The Northern State wrestling team will start the 2012 year with a first.
The Wolves will compete at the NWCA/Cliff Keen National Duals this Saturday and Sunday in Springfield, Ill. It is the first time the NSU wrestling program has been invited to the event, which features several of the top wrestling programs in Division II.
It has always been a goal of mine to get into the National Duals, Northern State wrestling coach Pat Timm said. It is great that we finally reached that goal and hopefully we can keep attending this event every year.
It is a two-day event and features teams from Division II, Division III, NAIA, NJCAA and even women wrestling teams. The Wolves got the invite to the tournament due to their 15th place finish at the NCAA Division II nationals last season.
The Wolves recently competed at the Midwest Classic prior to Christmas break in Indianapolis, Ind., and finished fifth. Timm said the National Duals is a little bit tougher than the Midwest Classic, which is another top Division II wrestling event.
I would say it is a little tougher because it will be pretty close to the top 16 teams in the nation, Timm said. You are going to see the best teams in Division II there, so it will be good.
Among the top 25 Division II teams also invited include: Augustana, Central Oklahoma, Findlay, King College, Limestone, Maryville, Nebraska-Kearney, Newberry College, St. Cloud State, Mankato, Upper Iowa and Wisconsin-Parkside.
The 23rd ranked Wolves will then host No. 3 St. Cloud State on Jan. 13 and No. 2 Upper Iowa on Jan. 14.
We end up coming back from this tournament and wrestle St. Cloud and Upper Iowa, Timm said. We know that January is going to be a pretty tough month.
NSU recruit to play in Timberwolves Shootout
Northern State men's basketball signee Skye Warwick and No. 1 St. Thomas More will play in the Minnesota Timberwolves Shootout this Saturday at the Target Center in Minneapolis.
The Cavaliers will play Benilde-St. Margaret's (Minn.) in the first game of the six game classic. St. Thomas More is ranked No. 1 in Class A in South Dakota, Benilde-St. Margaret's is ranked No. 1 in Class AAA in Minnesota.
Benilde-St. Margaret's features three players that will play Division I next season: Sanjay Lumpkin (Northwestern), Isaiah Zierden (Creighton) and Will Dunn (Indiana-Purdue Fort Wayne).
The 6-foot-1 sharpshooting Warwick has the defending state champs off to a 6-0 start. St. Thomas More recently defeated Aberdeen Roncalli and McCook Central-Montrose over Christmas break in Rapid City. Warwick is the son of former NSU player Shane Warwick, who played the guard position for the Wolves in the 1980s.
The St. Thomas More vs. Benilde-St. Margaret's game is at 11 a.m. Prior Lake (Minn.) and Cedar Falls (Iowa) will play in the fourth game of the classic at 3:30 p.m. Prior Lake is led by 7-foot-1 junior center Carson Shanks, who has verbally committed to play at Utah State.
Shanks is the son of Mike Shanks, who played for Northern State during the 1982-83 season and is from Huron. His uncle is Brian Shanks, who played for South Dakota State during the 1975-76 season and played for NSU during the 1976-77 and 1977-78 seasons. Brian also led Huron to the 1973 State A title and was an all-stater for the Tigers.
Brian is now the superintendent at Elk Point-Jefferson. His son Scott Shanks was a redshirt freshman tight end for the Northern State football team this past season.
Sports writer Ryan Deal
· South Dakota offensive lineman Tom Compton has been invited to the NFL Scouting Combine between Feb. 22-28 in Indianapolis.
· The Colorado State men's basketball team won the Bank of the West Don Haskins Sun Bowl Invitational in El Paso, Texas, this past weekend. The Rams are coached by Doland native and former Northern State assistant Tim Miles.
· Jasper Sanders, a sophomore All-American at Butler Community College (Kan.), will play for the University of South Dakota football team. Sanders, a 5-foot-10 Kansas City native, rushed for 939 yards and 15 touchdowns last season, earning him honorable mention All-America honors.
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