Mankato, Minn. — Jim Makovsky, head coach of the Minnesota State wrestling program has announced that ten student-athletes have signed to attend Minnesota State this fall.
This group represents the largest recruiting class the Mavericks have had in the last five years.
“When we started the process of recruiting this year’s class, we had some very specific line up and depth needs that we needed to address,” said Makovsky. “We signed a talented group student-athletes and every one of them is hungry, humble and smart. We have a really good culture in our locker room and this group of guys is going fit right in. I think assistant coach Ty Eustice did a tremendous job in his first year as our recruiting coordinator and this year’s class is a direct reflection of the work he’s done in a relatively short period of time with our program.”
Brandon Moen (Owatonna, Minn./Eastern Michigan (NCAA))
Redshirted at Eastern Michigan in 2017-18 season (defeated 2018 NCAA DII All-American Tony Vezzetti (Notre Dame) at 2017-18 Michigan State Open)…Two-time Minnesota State High School Champion (3A), five-time state place-winner…37-0 record as a senior…Class AAA state champion at 182 lbs… Major: undecided…Projected weight class: 184/197.
Makovsky on Brandon Moen: “Brandon was looking for a program to continue wrestling at after the Eastern Michigan program was cut. Brandon is a talented wrestler from a local powerhouse program – we all feel this will be a great fit for our team and for Brandon.”
Cooper Siebrecht (Lisbon, Iowa/ Lisbon H.S.)
2018 state champion(1A) at 145 lbs. …Four-time state place-winner…Member of 2018 1A state team champions…Career record: 193-32 (including 51-5 senior season)… Major: undecided…Projected weight class: 141/149.
Makovsky on Cooper Siebrecht: “Cooper had a tremendous senior year – an individual title and a team title. He comes from a storied program and will bring a winning mentality with him.”
David Griffet (Mahomet, Ill./Mahomet-Seymour H.S.)
2018 state runner-up(2A) at 285 lbs…. Three-time state qualifier…Career record: 122-37 (including 77 pins)… Major: Law Enforcement. Projected weight class: 285.
Makovsky on Griffet: “Illinois is always a recruiting target and David is a great addition for us. Big, athletic heavyweights are a premium and we are getting both with David.”
Dylan Butts (Bensenville, Ill./Fenton H.S.)
2018 fourth place (2A) at 182 lbs. …Two-time state qualifier…Honorable mention All-State running back in football Career record: 118-25 (including 80 falls)… Major: Exercise Science…Projected weight class: 184.
Makovsky on Dylan Butts: “Dylan is a super athlete and competitor, he has the skills and attitude to excel and become a leader for our program.”
Max Villnow (Amherst, Wis./Amherst H.S.)
2018 state runner-up (D3) at 285 lbs. … Two-time state place-winner…Three-time state qualifier… Career Record: 162-28 (including 44-2 senior season)…Major: Engineering…Projected weight class: 285.
Makovsky on Max Villnow: “Max is a very dedicated student-athlete, he is motivated to improve and build off of his strong senior season. We are excited to have Max in our program, he will be a leader on and off the mat”
Brody Nielsen (Albert Lea, Minn./Albert Lea H.S.)
2018 Third place (3A) at 152 lbs. …. Two-time state place-winner…Three-time state qualifier…Career Record: 126-25 (including 79 career falls, 35 as a senior)…Projected weight class: 157/165.
Makovsky on Brody Nielsen: “Brody had a great senior season and wants to continue to test himself. Brody also comes from a very strong program, he expects to win and is not afraid to work for it.”
Bridger Kraye (Rapid City, S.D./Rapid City Central H.S.)
2018 state runner-up (A) at 182 lbs. …Two-time state place-winner…Three-time qualifier…Career Record: 125-44…Major: Engineering…Projected weight class: 174/184.
Makovsky on Bridger Kraye: “Bridger is another one of those kids that is very motivated on the mat and in the classroom, which is a focus for our program. Bridger is a strong young man with a great work ethic who’s best wrestling days are ahead of him.”
Lucas Hagel (Waseca, Minn./Ridgewater Community College)
Two-time NJCAA National Tournament qualifier at 125 lbs. …Major: Construction Management…Projected weight class: 125.
Makovsky on Lucas Hagel: “Lucas has a lot of college experience already so he wants to come in and prove himself. He will add a lot of competitiveness in our lower weights and we expect him to elevate his wrestling in the process.
Sam Horn (Eden Prairie, Minn./Eden Prairie H.S.)
2018 fourth place (3A)…Two-time state place-winner…Three-time state qualifier… Career Record: 107-19 (including 69-5 over last two years)…Major: Sports Management…Projected weight class: 285.
Makovsky on Sam Horn: “Sam is a big, strong, athletic young man; we think that he can develop into a very good college wrestler. Sam is eager to test himself against a higher level of competition and we’re excited to have him in our program.”
Ian Dembowski (Valparaiso, Ind./Valparaiso H.S.)
Two-time Indiana state qualifier (Indiana has one class for wrestling)…Career Record: 49-16 over last two years
Major: Undecided…Projected weight class: 141.
Makovsky on Ian Dembowski: “Ian has wrestled a lot and beaten some very good wrestlers from around the country. He is very motivated to compete against the best and we think his love for the sport will be a huge asset to our program.”
Under the guidance of Makovsky, who just completed his 25th season with the Mavericks, Minnesota State was the only wrestling program in 2017-18 to rank in the top ten in NCAA Division II at the national championship and in team grade point average. The Mavericks, who have posted a total of ten Top Ten NCAA finishes in the last 14 seasons, boasted a team GPA of 3.15 this year.