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Eric Peterson, Published March 08 2012

Area college notebook: Concordia women's hockey ready for next step

MOORHEAD – The hours between last Saturday night and Monday morning were filled with emotional ups and downs for Katelyn Dold.

Concordia lost to Gustavus last Saturday in the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference women’s hockey championship game. A win would have given the Cobbers an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III tournament. Instead, the team played the waiting game.

“Sunday was a rough day,” said Dold, a senior forward who has more than 100 career points. “I don’t know if I even got out of bed twice on Sunday.”

Dold’s mood brightened considerably Monday morning when she found out the Cobbers (15-5-5) had earned an NCAA bid, the first in program history.

“There are absolutely no words for it,” Dold said. “I’m still speechless.”

The Cobbers earned one of the three at-large bids for the eight-team tournament. Concordia plays No. 1 Rochester Institute of Technology (21-1-1) at 1 p.m. Saturday in the national quarterfinals.

“To be a part of that change, it’s kind of cool,” Dold said.

Cobbers have four wrestlers at nationals

Concordia may not get another individual national champion like it did last year, but Cobbers head coach Clay Nagel is hoping for four All-Americans by the end of this weekend.

Concordia has four wrestlers qualified for the NCAA Division III tournament, which starts today in La Crosse, Wis. Ben Presler (125), Daron Hohbein (133), Nathan Schmitz (197) and Tom Bouressa (285) are all making return trips to the national tournament. Bouressa is the lone one in that group to earn All-American honors last season.

“We feel like we have four individuals that could be All-Americans,” Nagel said. “We’re one of the top teams with four guys going to the national tournament competing. There are a lot of teams with one or two guys.”

Hohbein is seeded fourth, Schmitz is seeded sixth, Bouressa is seeded eighth and Presler is unranked.

“Once you get here, it’s almost like a new season,” Nagel said. “You see guys who are seeded eighth win a national championship.”

Dragons’ Ulmer looking for national title

Minnesota State Moorhead senior Cory Ulmer has two people with national championship pedigrees he can lean on this weekend.

No. 1-ranked Ulmer (26-2) is one of the favorites at 125 to win a championship at the NCAA Division II wrestling tournament, which starts today in Pueblo, Colo.

“That’s obviously the goal for Cory,” said MSUM head coach Kris Nelson. “That’s what we are shooting for, bringing home that national title.”

Nelson was a Division II national champion at 133 pounds in 2000 when he wrestled at North Dakota State. MSUM assistant coach Nate Baker won a

D-II national title for the Dragons at 165 in 2006.

Baker is the last Dragons national champion.

“It shouldn’t be any different than any tournament you have wrestled in your whole career,” Nelson said. “I think you want to stick with what’s been working for you.”

This is the third time Ulmer has qualified for the national tournament. He earned All-American honors last season. MSUM junior Jacob Bennett (20-11) will also compete at the national tournament at 157 pounds.

“I think he’s sitting in a good spot. I think he’s ready to go,” Nelson said. “I think his goal should be to be an All-American. He’s a grinder. One thing Jacob does is he outworks his opponents. He wrestles hard the whole seven minutes.”

Readers can reach Forum reporter Eric Peterson at (701) 241-5513.

Peterson’s blog can be found at peterson.areavoices.com


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