South Dakota State University head coach Damion Hahn announced that two high school state champions have signed National Letters of Intent, indicating they will enroll next fall and compete for the Jackrabbit wrestling program.
The signees are Joey Thompson, Maple Grove, Minn. (Totino-Grace High School), and Jack Thomsen, La Porte City, Iowa (Union High School).
Thompson has won a pair of Minnesota state championships, claiming the Class AAA 106-pound title as a sophomore while wrestling for Maple Grove High School and the Class AA 113-pound title last season as a member of the Totino-Grace High School squad.
In other competition, Thompson has been a two-time USA Wrestling All-American in the junior freestyle division each of the past two years, placing sixth at 113 pounds in 2018 and sixth at 120 pounds this past summer.
Thomsen has placed at the Iowa state meet each of the past three seasons, highlighted by winning the Class 2A championship at 138 pounds as a junior. He finished third at 120 pounds as a sophomore and seventh in the 106-pound division his freshman year.
In addition, Vermillion High School standout Lucus Anglin has been accepted for admission to South Dakota State and plans to join the Jackrabbit wrestling team in the fall of 2020. Anglin enters his senior season having won Class A South Dakota state titles at 126 pounds and 138 pounds in 2018 and 2019, respectively. Anglin also was a state finalist at 113 pounds as a freshman and placed third in the 106-pound division as an eighth-grader.
South Dakota State has had wrestlers earn All-America honors at the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships five times over the past three seasons. The Jackrabbits compete in wrestling as a member of the Big 12 Conference.