NCAA Division II Wrestling Hall of Fame inductees announced

Eleven former wrestlers and one coach will be welcomed into the Class of 2016 for the NCAA Division II Wrestling Hall of Fame on Thursday, March 10, at the Sanford Premier Center in Sioux Falls, S.D. The ceremony will begin at 6 p.m.

Todd Fuller
Individual wrestlers to be inducted include Augustana University's Tom Meester (2001-05) and Sam Herriman (1975-79); Matt Petsinger (1997-01) of Minnesota State University, Mankato; North Dakota State's Todd Fuller (1998-02), Steve Saxlund (1997-01), Nick Severson (1998-02), George Thompson (1994-98) and Ryan Wolters (1994-98); and South Dakota State's Pat Dorn (1985-89), Paul Konechne (1997-01) and Ryan Resel (1995-99). The one coach -- Jason Liles of South Dakota State (1993-2012) -- rounds out the list of honorees.

The Class of 2016 will be the 20th class to be welcomed into the NCAA Division II Wrestling Hall of Fame.

The Division II Wrestling Hall of Fame ceremony will be held in conjunction with a reception for coaches and dignitaries preceding the start of the 54th annual NCAA Division II Wrestling Championships. Tickets for the reception can be reserved at a cost of $25 by emailing Sean Derry at

The NCAA Division II National Wrestling Championships were first held in 1963. For the first 11 years, it was called the NCAA College Division Tournament. In 1974, when the NCAA started the divisional concept, approximately half of the College Division schools continued competing in the NCAA Division II Wrestling Championships and about half went into the NCAA Division III. Since 1963, there have been 53 teams crowned National Champion and 534 individual national champions.


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