Nebraska Schools head to Nationals

Photo: The setup in Coralville, IA for the DIII Tournament

Huge weekend ahead for several Nebraska Colleges. Last weekend we got to see all five Nebraska NAIA men’s teams get at least one All-American. We will hope for more of the same this weekend as we watch DII, DIII and women’s NAIA National Tournamnts all go down.


The Nebraska-Kearney wrestling team is in St. Louis ready to compete at the NCAA DII National Tournament. After managing to qualify all ten wrestlers, they are in fantastic position to make a run at a team title. They should be challenged by St. Cloud State (coached by Bennington/UNO grad Steve Costanzo). Other teams to watch for that qualified 7 or more wrestlers include Central Oklahoma, Gannon (PA) and McKendree (IL). Action starts at noon today.

We will be rooting especially hard for native Nebraskans Wesley Dawkins (Lincoln High), Nick James (Kearney), Joseph Reimers (Aquinas) and Lee Herrington (Kearney). Go Lopers!

UNK Nationals Lineup and Seeds | Brackets

125: #4 Josh Portillo
133: #3 Wesley Dawkins
141: #7 Nick James
149: #4 Sam Turner
157: #3 Jacob Wasser
165: #3 Matt Malcom
174: #7 Terrell Garraway
184: #8 Austin Eldredge
197: Joseph Reimers
285: #6 Lee Herrington


After the NCAA DIII Tournament was cancelled this season, the NWCA stepped up and is hosting it’s own DIII National tournament. The Nebraska Wesleyan Prairie Wolves will be bringing a full lineup to the tournament. They are led by 2019 All-American Eron Haynes, who was a state champion for Omaha Central. Other Nebraskans in the lineup include Van Schmidt (Gretna), Collin Quandt (Northwest), Cade Kammerer (Lincoln East), Derek Wortman (Creighton) and Talan McGill (North Platte St Pats).

Nebraska Wesleyan Lineup | Brackets

125: Tyler Laudick
133: #3 Eron Haynes
141: Van Schmidt
149: Collin Quandt
157: Cade Kammerer
165: Derek Wortman
174: Talan McGill
184: Daniel Alonzo
197: Drake Stuhr
285: Dawson Schwerdtfeger


The NAIA Women’s National Tournament is this weekend as well. Nebraska will be represented by Midland, Hastings and York! The tournament is officially underway. You can follow along HERE at Flo Arena.

York Women’s Lineup

101: Kylie Marlin
101: Ella Whitaker
109: Claire Payne
116: Emily Fergeson
116: Diana Leyva
123: Katy Figueroa
130: Mikarae Mauldin
130: Kami Fiordalis
143: Camryn Hurlbert
155: Bella Mitchell
191: Charity Goldsmith

Midland Women’s Lineup

101: Esther Walker
109: Salem Scobee
116: Serenity Durham
123: Pretty Enriquez
123: Avery Thomason
136: Tayler Hayase
136: Ashlee Palimo’o
143: Samantha Segura
143: Waipuilani Estrella
155: Kamalamaokapomehealani Lewis
170: Jasmin Ballesteros
191: Serena Sanchez

Young program Hastings College also has three entries: Amy Fuller (136), Kimberly Pollak (143) and Jacqueline Carreras (155)

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