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North Dakota Wrestling Hall of Fame

2016 Inductees | Past Inductees


James Anderson, Velva

Mandy Antony, Fargo

James was born in 1963 and is a 1981 graduate of Velva High School. He was the second youngest of a family of thirteen, with five brothers and five sisters. Five of those brothers and sisters would leave this earth before age 30. All of them fans of the sport of wrestling. By the time James was a seventh grader he was donning a Velva High School wrestling uniform and struggling to eat enough to get to 98lb while sporting equally impressive skills with a yo-yo. This was the start of six consecutive years of top five state placings spanning from 1976 to 1981 culminating in back to back championships at 138# as a junior and senior. James was a 5 time regional champion. At the state tournament he placed 4th at 98# (1976), 5th at 105# (1977), 2nd at 119# (1978), 4th at 132# (1979) and first at 138# (1980-1981). James’ ND High School Career Record was 129-28-4. James continued competing in wrestling for two more years at the collegiate level then returned to Velva to marry his high school sweetheart Julie (Ellison) Anderson and continued pursuing his education at Minot State University. James has two children (Alaina and David). Throughout the years James stayed connected to wrestling as an occasional wrestling room dummy, a wrestling fan and much later as a coach. In January of 2011, James joined the Velva high school coaching staff as volunteer assistant coach and continues to coach today. He would like to recognize his late mother Phyllis, his coach Mike Norland, Dr. Richard Larson, Coach Dave Stewart, ‘George, Wade, and Chester’, fellow coaches Chad Barstad and Alex Schmaltz, and especially all of my teammates and family.

Mandy began her career in the sport of wrestling at Plains High School, in Plains, MT where she served as team manager. Mandy graduated from Plains High School in 1994. Mandy then attended college at Dickinson State and Valley City State where she graduated in 1999. Following graduation, Mandy contacted Bucky Maughan at NDSU and started working the Bison Open in 2000. This opened the door for Mandy to begin her long association with the sport of wrestling, at the collegiate and high school level. Mandy became instrumental at the state level, as she provided the expertise necessary to “Computerize” wrestling tournaments and completely change the landscape of high school wrestling in North Dakota. Soon after, Mandy was running the North Dakota High School State Wrestling Tournament. Pat Tocci, the Senior Director of the NWCA says this of Mandy: Mandy has been at the forefront in working with the NWCA, NDHSAA and Track Wrestling to develop a comprehensive weight management program and statistical reporting for North Dakota. Her expertise has been instrumental in North Dakota being a leader in the nation in this area. Her feedback and knowledge in developing best practices has been used by the NWCA and Track Wrestling to help enhance the weight management and statistical reporting in other state associations. In addition, Mandy has been the technology director for the NWCA at the NWCA National Duals on several occasions.  Currently, she is responsible for over 70 collegiate, high school, middle school and youth tournaments in North Dakota, Minnesota and South Dakota. Mandy also serves as the North Dakota “State Seeding Coordinator”. She is married to her husband Jake, and they has two children; a son, Logan and a daughter, Cora.

Jamie Garvey, Fargo North

Kelly Hagel, Carrington

Jamie Garvey was a state champion for Fargo North High School in 1997 who has great success on the national level. In the summer of 1996, Jamie placed fourth in the 220 pound weight class at the Junior National Wrestling Tournament. In 1997. Jamie was a Greco-Roman National runner-up losing to future Olympic silver medalist Garrett Lowney in finals. In 1999 Jamie placed 8th in the Greco University Nationals. Jamie was also on three Team North Dakota wrestling squads that placed in the top eight in the USA Wrestling national duals. Jamie attended Augustana (S.D.) University and became only the second wrestler in that school’s history to be a four time All-American placing 8th, 7th,4th, and 3rd. Jamie won the Gregorian Award by pinning the most opponents in the least amount of time at two separate NCAA DII National Championships (one in the dual tournament and one at the individual championships). Jamie credits his wrestling success to his coaches, family, teammates and opponents. He is a now a husband, a father of four children and works for the Fargo Fire Department in the Fire Prevention Bureau.

Kelly Hagel grew up on the family farm in Carrington, the son of Harlow and Ellen Hagel. He started wrestling in the seventh grade. He attended Carrington High School graduating in 1974. While attending high school, Kelly was a part of the Carrington Cardinal wrestling team. He wrestled from 1971-1974. Kelly was the 1974 state Class A state champ at 126 lbs. He went undefeated that year with a record of 29 - 0. Kelly continued wrestling at the college level for North Dakota State School of Science (Wahpeton) and Valley City State. Kelly has coached a total of 15 years in Carrington. Starting as an assistant coach in 1989, he became Head Coach in the fall of 1990. Over the years, he has held the head coaching job 3 different times from 1991-1995, then in 1997-1998 and then again in 2011-2013. He also was an assistant coach also in 2000-2001. Serving as the junior high wrestling coach from 2007-2011, they won 1 state title. During his head coaching varsity days, his Carrington wrestling team won 4 state team titles 1991, 1992, 1994, and 1995 and 7 region titles. His dual record was 67-12. He was voted Coach of the Year in 1994. Through the course of his coaching career, he has coached 14 state champions, 61 state placers and 4 college All Americans. He credits his success in high school wrestling, later as a coach and a business owner of Hagel Construction to his Head Coach Al Larson who had a marked influence on his life. Kelly’s family includes his wife Becky, Jeremy of Fargo, two stepdaughters –Erin and her husband Jason Sisson, grandson Calvin of Carrington and Liz and her husband Brandon Alberta, grandsons Bodie and Ransom of Yosemite Park, California.

Tom Krom, Jr., Northern Lights (Rolla)

Bucky Maughan, Fargo

Tom Krom graduated from Enderlin HS in 1974 and wrestled for North Dakota State University 1974 to 1978. He coached at Mt Pleasant HS (Rolla) 1979 to 1982 and 1986 to 1988. His family, which he calls the greatest family in the world, consists of wife Tudy, daughter Kristi Spanier, husband Cody and son Ely, son Matthew, wife Daley and sons Zephaniah and Zeplin, and daughter Kaylee and fiancée’ Nic Kloster. His high school stats include being 6 year letter winner, a 99-16 career record and a 50-1 over his junior and senior years, a 3 time Southeastern Conference Champion, 2 time Regional Champion and 2 time runner-up, 4 time State Participant, and a state champion at 167 in 1973 and a state title at 185 in 1974. He was a Scholastic Wrestling News All American in 1974. At NDSU he was a 3 year letterman and had a 27-21 career record at NDSU. As a coach at Rolla High School, he coached 4 teams to top ten finishes at Mt. Pleasant HS including 4th place in 1982 and was the North Dakota Class B Coach of the Year in 1982. He was the first person to have won multiple North Dakota State Wrestling Championships and be named North Dakota Wrestling Coach of the Year. He later coached his son Matthew to 2 Colorado State Championships.

Bucky Maughan was the head wrestling coach at North Dakota State University for 47 seasons and a significant contributor to the sport of wrestling in the state of North Dakota. Maughan was instrumental in bringing the USA Wrestling Cadet and Junior National Tournament to Fargo and making it the home of the world’s largest wrestling event for over 20 years. 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 Division 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.

Pete Murtaugh, Rugby

Wayne Scherr, Napoleon

Pete Murtaugh coached wrestling in Rugby from 1973-1990 while Rugby competed in the Class A ranks in wrestling. From 1973-79 Pete was the junior high coach and from 1979-90 he served as the head wrestling coach. Pete Coached 22 state place winners in during those years and in 1985 the Panthers finished 4th as a team in the State Tournament. Pete Served on the NDHSAA Wrestling Advisory Board and is a past president of the Class “A” wrestling coaches. Pete also served on the state seeding committee for two years. While in Rugby, Pete organized the Rugby Wrestling Club and with the assistance of the parents and the fans the Rugby Pee Wee Wrestling for the elementary students. Pete worked with the Rugby Eagles club to secure uniforms for the pee wee wrestlers. The elementary program produced 39 state place winners for the Rugby high school team. Pete emphasizes that he shares this award with his family, assistant coaches, wrestlers, statisticians, the Rugby wrestling club, parents, fans and Rugby school administrators.

Wayne graduated from Napoleon High in 1977 with a career record of 128-14-2. He was a 4 time state place winner including state title in 1977. He broke the state record for most pins in a season in 1976 in the 112 lb. retired weight class. He was also the state weight lifting champ in 1977. Wayne graduated from Jamestown College in 1981 with a degree in Business and HPER. He was a 4 time starter with a record of 96-34 and set the record for most wins as a freshman. He was a national qualifier and two time NDCAC Champ. Wayne was the official scorer for the ND state class B wrestling tournament several years. Wayne served as the head wrestling coach at Wagner High School in SD from 1985-1996. Wagner claimed state titles in 1992 and 1994. Wayne was inducted in the SD wrestling hall of fame in 2004. He was voted South Dakota Wrestling coach of the year in 1992. Wayne was instrumental in starting the South Dakota State wrestling duals. He served as chairman of the Wagner school board for 9 years and currently owns S & S Masonry. He is married to wife Candy, a retired physician assistant. They have three children: son Trevor, daughters Tresa and Tristen, and 4 grandchildren.

1975 Bismarck High "Demons"

The 1975 Bismarck High School wrestling teams was one of the most dominating teams in North Dakota history. 11 of 12 team members placed at the 1975 state tournament, 8 were state finalists, and 7 were state individual champions. The Demons were undefeated in duals and set the team scoring record in 7 of the 8 tournaments they entered, including the 1975 state tournament. Three wrestlers on the team (Lon Brew, Steve Martinson and Mark Reimnitz) finished as undefeated state champs. The four other state champions were Brian O’Hara, Dave Reimnitz, Brian Hanson, and Dan Woodward. Tim Pudwill was a state runner-up on the 1975 team after winning state in 1974. Other state placers that season included Dave Zinke, Rod Salveson and Greg Ocker. Jim Stroh was also a state qualifier for the team after being a region runner-up and teammate Lynn Roessler, who never was able to crack the varsity line-up, went on to be a junior college All-American and a gold medalist at the Junior Pan Am Games. Mark Reimnitz went on to be a NCAA Division II National Champion. His brother Dave went on to become a junior college national champion. Brew and Martinson also earned All-American honors in college. The head coach of the team was Jerry Halmrast.




Harold L. Peterson

Father of North Dakota Wrestling, began in Williston

Dean Bachmeier

First NAIA Champion from North Dakota, wrestled for Dickinson State.

Dave Stewart

First 4-time North Dakota State Champion, wrestled for Willison.

Bill Demaray

First NCAA Division II Champion from North Dakota.

Adrian Nelson

Williston Sportswriter who reported the 1st two State Tourneys from Williston.

Vern Gale

First North Dakota College Wrestling Coach, started at Valley City State.

John Pederson

Sportswriter from Bismarck who actively promoted wrestling in its early and formative years.

Jerry Halmrast

North Dakota's first National Wrestling Coach of the Year, a leader in North Dakota wrestling for many years from Bismarck.

Lee Petersen

NCAA Division II Champion from NDSU & Bismarck.

Gary Hoffman

NJCAA 2-time National Chamption from BJC and Ashley.

Ed Maisey

4-time WAC Champion for BYU, NCAA Division I All-American, State Champion from Williston.

Phil Reimnitz

NCAA Division II Champion from NDSU & Bismarck.

Tom Lowe

NCAA Division II placewinner for NDSU, 3-time State Champion from Minot.

Roger Kellar

First North Dakota NJCAA Champion, wrestled for BJC and St. Mary's

Tony Huck

2-time NAIA Champion for Valley City State College from New Salem.

Al Larson

Carrington coach started foreign exchange programs in North Dakota.

Don Lemnus

Valley City State College coach for 22 years, produced 44 Conference Champions and 13 All-Americans

Rodney Anderson

2-time State Champion and longtime promoter of North Dakota wrestling from Lisbon.

Malcolm McLeod

4-time NCAA Division III All-American and 1-time NAIA All-American from West Fargo

Mark Reimnitz

NCAA Division II Champion for NDSU from Bismarck.

Bill Barney

Longtime Fargo wrestling coach and co-originator of North Dakota Wrestling Hall of Fame.

Dean Hermes

Williston coach and co-originator of North Dakota Wrestling Hall of Fame.

Dave Haas

NCAA Division II placewinner from Valley City.

Kurt Lesser

NAIA Champion for Dickinson State College from Minot.

Paul Syvrud

3-time NAIA Champion for Jamestown College from Mandan.

Lon Brew

3-time All-American for NDSU from Bismarck High.

Andy DeCoteau

4-time NDCAC Conference Champion for Mayville State from Belcourt.

Gary Dietz

Bismarck Junior College All-American from Bismarck High.

John Christen

NCC Champion, NCAA Division II placewinner, Academic All-American for UND from Minot Ryan.

Kent Ness

2-time State Champion for Devils Lake, NDCAC Champion for BSC, NCC Champion for NDSU.

Mike Norland

Coach of 6 State Championship teams from Velva.

Mark Carter

2-time State Champion for Mayville-Portland, 2-time NAIA All-American, At Bismarck High, his 1991 team ranked #2 in USA & 1992 team ranked #1 in USA.

Randy Burwick

2-time State Champion for Dickinson, 4-time NDCAC Champion and 1985 National Champion for DSU.

Keith Burwick

2-time State Champion for Dickinson, 3-time NDCAC Champion, 1977 North Dakota Athlete of the Year.

Hank Pankratz

3-time State Champion for Dickinson, 2-time NDCAC Champion for DSU.

Mike Schaff

2-time NJCAA All-American. Ten State Championships at Bismarck High.

Jeff Schumacher

4-time All-American NJCAA and NCAA Division II. National NJCAA Coach of the Year at BSC.

Bert Gums

Coached at Garrison and coached 4 State Championship teams at Napoleon.

Troy Humphrey

State Champion from Carrington. Nationsal NAIA Champion at Western Montana in 1988.

George Bowman

2-time State Champion from Grand Forks Red River, NCAA Division I national qualifier for University of Minnesota.

Stan Halling

Longtime coach at Hughes Junior High in Bismarck. Coached many Century & Bismarck High State Champions.

Dave Mellen

All-American at Dickinson State College. Coached 21 years at Mandan High School

Charlie Wagner

State Heavyweight Champion for Bismarck High, 3-time NDCAC Champion, 2-time college All-American.

Terry Steiner

2-time State Champion for Bismarck Century. All-American and National Champ at Iowa.

Troy Steiner

3-time State Champion for Bismarck Century. All-American and National Champ at Iowa.

James Buchli

State Champion for Fargo Central, USA Astronaut.

Lance Koenig

3-time State Champion for Carrington and All-American at NDSU.

Brett Maughan

4-time State Champion for Fargo North, formerly held State record for consecutive individual victories (126).

Mike Armstrong

1970 Captain at Bismarck High, 2-time Rotary Champion, Founder of Dickinson Wrestling Club.

Nick Storhaug

State Class B 2nd Best Career Won/Lost Record (217-27) at Lisbon.

Duane Hennessy

Longtime Grand Forks Central Coach and Wrestling promoter for North Dakota.

Dan Unruh

Coach and veteran State Wrestling Official from Wahpeton.

Joel Vettel

NCAA National Placewinner from NDSU and High School State Champion for Hillsboro.

John Richter

1983 State Champion for Bismarck St. Mary's, 2-time All-American for Bismarck State College

Tom Christen

Williston High School Coach for 22 years, Overall record of 253-158-1, Longtime promoter of wrestling.

Mike Seeger

5-time Placwinner (1992 Champion), 2-time National Champion, University of Mary Outstanding Wrestler, NAIA and 1996 ND College Athlete of the Year.

Howard "Bucky" Anderson

One of two coaches to receive COTY Honors in both Class A and Class B, Coached several individual Champions at Napoleon and Bismarck Century.

Linda Anderson

Organized first Northern Plains Regional for Kids and Cadets, Served 25 years as Secretary to USA Wrestling of ND.

Clay Nagel

2-time North Dakota State Champion, Coaching record 304-83-5.

Scott Braun

2-time State Champion at Bismarck Century and 3-time Division II National Runner-up.

LeRoy Boesflug

State Runner-Up, Coach and Official.

Chad Renner

3-time undefeated State Champion at Bismarck, USAW Jr. Nat'l Freestyle Champ & Runner-up, NCAA Division I All-American at Oregon State.

Kasey Gilliss

3-time State Champion for Bismarck Century, 1995 Mr. Wrestler of North Dakota, High school record of 143-3; NCAA Division I All-American at University of Iowa

Garry Opp

8-time Region COTY, State COTY, 49 consecutive dual victories, 9 consecutive tourney victories, 1993 State Champions, 7 individual champions.

Ken Gabriel

3-time Rotary Champion & 1973 State Champion, Coached 5 State Champion teams and 41 individual Champions as assistant/head coach, and 4 Mr. Wrestlers.

Leroy McCormick

1981 State Champion at Bismarck, 1984 NDCAC Champion & 1985 NAIA All-American at DSC, 3 Mr. Wrestlers and 13 individual champions as HC at Century.

Brian Biel

3-time State Champion at Beulah, NAIA Runner-up 2000 and Champion 2001 for University of Mary

Dale Beckman

Coaching record 362-191-8, 27 Individual State Champions, 115 State placers during 32 years as head coach at New Salem, coached 3 National Champions.

Clint Lien

Larimore head wrestling coach for 31 years with 228 Dual and Triangular wins, 20 years elementary wrestling coach, 13 years wrestling official, 40 years Athletic Director and promoter of wrestling.

Ron Zehren

Four-year letterman at NDSU. Coached 28 years at Jamestown High School, 22 years as head coach with a record of 214-69-5.

Milo Trusty

Mandan High School's first State Champion, 110-11 career record at VCSU, pioneered 3 successful ND wrestling programs: Century HS, U of Mary and Matpac WC, 4 time National NAIA Coach of the Year at U of Mary.

Dave Hilliard

First 5-Time Lakota State Champion in North Dakota, career record 162-9, 87 pins, lives in Center now.

Kris Nelson

Two-time high school State Champion, three-time collegiate All-American, National Champ and MVP of the 2000 NCAA Division Tournament from NDSU.

Jeff Enzminger

High School Record 171-21, College Record 101-24, two-time State Champion, four-time Regional Champion and 1994 Outstanding Graduating Senior, two-time All-American in college.

Vince Ames

3-time UND letter winner at University of North Dakota. 23 years as head coach with a record of 292 -171-4. Over 40 years of involvement with wrestling. Inducted into the GFC Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2003.

Duane Barnhardt

2 time state wrestling champion for Century High School. Career high school record of 108 wins and 15 losses. All -American at Bismarck State College. 2 time All-American at University of North Dakota.

Dennis Friestad

Head Wrestling Coach at Valley City High School for 39 years. 2 time state wrestling champion for Napoleon High School. 4 time NDCAC wrestling champion for Valley City State University. NAIA All-American placing third at 157 lbs in 1965. NDCAC Outstanding Wrestler Award in 1965

Mark Pazdernik

High school record 197- 4 time high school state champion from New Salem. 1998 National Champ in NCAA Div II 3 time All-American from NDSU.

Frank Fish Coached 29 individual state champions and 3 state championship teams at Watford City.
Roger Loerch

Broadcasted 20 state wrestling tournaments and is “The Voice” of wrestling in Harvey.

Mike Peterson

Three time state champion, high school All-American from Carrington. Three-year letterman at the United States Military Academy (USMA), West Point

Dave Reimnitz

State champion at Bismarck High, Junior College Hall of Fame Member & National Champ (BSC),  NAIA All-American (Eastern Washington), Junior Pan Am Champion.

Ryan Wolters State Champion; Second Place-Folkstyle Senior Nationals; Second Place-USA Wrestling Greco Nationals; Three time All-American at NDSU including 1995 National Champion
Theo Shalesky

Long-time Hettinger assistant high school coach and head coach of Hettinger Kids Wrestling Club

Brandon Lemer

Two-time state champion from Harvey; three-time All-American at Jamestown College

Lee Nagel Long-time head coach in Wahpeton
James Kisgen Two-time state champion from Devils Lake; two-time NJCAA All-American at BSC; two-time NCAA D2 All-American at UND; Head coach of McKendree University since starting the program
Norman Kleppe

Head coach in Lakota where he coached David Hilliard; long-time assistant coach in Napoleon; part of the staff that coached Napoleon to six consecutive state dual & individual championships

Jack Maughan

Two-time state champion at Fargo North; two-time All-American at NDSU under father Bucky Maughan; head coach for 22 seasons at University of Northern Colorado

Dave Michaelson

Long-time assistant and head coach at Dickinison High; produced 15 individual state champions & 76 state placewinners; WDA coach of the year 4 times; state coach of the year in 2003.

Scott Owens Two-time state champion from Devils Lake; state Triple Crown winner; two-time Cadet National champion, three time Junior National champion. NAIA national runner up twice at U-Mary
Adrian Simmons

Two-time state champion from Grand Forks Central; coached Grand Forks Freestyle Club out of high school; four year wrestler at UND; three-time D2 national qualifier

Mark Slater

Three-time state champion from Minot Bishop Ryan; played football at the University of Minnesota and in the NFL for six years with San Diego and Philadelphia

Jason Wagner Two-time state champion from Carrington; US Army National champion; wrestled at the University of Minnesota and UND
Rhett Hilzendeger

Bismarck High state champion in 1972, All-American at Bismarck Junior College, conference champion at D-1 Arizona, All-American at Moorhead State

Bill Kelly

Started wrestling programs in Wyndmere and Enderlin; head coach at Central Cass from 1968-1976; middle school wrestling coach at Jamestown from 1976-2001

Rick Mellmer Coach for the Dickinson Wrestling Club for 25 years coaching 18 high school state champions and 10 triple crown (state freestyle, state Greco-Roman, & state high school title) champions
Chuck Seamands

128-25-1 career record at Hettinger High School including 65-0-1 record during his junior and senior years and state titles at 105 and 112 pounds

Dusty Swanson

Three-time state champion from Fargo South compiling a 128-28 reocrd and earning Mr. Wrestler in 1998; qualified for World Team Trials in 2005; wrestled at NDSU from 1998-2003

Rich Voegeli Three-time state place winner at Ellendale High School; All-American wrestler at Northern State in Aberdeen; wrestling official and wrestling broadcaster for Oakes
Jason Anderson Three-time state champion from Carrington High School; national high school honorable mention wrestler by ASICS; NCAA Division II All-American at University of North Dakota where he placed 6th; volunteer wrestling coach for Carrington and Jamestown wrestling programs
Delaney Berger Two-time undefeated state champion for Mandan High School; wrestled at the University of Minnesota; was a Freestyle Espoir National Runner up, Greco Roman All-American and University National freestyle All-American.
Ron Gadberry Long-time wrestling coach for Moorhead High School and Hillsboro High School; leading voice for the state dual tournament championships; North Dakota record was 241-89 with 28 tournament championships.
Cy Kittleson Assistant wrestling coach at Velva for 31 years; A two-time state place winner at Velva and went on to wrestle for NDSSS where he was a national qualifier
Kris Lengenfelder Undefeated state champion and runner up from Bismarck High; two-time NJCAA National Tournament runner up; two-time Division II third-place finisher at UND
Mike McCormick Two-time state champion and one-time runner up from Bismarck Century; Division II All-American at NDSU; placed third in Espoir Nationals in freestyle, second in the Junior Olympics in Freestyle and Greco, and third in the Junior Olympics in Sambo
Troy Sabot Four-time state champion from Bismarck Century; won the 1995 prestigious Ohio Ironman championship; All-American at North Idaho College
Lynn Forde Wrestling coach for 37 yrs; 304 career dual meet victories; ND Class 'A' State Championship 1997; Coached 23 individual state champions;4 NDHSCA Coach of the Year Awards
Ryan Kringlie Two-time state champion for Bismarck High; 122-22-1 career record; USA Wrestling
Cadet All-American in Greco; Junior All-American in Greco; 1991 Junior National Champion in Greco; wrestled at Oregon State University
Ben Berogan Two-time state champion for Bismarck High; 134-14-1 career record; NCAA
Division II All-American with UND; Academic All-American and graduated UND Cum Laude
James Belohlavek Dickinson State University wrestler; Mandan Brave volunteer coach for 30 years; helped guide 21 wrestlers to state championships; 1994 NDEA Outstanding Youth Service Award
Kirk Zink 89-7 career record with the Carrington Cardinals; part of 2 state championship teams; three-time regional champ; state champion 1992; 102-11 college career record with VCSU; three-time NDCAC Conference champ, two-time regional champ, three-time All-American; VCSU Athletic Hall of Fame 2012
Darin Giese Three-time state champion for Bismarck High School in the early 1990s; amassed a 106-12 career record; a member of the 1992 BHS team that was named ranked #1 in the nation by USA Today; four time letterwinner for the Nebraska Cornhuskers
Barry McCleary Head coach at Napoleon for 26 years; his teams won the state individual 9 times & state dual tournaments 6 times; team was named the ND High School Male Team of the year in 2005 & 2007; team won the Bismarck Rotary in 2007; coached 37 individual state champions and had a coaching record is 459-94-1 including 63 straight dual wins.
Eric Sabot Two-time state champion for Bismarck Century; member of 2001 state championship team; 2002 Mr. Wrestler Award winner; holds several Century season and career records and finished with a career record of 193-15 including 88 straight wins over his final two seasons
Jeramie Welder Two-time state champion for Bismarck High, state champ in 1991 and 1993; Mr. Wrestler award in 1993; compiled a 134-12 high school career record including 79 pins; member of the 1992 team that was ranked #1 in the nation by USA Today.
1988 Bis. Century "Patriots" First team to be inducted into the North Dakota High School Wrestling Hall of Fame; in 13 weight classes, the Patriots sent nine wrestlers to the finals and crowned five state champions; 12 of the 13 Century state qualifiers placed in the top 6 at state; team scored 299 points at state; team won the prestigious Minnesota Christmas tourney by over 100 points; the largest margin of victory ever at that tournament.
James Anderson Velva graduate with six years of top five state placings from 1976-81; state champion at 138 as a junior and senior; 5 time regional champion; high school career record of 129-28-4; volunteer coach at Velva
Mandy Antony Instrumental in "computerizing" wrestling around North Dakota and the US; works with the NWCA, NDHSAA and Track Wrestling to develop a comprehensive weight management program and statistical reporting for North Dakota
Jamie Garvey State champion from Fargo North and four-time All-American at Augstana (SD) College; Two-time national juniors placewinner; on three Team ND squads that placed in the top eight in national duals
Kelly Hagel Carrington wrestler from 1971-1974, undeated state Class A state champ at 126; wrestled at NDSSS and Valley City State; coached a total of 15 years in Carrington winning four state titles (1991, 1992, 1994, 1995) with a dual record was 67-12.
Tom Krom, Jr. Graduated from Enderlin HS in 1974 and wrestled for NDSU 1974-78; coached at Mt Pleasant HS (Rolla) 1979-82 and 1986-88; a 99-16 high school career record and a 50-1 over his junior and senior years; state champion in 1973 & 74; a Scholastic Wrestling News All American in 1974.
Bucky Maughan Head wrestling coach at NDSU for 47 seasons; instrumental in bringing the USA Wrestling Cadet and Junior National Tournament to Fargo; National Wrestling Hall of Fame inductee
Pete Murtaugh Head wrestling coach in Rugby from 1973-1990 while Rugby competed in the Class A ranks in wrestling; coached 22 state place winners and in 1975 the Panthers finished 4th as a team in the State Tournament
Wayne Scherr Graduated from Napoleon High in 1977 with a career record of 128-14-2; was a four-time state place winner including state title in 1977; wrestled at Jamestown College; longtime head coach at Wagner (SD) High School leading team to two state championships
1975 Bismarck High "Demons" 11 of 12 team members placed in 1975 state tournament, 8 were state finalists, and 7 were state individual champions; were undefeated in duals and set the team scoring record in 7 of the 8 tournaments they entered

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