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Kris Presler
Position: Hall of Fame, class of 2008
Hometown: Brooten, Minn.
Alma Mater: UND, 1991
Kris Presler, Hall of Fame biography
Courtesy: UND Athletics Media Relations
Release: 06/20/2011

A native of Brooten, Minn., former UND wrestler Kris Presler came to UND after graduating with highest honors from Willmar Community College in 1988. He ended his UND career as one of the most accomplished student-athletes ever to compete at UND.

Presler was a two-time All-American wrestler at 142 pounds who finished his career with an 89-34-3 record on the mat. At the time he finished his career, he ranked seventh on UND's all-time wrestling victory list, and he shard UND's quickest fall mark of 17 seconds.

As a senior, Presler was 34-9-1 and qualified for the NCAA Division II national tournament. A knee injury ended his dreams of a title, but he still finished eighth and earned All-America honors.

Presler was 27-12-1 as a junior, when he finished second in the nation in his weight class.

Even more impressive than Presler's athletic accomplishments were his academic accomplishments. Presler earned an A in every college course he took, finishing with a perfect 4.0 grade point average. He graduated Summa Cum Laude with a bachelor's degree in applied math in 1990 and earned his master's degree in math from UND in 1992.

Presler earned two NCAA postgraduate scholarships and was the GTE-CoSIDA Academic All-America College Division At-Large Athlete of the Year.

While a senior wrestler, Presler attended graduate school at UND and earned a perfect 4.0 grade point average. In 1990, he earned an applied mathematics degree in just three years.

The winner of the 1991 Stan Marshall Award as the NCC male honor athlete, Presler won numerous academic honors during his athletic career and he was one of two finalists from North Dakota for a prestigious Rhodes Scholarship in 1992.