SMSU signs 14 student-athletes

MARSHALL, Minn. – Southwest Minnesota State University head wrestling coach Jesse Nelson announced today the signing of 14 student-athletes for the 2014-15 season. Cortez Arredondo, Zach Beaumaster, Jordan Biehn, Dylan Boettcher, Quinn Bullard, Tristan Ezell, Brody Goens, Cody Heitman, Nick Kastenbauer, Patrick Kelley, Anthony Luft, Griffin Osing, Cody Peters and Hunter St. John have all signed letters of intent to continue their academic and athletic careers at SMSU.

SMSU MustangsThe 14 student-athletes bring SMSU’s 2014-15 recruiting class to 19 as today’s signees join Lucas Damm from Atwater, Minn., Justin Haneke from Beresford, S.D., Kurtis Loftis from Kuna, Idaho, Kyle Nixon from Luther, Mich., and Landyn VanOverbeke from Minneota, Minn., who committed during the early signing period last November.

“This year we wanted to get out and bring in a big class with some of the best student-athletes in the country, and I think we’ve accomplished that,” Nelson said. “We are proud to welcome 19 new Mustangs from nine different states. This group is composed of some very talented and accomplished individuals both in the classroom and on the mat and we look for them to add great depth to our roster as well as make an immediate impact on our lineup. This recruiting class is a great step towards the continuous improvement of SMSU Mustang wrestling.”

Southwest Minnesota State, located in Marshall, is a member of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference and competes in NCAA Division II. SMSU finished the 2013-14 dual season with a record of 12-5 and had four NCAA national qualifiers.

2014-15 SMSU Signees
Name, Weight, Hometown / High School / Previous School
Cortez Arredondo, 133-141, West St. Paul, Minn. / Simley HS
Zach Beaumaster, 149, Big Lake, Minn. / Monticello HS
Jordan Biehn, 125-133, Jackson, Minn. / Jackson County Central HS
Dylan Boettcher, 141, St. Clair, Minn. / St. Clair HS
Quinn Bullard, 285, Pontiac, Ill. / Pontiac Township HS / College of DuPage
Tristan Ezell, 197, Buckeye, Ariz. / Desert Vista HS
Brody Goens, 184, Chino Hills, Calif. / Chino Hills HS / Mt. San Antonio College
Cody Heitman, 149-157, Zumbrota, Minn. / Zumbrota-Mazeppa HS
Nick Kastenbauer, 157, Mora, Minn. / Mora HS
Patrick Kelley, 157-165, Omaha, Neb. / Burke HS
Anthony Luft, 125-133, Worthington, Minn. / Worthington HS
Griffin Osing, 165, Blakesburg, Iowa / Albia HS
Cody Peters, 133, Kerkhoven, Minn. / Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg HS
Hunter St. John, 149, Williamsburg, Iowa / Williamsburg HS / North Iowa C.C.

Signed in November, 2013
Name, Weight, Hometown / High School / Previous School
Lucas Dammn, 285, Atwater, Minn. / Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City HS
Justin Haneke, 133, Beresford, S.D. / Beresford HS
Kurtis Loftis, 141-149, Kuna, Idaho / Kuna HS
Kyle Nixon, 149-157, Luther, Mich. / Pine River HS
Landyn VanOverbeke, 133-141, Minneota, Minn. / Minneota

2014 SMSU Signees Bios
Cortez Arredondo, 133-141, West St. Paul, Minn. / Simley HS – 2014 graduate of Simley HS … wrestled for coach Will Short … four-time letterwinner … three-time all-conference … three-time state participant … 2014 state runner-up in Class AA at 126 pounds … member of three state tournament teams, including two state championships … team captain as a senior … 112 career victories … three-time section champion … earned team leadership award.

Zach Beaumaster, 149, Big Lake, Minn. / Monticello HS – 2014 graduate of Monticello HS … wrestled for coaches Andy Zigan and Matt Palmer … five-time state participant … earned fifth place at 138 pounds at 2013 Class AA state meet … four-time all-conference … three-time section champion … team captain in both wrestling and soccer … finished with 32 victories as a senior … 141 career victories … only Monticello wrestler to compete in five state tournaments.

Jordan Biehn, 125-133, Jackson, Minn. / Jackson County Central HS – 2014 graduate of Jackson County Central HS … wrestled for coach Randy Baker … five-time all-conference honoree … member of four state championships teams … placed fifth at 126 pounds at 2014 Class A state meet … recorded 123 career victories.

Dylan Boettcher, 141, St. Clair, Minn. / St. Clair HS – 2104 graduate of St. Clair HS … wrestled for coach Brandon Greiner at St. Clair/Mankato Loyola … five-year letterwinner … two-time state qualifier … placed fourth at 138 pounds at 2014 Class A state meet … recorded 31 victories as a senior … named all-area … three-year letterwinner in football … all-conference honoree … member of state tournament team … also all-conference in baseball.

Quinn Bullard, 285, Pontiac, Ill. / Pontiac Township HS / College of DuPage – 2014 graduate of Pontiac Township HS … wrestled for coach Corey Christenson … team captain … four-year letterwinner … two-time state qualifier … three-time all-conference … played football two seasons at College of DuPage (Ill.) … will also play football at SMSU.

Tristan Ezell, 197, Buckeye, Ariz. / Desert Vista HS – 2014 graduate of Desert Vista HS … wrestled for coach David Gonzalez … recorded 37 victories as a senior … state runner-up in 2014 … named all-state and all-city … earned fifth place in state meet in 2013 … recorded 96 career victories … three-year letterwinner.

Brody Goens, 184, Chino Hills, Calif. / Chino Hills HS / Mt. San Antonio College – 2012 graduate of Chino Hills HS … two-time state qualifier … placed fifth at 182 pounds in 2012 state meet … three-year letterwinner … wrestled two seasons at Mt. San Antonio College … finished third at 174 pounds at 2013 junior college state meet … placed fifth at 2012 junior college state meet.

Cody Heitman, 149-157, Zumbrota, Minn. / Zumbrota-Mazeppa HS – 2014 graduate of Zumbrota-Mazeppa HS … wrestled for coach Link Steffen … three-time all-conference honoree … recorded 29 victories as a senior and was a state qualifier at 145 pounds in 2014 Class A meet … finished with 119 career wins … letterwinner in four sports.

Nick Kastenbauer, 157, Mora, Minn. / Mora HS – 2014 graduate of Mora HS … wrestled for coach Tom Youngblom … five-time letterwinner … all-conference honoree … team captain … also letterwinner in football and track.

Patrick Kelley, 157-165, Omaha, Neb. / Burke HS – 2014 graduate of Omaha Burke HS … wrestled for coach Wes Boehm … four-year letterwinner … two-time state placer … state runner-up at 152 pounds at 2014 Class A meet … conference champion … academic all-state … recorded 126 career wins.

Anthony Luft, 125-133, Worthington, Minn. / Worthington HS – 2014 graduate of Worthington HS … wrestled for coach Mark Prunty … two-time state champion … won state title at 126 pounds at 2014 Class AA meet … won the 2013 Class AA title at 120 pounds … four-time state place winner … placed sixth and fifth at state meets as a freshman and sophomore … recorded 160 career victories … four-time all-conference honoree.

Griffin Osing, 165, Blakesburg, Iowa / Albia HS – 2014 graduate of Albia HS … wrestled for coach Dave Wenger … three-time state qualifier … two-time state place winner, finishing fifth and third … recorded 165 career victories … four-year letterwinner … also letterwinner in both football and baseball.

Cody Peters, 133, Kerkhoven, Minn. / Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg HS – 2014 graduate of K-M-S HS … wrestled for coach Wes Haglund … three-time state qualifier … member of three state tournament teams … won 39 matches as a senior … finished career with 134 victories.

Hunter St. John, 149, Williamsburg, Iowa / Williamsburg HS / North Iowa C.C. – 2011 graduate of Williamsburg HS … wrestled for coach Grant Eckenrod … five-year letterwinner … two-time state qualifier … wrestled two seasons at North Iowa Area Community College.

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