Lily Lake Elementary School teacher and Ponies assistant wrestling coach Lloyd Wurm will be honored this weekend as part of North Dakota State University’s homecoming festivities in Fargo, N.D. Wurm, who wrestled at the school from 1990-93, will be inducted into the Bison Athletic Hall of Fame on Friday and recognized at halftime of Saturday’s football game against Missouri State.
Wurm, who resides in Hudson, Wis., compiled a 50-12 record as a three-year starter for the Bison, which included a 21-1 junior season that was capped by an individual NCAA championship at 134 pounds in 1992. The two-time All-American also placed fourth at nationals to cap a 23-6 sophomore season.
Since graduating from NDSU with a degree in physical education in 1993, Wurm has spent 20 years teaching in the Stillwater school district. He also earned a master’s degree in education from St. Mary’s University in 1998 and his administrative licensure in 2000.
As a prep, Wurm won 171 matches and was a placewinner at the state tournament five times — including a state title at 132 pounds in 1986 — while competing for Maple Lake High School. He was also a two-time Greco-Roman Junior Nationals All-American. Wurm and his brothers Loren, Len, LeRoy and Lance combined to win 699 matches, which was a state record for wins by brothers until the Lexvold brothers of Kenyon-Wanamingo surpassed that total two years ago.
Wurm will join some other current and former St. Croix Valley residents in the Bison Hall of Fame, including George Thole, Bob Roy, Mike Stratton and Stuart Helgason, who entered as part of NDSU’s 1968 and 1969 national championship football teams. Wurm’s oldest daughter Cassie is a current member of the Bison women’s golf team.
Joining Wurm in this year’s hall of fame class are Ryan McGlynn, Steve Selk, Susan Faus, Jerry Gores, Pam Stencel, Ken Clark and the 1988 national champion wrestling team.