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Badgers tab Bono new head wrestling coach

The University of Wisconsin wrestling team has a new head coach.

On Saturday, UW tabbed former South Dakota State front man Chris Bono as the 16th head coach in program history.

The nation-wide coaching search came to a head just hours after Friday night’s application deadline.

Bono was named Big 12 Coach of the Year this past season and coached the first national champion in program history.

In the last six years, Bono has coached five All-Americans. The Jackrabbits have had at least one NCAA qualifier in each season under Bono’s guidance.

Prior to his stint in Brookings, Bono spent three seasons at the helm of Chattanooga. There he coached a pair of All-Americans and 19 NCAA qualifiers. The Mocs won three Southern Conference championships during his tenure.

Bono competed at Iowa State during his college days, qualifying for four NCAA tournaments. He won a national championship at 150 pounds and attained All-American status on three occasions.

In freestyle competition, Bono made the US world team on three occasions. He was a two-time freestyle champion and placed first at the World Cup in both 2002 and 2003.

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