Dragons Add 11 Recruits for 2015-16

MOORHEAD, Minn. — Minnesota State University Moorhead head wrestling coach Kris Nelson has announced the Dragons’ 2015-16 recruiting class. A total of 11 athletes will be joining the Dragons this fall.

“We’re happy to add these individuals to our wrestling program,” Nelson said. “These are individuals that will contribute to the team and will have a bright future with MSUM Dragons wrestling.”

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MSUM Dragon Wrestling Recruits:

Adam Blees (165 pounds, Bismarck, N.D./Bismarck HS)
Two-time North Dakota Class A state champion, winning at 160 pounds in 2015 after title at 145 pounds in 2014…five-time state place winner…finished second in the state at 120 pounds as a sophomore…finished 42-3 as a senior and finished with 169-55 career record…ranked as #24 Best Senior by Wrestling USA Magazine.

Dylan Connell (133/141, Center City, Minn./Chisago Lakes HS) – signed during early period
Finished with 175-29 career record…four-time state entrant, placing third as senior, fifth as a junior and sixth as a sophomore…four-time all-conference selection…was an ASICS Folkstyle Cadet All-American in 2013 and placed fourth in the JJ Classic in 2014.

Jared Goldsmith (125, Chatfield, Minn./Chatfield HS)
Finished with 123-14 career record…finished third in the state as a senior after finishing second as a runner-up…part of Minnesota Class A team champions in 2014…four-year letterwinner…2015 MWCA Academic All-State.

Brayden Kuntz (174/184, Wishek, N.D./South Border HS)
North Dakota Class B state champion at 170 pounds as a senior…placed sixth at the USA Wrestling Folkstyle Nationals…part of four Class B Dual Team Champions from 2011-14…five-year letterwinner in wrestling…also lettered in football.

Erik Loepp (141, Oakes, N.D./Oakes HS)
Finished with 176-19 career record…five-time North Dakota Class B state champion…Mr. Wrestler Award in 2014…was 43-2 as a senior after going 31-0 as a junior…six-year wrestling letterwinner and also lettered in football.

Austin May (184, Zimmerman, Minn./Zimmerman HS) – signed during early period
Was the Minnesota Class AA state champion at 182 pounds in 2014, when he finished 37-7…was an all-state and all-conference selection in 2014 after earning all-conference honorable mention honors in 2013…was a two-time team captain and is a five-year wrestling letterwinner…state qualifier as a senior when he finished 32-6.

Zachery Richards (174/184, Minneapolis, Minn./Edison HS)
Finished with 70 career wins…had 50 career pins…went 29-9 as a senior…two-time all-conference selection…team captain…earned top 32 finish at Cliff Keen Nationals…four-year letterwinner.

Cody Anderson (197, Redwood Falls, Minn./Redwood Valley HS)
Finished with a 31-9 record as a senior…section champion and state qualifier…team captain…all-conference honoree…six-year letterwinner in wrestling…also lettered in football and baseball.

Jonathan Hoffner (165/174, Mahnomen, Minn./Mahnomen HS)
Competing for Mahnomen/Waubun, qualified for state tournament in 2015…finished with 35-6 record as a senior…placed third at 2014 Big Bear tournament…older brother Garret is current member of MSUM wrestling team.

Logan Rhode (174, Fargo, N.D./Fargo South HS)
Finished with 103 career varsity wins…finished with a personal career-high of 37 wins as a senior…finished in third place at the Class A state tournament as a senior…all-region selection…six-year letterwinner.

Derek Helgoe (157, Big Lake, Minn./Big Lake HS)
Finished fourth at 160 pounds at the Big Bear tournament in 2014 after placing eighth at 126 pounds in 2013…picked up 75th career win on Jan. 30, 2015…was ranked eighth in the state at 152 pounds in Feb. 2015…finished with a 29-11 record as a senior.

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