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Detroit Lakes wrestler decides on Gophers

Several schools and an entire sport have officially lost the Brent Eidenschink sweepstakes. On Thursday, the Detroit Lakes (Minn.) High School senior, currently ranked eighth nationally in his class among 215-pounders by Wrestling International M...

Several schools and an entire sport have officially lost the Brent Eidenschink sweepstakes.

On Thursday, the Detroit Lakes (Minn.) High School senior, currently ranked eighth nationally in his class among 215-pounders by Wrestling International Magazine, signed a letter of intent to wrestle for the University of Minnesota.

He chose the Gophers over North Dakota State and Stanford, in the process snubbing late interest from several football programs interested in acquiring the late-emerging linebacker.

"As an athlete you get a once-in-a-lifetime shot at something big if you're lucky," Lakers wrestling coach Rob Ullyott said, "and hopefully he's got that opportunity. He'll definitely work hard enough."

Eidenschink has gone from what Ullyott called "a good little athlete who's not that little" to a six-time All-American and two-time state qualifier. He finished second at the Minnesota Class 2A state tournament as a sophomore and third as a junior and has a career varsity record of 127-24. He's also a three-year captain, a 3.94 student and a lifelong fan of the Gophers, currently ranked No. 5 in NCAA Division I.

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"The coaching staff is good, the team is tough, great program. All that stuff," the 6-foot-1 Eidenschink said.

The decision was part of a big week for the Detroit Lakes athletic department.

Runner Hanna Grinaker, who has placed second in the past two Class 2A girls cross country state meets and has four top-five finishes at the state track meet, signed with Wisconsin.

Golfer Christine Herzog, who has finished in the top 25 of the Class 2A, committed to Minnesota.

Lakers girls basketball standout Jordanne Even, a 6-foot forward who averaged 16.4 points and 8.4 rebounds last season, signed with Minnesota-Duluth.

Twenty miles away in Pelican Rapids, 6-7 senior forward Taylor Huseby, a 13.8-point, 8.3-rebound performer as a junior, signed to play men's basketball at Southwest Minnesota State.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Terry Vandrovec at (701) 241-5548

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