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On signing day, Bison make it official with West Fargo's Miriley Simon and the top wrestler in North Dakota

NDSU wrestling coach calls Boeden Greenley 'the face of North Dakota wrestling'

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West Fargo's Miriley Simon, left, signed a letter of intent with the North Dakota State women's basketball program.
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FARGO — It's been a whirlwind last several days for the North Dakota State wrestling program. Last weekend, the Bison defeated eighth-ranked Nebraska in a dual in Lincoln.

On Wednesday, the Bison signed three wrestlers to letters of intent, including Boeden Greenley from Lisbon, N.D.

"The face of North Dakota wrestling right now," said NDSU head coach Roger Kish. "One of the best kids to come out of the state in a long, long time."

That was just one of many recruiting stories on NCAA National Signing Day, which includes most sports except football. Locally, NDSU women's basketball made it official with West Fargo High forward Miriley Simon.

"It's great when we keep local kids here and Miriley has improved drastically since she's played here," said Bison head coach Jory Collins. "She's been dominant here in town and in her league."

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The 6-foot-1 Simon led Class A in scoring last season at 22.5 points per game and rebounds at 12.5 a night. More than that, Collins sees an interior player with good feet who also excels in soccer.

"When you're evaluating players that play those positions, you look for some things that are maybe hard to teach," he said. "What do you have that we can't help you with? Just her footwork and change of direction, she also has terrific touch in and around the basketball. Those are things that are hard to teach. She's starting off with some traits that are not very coachable."

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Lisbon's Boeden Greenley, top, competes with Des-Lacs Burlington-Lewis & Clark's Cale Ibach in the North Dakota Class B state wrestling championships on Friday, Feb. 19, 2021 at the Fargodome. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor

Collins also made it official with three Minnesota prep players, including Taryn Hamling from Grand Rapids, the sister of starting Bison guard Heaven Hamling. Taryn Hamling verbally committed almost two years ago.

"I think Taryn is one of the best shooters in the country," Collins said. "She's an elite shooter, but has plenty of other skills."

The Bison men made it official with 6-4 guards Darik Dissette from Minot, N.D., and Eli Bradley from Las Vegas. Dissette led Minot High to the Class A championship last year averaging 13.6 points and 8.1 rebounds.

Bradley, the son of former Bison football player and assistant coach Gus Bradley, averaged 10 points and 3 assists for Bishop Gorman, one of the top prep programs in the country. He shot 47% from 3-point range.

"Eli has an elite skillset with his smooth, lefty stroke," said Bison head coach Dave Richman.

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Minot's Darik Dissette heads up court with a rebound against West Fargo's Brett Limke during the North Dakota state boys high school basketball tournament championship game at the Bismarck Event Center on Saturday, March 12, 2022.
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NDSU's volleyball signed three players, two middle blockers, and an outside hitter.

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The softball program added six players — three from Minnesota and three from California, a state the Bison have recruited well over the years. That includes two teammates from the Explosion summer program in utility player Star Cortez and pitcher-first baseman Kaitlyn Dunford.

In Minnesota, pitcher Addie Bowers from St. James has 709 career strikeouts in 400 innings going into her senior season. She has 13 no-hitters.

NDSU's signings:
Men's basketball
Darik Dissette, 6-4, G, Minot, N.D.
Eli Bradley, 6-4, G, Las Vegas

Volleyball
Ari Blohm, 6-1, MH, Stewartville, Minn.
Emma Tallman, MH, Johnston, Iowa
Lauren Jansen, 5-11, OH, Plainfield, Ill.

Softball
Addie Bowers, P, Saint James, Minn.
Star Cortez, MI/OF, Moreno Valley, Calif.
Kaitlyn Dunford, P/1B, La Crescenta, Calif.
Macy Fry, OF, Rosemount, Minn.
Madison Wihlm, P, Maple Grove, Minn.
Jasmyn Yessian, C/SS/3B, Irvine, Calif.

Women's basketball
Taryn Hamling, 5-9, G, Grand Rapids, Minn.
Miriley Simon, 6-1, F, West Fargo
Avery Koenen, 6-2, F, Montevideo, Minn.
Abby Krzewinski, 5-11, G, Wayzata, Minn.

Women's golf
Norah Roberts, Racine, Wis.

Wrestling
Boeden Greeley, 157/165, Lisbon, N.D.
Markell Rivera-Cain, 197, Glendale, Ariz.
Carter Schmidt, 133/141, Belgrade, Mont.

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