Dragons Add 5 to 2017-18 Recruiting Class

MOORHEAD, Minn. — Minnesota State University Moorhead wrestling coach Kris Nelson has announced the addition of five more recruits for 2017-18. This includes two Division I transfers and three high school standouts.

“I’m very excited to add this group of recruits to the Dragon wrestling program,” Nelson said. “It’s nice to add depth at 125 pounds as we only had one individual at this weight class.  Currently, we have seven of our 10 starters returning but feel these individuals will push for starting roles along with providing depth and making good workout partners.  We plan to add more recruits to this class by the start of next season.”

moorlogoMSUM now has nine individuals signed for 2017-18, including four who signed during the fall signing period. The fall signees bios are updated below.

Here are the latest Dragon recruits:
Weston Dobler (165, West Fargo, N.D./West Fargo HS/Oregon State)
Transfer from Division I Oregon State where he competed past two seasons…was 7-7 as a redshirt in 2015-16…two-time state champion in North Dakota…junior national All-American…all-state and team captain.

Cole Jones (125, Grand Rapids, Minn./Grand Rapids)
Four-time section champion…four-time MN high school state entrant, three-time placewinner (second in 2014, fifth in 2015, and fifth in 2017…team took sixth in state in 2017…180-27 career record, including 44-4 record senior year.

Joey Nerdahl (125, Coon Rapids, Minn./Spring Lake Park HS)
Two-time state qualifier…team captain…holds single-season takedown record for Spring Lake Park…finished with 97-33 career record…five-year letterwinner.

Tommy Walton (141, Fargo, N.D./North HS/North Dakota State)
Transfer from North Dakota State where he competed for two seasons…redshirted in 2013-14 and competed unattached for 9-9 record…as a freshman finished 8-7…two-time state champion in North Dakota…career record of 166-26.

Ryan Stenson (157/165, Lindstrom, Minn./Chisago Lakes HS)
Finished with a career record of 68-29 including 29-12 as a senior…finished third at Section 7AA tournament at 160 pounds.

Fall Signees (Updated bios)
Justin Dravis (165/174, Park Rapids, Minn./Park Rapids Area)

Finished with career record of 189-44…finished third in the state as a senior, pinning opponent in third-place match…team MVP…won Section 8A title and also all-conference as a senior…finished third in the state as a junior after finishing fourth as a sophomore…five-time cadet and junior Minnesota Storm national team member.

Remington Meagher (157, Long Prairie, Minn./Long Prairie-Grey Eagle HS)
Competes for Minnesota Storm team in spring and summer for six seasons…placed fifth in the section in 2013…finished third at Prairie Conference tournament in 2015…also competed at USA Wrestling Nationals…also lettered in football and track.

Bailey Mennis (141/149, Madison, S.D./Madison HS)
Three-time state placewinner in South Dakota, placing fourth in 2017,  third in 2013 and fifth in 2015…four-time state qualifier…finished with 184 career wins…holds school records for season wins (44), career wins (184), pins (93), takedowns 364) and escapes (135)…three-time Region 1A champion.

Mason Schulz (141, Bismarck, N.D./Century HS)
Finished 60-1 as a senior and won second straight state title…WDA champion and Wrestling Athlete of the Year…team captain…state champion in 2016 at 132 pounds…three-time WDA champion…192-20 career record…four-year letterwinner…holds state pin record with 39 pins as a senior.

Where are they going in 2017-18? Minnesota Recruits 2017-18

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