 2009 and 2008. An academic all-state athlete, Hamley won the west region title three times. He is also a two-time folkstyle All-American. Hamley holds the school record for most career wins with 184 and also holds the record for career pins with 128.
Kammerer is a two-time Minnesota state championship entrant out of Chisago Lakes High School. A four-time all-conference honoree, he holds the school record for career wins with 167. Kammerer was a team captain as a senior and also led the team in three statistical categories in his senior campaign – most takedowns, most near falls and most reversals.
Rees is a 2011 California state championship qualifier out of Vacaville High School. He claimed the Monticello Empire League title as a senior at 145 pounds. He helped the school win its 17th straight Divison 1 North section title as well.