Sport

Wrestling

Years Played

1972-75

Year Inducted

1986

Truly one of the top wrestlers in the history of the mat sport at North Dakota State. Before coming to NDSU, Petersen won two state high school wrestling titles at Bismarck (N.D.) High School, wrestled on two All-Army teams, was first, fourth and fifth Army champion, and qualified for the 1972 U.S. Olympic Team Greco-Roman Final Trials.

In his three seasons with the Bison, Petersen won two North Central Conference championships at 142 pounds and placed second. In 1973, he was NCAA College Division national champion and placed fourth at the NCAA Division I championships. In 1974, he was NCAA Division II runner-up, selected to the NCAA Division I East-West Wrestling Coaches Association All-Star Team, and finished in the top eight at the Division I championships.

As a junior, Petersen defeated NCAA Division I defending national champion Don Rohn from Clarion (Pa.) in a dual meet at NDSU. His NDSU career mat record was a phenomenal 84-10-2, the second best winning percentage in school history (.885). He lost only one dual meet match in his three seasons at NDSU (34-1-2). Twice he won 30 or more matches in an overall season, going 36-4 in 1972-73 and 30-4-1 in 1973-74. He was North Dakota State's North Central Conference Scholar-Athlete and recipient of a NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship. 

Petersen was a Bison assistant wrestling coach from 1975-77, president of NDSU Team Makers in 1994, and co-chairman of the Bison Athletic Hall of Fame Committee from 1989-1991. He has chaired the Bison Athletic Hall of Fame Committee since 1992.