Lakeland wrestling welcomes six talented recruits
Athletics - posted on 3/31/2005Six outstanding high school wrestlers have announced they will continue their careers at Lakeland College.
Four wrestlers from Division III state champion Wrightstown will join the Muskies, along with wrestlers from River Falls and Sturgeon Bay/Sevastopol.
Lakelandís recruiting class includes:
Klister completed his high school career as the most accomplished wrestler in Wrightstown history. He finished his senior season 49-0 at 119 pounds and won his second state championship, becoming the first wrestler in school history to win two state titles. His 172 career wins is also a school record. The four-time state placewinner was named Wrestler of the Year by The Appleton Post Crescent.
Chrisí twin brother also won a state title (at 125) this season, and posted a 46-2 overall record. For his career he was 155-24 including two state runner-up finishes and a state placewinner finishes.
Klopp finished fourth in the state at 145 and was 39-6 this season. His career record was 125-49 and he qualified for the state meet three times.
Another state champion (at 140) who completed his senior season 47-1. This four-time state placewinner finished his high school career 161-19.
A state qualifier at 145, he finished his senior season 36-8.
Flok placed fifth at state at 145 and posted a 44-6 record his senior season.
Lakeland wrestling coach Peter Rogers said itís still early in the recruiting process, but heís very pleased with the outstanding freshman class Lakeland has already assembled.
ďAny time you can get four guys from a state championship team like Wrightstown you know the team is heading in the right direction,Ē Rogers said. ďAll of these guys have wrestled in high-pressure matches and have come out on top, and I am sure they can continue that success at the college level. Iím excited about coaching this caliber of wrestlers.
ďWe still have many more recruits that have had successful seasons, and hopefully in the near future they will decide that Lakeland is the place they want to continue their education and wrestling careers.Ē
At Lakeland, these wrestlers will learn and compete under one of Wisconsin's most accomplished high school wrestlers in Rogers, who just completed his third season as head coach of Lakeland's wrestling program.
A native of Oostburg, Rogers was 145-1 during his high school career, including three state championships and a state runner-up finish.
He then wrestled at The Ohio State University for four years, finishing 20-4 as a senior when he earned a third-place finish at the NCAA Championships. He was an assistant wrestling coach at UW-Oshkosh before joining Lakelandís staff.
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