The 21st annual Booster Club Athletic Banquet will be a fun night, especially for the two new inductees into the St. Ansgar Booster Club Hall of Fame. This year, St. Ansgar will induct 2006 graduate Trevor Kittleson and 2007 graduate Marin Thorson. This year’s banquet will be held at the Grafton Community Center on Saturday, April 28.
Trevor Kittleson is the son of Pam and Barry Kittleson. He will be traveling back from Dubuque where he lives with his wife Laura and his 2 1/2 year old son Dakota. Trevor currently works as the Head Assistant Wrestling Coach for Loras College. He had been a physics teacher and a Head Wrestling Coach for Perry from 2012-2016 until he accepted the assistant coaching job from Loras in 2016. Kittleson was a four-sport athlete in high school.
“I was surprised,” said Kittleson of when he got the call. “Scott Cakerice called me and gave me the news. It’s an honor. I’m very appreciative of it.”
Marin Thorson is the daughter of Wendy and Donnie Thorson. Marin still lives in the area so the trip to the banquet won’t be a problem for her. Thorson went to college at NIACC for two years then transferred to UNI, studying Leisure, Youth and Human Services. She worked for five years at the CRC in Osage and then accepted a Teacher’s Assistant job at the Osage Community Schools. She is also an assistant coach in Osage for volleyball, basketball and track. Marin was a two-sport athlete in high school and was a football manager her senior year.
“My first thought was I couldn’t believe I have been out of school for 10 years because I think that’s one of the criteria to get inducted,” said Thorson when she first heard she was going to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. “After that it was excitement and kind of got me reminiscing of my past in athletics. I’m looking forward to the ceremony.”
Kittleson had quite the career in St. Ansgar athletics. His biggest accomplishments came in wrestling. Trevor worked hard to achieve his goals he set out for himself, with his father Barry Kittleson coaching him along the way as a wrestling coach for the Saints. Trevor improved every year in wrestling. His sophomore season, he finished in 6th place at the state tournament in the 135 pound weight class, only to improve his junior season, finishing in 3rd place in the 140 pound weight class. His senior season will be remembered by many for years to come. He finished with an undefeated 44-0 record and was the State Champion in the 145 pound weight class.
“Obviously winning state was an awesome experience and being able to experience that with my dad as a coach was something that very few people get to experience so that was pretty awesome,” said Kittleson.
Trevor still holds school records in wrestling for career wins (155), season winning percentage (100%), Career winning percentage (89% 155-19). He had held wins in a season with 44 and career pins with 90. He was also on the Academic All-State Wrestling HM.
After high school, Trevor went on to wrestle for UNI. He qualified for the NCAA tournament his sophomore season in the 149 pound weight class. He finished his senior season as the senior with the top GPA.
Once college was over, Trevor knew he wanted to stay involved with wrestling, so he became a head coach at Perry High School in Perry, Iowa in 2012. He was a coach in Perry until 2016. Kittleson then accepted the position of Head Assistant Wrestling Coach with Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa in the summer of 2016.
“It’s awesome,” said Kittleson. “I’m very grateful for the opportunity to be able to coach here at Loras. It’s been an amazing experience so far. It’s really just been awesome.”
Winning state in high school will be an experience Kittleson will never forget. So what were some of his other favorite memories from high school?
“I think just having the coaches that we had,” said Kittleson. “My dad and Kirby Moses in wrestling and then Drew Clevenger and Devin Schwiesow and all the assistants that go with them as well. It was really an amazing experience to compete under those coaches and to interact with them because I know for a fact I would not be the coach I am today without all those big influences of coaches I had around me.”
Thorson also had herself an incredible career as a Saint. She was a three-time State Champion in discus and broke the state record the first time her sophomore season, only to break it her junior and finally setting it at 151’3” her senior season. Marin held the discus record for 10 years. She currently ranks 14th on Iowa’s All-Time list in all classes for the Discus. She holds the conference record for Discus and holds the school record in discus as well. Thorson also finished in 2nd and 3rd place at the Drake Relays in the discus.
“Being out of school for 10 years has really given me a chance to look back and appreciate what I was able to accomplish and to appreciate all the people that were there for me every step of the way from Coach Sherman to my friends and teammates and to everybody else,” said Thorson. “It means a lot and I think it’s the perfect ending to my high school career to be inducted into the Hall of Fame.”
After high school, Marin went to NIACC for two years and would end up working her way to being the National Discus Champion for the Trojans. After NIACC, she went to UNI to finish out her studies.
Thorson had an incredible career for the Saints. Through it all, she has some great memories to look back on. What memories stick out the most to Marin?
I have so many, athletics especially,” said Thorson. “Obviously winning state is up there and the Drake Relays. Basketball was awesome. I remember playing against some D1 players in our conference. I think my favorite memory of high school is winning state my senior year and being able to set the record on that last throw. That really capped off everything that season and my whole track career. That’s probably my favorite.”
With the 2018 Booster Club Athletic Banquet quickly approaching, what are both Kittleson and Thorson looking forward to the most?
“Just to reminisce on all the fun stories that we had with teammates and coaches,” said Kittleson. “I had a lot of good times in St. Ansgar athletics. I’m just looking forward to looking back on some of those good times we had back then and just to talk about those stories. That’s all you’re really left with is the memories that you have from then.”
“I think having all my family and a lot of my close friends there to celebrate those achievements one last time and really put an exclamation point on it,” said Thorson. “Just being together with everybody is really what i’m looking forward to.”
The 21st annual St. Ansgar Booster Club Athletic Banquet is on Saturday, April 28 and will be held at the Grafton Community Center this year. There will be a meal catered by Signatures from Northwood with the meal starting the night at 6:30 pm.