Ersland, Purdue poised to become a top 10 program


Don’t be surprised if the Purdue University wrestling team ends up in the top 10 next season.

The Boilermakers, coached by Humboldt native Tony Ersland, saw their greatest gain this past season in Ersland’s sixth season leading the program.

Purdue, ranked as high as 13th in the nation this past season, finished the year ranked 15th and posted an overall dual record of 12-5, including 5-4 in the rugged Big Ten Conference. All of its losses were to highly ranked teams.

“It was a bit of a breakthrough year for us during my tenure and even for Purdue in its overall history. Our kids did some things that hadn’t been done going back 50 years,” Ersland said.

“For us it was great that we finished in the top half of the Big Ten Conference. That hasn’t been done since 1992 at Purdue. I was in high school the last time Purdue finished that high,” said Ersland, a 1992 Humboldt High School graduate.


Christensen Golf Academy receives national honor

Humboldt native Mark Christensen (upper left) is shown in this photo taken with his family at Christmas time. Also pictured, Mark’s wife, Mary (lower left), his daughter, Anne Marie Anderson and son-in-law, Dustin Anderson. Submitted photo.

Mark Christensen has had a lifelong passion for playing golf and it clearly shows.

The 1980 Humboldt High School graduate, who for 14 years has operated Christensen Golf Academy in Quincy, IL, earned yet another honor last month when he received the 2019 PGA Junior League Program of the Year Award.

One of the top 25 programs in the nation, his academy was the eighth biggest program nationally and the largest in the PGA Gateway Section, which encompasses parts of Illinois and Missouri.

“I was honored because I essentially had a lot of kids,” Christensen said. “I have a really big PGA junior league program for kids ages 6-13. I have teams at three different courses in the Quincy area.”

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Spring sports schedule changes for Iowa high schools

Humboldt High senior Donovan Froisland hurls the shot during the Wildcats' indoor home track meet on March 13 at the recreation center. It has been the only meet of the season for the Wildcats due to the suspended spring season due to the Coronavirus pandemic. The spring sports seasons are now tentatively slated to begin on May 1. Independent photo by Phil Monson.

The Iowa High School Athletic Association and the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union have announced a new schedule for the suspended spring sports season.
Because of the Coronavirus pandemic, school has been suspended until April 30. Classes will tentatively resume on Friday, May 1.
To stay in line with the school schedule, the IHSAA and the IGHSAU have announced all spring sports will resume on May 1 with the first competition date on May 4.
Post-season for boys’ golf will be May 26 for sectionals and June 1 for districts. State meets will take place June 8-9.
Post-season for girls and boys track and field will be May 28, with the state meet scheduled for June 4-6 in Des Moines.
Post-season for girls’ golf takes place May 29 and June 5, with the state meets to be held June 11-12.


Humboldt football schedule announced by state

Humboldt head football coach Derrick Elman congratulates his players as they return to the sideline after scoring in a game last fall at Mason Maach Field in Humboldt. Independent photo.

Wildcats open Aug. 28 at Algona

Homecoming Oct. 2 vs. Webster City


Dresser has Cyclone wrestling on the move


By Phil Monson


Iowa State and Purdue to wrestle in Humboldt in December

It is now official, the Iowa State Cyclones and the Purdue Boilermakers will wrestle in a dual meet inside the Humboldt gym on Sunday, December 20.

Not only will it be a possible top 10 matchup of up end coming Division I-A programs, it will be a homecoming for ISU head coach Kevin Dresser and Purdue head coach Tony Ersland.

Dresser won two state titles for Humboldt in 1980-81 and Ersland won titles in 1991-92.

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Larson joins Pittsburg State football staff

Humboldt native and Pittsburg State University offensive line coach Bryan Larson (right) gives instructions during a spring ball practice session in early March. Larson joined the coaching staff back in December.

By Phil Monson

The last four months have been a whirlwind for Bryan Larson but the Humboldt native wouldn’t have it any other way.
Larson, a 2013 Humboldt High School graduate and 2017 graduate of Iowa State University, is now the offensive line coach and run game coordinator at Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg, KS.
Pittsburg, located in the southeast corner of Kansas, is an NCAA Division II school in the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association.
“I’m really excited. Since I took the job here on Dec. 12, it is a fantastic job and a fantastic community. Coach Brian Wright, the new head football coach, gave me the opportunity to come here and as he has put a new staff together, it has been a really positive experience,” Larson said.
“It is certainly a big challenge, but that’s what excites me as we go about this,” Larson said.


Awards distributed at Wildcat wrestling banquet

Humboldt High School wrestling coach Chad Beaman (right) presented the Michelle Jensen Memorial Scholarship ($1,000) to senior Cole Nelson. Nelson placed 3rd at 106 pounds in the Class 2A state tournament back on February 22. Independent photo.

The Humboldt High School Wrestling Banquet, held March 10, was a night to celebrate a bevy of accomplishments.
Conference dual Co-Champs, winners of 20 plus duals for the fourth straight year, 90 dual wins for the career of the senior class, State Duals qualifiers, the first ever Girls State Champion in Kendal Clark and third place state finisher Cole Nelson. Those were a few of the many accolades earned by the HHS wrestling teams.
But it wasn’t all celebration as head coach Chad Beaman had a message for his wrestlers.
“We want to get right back in the mix. We have a lot of work to do,” Beaman said. “I’ve already got 10 or 11 things we are going to do different in practice. We were good. We need to get better.”
Beaman encouraged the underclassmen to make great decisions over the next eight months, work on their grades and put in the time in the off season.


Fischer, Heinz named 2nd team all-conference

Sam Fischer (left), Jamison Heinz (center) and Jacob Thurm were named to the coaches' all-conference team. They were recognized at the team banquet on March 10.

Jacob Thurm on 3rd team


Wildcat boys 3rd in season track opener

Humboldt's Aiden Christensen clears the bar in the high jump competition of the Nielsen Family Indoor track meet at the recreation center in Humboldt on March 13. Christensen jumped 5-4 and finished second. Independent photo.

Humboldt won four events and placed third in the team scoring of their indoor season-opening track meet held Friday night (March 13) inside the Nielsen Family Recreation Center.

Expecting to get a challenge from Class 3A power Carlisle and conference foe Webster City, the Wildcats got just that as they finished with 107 team points. Carlisle totaled 163.5 and Webster City was next with 111. Garner-Hayfield/Ventura placed fourth with 57.5 while Clarion-Goldfield-Dows (47) and Eagle Grove (41) round out the scoring.

Humboldt's individual champions were Cale Hundertmark in the 200-meters (25.11) and Quinton Orr in the 1,600-meters (4:38.64).

Humboldt also won the 4x800 meter relay (Trevor Jacobson, Eric Wittrock, Carter Theesfeld, Orr) in 8:47.25 and the 4x400 meter relay (Hundertmark, Wittrock, Aiden Christensen, Matt Miller) in 3:43.85.

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