June 11, 2013
BOISE, Idaho – The Boise State wrestling team will welcome eight freshmen as members of the 2013-14 recruiting class, head coach Greg Randall announced, Tuesday.
The class includes state champions from Idaho, Utah and Washington, covering five weight classes. Among the class are Idaho standouts Blaine Invernon (Bonners Ferry), Jared Johnshoy (Melba) and Zach Lowen (McCall), each of whom have multiple IHSAA Championships under their belts and won their respective tournaments in 2013.
“The coaching staff is very excited about this class coming in,” Randall said. “All of these guys are really good students which is a priority for us and they all just love wrestling. Wrestling has played a big part in their lives which is really important when bringing in a student-athlete into this program.”
Carson Kuhn (125 pounds) – Sandy, Utah
Kuhn originally signed with Boise State in 2009 before taking a year off to spend some time at the United States Olympic Training Center and serving on a church mission in Chile. He qualified for the 5A UHSAA Tournament all four years at Alta High School, going undefeated in each of his final three seasons to finish with a 174-12 career record and three state championships. The achievements helped him attain the Dave Schultz Outstanding Wrestlers Award in Utah. Kuhn also won the Junior Freestyle National Championship at 119 pounds in 2010 and competed on the Junior FILA World Team in 2009.
Josh Newberg (125 pounds) – Kelso, Wash.
Newberg comes from Kelso High School where he was a three-time 3A WIAA Champion, taking first at 103 pounds as a sophomore, at 113 pounds as a junior and 120 pounds as a senior. His accomplishments also include two Tri-State Championships, a 2012 Reno Worlds Championship and being tabbed as a High School All-American three times. Newberg’s honors also come off the mat, graduating with a 3.9 GPA and being named the 2012 Academic State Champion.
Tyler Tate (125/133 pounds) – Spring Creek, Nevada
Tate is a four-time NIAA Champion, winning the 2013 title at 126 pounds with two pins and a 17-2 tech fall in the final. He has also had success in national tournaments, taking third at the Reno Tournament of Champions in 2012 and fourth at the Virginia Beach High School National in 2013. Tate finished his career at Spring Creek High School with a 206-10 record and a 4.22 GPA. He was named to the All-America Academic Team as a senior.
Blaine Invernon (141 pounds) – Bonners Ferry, Idaho
Invernon won three 3A IHSAA titles during his time at Bonners Ferry High School as a freshman (103), junior (132) and senior (138) while finishing second as a sophomore to finish with a career record of 150-14 in a Badger singlet. He was also a FILA Cadet runner-up in 2012 while being named the Most Outstanding Wrestler at the Dink Petrov Freestyle International Tournament in Bulgaria. In 2013, he was named to Wrestling USA’s High School All-America Team and is currently ranked 18th in the nation at 138 pounds according to WIN Magazine.
Lucas Somera (141 pounds) – Enumclaw, Wash.
Somera won two WIAA 3A Championships and was the No. 1-ranked wrestler at his weight class before suffering an injury that prevented him from competing in the state tournament as a senior. He had previously claimed the title at 138 pounds as a junior and 135 pounds as a senior after taking sixth place as a freshman. He wrestled Greco & Freestyle as a member of the Bear Claw Wrestling Club and was a member of a number of Washington State National Teams. He finishes high school, as an honor student with a 3.80 cumulative GPA.
Jared Johnshoy (149 pounds) – Melba, Idaho
Johnshoy will join the Broncos from Melba High School where he won a IHSAA 2A Championship in each of his four years, including most recently when he took the title at 145 pounds as a senior and finished with a 167-12 career record as a Mustang. He also placed twice at the Reno Tournament of Champions and was a three-time All-American at the Asics/Vaughn Fargo Nationals. Johnshoy graduated with a 3.1 GPA at Melba.
Zach Lowen (174 pounds) – McCall, Idaho
Lowen was a two-time IHSAA 2A champion at McCall-Donnelly High School, winning at 170 pounds during both his junior and senior seasons. He saw improvement throughout his interscholastic career after qualifying for the state tournament as a freshman and finishing fourth as a sophomore. Lowen finished second at Reno Worlds in both 2012 and 2013 while taking first at the 2012 America’s Cup.
Zach Coffman (184 pounds) – Tooele, Utah
After finishing sixth and second at the UHSAA Championships as freshman and sophomore, respectively, Coffman won the UHSAA 3A Championship at 170 pounds as a junior. He was favored to earn another state title at 182 pounds during his senior season but suffered an injury which kept him from competing in the tournament. Coffman earned Outstanding Wrestler honors twice at the Best of the West as well as in his region all four years at Tooele High School.