The Northern State wrestling team increased in numbers with the announcement of 10 wrestlers that will join the program in the fall.
NSU head wrestling coach Pat Timm added the following wrestlers to his squad: Derek Mitzel (Aberdeen), Cole Schuelke (Willow Lake), Weston Resmen (Brookings), Blake Willman (Wessington Springs), Payton DuPlayee (Tomahawk, Wis.), Cody Nielsen (Oconto Falls, Wis.), Anthony Navarro (Rohnert Park, Calif.), Sean Havlovic (Bensenville, Ill.), Grant Steen (Puyallup, Wash.) and Austin Lubinski (Coon Rapids, Minn.).
Mitzel is a 2011 Aberdeen Roncalli graduate who was a freshman at Northern State during the last school year. Mitzel was a state placewinner in high school.
Schuelke qualified for four state tournaments, earning third place as a senior. A heavyweight, Schuelke topped Clark-Willow Lake in pins the last three seasons and compiled a career record of 135-40 including a 40-3 mark his senior season.
Cole has very quick feet for a heavyweight and that's something you can't teach, said Timm. He is going to have a great opportunity to train and learn from the best heavyweight in Division II.
NSU junior wrestler Matt Meuleners is a two-time national champion at heavyweight and a three-time All-American.
Resmen helped lead Brookings to a region championship and an eighth-place finish at the State A Tournament. An All-Eastern South Dakota Conference selection and 2010 state qualifier, Resmen holds the school record for most near-falls in a season. A member of the 2011 South Dakota team that participated in the Disney Duals tournament, Resmen is projected as a 157-pounder.
Weston is a kid that is looking to train and get better every day. He has a great attitude and works extremely hard. He is an athlete that will push himself to get better every day, said Timm.
Willman was a state placewinner in 2011 for the Wessington Springs-Woonsocket-Wolsey-Wessington cooperative in Class B. A three-time state placewinner, he posted a 29-13 record his senior season in 2011.
DuPlayee posted a career record of 170-37 for Tomahawk High School. A two-time conference wrestler of the year and two-time state qualifier, DuPlayee won four all-conference awards. A two-time team captain, he will graduate in the top three percent of his class.
I am very excited to get the type of person Payton is on our team, said Timm. He has a great attitude and will help us with much needed depth at the 197-pound weight class.
Nielsen attended Oconto Falls High School where he helped lead his team to a 2010 state title. He won an individual state title in 2011 and will wrestle at 165 or 174 pounds for the Wolves.
Cody comes from a strong wrestling tradition. We hope that he can bring his competitiveness and winning background to our program, said Timm. He has a ton of ability and I am looking forward to working with an athlete of his caliber.
Navarro posted a 34-3 season at Rancho Cotate High School last season and won a league title for the second time. He earned two first team all-conference honors and two team most outstanding wrestler award. He will wrestle at 174 pounds.
Anthony is a wrestler that I feel has a ton of untapped talent, said Timm. He is athletic and we look for him to push for a starting spot in his freshman season.
Havlovic's honors include four conference championships, three state tournament appearances, team captain twice and most valuable at Fenton Community High School. He compiled a 125-38 career record with 70 pin. Havlovic finished sixth at the Illinois state tourney and was a national qualifier in Greco Roman wrestling. He will wrestle at 149 or 157 pounds.
Sean is a very hard working and dedicated athlete, said Timm. He finds ways to get pins and that is a great trait that we are looking for in our duals.
Steen finished second at 145 pounds for Graham-Kapowsin High School in the Wisconsin 4A state tournament. He was a two-time conference champion and a region champ. His career record was 151-19. Steen was named the Tacoma Athletic Commission Athlete of the Year and has been involved in USA Wrestling freestyle and Greco Roman. He will wrestle at 149 pounds.
I feel that Grant has only scratched the surface of his ability. He is a dedicated and motivated individual. These characteristics are a huge plus, and I look forward to seeing him battle for a varsity spot, said Timm.
Lubinski earned all-league honors at Coon Rapids High School. He was a two-time team captain. Lubinski is expected to wrestle at the middle weights.
Austin is a well-rounded individual, said Timm. He will only help our team on and off the mat. He is from a tradition rich wrestling high school and we look forward to incorporating that characteristic into our team.