Two SW Minnesota natives to be inducted into SMSU's Hall of Honor

Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall will induct their 14th class into their Hall of Honor on Saturday, February 2nd and will include a couple of people native to Southwest Minnesota.

Adrian native Leon Bullerman will be inducted into the Hall of Honor.  Bullerman was a two-year letter winner in wrestling for the Mustangs from 1989-1991.  Bullerman won the 1991 NAIA National Championship at 158 pounds by winning four matches, including two by fall.  Bullerman finished his final year (1990-1991) with the Mustangs with a 40-3-1 record, setting a school single-season record for victories and was named the NAIA Wrestler of the Year that season.  Bullerman was also the 1991 NIC Champion at 158 pounds and helped SMSU to a 9th place finish at the NAIA National Championships.

Bullerman compiled a 25-2 record during his junior season (1989-1990) and qualified for the NAIA National Championships before suffering an injury in January of 1990 and missed the remainder of his junior season. 

Bullerman finished his SMSU career with a 65-5-1 record.

Before joining SMSU, Bullerman won two national championships for the Worthington Community College Bluejays (now Minnesota West) and during his prep career for Adrian, Bullerman had a high school career record of 123-21-1 and won a Class A State Championship for the Dragons at 145 pounds in 1986.

Fulda native Erin (Oakland) Dauwalter will be inducted into the SMSU Hall of Honor after competing in two sports during her time as a Mustang

Dauwalter was a four-year letter winner for the SMSU Women’s Golf team from 2004-2007.  She won the NCAA North Regional Individual title in 2004 and a 2004 NCAA National Championship qualifier, finishing 29th overall.  Dauwalter was named the 2004 Minnesota State College Golf Association Freshman of the Year.  Dauwalter would win the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference championship in 2005 and was named the NSIC Golfer of the Year.  She was a member of three NCAA tournament teams and a member of three NSIC Championship teams and was named All-NSIC four times and twice a CoSIDA Academic All-District honoree and finished her career with a school-record 81.6 career stroke average.

During her Mustang Women’s Basketball career, Dauwalter played three seasons for SMSU, playing in 59 games and scored 145 points.  She played in all 28 games her senior season and started seven times that year.

The festivities, which will be held at the SMSU Upper Level Conference Center, will begin at 11:00am with a half-hour social, followed by lunch and the induction ceremonies beginning at 11:30am. 
Tickets for the lunch and ceremony are $20 per person. To reserve a ticket for the banquet please call the SMSU athletics office at 507-537-7271 or e-mail

A 12-member committee chose the inductees from a group of nominations. The new inductees bring the membership in SMSU's Athletic Hall of Honor to 98 individuals/couples and 14 teams.

The Athletics Hall of Honor is displayed in the lobby of the R/A Facility. To view the Athletics Hall of Honor online, go to

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