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The Northern State

University wrestling program

concluded the 2015-16

season at the NCAA National

Championships with NCAA

Runner-up and 2-time NCAA

All-American Joe Gomez.

Juniors Tyler Stenberg and Joe

Gomez, as well as sophomore

Blake Perryman advanced to

the second day of the NCAA

Super Region tournament.

Stenberg and Perryman

fought in true fourth matches

to advance to the NCAA

National Championships;

however, were unable to

garner victories. Gomez began

his exciting post-season run

going a perfect 4-0 to earn his

first NCAA Super Region III

Title. The Wolves 197-pounder

battled from the NCAA

National Championships,

reaching the title match after a

thrilling sudden death victory

over Jake Cramer of Tiffin.

Gomez faced off against 2-time

defending national champion

Romero Cotton, of Nebraska

Kearney, in the championship

bout and ultimately fell 4-1.

Gomez also was named a

finalist for the NCAA Elite 90

Award landing in the top-3

competitors in cumulative

GPA at the Championships.

The junior is the seventh

national runner-up in program

history and finished with a

30-4 record.



The Northern State University

track and field program capped

off the 2015-16 indoor season with

a pair of competitors heading

to the NCAA National Indoor

Championships. Sasha Hovind and

Breann Jackson represented NSU

in the 5000m run and the weight

throw. It was the second straight

national indoor meet appearance

by Jackson and first for Hovind.

Jackson opened competition for

the Wolves, finishing fifth overall

with an 18.87m mark. The senior

earned her second straight NCAA

All-American honor and recorded

her highest NCAA finish of her

career. Northern then headed to

the track as Sasha Hovind was on

the hunt for her fifth All-American

honor of her career (cross country/

track and field). Hovind crushed

the Northern State school record,

finishing in 16:31.40 to finish eighth

overall. She was just 22.3 seconds

behind the leader and was the top

NSIC finisher in the event.


The Northern State University

softball team opened the 2016

season from the Rochester Dome

with a 3-1 record against some

difficult regional opponents. Senior

Kelsey Gale opened the season

with NSIC Player of the Week

honors. Gale went 7-for-14 with

two homeruns, six runs scored,

two doubles, and three RBI. The

middle infielder continued to be

an important statistical leader

throughout the season with a .345

average and team-leading 57 hits.

With highs and lows throughout

the spring season, the Wolves

edged into the NSIC Tournament

as the ninth seed, going 3-1 in the

final weekend of regular season

action. Highlights for the Wolves

were a weekend home sweep

of Concordia-St. Paul and the

NSIC regular season champions,

Minnesota State, on possibly the

windiest days in NSU softball

history. NSU finished the regular

season with a 24-30 record overall

and 14-16 record in the Northern

Sun Intercollegiate Conference.

Seniors Kelsey Gale and Macey

Engel were named to the All-NSIC

second and gold glove teams.


The Wolves opened the year

with a 7-5 record from the Tucson

Invitational. Matt Stubbs and

Lucas Lorenz earned back-to-back

NSIC Player of the Week honors

for NSU after opening the season

with monster weeks at the plate.

Northern returned home and faced

some bumps in the road; however,

battled back for a berth in the NSIC

Tournament in St. Cloud. Northern

landed four on the All-NSIC lists

in Nick Hoffard (Newcomer of

the Year/1st Team), Jack Schmidt

(1st Team), Matt Stubbs (2nd

Team), and Colton Boucher (Gold

Glove). Jack Schmidt added to the

post-season honors for the Wolves

with three 2nd Team All-Region

nods from the NCBWA, D2CCA,

and ABCA, as he broke the single

season hits record and produced

his second straight season hitting

above .400. A total of 11 Wolves will

hit the diamond this summer in

leagues across the country.



The Northern State University

track and field team smoothly

transitioned into the outdoor

season in early April. In the first

month of the season, the Wolves

knocked down multiple school

records, as well as numerous event

victories. Hanneke Oosterwegel

tallied an impressive school record

in the 400m hurdles, finishing

with a time of 1:01.37 from the

earlier season meet in California.

Lucas Osowski notched a school

record in the hammer throw. The

senior twice broke the school

record with a personal best toss

of 53.44m. Sasha Hovind broke

both the 5,000m run and 10,000m

run records in 2016 with times of

16:31.19 and 34:59.59 respectively.

Hovind, as well as Dakotah

Bullen and Breann Jackson,

qualified for the NCAA Outdoor

Championships. Hovind notched

her sixth and seventh All-American

honors finishing fourth in the

10,000m run and ninth in the

5,000m run.



Joe Gomez

Graham, Wash.

Sasha Hovind

Stirum, N.D.

Breann Jackson

Wheatland, Wyo.