Chase Smith is continuing his athletic career at the next level, and at the NCAA Division I level to boot. It’s just maybe not in the sport Smith or his coaches expected to see him play.
The 2020 Bemidji High School graduate recently announced his commitment to join the North Dakota State wrestling team as a walk-on this fall after fielding offers to play football at other schools.
Smith will be the first BHS wrestler to compete in Division I since 2014 alum Kade Johnson wrestled one season for NDSU in 2014-15. The most recent Lumberjack to wrestle collegiately was 2015 graduate Brian Maas, who spent two seasons at Iowa Lakes Junior College from 2016-18.