MHS 1991 wrestling team honored
By LARRY LEEDS, Sports Editor
The Madison High School 1991 wrestling team was the team inducted into the Madison High School Hall of Fame. The team was 17-0 in the dual season and placed first in each tournament leading up to the region tournament.|
"It all started with winning in pee-wee wrestling," said Tom Jacobs, at the Hall of Fame Banquet on Saturday night.
"It was a long process getting to 1991."
Here is a look at the 1991 team:
-- Coach John Collignon, is a retired teacher/coach/athlete of Madison High School as well as an MHS Hall of Famer. John and his wife Linda were owners of the Closet Shoppe. The Collignons had a son Scott (Brooke) and two daughters, JT and Maddy; Sara (Tim) and their two sons, Tate and Sawyer; and Suzy (Max). The Collignons live on Lake Herman.
-- Assistant coach Bud Postma, is the current activities director after 19 years as the Ag teacher. He has coached football, wrestling, boys and girls golf for numerous year. His time is now spent working will all MHS sports and activities. Bud and his wife Kelly, owner of Kelly's Kids Klub, have three daughters: Brittany (Paul), Brooke (Brock) and their two sons Jace and Gage, and Brianna.
Assistant coach Chris Waba is currently the sixth-grade math teacher at Madison Middle School as well as the head wrestling coach at Madison High School. Waba has come full circle in the Madison wrestling ranks, first as a wrestler, then moving through the coach ranks to become the head coach. Chris and his wife, Kristine, have three children, Jon, Jessica and Jessie.
-- Chad Cole graduated in 1991 and placed fifth and sixth in the State Wrestling Tournament. He also participated in football. Cole is the Nextwork Administrator for the State of Nebraska. He married Lori Henry and they have a son, Eric, and three daughters, Abby, Emily and Ashley.
-- Tom Jacobs was a co-captain of the 1991 team and placed seventh in the state tournament. Jacobs was the true meaning of a blue collar wrestler. Opponents always knew they were in battle against him. He was a three-sport letter winner and after high school he served our country in the U.S. Navy. He is the regional service manager for Philips Healthcare of Sioux Falls. Tom and his wife Robin have two children, Kennedy and Maxwell.
-- Chad Ostrem topped off 1991 with a third place finish at the state tournament and was a three-sport letter winner. After graduating from MHS he took his football talents to Dakota State University and was a two-time All-Conference player for the Trojans. He is the Systems Administrator for Federal District Courts in Sioux Falls. Chad and his wife Melissa have two children, Thomas and Avery.
-- Richard Stearns graduated in 1991 and later graduated from South Dakota State University. He lettered in cross country and was the 1990 captain as well as a wrestler. He is currently a U.S. Army Military Police Officer in Wiebaden, Germany, but is currently stationed in Kabul, Afghanistan. Richard and his wife Katerina have three daughters, Elizabeth, Alexandra and Isabella.
-- Bill Ouverson was a co-captain of the 1991 wrestling team as well as a state champion at 152-pounds. He is currently a part owner of Lake Veterinary Clinic with his parents. Bill married Abbie Reuter and they have four children.
-- Chris Downs graduated in 1992 and participated in cross country, track and power lifting as well as wrestling. He placed sixth in 1991 state tournament and was a three-time three-sport letter winner. He is the Farm and Ranch Management Instructor at MTI and is married to Nicole Brace. They have twin boys, Cole and Carter.
-- Mike Greene graduated in 1992 and placed twice at the state tournament as well as a three-time sport letter winner. He has made a career out of snowboarding and skiing, while working for Jerome Garry during the summers before finally buying Jerome's gutter business in 2007. He will be marrying his longtime girlfriend, Kelly, in May.
-- Randy Minnaert is a 1992 graduate that lettered in wrestling four years and than graduated from Southeast Tech in 1994. He recently became the Madison Fire Chief. Randy and his wife Melissa have two boys, Brock and Cade.
-- Carl Stearns is a 1992 graduate, he also competed in cross country and track while earning three-sports letter winner honors as well. He is the training officer for the 139th Brigade Support Battalion of the South Dakota Army National Guard. Carl and his wife, Erin have two sons, Marshall and Carson.
-- Dan Ziebarth a 1992 graduate who went on to get a Civil Engineering degree from SDSU and is currently the lead Pastor at Sturgis Wesleyan Church. He was tabbed "Heart Attack" wrestler his senior year and for good reasons. He married an MHS graduate and wrestling manager Michele Engel, and they have three children, Bethany, Hannah and Ben.
-- Cam Havlik a 1992 graduate and like a lot of these guys had a tough time cracking the lineup consistently, but these were guys that made this team what it was. He has made a career of the Armed Services. He is married to Mandy Nolan and they have one child, Camryn, and are expecting another in April. They live in San Diego.
-- Aaron Doblar is a 1992 graduate who really shined his last years, which included two 3-sport letters. After many years on the East Coast, he and his wife Michaela live in San Diego, where he works in a Bio Tech Lab.
-- James Carder, a 1993 graduate, stated that being part of this team was one of his proudest moments. He was a two-time place winner and state finalist. Carder is currently the Sales/Finance Manager at Dells Auto. He and his wife Ramie live in Sioux Falls and have eight children, Jordan, Maralyn, Jaycy, Ruby, Kiara, Kyler, Brogan, Lance and Logan.
-- Corey Gerry, a 1993 graduate, is the Manager of Farmers Ag Center in Madison. He married MHS graduate Shannon Wise and they have two daughters, Taylor and Delaney.
-- Jason Havlik is a 1993 graduate who also competed in cross country and track and field. He owns and operates H and S Construction in Madison. He and his wife Kendra have one daughter Emerson and one son, Gage.
-- Aric Stien a 1993 graduate, also competed in football and track and field. He excelled in wrestling for six years, placing in the State Tournament three years. He currently lives in Lennox and is the Project Manager for Builders Supply Company. He and his wife Melinda have one son, Brock, and two daughters, Kendra and Jaiden.
-- Rod Klingbile is a 1993 graduate who wrestled and played football for the Bulldogs. He is a full-time farmer and part-time diesel mechanic at Lake County International in Madison. He and his wife Chris have three children, Blaine, Cole and Mara.
-- Chris Jerlow was a freshman in 1991 who went on to letter four times in wrestling. He might be best known for arguably the toughest moment in MHS wrestling, when he beat a good Huron wrestler with his appendix bursting. Chris has one son, Caleb. He sells insurance in Madison.
-- Nathan Moore was a freshman in 1991. He lettered in football, wrestling and track. He served our country as an Army Officer for three tours. He is currently the Executive Officer of the Army ROTC at SDSU. He is engaged to Deli Pfeffer and her three children, Avery, Carter and Flynn.
-- Travis Zingmark is a 1994 graduate who placed at three State Tournaments, including a state championship. He is currently working as a mechanic/electrician remodeling motor homes. He lives in Madison and has four sons, Dillon, Chase, Lane and Warren.
-- Two other wrestlers on the team were Paul Johnson and Mike Johnson.
-- Susan (Collignon) Hodgen is a 1992 graduate. She participated in tennis and was the 1991 Homecoming Queen. Since graduation she has received numerous awards, including Sioux Empire United Way Volunteer of the year. She is the Director of the Project Management Office for Avera Health and Regional Information officer for Avera Marshall. She is married to Max Hodgen.
-- Michele (Engel) Ziebarth is a 1991 graduate. She was a letter winner in basketball. She graduated from SDSU with a nursing degree. She is the Administrative Assistant at Sturgis Wesleyan Church. She is married to Dan Ziebarth.
-- The other statistician was Deidra (Pearson) Williams.