Three-time Minnesota state qualifier Will Johnson of Hibbing High School has signed a National Letter of Intent to wrestle and continue his education at North Dakota State University. Head coach Bucky Maughan made the announcement today.
Johnson is the ninth high school wrestler to commit to North Dakota State this year. He is the next in a long line of Hibbing wrestlers to come to NDSU, including Bison All-Americans David Calliguri (1988 and 1989), Tim Tekautz (1992 and 1993) and Jack Thompson (1993). His older brother Skip Johnson wrestled in a backup role at NDSU for two seasons from 2003 to 2005.
Will Johnson set Hibbing’s career records for victories (185), pins (99) and team points (841). He was named to the all-conference first team five times, including the Most Outstanding Wrestler award in the conference this year. He went on to place third in the state at 160 pounds and was selected to the state all-academic team.
North Dakota State was 11-9 overall and 4-2 in the Western Wrestling Conference this year. The Bison placed fifth in the NCAA West Regional and qualified three wrestlers for the NCAA Division I national championships.