DECORAH, IOWA – Garrett Bonte, a 2010 graduate of Glenwood City High School, is a member of the Luther College wrestling team.
Bonte is a returning starter for the Norse at the 165-pound and 173-pound weight class. He finished last season with a 31-9 overall record and a fourth place finish at the Iowa Conference Championships.
The Norse enter the 2012-13 campaign with 18 returning letter winners and eight returning starters, that includes one All-American from last season’s squad that posted a dual meet record of 13-5. In the National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) pre-season poll, Luther is ranked 9th in the NCAA III.
Luther is led by Dave Mitchell who begins a two-year tenure as the president of the NCAA III NWCA this year. Mitchell, who was inducted into the NWCA Hall of Fame in 2010 begins his 17th season at the helm of the Norse program. He is the all-time leader for career dual meet victories with record of 201-94-6. He has coached 46 All-Americans, eight national champions, four national runner-ups, 33 Scholar All-Americans and two NCAA Postgraduate Scholars.
Luther begins the 2012-13 dual meet schedule at home against #22 University of Dubuuqe on Friday, Nov. 30 at 7:00 p.m.
Bonte is the son of Dan and Lana Bonte of Glenwood City, Wisconsin.
The Luther College sports information department will once again video stream all of Luther’s home dual meets free of charge. The link can be found on the Luther athletics web site at http://luther.edu/sports.
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Luther College is a four-year liberal arts college affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America and is located in Decorah, Iowa. The Norse compete in 10 men’s and nine women’s intercollegiate sports.
As a member of the Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (IIAC) since 1922, the men have won 157 conference championships. In 1982 the IIAC expanded its championship sponsorship to include women’s sports. During this time span, the women have won 66 team titles. Combined, Luther is the first school in the Iowa Conference to capture 223 league titles.
More information on Luther College athletics can be found on the athletic web site at http://sports.luther.edu.