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Eric Peterson, Published February 26 2010

Peterson: Nelson expects Dragons to have big Super Region

Kris Nelson hopes half his wrestling team can qualify for national tournament.

“I would love to get five guys to the national tournament,” said Nelson, in his first year as head coach at Minnesota State Moorhead. “On paper, we’re probably only supposed to get about four. So if I get less than four, I’m going to be disappointed with the way we wrestled.”

The NCAA Division II Super Region 3 tournament is set for noon Sunday in Aberdeen, N.D.

The top four wrestlers in each of the 10 weight classes make the Division II finals, which are on March 12-13 in Omaha, Neb.

“We’re just going in there to qualify as many guys to nationals that we can,” Nelson said. “Once you get to nationals, anything can happen.”

Nelson said he expects Corey Ulmer (125 pounds), Evan Forde (133), Derek Bomstad (149), Jarret Hall (174) and Tim Johnson (heavyweight) to qualify. Tallen Wald (157) likely won’t be seeded, but Wald was a national qualifier last season.

Nelson said Augustana and Upper Iowa are the teams to beat in the eight-team region.

“The north region is one of the tougher regions this year,” Nelson said. “If you are to make it out of the conference and to the national tournament, you’ve got a great shot of being an All-American because of the people you’ve been wrestling this year.”

Other stuff

MSUM senior Meghan Rettke has 990 career points entering the final game of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference women’s basketball regular season. The Dragons play at Minnesota-Crookston at 2 p.m. Saturday. … Concordia junior Amy Glubzinski has been named Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference women’s diver of the year. She won the

3-meter diving competition and took third in the 1-meter at the MIAC Championships. The Cobbers broke five school records at the conference championships and ended with a total of 254 teams points. That is the most points the team has scored at the MIAC Championships since 2000-01. … Concordia sophomore forward Katelyn Dold has been named MIAC women’s hockey player of the week. Dold had two goals and two assists in Concordia’s two-game sweep against Hamline last weekend. Dold has 36 points (15 goals, 21 assists) this season. That is the fifth highest point total in program history. The Cobbers play at St. Thomas today and Saturday to close out the regular season. Concordia is one point out of the fifth and final MIAC playoff spot heading into the final weekend.

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Eric Peterson at (701) 241-5513.