Chris Bono - Clinician

1995, 1996, 1997 NCAA All-American
1996 NCAA Champion
2001, 2002, 2005 World Team Member
2003, 2005 United States National Champion
5th all-time on the Midlands Championship wins list including a 21 consecutive match win streak
3x Florida State Champion

International Competition:
1st place | 2003 World Cup
1st place | 2003 Cup of Independence
1st place | 2002 Kurt Angle Classic
1st place | 2002 World Cup
1st place | 2002 Dave Schultz Memorial International
1st place | 2000 Sunkist
Chris Bono has engineered a successful rebuilding process during his tenure as head coach of the South Dakota State University wrestling program

Entering his fifth season, Bono has helped mentor Jackrabbit wrestlers to qualify for the NCAA Championships 12 times, including a program-best five wrestlers during the 2015-16 season.

In dual competition, Bono has led the Jackrabbits to a 36-34 record that includes back-to-back winning seasons for the first time at the Division I level. Bono's career dual record stands at 75-51, including a highly successful three-year run at Chattanooga.

The Jackrabbits entered a new era during the 2015-16 season by joining the Big 12 Conference as an affiliate member. After dropping early season duals to nationally ranked Virginia Tech, Oklahoma State and Iowa, the Jackrabbits reeled off a school-record 12 consecutive dual victories that propelled them into the top 25 of the Division I team rankings for the first time.

At the 2016 Big 12 Championship, SDSU turned in a fourth-place finish as Seth Gross (141 pounds), Cody Pack (157) and Nate Rotert (197) all finished as runners-up in their respective weight classes. That Jackrabbit trio were joined by brothers Alex and David Kocer from the 149- and 174-pound weight classes, respectively, as qualifiers for the NCAA Championships in New York City.

Four of the five Jackrabbit wrestlers won at least one match at the NCAA Championships as the Jackrabbits finished in a tie for 39th place. Gross and Pack each finished one win away from achieving All-America status. Pack was making his fourth consecutive appearance at the NCAA Championships.

During the 2014-15 season, the Jackrabbits recorded their first winning dual in nine seasons and three SDSU wrestlers – Pack, Rotert and J.J. Everard – qualified for the NCAA Championships. Pack reached the national tournament for the third consecutive year at 157 pounds and was one win away from achieving All-America status.

The Jackrabbits turned in their highest finish at the NCAA West Regional/Western Wrestling Conference Championships with a third-place finish.

SDSU also had three NCAA qualifiers during the 2013-14 season as Pack, Joe Brewster and Alex Kocer all qualified out of the NCAA West Regional/Western Wrestling Conference Championships.

As a team, the Jacks finished in fifth place with 34.5 points at the NCAA West Regional/WWC Championship, with Kocer and Pack winning individual titles at 149 and 157 pounds, respectively.
In his first year as head coach at SDSU, Bono led the team to a 5-12 dual record, 1-4 Western Wrestling Conference record and fifth in the conference standings.

Coach Bono and the SDSU coaching staff ushered in a new era in Jackrabbit wrestling with the sixth-best recruiting class in the nation (The Open Mat, Amateur Wrestling News). Eight student-athletes joined the wrestling team on signing day, including three ranked by AWN. The No. 6 ranking made it the best recruiting class for any sport in the history of Jackrabbit athletics.

Bono was the first NCAA Division I wrestling coach to participate in the Samaritan’s Feet movement, coaching a dual barefoot against Simpson (Iowa) during the 2012-13 season to raise awareness for the organization, which provides shoes for needy children around the world.

While leading the Jackrabbits, Bono was also tabbed as coach for the U.S. Men’s Freestyle team at the 2013 Pan American Championships. In the world event, Bono led Team USA to a 13-point victory.

Under Bono’s leadership, the Jackrabbit wrestling program has consistently raised the bar in promoting the sport through innovative social media strategies. SDSU has received the Gold Standard honor from the National Wrestling Coaches Association and Elite Level Sport Marketing two times as part of their Best of Brand Awards.

His teams also have performed well in the classroom, placing in the top 25 for team grade-point average in rankings compiled by the National Wrestling Coaches Association each of the past two seasons. Individually, eight Jackrabbits wrestlers were honored on the 2016 Academic All-Big 12 Conference Wrestling Team.

Previously the head coach at Chattanooga, Bono led the Mocs to three Southern Conference titles and coached two All-Americans and 19 NCAA qualifiers from 2006-09. During his three seasons, UTC scheduled many nationally ranked teams. Bono coached the Mocs to wins over Ohio State in 2009 and 2010; the Buckeyes were ranked No. 8 at the time of the second loss.

Bono was named head coach at UTC on July 29, 2006, and wasted little time directing the Mocs to their 22nd Southern Conference championship. He coached nine wrestlers to the 2007 NCAA Championships, a feat matched only by Minnesota.

In his first season, Bono guided the Mocs to a 16-1 dual-match record, including an 11-match win streak to start the season and a victory at No. 14 Ohio State. He received high consideration for National Coach of the Year honors from RevWrestling.com.

Bono joined the UTC staff in 2005 after serving nine years as an assistant coach at Iowa State. He was the Cyclones' head assistant coach for five seasons.

In Bono's final year on the ISU staff, the Cyclones earned a third-place finish in the Big 12 Conference and a sixth-place showing at the NCAA Championships. He was named the National Wrestling Coaches Association Assistant Coach of the Year in 2002 for his role in ISU's success.
 
 
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