Dragons add a two-time state champion to wrestling program

Wahpeton's Eric Lehmann, top, has signed to wrestle at Minnesota State Moorhead

Minnesota State Moorhead has added a two-time North Dakota Class A state wrestling champion to its program, signing former Wahpeton (N.D.) High School standout Eric Lehmann.

Lehmann had a 145-46 career record in high school and was also a high school All-American. Lehmann is projected to wrestled at 184 or 197 pounds for the Dragons.

“He is one of the better recruits we brought in and we brought him in late,” said MSUM head coach Kris Nelson. “He could challenge for a starting spot at 184 or 197.”

The Dragons have also added Jesse Puncochar, who wrestled for Annandale-Maple Lake (Minn.) in high school. In his senior season, Puncochar had a 40-6 record and placed fourth in Class 2A at 152 pounds at the Minnesota state tournament. He is expected to wrestle at 157 or 165 pounds for the Dragons.

With the additions of Lehmann and Puncochar, the Dragons recruiting class has grown to nine wrestlers. Matt Doom (Paynesville, Minn.), Deven Loepp (Oakes, N.D.), Lucas Moderow (Fargo South), Jesse Munos (St. Paul, Minn.),  Zach Odden-Lemar (Central Cass), Raymond Orwig (Ellendale, N.D.) and Mario Tuccitto (St. Paul, Minn.) were added to the program last spring.

“I’m pretty happy with the recruiting class that we got,” Nelson said.

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