FARGO, N.D.--North Dakota State University head wrestling coach announced that two-time Minnesota state place-winner Leighton Rach (Perham, Minn. / Perham H.S.) will be joining the wrestling program in the fall of 2019. Weber joins Corey Gamet (Jackson, Mich. / Michigan Center H.S.); Riley Habisch (Buffalo, Minn. / Buffalo H.S.) Tyler Jones (Shakopee, Minn. / Shakopee H.S.); Ty Moser (Perham, Minn. / Perham H.S.); Michael Nelson (Dover, Minn. / Dover-Eota H.S.), Ryan Ripplinger (Bismarck, N.D. / Bismarck H.S.) and Michael Weber (Forsyth, Mont. / Forsyth H.S.) will be also joining the wrestling program in the fall of 2019.
LEIGHTON RACH, 5-8, College Projected 133, Perham, Minn. (Perham H.S.)
HIGH SCHOOL: Two-time Minnesota state place-winner for Perham High School and head coach Robb Moser … Five-year letterwinner … Placed fourth at 2019 Minnesota state tournament at 132 pound … Finished sixth at 2016 Minnesota state tournament at 113 pounds … Team placed in top five on four occasions including third in 201 … Two-time conference champion and three-time conference runner-up for the Yellow Jackets … Compiled a 149-66 record with 58 pins … Twice had 30 or more wins including career best 39-11 record with 12 pins in 2019 … Joins teammate Ty Moser.
PERSONAL: Son of Lance and Lorrie Rach … Has two brothers, Chandler and Braylon … Active in Rotary, PHS student council, as youth group leader at Crosspoint Church ... Plans to major in marketing. North Dakota State compiled a 10-6 record overall in 2018-19 including 5-4 in Big 12 Conference duals. NDSU placed eighth at the 2019 Big 12 Conference tournament. The Bison return NCAA qualifiers 133 , 165 and 174 . Fogarty is a two-time Big 12 runner-up at 165 pounds.