VALLEY CITY,N.D.(NewsDakota.com)- Family and alumni were on hand Tuesday afternoon to witness the dedication of The Dennis Friestad Wrestling Room at Valley City High School.
In April the school board voted to honor the long time coach with the renaming of the room. Friestad coached 39 of the program’s 50 season and helped guide 99 state place winners and 13 state champions. Superintendent Josh Johnson says the ceremony Tuesday was what the board envisioned last spring
Along with being a wrestling coach, Friestad was a teacher and freshman football coach. Kim Knodle, one of the ceremony’s organizers, says Friestad’s circle of influence reaches into the thousands
Friestad is a 3 time hall of famer after being inducted into the VCHS, VCSU and Wrestling Coaches’ Hall of fames. He was a 2 time state champion at Napoleon High School and has the honor of winning the school’s first state title. At VCSU,where he also played football, Friestad was a 4 time NDCAC champion and all american. He placed 3rd at The NAIA National Tournament.
Friestad will be honored again at The Hi-Liners first home match of the season on December 14th when they host Davies, they will show the video of the dedication ceremony.
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