Five wrestlers sign South Dakota State NLI’s

BROOKINGS, S.D. — South Dakota State head wrestling coach Chris Bono announced the signing of five wrestlers to National Letters of Intent on Wednesday, all of who indicated their plans to enroll at South Dakota State in the fall and compete on the Jackrabbit wrestling team.

2014-15 Jackrabbit Wrestling Signees:
Brett Bye – Vermillion, S.D. – Vermillion HS
Anthony Cefolo – Hanover Park, N.J. – Hanover Park Regional HS
Kasey Klapprodt – Rapid City, S.D. – Rapid City Stevens HS
Louie Sanders – Truman, Minn.- Lake Crystal Wellcome Memorial Area
Cameron Sykora – Wheaton, Minn. – Border West HS

SDSU Jackrabbits“Our staff is extremely pleased that we were able to sign the guys that fill the exact needs of our team and will help make our program strong for the next four or five years,” Bono said. “It was important for us to keep the best kids from South Dakota in state. Overall, Jon (Reader) and I are expecting big things from this class.

Brett Bye
Bye is the 10th-ranked 160-lb prospect in this year’s senior class and is ranked 59th overall. Projected at 165 or 174 for the Jackrabbits, Bye is a five-time South Dakota placewinner, including a state title last season. He also has a pair of third-place finishes at the state tournament. Bye is also a three-time Greco and freestyle state champ, along with numerous placings at Fargo, the premier national tournament.

“Brett is one of the best kids in South Dakota,” Bono said. “We love the way he trains and competes. He is a proven winner at the national level and an overall great kid. We can’t wait to get him in our wrestling room.”

Anthony Cefolo
Cefolo joins Bye in InterMat’s top 100 seniors ranking, as the New Jersey native is ranked #76 overall and #10 at 126-lbs. Cefolo is a two-time N.J. state champ and a five-time Fargo National All-American. Expected to wrestle at 125, Cefolo is also a two-time Best of the East placewinner.

“We are excited to get a kid of Anthony’s talent level,” Bono said. “To get a kid from a tough wrestling state like New Jersey speaks volumes of our program. He is going to bring a unique wrestling style to our room. Cefolo is a proven winner at the national level and is going to be expected of big things here at SDSU.”

Kasey Klapprodt
Klapprodt won his first South Dakota state title last season as he went 49-6 in his junior campaign. Expected to compete at 165 or 174 for SDSU, Klapprodt is a two-time all-conference honoree and a National Honor Society member. Klapprodt’s older brother, Chris, wrestles at Iowa.

“Kasey is another one of the best kids in our state,” Bono said. “He comes from a family of Jackrabbits and will come into our room with a work ethic that is unmatched. We are excited to see what he can do in a Jackrabbit singlet.”

Louie Sanders
Sanders is a two-time Minnesota state champ, winning at 132 as a junior and 126 as a sophomore. Last season Sanders compiled a 38-2 record.

“Sanders has the desire to be great,” Bono said. “We are extremely excited to get a guy the with the caliber of Louie’s talent. He is another Minnesota kid that will come in and have an immediate impact on our program.”

Cameron Sykora
Sykora is a four-time Minnesota state champ and owns a 176-13 career record entering his senior year. Sykora was the 2013 Rumble on the Red champ, along with being a 2012 NHSCA champ. Sykora is the 49th-ranked senior, according to FloWrestling.

“Sykora is a winner,” Bono said. “He is a four-time state champ from Minnesota with a good shot at number five. He works hard and loves to compete. He is only an hour and a half up the road, so it was great to get him here. We look forward to working with him and hope to see big things out of him in the future.”

Would you like to receive the latest Minnesota wrestling news in your inbox?