Posted 8 months ago
By John Axtell
Chadron State head coach wrestling coach Brett Hunter has signed 6 more high school seniors to letters of intent, bringing his 2013 recruiting class to 10…including 3 Nebraskans who signed during the early signing period last November.
The new group includes Caleb Copeland and Joshua Miller of Bennett, Colo., Garret Bowder of Pender, Trent Kasbohm of Central City, Rulon Taylor of Curtis and Alan Heidinger of Box Elder, S.D.
All were state champions this year except Kasbohm…who was runner-up…and like all 3 of the November signees…Central City’s Jake Anderson and Jacob Brown and Amherst’s Stuart Hircock. Copeland and Bowder are 2-time state champions.
Hunter is excited about adding the 9 newcomers to a solid core of returning Eagles who are led by 3-time national qualifier and 2013 All-American Jordan Debus.
Caleb Copeland was 159-15 in high school and is currently ranked 12th nationally at 170 pound by USA Wrestling Magazine. Hunter says he is an excellent student has all the tools and mentality to “be one of the greats” at CSC, where he’s expected to wrestle at 165 or 174.
The Copeland name is familiar to Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference fans as older brother Elliott was a 2-time All-American at Western State.
Joshua Miller, Copeland’s high school teammate, placed in the top 5 at state all 3 years…capping his run with the title this year. He holds the Colorado state record for most wins in a season with 51 and in a career with a 170-28 record. Hunter calls him “a proven winner,” and expects Miller to compete at 133 or 141 pounds.
Garrett Bowder capped off a perfect 44-0 senior year with his second straight 125-pound title to finish his prep career at 146-12. The 15th-best wrestler in Nebraska according to Huskermat, he never finished lower than 3rd at state and earned a bronze medal at the Northern Plains Freestyle tourney.
Hunter thinks Bowder’s potential is unlimited…calling him “a diamond in the rough” and “one of the toughest kids I know.”
Trent Kasbohm, a heavyweight, didn’t compete as a freshman or sophomore but still wound up with 65 victories and a 2nd-place finish this year. Hunter says he has “all the tools to be successful.”
197-pound Rulan Taylor was named the 2013 North Platte Telegraph Wrestler of the Year…going 40-0 and winning a state title after being the runner-up a year earlier. In addition to a 149-32 career record in wrestling, he was also an all-state football player. Hunter says he has great potential and a bright future.
Alan Heidinger took this year’s South Dakota Class AA 125-pound title for Rapid City Central, where he was 142-49 over his career. Hunter calls him “a gifted wrestler” who adds great depth to the Eagles at the lighter weights.