FARGO, N.D. – North Dakota State University head wrestling coach Roger Kish announced today the addition of four-time Wisconsin state champion 138-pounder Sam Stuhl (Ellsworth, Wis. / Ellsworth H.S.) to the 2018 Bison wrestling recruiting class.
Stuhl joins Austin Brenner, St. Cloud, Minn. (St. Cloud Tech); Noah Cressell, Wabash, Ind. (Wabash H.S.); Dylan Droegemueller, Champlin, Minn. (Anoka H.S.); Jared Franek, West Fargo, N.D. (West Fargo H.S.) and Jimmy Noel, St. Louis, Mo. (Pulaski Academy, Little Rock, Ark.), who signed in November.
SAM STUHL, 138 pounds (High School) / 141 (Projected College), Ellsworth, Wis. (Ellsworth H.S.) … Four-time Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Association Division II state champion, once at Prescott High School and three times at Ellsworth High School … Became the 16th four-time state champion in Wisconsin high school history … Moved up the weight class ladder, starting with an individual championship at 120 pounds in 2015 at Prescott, then 126, 132 and 138-pounds at Ellsworth from 2016 to 2018 … Member of two state championship teams in 2016 and 2017, state runner-up in 2018 … Compiled a 170-12 record in four years of competition including matching the school single-season record with 48-0 ledger … Two-time captain for Ellsworth High School … Representing PINnacle Wrestling, he placed seventh at 138 pounds in the 2018 USAW Folkstyle Nationals on March 29-31 in Cedar Falls … Runner-up at 138 pounds in the junior division of the 2017 Wisconsin Wrestling Federation Freestyle State Championships, while finishing third in Greco-Roman … Member of National Honor Society … Brother, Alex wrestled at NDSU … Related to Dave Clymer, who was 1998 NCAA Division II All-American at heavyweight.
North Dakota State finished the season with a 7-10 record overall including 1-7 in the Big 12 Conference including top 20 wins over then No. 18-ranked Central Michigan and No. 12 Cornell. The Bison finished fifth at the Big 12 Championships led by conference runner-up performances by 157 Clay Ream and 165 Andrew Fogarty. Four NDSU wrestlers – 125 Paul Bianchi, 133 Cam Sykora, Ream, and Fogarty – advanced to the NCAA tournament in Cleveland. Ream was named the Elite 90 Award winner for the third straight year.
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