2017 Blue Hawk Wrestling Signings

2017 Blue Hawk Wrestling Signings

DICKINSON, ND- Dickinson State University Head Wrestling Coach, Justin Schlecht, is pleased to announce the signing of five additions to the 2017-18 DSU wrestling program.

Dirk Wolf

Dirk will be joining the DSU Wrestling team from Lemon High School, where he competed in 6 South Dakota State tournament and placed in those tournaments 4x's.  He is a 2x finalist.  Dirk will be looking to compete in the 125-133# weight classes at DSU. 

"I chose DSU because of the positive team atmosphere and how close to home DSU is." Dirk Wolf

"Dirk will be a great addition to our lower weights, he is a competitor that loves to train and get better everyday and every workout.  We are excited about Dirk and how Dirk handles adversity.  Dirk survived French Polio during his High School career, and still stayed very competitive during this time." Schlecht

Dirk plans to major in Business or in the Education Department.  

Cory Kistler

Cory will be joining the Blue Hawk Wrestling team in the fall of 2017.  Cory is a 3x State medalist in the state of Montana.   Cory wrestled his senior year at 152#'s  he will be a welcomed addition to the middle weights and will be a great addition both on the mat and in the classroom.

"I choose DSU Wrestling because DSU has great athletes in the wrestling program and great academics to go with."

"We are excited about Cory's future in the sport of wrestling, he finished his senior year with only 3 losses.  He will make a great transition from High School Wrestling to College Wrestling." Coach Schlecht

Cory is unsure about his chosen Major but is leading towards a Degree in Agriculture.

Tate Gatzke

Tate will be joining the Blue Hawk Wrestling team from Belle Fourche South Dakota. Tate is a 2x SD state qualifier and placed 3rd his senior year.  Tate will be a hard working guy to add depth in to the upper weights.  Tate wrestled 182#s his senior year. 

"I like DSU because I am away from home but not to far away, as well it is a very affordable school with a great wrestling program."

"Tate is a very hard working and dedicated wrestler he will be a nice addition to the team and will silently set an example of the work ethic required to be a Blue Hawk wrestler." Coach Schlecht

Tate is undecided on his major of choice.

Matt Carlson

Matt will be joining the DSU Wrestling team in the Spring semester of 2018, as he will be finishing his ND Army National Guard training this summer and coming fall.  Have Matt come back fresh off of his military training will help him maintain his fitness and focus.  He will be prepared for his first college wrestling season.  Matt wrestled for Bowman HS in ND, he has placed all 4 years of high school at the state tournament. 

"I chose DSU because of the relationship with coach Schlecht and my High School Coaches wrestled at DSU and were great influences on me." 

Matt is an excellent student with great skills on the mat.  Matt has a 3.99 gpa for his high School career.  Matt will be majoring in Computer science.  Matt will add depth and strength in the middle to lower weights for the Blue Hawks.

Brandon Claye

Brandon will be coming to wrestle for the Blue Hawks from Star Valley High School in Wyoming.  He is a 4x State placer (4th 1st 2nd 3rd ).  Brandon will compete in the lower middle weights between 141 and 149#'s.  Brandon will come to the Blue Hawks ready to learn and work hard in the fall of 2017. 

"DSU seemed like home since the moment I walked through the door, I believe this team and coaches will help me be the best I can be on the mat and in the classroom."

"Brandon is a hard worker who has no concerns about adversity except to move forward from it and learn from it.  We believe Brandon is a great fit with us as a Blue Hawk Wrestler," said Schlecht.