SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Former North Dakota State national champions Paul Carlson and Brian Kapusta, along with current NDSU senior associate AD and former Northern Colorado head coach Jack Maughan will be inducted into the National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) Division II 2020 Jim Koch Hall of Fame presented by Sanford Health, on Thursday, March 12, in Sioux Falls in conjunction with the NCAA Division II National Championship.
The NWCA Division II 2020 Jim Koch Hall of Fame class includes Northern Colorado’s Mike Leberknight, Chadron State’s Josh Majerus and Brent Hunter, Augustana (S.D.) head coach Jason Reitmeier, Carlson, Kapusta, and Maughan.
The trio pushed the school’s number inducted to 13 overall including former head coach Bucky Maughan, Brad Rheingans and Bill Demaray in 1997; Lee Peterson and Mike Langlais in 2004, and Steve Saxlund, Nick Severson, George Thompson and Ryan Wolters in 2016.
Here’s a look at Carlson, Kapusta, and Maughan:
Paul Carlson, North Dakota State / 149, 157 pounds (2000-2004)
NCAA Division II national champion at 157 pounds in 2003, coached by Hall of Fame and Cannonsburg, Pa., native Bucky Maughan … Three-time All-American overall, placing second in 2002 and third in 2004 … Wrestled in four NCAA tournaments overall … During his career, NDSU won the national championship in 2000-01, placed second in 2001-2002 and 2003-2004, and fourth in 2002-2003 …Three-time North Central Conference champion from 2002-2004 … Part of three North Central Conference championship teams in 2001, 2002, 2004 … Carlson ranks 14th on the all-time win list with a record of 98-37-0 … Holds the single match takedown record with 12 vs. Northern State in 2001 … As a freshman placed fourth in the North Central Conference tournament and earned a trip to the NCAA Championship.
State wrestling champion in 2000, state runner-up in 1999 at St. Francis High School (Minn.) … Selected to wrestle at the USA Dream Team Classic … Five-time all-conference, six-year letter-winner in wrestling at St. Francis finishing with a 127-18 record … Conference wrestling MVP in 2000 … Named the 2000 St. Francis High School Athlete of the Year … Three-year letter-winner at quarterback and strong safety, earning all-conference honors as a senior … Cadet Greco Roman World Team member in 1997, placing sixth at the World tournament … Cadet and Junior All-American in both Greco and freestyle.
Currently lives in Elk River, Minn., with wife, Caitlin, and their four children, Jackson, Connor, Riley, and Avery … Elk River youth wrestling, football and baseball coach … Former head wrestling coach at alma mater St. Francis High School … Branch manager at Hedberg Supply in Plymouth, Minn., a landscape and masonry supply company.
Brian Kapusta, North Dakota State / 118 pounds (1993-95)
Three-time NCAA Division II national champion (1993-95) at 118 pounds for North Dakota State, coached by Hall of Fame and Cannonsburg, Pa., native Bucky Maughan … Selected as the 1995 NCAA Division II Most Outstanding Wrestler … Also placed third at the 1992 NCAA Championships as a freshman … Four-time NCAA All-American … One of only two four-time North Central Conference individual champions in NDSU history … Named the NCC’s Most Outstanding Wrestler in 1992 and 1995 … Career record was 108-17 for a .864 win percentage, which ranks fifth all-time … The Bison won three North Central Conference championships in 1992, 1993 and 1994, and placed second in 1995 … In the NCAA Division II National Championships, the Bison tied for second in 1992, placed third in 1993 and 1995, and finished fifth in 1995 … Named the 1995 North Dakota Associated Press Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association College Male Athlete of the Year … Bison Athletic Hall of Fame in 2014.
Two-time Pennsylvania state champion in 1989 and 1990 at 103 pounds for Greensburg Salem High School … Named to the 1990 USA Wrestling Dream Team at 103 pounds … Placed fourth at 1996 U.S. Olympic Trials … World and Olympic circuit highlighted by 1993 Olympic Sports Festival and 1995 University National championships … Runner-up at 1995 University Nationals and 1993 Pan American Championships held in Caracus, Venezuela … Placed fourth at the 1993 U.S. Nationals and World Team Trials, and finished seventh at 1991 ESPOIR World Championships in Prague, Czechoslovakia … Resume includes stops as head coach at Greensburg Central Catholic (Pa.) High School and Norwin (Pa.) High School and as assistant coach at Ligonier Valley (Pa.) High School … Currently, the head coach of the Hempfield Area Junior Olympic wrestling program in Greensburg, Pa. … Volunteers at the Young Guns Wrestling Club … Still active on the mat, wrestling weekly with some of the nation’s top-ranked high school wrestlers.
Brian has a daughter, Hayley, who is attending Minnesota State University Moorhead … Brian and his wife, Shanelle, have three children, Riley, Lucas and Nico.
Jack Maughan, University of Northern Colorado, Coach 1987- 2008
Maughan was just 24 years old when he began as UNC’s head coach in 1987-88 … He inherited a team that was winless before his arrival and in his third season went 9-6 with a 10th place national finish to earn the 1990 North Central Conference coach of the year award … UNC went on to finish third in the nation in 1991, and he was the Division II National Coach of the Year with a fourth-place finish as host of the 1992 national tournament. Maughan was instrumental in bringing the NCAA championship back to Greeley in 1996, an event that broke the tournament’s paid attendance record … A past president of the Division II Wrestling Coaches Association (1997-99) and the National Wrestling Coaches Association (2002-05), he served on the NWCA board of directors for 10 years.
Maughan was also the head coach of the UNC women’s golf team from 1995 to 2006 and the men’s golf team from 1995-2003 … He was the North Central Conference women’s golf Coach of the Year in 2000 and 2001, and the National Golf Coaches Association Regional Coach of the Year in 2001, 2002 and 2003 … Maughan moved into a role as UNC’s director of development in 2008 … During his career at UNC, he was part of a fundraising effort that secured $5 million for wrestling scholarships and facilities.
The son of Hall of Fame NDSU wrestling coach Bucky Maughan, Jack Maughan was a two-time Division II All-American for the Bison with sixth-place finishes at 126 pounds as a sophomore in 1984 and 134 pounds as a junior in 1985 … He was part of four North Central Conference championship teams that finished in the top six nationally each year.
Jack Maughan returned to his alma mater as North Dakota State University’s senior associate director of athletics for development in 2012 … He was appointed as the sport supervisor for the Bison wrestling program in 2015.
He and his wife, Brenda, reside in Fargo with their three sons, Henry, Gus, and Sam.