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NDSU Wrestling Preview

November 1st, 2012 by Tom

This year's NDSU wrestling team's members will look to build off the wins they were able to get last year. Last year, the Bison's returning wrestlers went for a combined 309-186 while being 49-54 in duals. Last year's members that are returning this season had a total 66 pins and will attempt to come out of this season with an even better total.

There are eighteen returning wrestlers from last year's team, some of which include Anthony Caputo (157 pounds, 18-11 overall, 0-0 duals, 5 pins), Tanner Carlisle (149 pounds, 9-5 overall, 0-0 duals, 1 pin), Mark Erickson (141 pounds, 22-18 overall, 6-9 duals, 2 pins), Paul Johnson (141 pounds, 0-2 overall, 0-0 duals, 0 pins), Kurtis Julson (174 pounds, 15-6 overall, 2-1 duals, 3 pins), Kallen Kleinschmidt (197 pounds, 10-4 overall, 0-0 duals, 3 pins), Evan Knutson (285 pounds, 21-18 overall, 4-11 duals, 6 pins), Steven Monk (165 pounds, 36-9 overall, 13-2 duals, 13 pins), Kody Sorenson (184 pounds 17-9 overall, 0-0 duals, 4 pins), Trent Sprenkle (125 pounds, 33-12 overall, 11-4 duals, 9 pins), Mac Stoll (184 pounds, 24-14 overall, 8-6 duals, 1 pin), and Hayden Zillmer (149 pounds, 21-5 overall, 0-0 duals, 3 pins).

There will also be eleven upcoming freshmen on the team and one new coming sophomore.

There are Monk, Sprenkle, and Stoll that are all currently ranked in preseason polls for the Bison. All of these wrestlers made it to the NCAA Championship tournament last season.

Monk is ranked No. 8 by Amateur Wrestling News, No. 10 by WIN Magazine, and No. 10 by D1 College Wrestling in the 165-pound division. Last year, Monk was one win away from All-America honors in the NCAA Championships and led the Bison in wins with 36.

Sprenkle is No. 9 in the Amateur Wrestling News rankings, No. 10 in the WIN Magazine rankings and No. 10 in the D1 College Wrestling rankings in the 125-pound class. Sprenkle was also one win short of All-America honors in the NCAA Championships last season.

Stoll is ranked No. 19 by Amateur Wrestling News and by WIN Magazine and No. 23 by D1 College Wrestling.

These wrestlers will look to help lead this year's Bison wrestling team this season that will start with an Alumni Dual in Fargo on Friday.

The first meet for NDSU will be the Bison Open on Saturday, November 10th.

Roger Kish named assistant coach at North Dakota State

September 20th, 2009 by WrestlingPod

Jenny Beam NDSU

FARGO, N.D. "North Dakota State head wrestling coach Bucky Maughan has announced the hiring of Roger Kish as an assistant coach. Kish joins the NDSU program after a successful wrestling career at the University of Minnesota.

"We're excited to have a wrestler with such an outstanding background joining our coaching staff," said Maughan. "Roger will be a tremendous help with our upper weights both on the mat and from a recruiting aspect."

Kish was a graduate assistant for the Gophers last year. Kish, a LaPeer, Mich. native, was a two-time All-American and two-time NCAA runner-up for the Gophers at 184 pounds.

He had a career record of 117-27 for the Gophers. As a sophomore, he went 35-7 en route to a Big Ten title and an NCAA runner-up finish. In his junior season, Kish was 37-3 and was the Big Ten and national runner-up. He was also a team captain.

Kish graduated from Minnesota in May 2008 with a BS in business and marketing education.

He was also a two-time cadet national champion and also captured a USA Wrestling junior national title.

At LaPeer West High School (Mich.), he was a four-time Michigan state champion. Kish is the son of Roger and Brenda Kish. His older brother, James, wrestled at North Carolina.

Penn State-bound Alton twins cap junior careers with freestyle titles

August 1st, 2009 by Tom

Penn State-bound twins cap junior careers with freestyle titles

by Guy Cipriano

Future Penn State wrestlers Andrew and Dylan Alton handled their last appearances in the Junior National Championships with the same demeanor they display everywhere else they compete.

They left the boasting to others. They didn't drop any tears as they left the FargoDome for the final time as competitors.

"I'm sort of glad it's the last time," Dylan said Sunday afternoon. "I'm ready to move onto the next level."

The Central Mountain duo will bring incredible resumes to Penn State in 2010.

Andrew and Dylan captured the 140 and 145 titles, respectively, during Saturday night's freestyle finals in Fargo, N.D. The twins shared Outstanding Wrestler honors.

The Altons spent plenty of time atop the Fargo podium. They combined to win nine cadet and junior freestyle and Greco-Roman titles. The twins captured junior freestyle titles the past two years.

Most wrestling experts consider the tournament the nation's premiere scholastic event. Dozens of college coaches, including Penn State's Cael Sanderson, attended this year's tournament, which started July 18.

Pennsylvania's presence in the event fluctuates, with some of the state's best wrestlers choosing to stay home and heal between grueling seasons. The Altons have never missed the tournament, although they didn't enter the Greco-Roman portion of this year's event.

"We never really practice Greco," Andrew said. "We just go out there and wrestle it. We wanted to focus on one style."

Andrew, coincidentally, met another 2009 PIAA champ in the finals, ending his tournament with a 3-0, 3-4, 1-0 victory over Blue Mountain's Josh Kindig. Andrew also defeated Kindig twice during this past spring's FILA Junior National Championships.

"He gets tougher and tougher," Andrew said. "This was the third time I faced him this year. He was a lot tougher for some reason. I knew I had to get my offense going."

Andrew and Kindig are friends, but awkward situations develop when they enter the same weight class.

"We usually don't speak with each other," Andrew said. "We don't know what to say."

Andrew went 12-0 on his way to the title. He also received challenges from Minnesota's Dylan Ness, New Jersey's Chris Villalonga and Wisconsin's Nazar Kulchytsky.

Dylan went 10-0, handling California's Vlad Dombrowskiy 6-0, 2-3, 3-1 in the finals. He defeated his first six opponents by either fall or technical fall.

"The title meant a lot to me," Dylan said. "I wanted to go out a champ."

The Altons were two of three Pennsylvania wrestlers to earn junior freestyle titles. Council Rock South's Josh Dziewa started a streak of three straight Pennsylvania victories by winning at 135.

Andrew and Dylan were centerpieces of a tight-knit Pennsylvania team. The group traveled to Fargo by bus, a trip that took 22 hours and Penn State assistant Troy Letters served as one of its coaches.

The team also included West Mifflin's Sam Sherlock, who orally committed to Penn State earlier this month. Sherlock dropped his opening bout, but recovered to take third at 130.

Once the tournament ended and the socializing increased, Andrew said the twins received multiple questions about Penn State's future. The Altons committed to the program in April, one week after Sanderson's hiring.

"We're both looking forward to it," Dylan said. "We can't wait for it to start and to get rolling through."

The junior national championships marked the duo's final tournament this summer. They are using the next month to relax and prepare for 2009- 10. Dylan is attempting to become a three-time PIAA champion. Andrew captured his first state title this past spring.

Sentinel’s Love signs with ND St. wrestling

June 15th, 2009 by Tom

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) " North Dakota State wrestling coach Bucky Maughan has announced the signing of Jake Love of Missoula Sentinel.

Love is a three-time state runner-up for the Spartans. He missed state as a senior due to a shoulder injury.

Love, who is projected to wrestle at 133 pounds, posted a 110-10 record in high school.

The Bison are an NCAA Division I wrestling team in the Western Wrestling Conference.