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Eric Peterson, Published March 12 2010

Peterson: MSUM quintet set for Omaha

Minnesota State Moorhead junior Brady Schneeberger was unseeded at the Super Region 3 tournament a couple weeks ago, but left a region champion.

“He’s just working hard,” Dragons first-year head coach Kris Nelson said of his 141-pounder. “It wasn’t a huge surprise to us because we knew how well he could wrestle in the wrestling room.”

Schneeberger, sophomore Corey Ulmer (125 pounds), junior Derek Bomstad (149) and seniors Jarret Hall (174) and Tim Johnson (heavyweight) will represent the Dragons at the NCAA Division II national tournament, which starts today and concludes Saturday in Omaha, Neb.

Schneeberger is ranked No. 5 at 149 pounds heading into nationals, while Hall is ranked No. 7 at 174. The top eight placers at the national tournament earn All-American status.

“I believe we can go home with five All-Americans,” Nelson said. “I know it’s a big task, but that’s what we would like to see happen.”

Ulmer has the most wins of any MSUM wrestler with a 20-13 record. Johnson is 19-19, Schneeberger is 17-15, Bomstad is 10-11 and Hall is 6-2. Hall wasn’t eligible to wrestle until the second semester.

“We had a lot of tough duals in there that I don’t think a lot of Division II teams see,” Nelson said. “I think our records are a little deceiving because of the competition we’ve been wrestling. We didn’t have a great season, on paper it didn’t look good, but I think we wrestled a tough schedule.”

MSUM wrestled some Division I opponents at the Bison Open and the team also had three duals against Division I teams. In addition, the Dragons had a dual against perennial Division III power Augsburg.

Other stuff

Dragons junior Anthony Enyi will compete at the NCAA Division II Indoor track and field championships today in Albuquerque, N.M. Enyi is ranked No. 9 in the men’s weight throw with a toss of 19.52 meters (64 feet, 0.5 inches). MSUM junior Anna VanWechel also competes today in the women’s mile run. She is ranked No. 11 with a time of 4 minutes, 55.70 seconds. … Dragons senior Ann Gusewelle will compete at the NCAA Division II swimming and diving championships today and Saturday in Canton, Ohio. Gusewelle will compete in the 100-yard breaststroke today. She ranks fifth in that event with time of 1:04.64. Gusewelle is already a two-time All-American in that event. She competes in the 200 breaststroke Saturday. … Concordia senior Leah Kay earned an invitation to the NCAA Division III track and field championships, which are today and Saturday at DePauw University in Greencastle, Ind. Kay scored a school record 3,345 points in the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference pentathlon, good for the fifth best mark in the country. Kay has earned four All-American awards in her career. … Former Concordia men’s hockey player Matt Cosmos is one of the bachelors on the Oxygen reality TV show “Love Games: Bad Girls Need Love Too.” The show premieres Tuesday. Cosmos played for the Cobbers from 2005-08.

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Eric Peterson at (701) 241-5513.