Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Gone, Lost & Forgotten: Their Best = Mayville State

Although the Comets of Mayville State  still compete in the NAIA, today they are in the North Star Athletic Association.  When they had a wrestling program they were in the North Dakota College Athletic Conference (NDCAC).  

Andy DeCoteau
167 lbs 

Also a member of the Football & Track teams, DeCoteau won four NDCAC titles for the Comets & four district titles.  In his sophomore season of 1981 he placed fifth at the NAIA tournament. 

Mark Carter
134 lbs 

Cater had a standout season in 1976 as a junior when he won a NDCAC title & took sixth place NAIA All American honors. 

Mike Holmes
134, 142 lbs 

A native of Mayville, Holmes was a hometown hero during his days on the mat.  Winner of three NDCAC titles, he was named the outstanding wrestler in his senior season of 1984.  Holmes earned three NAIA All American honors for the Comets, placing sixth in 1982 & then taking back to back fifth place finishes in 1983 & 1984.  Also a star in the classroom, Holmes was a two time Academic All American. 

Jason Deitchler

Deitchler earned two NAIA All American honors for the reflex blue & white.  He was fourth in 1991 & fifth in 1992. 

Roger Moe

Moe, who later became a Politician, was the first Mayville State wrestler to win a NDCAC.  He was also a member of the football team. 

Clinton Lein

A native of Concrete, Lein a captain of the Comet football team, was also a member of the wrestling team. 

Mark McLean

A member of the offensive line on the Comet football team, McLean was a four time NAIA national qualifier going 95-27 over four years.  He later coached football, wrestling & track at the high school level. 

David Strand

Strand who went on to coach forty high school wrestlers to state championships, wrestled collegiality for Mayville State. 

Jerome Berg

Jerome Berg was never a wrestler.  He never coached wrestling either.  His sports were football & basketball.  As a football coach he lead the Comets to an overall record of 62-20, winning NDCAC titles in 1959, 1960, 1961, 1964, 1965 & 1966.   When members of the football squad said to him that they wished that Mayville State had a wrestling program, it was he who took the necessary steps to make that happen.  He went about finding a space, getting mats & uniforms & hiring coaches.  

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