Southwest Minnesota State head wrestling coach Jesse Nelson announced Tuesday that high school standouts Taylor Curtis and Eugene Martin have signed letters of intent to continue their careers at SMSU.
Curtis, a senior at Underwood High School in Underwood, Iowa, is a two-time Iowa Class A state qualifier, including earning third-place honors at 106 pounds as a junior last spring. He has a career record of 118-38 entering his senior season.
"Taylor is an excellent student-athlete and has proven himself to be one of the top lightweights in Iowa," Nelson said in a press release. "He is projected to compete at 125 pounds for the Mustangs. We expect big things from Taylor and are very excited to welcome him to the program."
Martin is a senior at Kingsbury County High School in Bryant, S.D., and is currently ranked No. 15 in the nation at 195 pounds according to WIN Magazine high school rankings. A four-time South Dakota Class B state qualifier, Martin won the state title last spring at 182 pounds. He placed sixth at 160 pounds during his freshman and sophomore seasons. Martin also earned USA Wrestling Cadet National Freestyle All-American honors at 182 pounds and USA Wrestling Junior National Greco All-American honors at 195 pounds.
"(Martin) has proven himself on a state and national level," Nelson said. "He is one of the top wrestlers in the nation at 195 pounds and we expect him to make an immediate impact on the program."
The Mustangs will begin their 2012-13 dual season Nov. 30 at Concordia-Moorhead.