Football, Wrestling

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A standout two-sport performer in the late 1960s for North Dakota State, Leuer earned two all-conference honors on the football field and was a North Central Conference wrestling placewinner.

He played defensive tackle and end for the Herd on the gridiron, earning All-NCC honors as a junior (1969) and senior (1970). Named honorable mention All-America as a senior, he played on Bison football teams that never lost during a 30-game span, going 10-0, 10-0, and 9-0-1 over that time including national championships in both 1968 and 1969 and a third-place national ranking in 1970. He played in three bowl games including the 1968 Pecan Bowl and the 1969 and 1970 Camellia Bowls.

He lettered for two seasons on the wrestling mat including earning a third-place finish at 190 pounds for the Herd in the 1969 NCC championships.

A native of Hamel, Minn., he prepped at Wayzata (Minn.) High School, where he was an all-conference and all-state player in football including being named the Defensive Player of the Year in the state his senior year. He had three undefeated dual meet seasons in wrestling including a third-place state finish as a junior.

An NDSU graduate in education, Leuer owned and operated a dairy farm for 14 years and has worked for a lumber company for the past 15 years. He is actively involved in youth sports in Wayzata. Gary and his wife Janice (Schiwal), also an NDSU graduate in education, have three children. Their son, Jeremy, was the starting fullback on the 1999 Bison team and one daughter, Briana, participated on the NDSU dance team. Another daughter, Tammy, played volleyball at the University of Tulsa.