Kelly McNary, second from left, poses with an award after being inducted into the North Dakota Wrestling Hall of Fame.

While the final match has been completed at the 2019 State Wrestling Tournament that was held recently in Fargo, there's still a bit of business to wrap up.

That comes in the form of good news, as we can tell you former Coyote wrestler Kelly McNary was inducted into the North Dakota Wrestling Hall of Fame.

McNary, a 1980 graduate of Williston High School, competed in football and Legion baseball, along with wrestling.

After leaving WHS, McNary went on to become a standout athlete at Dickinson State University and has spent the majority of his prep coaching career in Wahpeton.


According to information provided by the state program, McNary coached Wahpeton High School from 1994 to 2015 and led his Huskies to the 2007 State Individual Championship.

During the 2006-07 season, the Huskies also won the EDC championship and placed third in the state duals.

For his efforts, McNary was named the EDC and State Coach of the Year.

Wahpeton qualified for the state duals multiple times during his time, collecting more than 150 dual wins.

He coached 108 state place winners, including 12 individual state champions.


During his time on the mat in a Williston singlet, McNary was a state place winner in 1980.

With his next stop being Dickinson State University, McNary excelled in numerous college sports.

In 1986 he was the NDCAC champion at 177 pounds and went on to earn NAIA All-American honors with a fifth-place finish his senior season.

During his college days at DSU, McNary earned 12 varsity letters, while competing in football and baseball, along with wrestling.

He currently works for St. John's Catholic School in Wahpeton and JK Sports in Fergus Falls, Minn.


Presenting McNary into the HOF included present day Wahpeton High School wrestling coaches Scott Tischer, Dan Frame and Wayne Hample.

McNary now joins a list of people with Williston wrestling ties in the HOF.

Those include the likes of Harold L. Pedersen, the first coach in Williston and who is considered to be the "Father of Wrestling," in the state.

Others include the late Dean Hermes, who was an outstanding wrestler along with being the co-founder of the HOF, along with Bill Barney of Fargo.

Additional top entries with Coyote connections include former coach Tom Christen, Chuck Michaelson, Dave Stewart, Ed Maisey and the late Adrian Nelson, for his excellent newspaper coverage of the sport of wrestling.

For a long period of time the HOF was housed in Williston, but now it is uncertain if the HOF is to be housed in a permanent location.

We seize this opportunity to send out a Scope Salute to McNary and all those in the HOF associated with the strong Williston mat program.


While we have your thoughts on wrestling, here's one more interesting item that has come our way.

Wyatt Jungclaus, a junior 170-pound wrestler for Rapid City Central High School, captured his weight class championship during the South Dakota Class A state tourney held recently in Rapid City.

We learned Jungclaus is the grandson of Kay and Dave Rossland of Williston.

Meanwhile, his uncle Matt Rossland was a member of the 1999 WHS state championship wrestling squad.

You should also know that Wyatt's parents are Kari and Karl Jungclaus of Rapid City.

Kari is the former Kari Rossland, a Williston graduate and former Coyote athlete.

Hey, there's nothing wrong with spreading talent across borders.


One doesn't have to go very far to find an answer for the rash of hockey coaches stepping down in the state.

If this trend keeps up there won't be any qualified coaches around to teach the games they love.

No doubt there are coaches in other sports who have left, realizing it's not worth it to them.

We're not talking money, instead the mental health and broad shoulders it takes these days.


This was the time of year, like clockwork, we always looked forward to receiving information from the late Dr. Bob Olson regarding the upcoming woodworks/camera show.

While Dr. Bob has passed on, you can bet he's keeping a sharp eye on what's taking place.

In honor of Dr. Bob we can tell you the Williston Camera Club and Williston Area Woodworkers will have their artwork on display at the James Memorial Art Center from March 9-15.

The James will be offering extended gallery hours during this period.

The doors of the JMAC will be open from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. on March 9-10.

During the week of March 11-15, the gallery will be open until 7 p.m. to view this exhibit.

You should also know there will also be a silent auction.

The JMAC is located at 621 1st Avenue West in Williston.


Along with the loss of Dr. Bob, the recent passing of Duane Anderson is another gentleman who gave so much to his community.

Duane was there, whenever asked, he stepped forward and made sure things would happen.

That would be whether an event was held at the high school or in Harmon Park at the Virgil Syverson Performance Center.

While we have to say goodbye to Dr. Bob and Duane, we just learned Jacki Keck has been called by Angels.

Jacki was a smart lady who was well versed on any subject and loved music, along with her grandchildren.

This lady went through a lot during her time on earth and we can only pray for the best for her in days ahead.

Thomas A. Kvamme is a former resident and long time sports editor and columnist for the Herald. He can be reached at scopend@yahoo.com.

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