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The University of Mary is loaded with talent at 125 pounds both present and future. Bismarck native Nate Humann, a state champion for Century high school, enters his senior season with a full year of NISC competition under his belt. Humann was solid as the leadoff wrestler for Mary, finishing with a record of 13-14 and 5-9 in dual competition. There is also plenty of room for improvement. If Humann can improve on his dual record, especially within the NSIC, Mary has a great chance to maintain a national ranking as a team. The freshman to watch is Pierre, SD, two-time state champion Lincoln Turman. Turman, who could redshirt this season, has been one of the best lightweights in South Dakota over the last three years and should make a push for the lineup in the near future. Other 125 pound talents include North Dakotans Karson Mosbrucker and Jeremy Leintz, as was well as Devan Altenburg-Lasher. Leintz was 7-12 as a redshirt last season.
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After three years of setting records at Mary, Tate Barnhardt is back for his final season after winning the NSIC wrestler of the year award last March. For Barnhardt, last season included an undefeated NSIC dual record with wins over DII NCAA champion Josh Walker and runner-up George Farmah. Sadly, the season ended in disappointment at the Super Regional, as Barnhardt was again denied a spot at nationals and opportunity at All American honors. At his best, Barnhardt wrestles at NCAA championship caliber. The one knock is that he has had difficulty winning big tournament matches to this point in his career. Seeded third at the Super Region, Barnhardt fell to two NSIC opponents (the aforementioned Farmah as well as St Could’s Adam Hedin) that he had already beaten in dual competition. If Barnhardt can get over the tournaemtn hump, I expect he will contend for an NCAA championship in March.
Behind Barnhardt are a stable of young guys Mary head coach Adam Aho is excited about including Braedon Dickinson, Josh Weisbrod, and Logan Mahoney. Mahoney was 7-7 in competition as a redshirt last season, and Weisbrod and Dickinson have both turned heads in the practice room to this point.