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Garrett Bonte finishes 80-39 after four years as a Norse

By Kelsie Hoitomt

GLENWOOD CITY – Garrett Bonte wrapped up his career as a Luther Norse with a record of 80-39 with 30 falls while wrestling at 165 pounds over the past four years.

Bonte’s dreams of reaching the Regional tournament and onto Nationals one last time were cut short earlier this year after a knee injury put a halt to his plans.

Bonte wrestled through the pain until he decided it was time to call it quits, hang up the head gear and have surgery after his final match on February 7, 2014.

As a senior, Garrett made sure to go out with a bang. His final match ended in 20 short seconds after he stuck Keegan Overbey of Central College for the win.

The Norse went on to win the dual 36-7, which wrapped up their regular season in the Iowa Conference and sent them into the championship finals as the number three seed.

Garrett is a two-year letter winner for the Norse. In his junior year, he qualified for the national meet and finished one match away from earning All-American honors. He was named All-Iowa Conference and posted a career record of 68-32 that season.

Dave Mitchell, the head coach and president of the NCAA Division III National Wrestling Coaches Association, praised Garrett as a talented wrestler and huge contributor to the team.

“When healthy in the room, he wrestled at a very high level and it hurt our team a great deal when he wasn’t in our lineup,” said Mitchell.

Garrett will graduate from Luther College this May and then he has his sights set on enrolling into graduate school.