When wrestling season starts in the fall of 2018, Tate Nordby will be ready.
He will also be someplace familiar.
By Brad Mosher
The graduating senior took time off from baseball season with the Hettinger-Scranton squad to sign a letter to attend Dickinson State University Friday.
That means a little change for the senior. For the last five years, the long drive between Amidon and Dickinson has played a big role during wrestling season.
Starting next fall, that long commute will be a thing of the past.
He plans to be living in Dickinson while attending the university, just a few short blocks from his wrestling home since the seventh grade – Dickinson High School.
Norby closed out his wrestling career months ago by helping the Midgets win a dual title at the state championship meet, while also giving New England a share of the title as a co-op member.
Nordby admitted he had been thinking about joining the Blue Hawk wrestling program for a while.
“But I kind of decided last week. I like that I am staying around the same region. There was a school that talked to me at the ‘Rumble on the Red’ (wrestling tournament) somewhere up in Minnesota,” he said Thursday in the conference room in New England Public School.
Nordby will be getting some help from Dickinson State University with a partial tuition arrangement with the school, he said.
According to Dickinson High School wresting coach Trevor Conrad, the DSU program will be getting someone special next fall.
Conrad said he saw Nordby’s postential to go to a four-year college during the Tiger wrestler’s junior season with the Midgets.
“He (Nordby) really rose during the end of his junior year. He had a lot of momentum going into his senior year. Seeing the amount of work he put in during the off season, I knew there were going to be at least a couple of colleges looking at him and wanting him to be a part of their program,” the coach said.
Nordby’s senior season helped to move him towards college after high school. “He was a captain and a leader of the first state championship wrestling team. I think it was a springboard.
“He’s the biggest Midget from Amidon. We were very blessed he came up north all the way to Dickinson,” Nordby’s prep coach added.
Nordby said he is also following a family tradition, recalling that his father wrestled for Bowman years ago. “They didn’t have a wrestling team at New England. St. Mary’s did, but we weren’t Catholic, so he went to Bowman.
“When my dad was a junior at Bowman, they were Class A. His senior year, they went back town to class B. He got second (at state) his senior year,” he recalled. Nordby said that his father went on to North Dakota State University where he wrestled for two years.
Nordby has some goals for his wrestling career at Dickinson State University. “I want to be an All-American… and graduate with a degree in farm and ranch management,” he said.
He is also looking ahead for after college. “My grandparents have a ranch in Beulah. “My brother is probably going to take over the ranch in Amidon, so they are kind of looking for someone to go to the one in Beulah.”
Nordby still has to finish off his senior duties at New England, including being named the Prom King, playing baseball as part of a co-op with Hettinger-Scranton in addition to his upcoming graduation.