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Chris Bono, Ernie Bono Sr., Ernie Bono Jr. and Matt Morris
Chris Bono speaking to his Wisconsin team in Cain Gym
Bono coaching wrestlers during practice in Cain Gym
Bono ’92 and Wisconsin Wrestling Visit Bolles

Bolles alumnus Chris Bono ’92 returned to the San Jose Campus with his University of Wisconsin Wrestling squad to practice in Cain Gym on November 4. The Badgers are competing in the Battle in the River City, the first-ever collegiate wrestling event in Jacksonville, at JU on November 5. The event also includes Bono’s college alma mater Iowa State as well as Chattanooga, Campbell, Little Rock and Buffalo.  Each of the teams practiced at Bolles throughout the day.

Bolles Athletic Director and Wrestling Head Coach Matt Morris, who coached Bono to three wrestling state titles and the 1992 team title, visited the practice, along with longtime football assistant coach Mike Barrett. Bono was a two-time All-State selection in football and was a starter on the 1990 football state title team. He played baseball for the Bulldogs as well. His brother Ernie Bono Jr. ’89 and father Ernie Sr. were on campus on November 4 as well.

Bono has served as Head Coach for the Badgers since 2018, following successful head coaching stints at South Dakota State and Chattanooga. He has coached 16 All-Americans and 63 NCAA qualifiers along with a 136-78 dual match record over 13 seasons.

Bono began his coaching career as an assistant at Iowa State where he was a four-time NCAA qualifier and three-time All-American. He is a two-time United States National Champion, took first at the World Cup in both 2002 and 2003 and is a three-time World Team member. Bono was inducted into the Glen Brand Wrestling Hall of Fame of Iowa in 2018 and FHSAA Hall of Fame in 2004.

The Battle in the River City is a one-day, round robin dual match where each team will wrestle against three teams. Tickets and more information are available here.