Lights crown three more All-Americans

Two finalists, three on the podium for MSU-N grapplers at NAIA national tournament


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Montana State University-Northern head coach Tyson Thivierge, middle, and assistant coach Bo Bettinson pose, left, for a photo with Light's NAIA All-Americans, from left, Brandon Weber, Isaac Bartel and Andrew Bartel after the conclusion of the NAIA national tournament Saturday in Des Moines, Iowa. Weber earned All-American honors for the third straight year, while the Bartel brothers, repeated as All-Americans.

In 2018, a pair of Montana State University-Northern wrestlers stood on the threshold of winning an individual national championship, only to come up short in heartbreaking matches. Saturday night in Des Moines, Iowa, the Lights found themselves in the same situation.

In what was an up-and-down 2019 NAIA national tournament for Northern, the Lights of head coach Tyson Thivierge crowned three NAIA All-Americans, had a second straight year with two runner-up finishes, and finished 10th in the team points race with 50.5 points.

"This tournament continues to get tougher, and it's not ever goi...

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