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NDSU’s Monk, Kish, Wyoming’s Stroh earn 2014 Western Wrestling Conference honors

From left: NDSU coach Roger Kish, wrestler Steven Monk, and Wyoming's Benjamin Stroh earn 2014 WWC honors
From left: NDSU coach Roger Kish, wrestler Steven Monk, and Wyoming's Benjamin Stroh earn 2014 WWC honorsNorth Dakota State University (Kish, Monk); Benjamin Stroh's Facebook

North Dakota State wrestler Steven Monk and the school’s head coach, Roger Kish, along with University of Wyoming’s Benjamin Stroh, have been named winners of 2013-14 post-season honors by the Western Wrestling Conference Thursday.

In voting by conference coaches, Monk, NDSU 165-pound senior, was the unanimous choice for WWC Wrestler of Year… while his coach, Roger Kish, was chosen by his peers as WWC Coach of the Year. In addition, Wyoming 184-pound redshirt freshman Benjamin Stroh was named WWC Freshman of the Year for 2014.

Monk, originally from Wausau, Wis., completed his collegiate career in impressive fashion, earning All-American honors at the 2014 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships. His third-place finish in the 165 bracket is the highest national finish in North Dakota State and WWC history. Seeded No. 4 at 165, Monk scored three falls and a major decision at the championships. The NDSU senior went 5-1 at the NCAAs, bouncing back from his lone loss to eventual champ and 2014 Dan Hodge Trophy winner David Taylor of Penn State by pinning Virginia’s Nick Sulzer in the third-place bout. Monk completed his career as an NDSU Bison with an overall record of 134-24.

Monk’s coach, Roger Kish, who was named NDSU’s head coach in 2011, was named the 2013-14 WWC Coach of the Year… his second consecutive year of earning that conference honor. This year, Kish led his team to its first-ever NCAA West Regional/WWC Tournament title. The former University of Minnesota All-American wrestler took four Bison to the 2014 NCAAs.

Stroh made an impact in his first season wrestling for the Wyoming Cowboys, compiling a 28-8 season record, winning the 184-pound crown at the 2014 NCAA West Regional/WWC Championships. At nationals, the Wyoming redshirt freshman made it to the round of 24 as he finished with a 1-2 record. The native of Harlem, Mont. was undefeated in conference action with a perfect 9-0 record.

The Western Wrestling Conference is comprised of six schools including the Air Force Academy, North Dakota State, Northern Colorado, South Dakota State, Utah Valley and Wyoming. The conference formed in April 2006.

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