Augustana signs seven for 2011-12

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Augustana head wrestling coach Jason Reitmeier announced Wednesday that seven student-athletes have committed to compete for the Vikings beginning in 2011-12. Jon Gorter from Pipestone, Minn., Mark Vetter from Yankton, S.D., Brandon Chesnut from Onawa, Iowa, Riley McManus from Wayne, Neb., Zachary Friederich from Lonsdale, Minn., Lance Shaull from Tea, S.D., and Alex Burghardt from Watertown, S.D., will join the Vikings next season.

Gorter is a 2011 graduate of Pipestone Area High School, where he was a four-year letterwinner and three-year starter. He compiled a career record of 107-18 and was the Minnesota state champion at 215 pounds this past season. A two-time all-state honoree, Gorter was the first wrestler in PAHS history to reach 40 wins in a season after recording a 42-1 mark during his senior campaign. He was also the state runner-up at 215 pounds as a junior. Gorter is expected to wrestle at 197 pounds for the Vikings.

“Jon is a great kid who still hasn’t reached his full potential in wrestling,” Reitmeier said. “He has speed on the mat, and is exceptional at going forward and being offensive the whole time. Jon is still just learning the sport, which is impressive for a kid that has been in two state finals.”

A four-year letterwinner and starter at Yankton High School, Vetter captured a state championship this past season after registering a 31-4 record. He was also a two-time Eastern South Dakota Conference champion and one-time region champ. Vetter will wrestle at 141 pounds.

“Mark is a determined and hard-working kid who doesn’t know the word defeat,” Reitmeier said. “He outworks everyone on the mat and in the classroom. We are excited to have Mark’s no-quit, give 100-percent attitude joining our team.”

Chesnut is a 2011 graduate of West Monona High School. He was a four-year letterwinner and starter and holds a host of career records at WMHS, including career wins (163), wins in a season (46) and career pins (89). Chesnut was a four-time conference champion and three-time state qualifier. On the junior freestyle scene, he was a state runner-up and national qualifier. Chesnut will wrestle at 133 pounds.

“Brandon fits the mold of some our past outstanding lightweights—being long and lengthy,” Reitmeier said. “Being coached by his dad, who was a college wrestler, Brandon certainly will come in well trained and knowing what to expect at this level. We love Brandon’s size for a lightweight and look for him to continue growing in our program.”

A 2011 graduate of Wayne High School, McManus was a four-year letterwinner and starter who amassed a school-record 116 wins during his career. He was a two-time state qualifier and picked up a conference title during his senior season. As a sophomore, McManus earned AAU All-America honors. He will wrestle at 165 or 174 pounds.

“We have a lot of bright kids coming in, and Riley might be the brightest,” Reitmeier said. “Another extremely hard worker, Riley hasn’t met his wrestling goals and is looking to accomplish them in college. He brings intensity and passion for wrestling into the classroom.”

Friederich prepped at Montgomery-Lonsdale High School, where he was a four-time all-conference pick. He was also a four-year letterwinner and starter and totaled 146 wins—76 by fall—during his high school career. Friederich was a three-time state qualifier and peaked with a second-place finish as a senior. He was also named conference MVP during his senior season. Friederich will wrestle at 141 pounds.

Said Reitmeier: “Zach comes to Augustana with a ton of wrestling experience. He is well rounded and great in all positions of wrestling. We love Zach’s style, great position, controlling ties and how he can score from multiple positions. We are excited to have Zach join our team and could see him contributing immediately.”

Shaull is a 2011 graduate of Tea High School. As a four-year letterwinner and starter, he collected two fourth-place state finishes and one fifth-place honor. He holds school records in career wins, takedowns, escapes, nearfalls, pins and reversals. He was named his team’s MVP three times. Shaull is expected to wrestle at 133 pounds for the Vikings.

“We really like the toughness that we seen in Lance; he is just mentally tougher than most of his opponents,” Reitmeier said. “He has a relentless work ethic to go with his natural athletic ability. Lance is exactly what you want in a wrestler: hardnosed with a never-quit attitude.”

Burghardt was a two-year letterwinner and starter at Watertown High School, where he compiled a career mark of 82-48. As a senior, he captured conference and region crowns and was a third-place state finisher. He also logged a seventh-place state finish as a junior. Burghardt will compete at 125 pounds.

“Alex comes from a winning tradition in Watertown and will bring that winning attitude and confidence with him,” Reitmeier said. “We think Alex has a high upside and will continue to improve and get better every time he gets on the mat.”

The seven signees join Shawn Hatlestad from New London, Minn., Garret Heiberger from Hartford, S.D., JD Herst from St. Louis, Mo., Taylor Harris from Harrisburg, S.D., and Bret Johnson from Story City, Iowa, in Augustana’s 2011-12 recruiting class.

“(Assistant coach) Tom Meester and I are extremely excited about this year’s class,” Reitmeier said. “We added depth and talent to every weight, and we got the kind of kids that understand how to work–that shows in their results on the mat and in the classroom. In fact, this might be one of our most recognized groups for not only their great accomplishments on the mat but also in the classroom.”

Augustana finished third and had seven All-America honorees at the 2011 NCAA Championship. The Vikings, who took second at the Super Regional Three Championship, finished the dual season with a record of 14-2 and were the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference champions with a flawless 7-0 conference campaign.

Located in Sioux Falls, S.D., Augustana College is a member of NCAA Division II and competes in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference.

Eleven wrestlers to compete for RCTC

Eleven wrestlers have chosen to compete for Rochester Community and Technical College next season:

Weight Wrestler High School Team Class State Placings
133/141 Seth Johnson Blooming Prairie 2011 DNP
141 Grant Kyllo Zumbrota-Mazeppa 2011 5th-DNP
141/149 Zach Curry Chatfield 2011 DNP
141/149 Dakota Hanson Kasson-Mantorville 2011 DNQ
149 Holton Lubinski Elk River 2011 DNP
149/157 Zach Schreiber Kasson-Mantorville 2011 DNQ
157 Justin Buss Chatfield 2010 1st-DNP-3rd-DNP
165/174 Jared Peterson Windom Area/Mountain Lake/Butterfield-Odin 2011 4th-DNP
174 Chad Matthees Zumbrota-Mazeppa 2011 4th-5th
184 Juan Gomez Chatfield 2011 6th-DNP
285 Blake Arndt Hayfield 2011 DNP

Where are they going in 2011-12? – MN High School Recruits:

North Dakota State Coach Bucky Maughan Announces Retirement

FARGO, N.D. – North Dakota State head wrestling coach Bucky Maughan announced his retirement today after 47 seasons at the helm of the program.

Bucky Maughan“The NDSU wrestling program is synonymous with the Maughan name,” said Director of Athletics Gene Taylor. “Bucky has built a standard of excellence for our program over his 47 years that we will be eternally grateful for. He will be missed in the wrestling room but we look forward to his continued involvement as an ambassador for wrestling and our wrestling alumni.”

A National Wrestling Hall of Fame inductee, Maughan led the Bison to four NCAA Division II national championships in 1988, 1998, 2000 and 2001 as well as six national runner-up finishes. During the Division II era, he coached 21 wrestlers to 30 NCAA Division II national championships and had 19 wrestlers compete in the Division I Championships, including six placewinners.

Maughan also led NDSU to 17 North Central Conference titles, including a span of nine straight from 1982-1990, and coached 88 NCC individual champions. He was inducted into the Division II Wrestling Hall of Fame in 1997.

He also successfully guided the Bison into the Division I era. Since making the move to Division I in 2006, he has coached five Western Wrestling Conference champions and sent five wrestlers to the NCAA Divison I Championships.

Maughan, the winningest coach in NDSU history, finished his career with a record of 467-157-13. He led the Bison to three undefeated seasons in 1984-85, 1991-92 and 2003-04.

A native of Canonsburg, Pa., Maughan was a Pennsylvania state champion during his high school career. He was a two-time NAIA national champion at Minnesota State Moorhead in 1962 and 1963 and also claimed the 1963 NCAA Division I 115 pound championship.

Bucky and his wife Leota have two sons, Jack and Bret, who were both two-time All-American wrestlers at North Dakota State.