The thought may be lodged in a deeper part of their memory banks, but West River wrestling fans know Chris Bono’s name.
The Iowa State graduate once finished as an NCAA runner-up to Philip legend and national hall of famer Lincoln McIlravy. In 1996, when McIlravy redshirted, Bono won a 150-pound national title.
Bono, formerly the head coach at Tennessee-Chattanooga and a longtime assistant coach at Iowa State, was hired as head wrestling coach at South Dakota State on Tuesday.
Bono, a three-time collegiate All-America selection, joined the Cyclones’ coaching staff in 1997 and was promoted to associate head coach in 2002. While at Iowa State, Bono recruited and coached four-time NCAA champion Cael Sanderson. He also was named the National Wrestling Coaches Association Assistant Coach of the Year in 2002 in helping lead Iowa State to a runner-up finish at the NCAA Championships, with five wrestlers earning All-America honors.
Bono moved on to Tennessee-Chattanooga in 2005 as the top assistant and was named head coach a year later. The Moccasins won three Southern Conference titles during his tenure and were ranked as high as 10th in the country during the 2008 season.
In 2009, Bono returned to Iowa State as an assistant coach for one season before stepping down to enter private business.
HARDROCKERS SIGN TRIO OF ATHLETES: The South Dakota School of Mines women’s basketball program added to its roster for next season with the signings of three recruits on Tuesday.
Brenda Brown, a 5-foot-7-inch guard who played for Minneapolis Roosevelt High School, was announced as the newest Hardrocker. Earlier in the day, the school announced the signings of Aberdeen Central twins Kelcy and Kayla Schaunaman.
Both girls were standout players for the Eagles, who took third place at the 2012 Class AA state tournament. Kelcy is 6 feet tall, while Kayla is 5-11.
“Kelcy and Kayla are going to give the Lady Hardrockers a real boost this upcoming season,” women’s head coach Barb Felderman said in a news release. “They are high-energy athletes with a lot of talent. They might look alike, but they each have their own unique style of play.”
As a senior, Brown averaged nearly 12 points a game and helped her team to a 16-9 overall record.
“Brenda will be a great addition to the Lady Hardrocker basketball program,” Felderman said in the release. “The last few years, she’s really developed her skills, which will allow her to do well at the (NCAA) Division II level.”
CHADRON SIGNS FOUR MORE GRAPPLERS: Two wrestlers from Wyoming and one each from Nebraska and Idaho have agreed to wrestle at Chadron State College, head coach Scott Ritzen announced Tuesday.
All four wrestlers who signed with the Eagles won state titles during the winter.
Bart Miller of Valentine, Jace Johnson of Boise, Idaho, Bobby West of Cody, Wyo., and Reed Burgener of Douglas, Wyo., join four other incoming wrestlers at Chadron State — Zach Denney, Bryce Wiedeman, Derek Pollock and Alex Klopp — who signed during the early signing period in November.
Both Wyoming recruits were two-time state champions.
Including the recent additions, the Eagles have now signed eight wrestlers for the 2012-13 season. The four who committed in November also had successful senior campaigns.