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Forum staff reports, Published April 04 2013

Kish, Sprenkle honored by wrestling conference

FARGO – North Dakota State senior Trent Sprenkle was named Wrestler of the Year and Roger Kish was named Coach of the Year in the Western Wrestling Conference, in a vote of league coaches.

Sprenkle capped off an outstanding 34-6 season with a fifth-place finish at the NCAA Championships. He had arguably the biggest upset victory of the tournament when he defeated two-time NCAA champion and three-time NCAA finalist Matt McDonough of Iowa in the round of 12. The ninth-seeded Sprenkle went an impressive 6-2 at nationals, which included wins over the third-seeded McDonough and the fifth-seeded Jarrod Garnett of Virginia Tech in the fifth-place bout.

Kish led his team to its first regular-season conference title with a perfect 5-0 league mark. He also led the Bison, 10-8 overall, to a second-place finish at the West Regional/WWC Tournament a month ago.