MOORHEAD, Minn. — Minnesota State University Moorhead head wrestling coach Kris Nelson has announced the Dragons’ 2013-14 recruiting class. Seven prep standouts will join the MSUM program starting this fall.
Joining the Dragons will be prep standouts Blake Bosch of Wishek, N.D., Dylan Bowen of Hillsboro, N.D., Garret Hoffner of Mahnomen, Minn., Kyle Johnson of Barnesville, Minn., Jorge Munoz-Pederson of Kerkhoven, Minn., Shane Novak of New York Mills, Minn., and Tyler Schlosser of Parkers Prairie, Minn.
“We’re very excited to welcome these student-athletes to MSUM and to the Dragon wrestling program,” Nelson said. “We look forward to working with them. Not only do these wrestlers have great wrestling credentials, they also do very well in the classroom.
“The 125-pound weight class was one we were looking for. We’ve added two guys there in Blake Bosch and Shane Novak and we could potentially have some depth. We also were looking for some depth and competition in our upper weights and we feel we’ve added that.”
Nelson said it’s possible the Dragons may add more recruits to the class this summer.
Here is a look at the Dragon recruits. Weight class listed is projected weight class at MSUM:
Blake Bosch, 125/133 pounds, Wishek, N.D. (South Border)
North Dakota career wins leader (240-26 record)…three-time North Dakota Class B State Champion..finished with 93-0 record over final two seasons…Rumble on the Red Champion in 2012 at 126 pounds.
Dylan Bowen, 174 pounds, Hillsboro, N.D. (Hillsboro)
North Dakota Class B runner-up at 170 pounds in 2013…placed fifth in the state at 170 pounds as a junior…state record holder for most pins in 170-pound weight class…finished with 110 career wins and 81 career pins.
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Garret Hoffner, 157 pounds, Mahnomen, Minn. (Mahnomen/Waubun)
Finished with 218-32 career record…2013 Minnesota Class A champion at 152 pounds and finished with 45-0 mark as a senior…six-time state tournament qualifier…placed sixth as a junior and fifth as a sophomore…competed at USA Wrestling Nationals twice…named top Academic All-State wrestler by the Guillotine.
Kyle Johnson, 285 pounds, Barnesville, Minn. (Barnesville)
Two-time Minnesota Class A state tournament entrant…finished fourth in the state at 220 pounds in 2013…finished 36-6 as a senior after going 32-13 as a junior…named Barnesville’s Most Valuable Wrestler in 2013.
Jorge Munoz-Pederson, 197 pounds, Kerkhoven, Minn. (Kerkhoven-Murdock Sunburg)
State qualifier at 195 pounds in Class A…finished with 31-13 record as a senior…helped KMS reach state tournament as a team in 2013.
Shane Novak, 125 pounds, New York Mills, Minn. (New York Mills)
Class A state champion at 113 pounds as a junior…two-time state runner-up…five-time state participant…finished with 190-29 career record and is school record holder for wins…finished 84-7 over final two years of high school.
Tyler Schlosser, 197 pounds, Parkers Prairie, Minn. (Prairie Valley)
Two-time state qualifier…finished with 65-15 record over final two years of high school career…competed at 2012 NHSCA Nationals Folk Tournament.
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