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Conner Hartmann went 113-15 at South Kitsap and won a state title at 189 pounds his senior year

NOTE: This is part of a series of biographies about inductees to the Kitsap Athletic Roundtable’s 2019 Kitsap County Sports Hall of Fame. The HOF Banquet is Saturday, Jan. 25 at Kiana Lodge. A social hour begins at noon with lunch at 1 p.m. and induction at 1:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at kitsapathleticroundtable.org.

Olalla’s Conner Hartmann was one of the best wrestlers to come out of South Kitsap’s standout program under head coach Chad Nass.  

Hartmann was a three-year letter-winner for the Wolves, going 113-15 during his high school career. As a junior, Hartmann was a finalist at the Mat Classic state championship. His senior year he won the Mat Classic at 189 pounds, going 38-0 with 33 pins. Later that year, Hartmann finished sixth at the Senior National Wrestling Championships, earning All-American honors.  He was also a two-time Academic State Champion. 

Hartmann continued his wrestling career at Duke University, where he became the Blue Devils’ first three-time All-American and four-time NCAA qualifier at 197 pounds. A team captain for multiple years, Hartmann compiled a record of 98-30. He was a two-time ACC Champion and three-time NCAA Academic All-American. Intermat called him the greatest wrestler in Duke University history, and Flowrestling honored him as one of the greatest collegiate wrestlers to never win a national title.  

Conner Hartmann won a state championship at 189 pounds as a senior at South Kitsap and went on to wrestle at Duke University, becoming one of the Blue Devils best wrestlers. (Courtesy photo)

In 2015 he was an All-American in one of the toughest weight classes in history—a year with multiple eventual world champions and Olympic medalists, none of whom won the title that year. At Duke, he won the George Grody All-Around Student Athlete Award as voted on by fellow student-athletes.

Hartmann now works as a financial advisor in Gig Harbor. He is an assistant wrestling coach at South Kitsap.

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