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Schiller earns place in Packer history

West Fargo native Scott Schiller became the first Packer alum to earn All-American wrestling honors at the NCAA Division I Championships in Des Moines, Iowa, on Saturday, March 23.. Mark Beshey / The Guillotine

University of Minnesota wrestler and West Fargo High School alum Scott Schiller was named to the NCAA Division-I All-American team.

During the D-I Championships on Saturday, March 23, Schiller took fifth in the 197-pound weight class, beating Iowa State ’s Kyven Gadson 6-2.

He is the first wrestler from West Fargo to earn D-I All-American honors, and the first from North Dakota since 1997.

“I always thought I could to it, but it didn’t really seem achievable until I came (to the University of Minnesota),” Schiller said. “It’s something I’ve always dreamed of of doing, and I realized when I came here that there’s no reason I couldn’t.”

“It’s an amazing accomplishment and we are beyond excited for Scott,” Packers wrestling coach Kayle Dangerud said. “He continues to be a role model for the guys in our program. Scott has had a tremendous work ethic his entire career and he deserves all the success he achieves.”

Schiller graduated from West Fargo High School in 2010. A few months before graduating, he won his third consecutive state title to wrap up his high school career.

“That program really set me up for success,” Schiller said. “You couldn’t ask for better coaches.”

He finished with a 165-27 career as a Packer, including a perfect 43-0 senior season. During his senior year, he was ranked fourth in the nation in the 215-pound weight class.

In his first two years as a Golden Gopher, he has tallied a combined 55-10 record with six pins, and expects to expand on that success in the next two years.

“I should be a national champion next year,” Schiller said. “That’s what I’m working toward. That’s what I hope to achieve.”

Whatever amount of success he achieves, Schiller knows he shares that success with the city where he grew up.

“I think it means a lot for West Fargo,” Schiller said. “It really shows the quality of our program. We can compete with anybody and wrestle at any level as long as we work at it.”