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In the offseason, University of Mary head coach lost a talented two-year starter in Josh Jensen, who migrated back to his home state of Utah. Bismarck Century state champion Nate Humann will now fill the starting role for the Marauders this season with a few local redshirts providing depth. Humann started his wrestling career with one season at Concordia (Moorhead) before returning to Bismarck and joining the Mary program two seasons ago. Humann posted a respectable 12-8 record last season including a 1-1 record in dual competition.
The three redshirts behind Humann begin with North Dakota products Jeremy Leintz and Karson Mosbrucker. Leintz was the 113 pound state champion for Class B Beulah-Hazen last season, while Mosbrucker finished third at 106 for Mandan. Leintz’s wrestling style should translate well to college, as he is a gritty mat wrestler with a ton of talent on top. Both Leintz and Mosbrucker will need this redshirt year to increase size as they try to fill into the lightest college weight class. Devin Altenburg-Lasher of Great Falls will also likely redshirt for the Marauders at 125.
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The strength of the Mary lineup begins at 133, where Bismarck native Tate Barnhardt will fill the role he has now held for two full seasons. Barnhardt was dominant at times last season, scoring an 18-6 record against Division II competition and a 14-2 record in dual matches. The two-time state champion from St. Mary’s Central struggled a bit in the NSIC underneath strong riders, but if his bottom game has improved, expect him to contend for a spot at the national tournament in March. Barnhardt can scrap with anyone at his level from neutral, and possesses a dangerous top game that helped him rack up seven pins last season.
Behind Barnhardt on the depth chart is Montana state finalist Brayden Schwalbe. Schwalbe was a three-time state place winner and Fargo All American