Lights sending five grapplers to NAIA national tournament


Last updated 2/23/2021 at 8:21am

Havre Daily News/Colin Thompson

Montana State University-Northern's Carl Hansen, top, is having an outstanding season for the Lights, and he was rewarded by being selected for the NAIA national tournament next month in Kansas. Hansen, at 184 pounds, is one of five Lights headed to nationals, which run March 5-6 in Park City, Kansas.

Three were already locks. Now, two more Montana State University-Northern Lights will be making the trip to the NAIA national tournament next month.

This past weekend was supposed to be the 2021 Cascade Conference Championships in Havre, but the tournament was canceled by the CCC last fall. Instead, criteria and voting was used to select the league's qualifiers for the national tournament, which is a mere two weeks away.

From their Top-15 rankings in the last NAIA Coaches Poll, Northern's Isaac Bartel at 197 pounds, Nick Kunz at 133 and Chase Short at 174 had already punched their tickets...

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