Hello Mustang fans!
Our winter sports are winding down with four of the SMSU wrestlers competing at the NCAA Division II National Tournament in Birmingham, Ala. Good luck to Kyle Begin (174 pounds), Jacob Begin (165), Travis Peralta (184) and Justin Reinsma (133) this Friday in their quest to earn All-American status for SMSU and the Mustang wrestling program. You can see all the updates on matches at SMSUMustangs.com, and our athletic communications staff will be tweeting the results of each match.
The opening round of the NCAA DII National Tournament will begin on Friday at 11 a.m., followed by the second round championships and consolation rounds at 6 p.m. Action on Saturday begins at 10 a.m. with the championship semifinals, third round consolation, consolation semifinals and the third-, fifth- and seventh-place matches. The championship finals begin at 6 p.m.
Justin Reinsma (25-7), who earned All-American honors last season after finishing in seventh place, opens the championship versus Cameron Throckmorton (20-3) from Shippensburg (Pa.). Jacob Begin (16-3), making his first national appearance, opens with Chris Watson (28-18) from Central Oklahoma. Kyle Begin (18-2) faces Ray Hall (14-11) from Colorado State-Pueblo in the opening round. Peralta (18-11) will make his first appearance at the NCAA National Wrestling Championships as a four seed and will wrestle Pittsburgh-Johnstown's Travis Mckillop (29-1).
Also in Alabama, the SMSU wheelchair basketball team will be competing in the National Wheelchair Basketball Association Championships in Tuscaloosa beginning Friday. The Mustangs enter the tournament with a 13-13 overall record.
The regional ranking came out on Wednesday for the Central Region in men's basketball and the SMSU men's basketball program (16-13 overall, 13-9 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference) dropped out of the rankings this week. The Mustangs were ranked 10th in last week's poll. The NCAA Division II Men's Basketball Selection Show will be held on Sunday evening at NCAA.com.
MUSTANG HOOFPRINTS TRIVIA QUESTION
What Mustang softball player has the hightest career batting average?
The first person to email me at MustangHoofPrints@SMSU.edu with the correct answer to this question will receive an SMSU t-shirt.
This week, Jordan Miller was named first team All-NSIC. Jordan was one of 10 players to be named to the first team. Head coach Brad Bigler was voted NSIC Coach of the Year by his peers. Congratulations to both Jordan and Coach Bigler for their hard work and dedication to Mustang men's basketball.
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This Week in Mustang Athletics
Next week is spring break on the campus of SMSU and that means our spring teams are off to warmer climates.
The SMSU baseball team (3-3-1 overall) will head to Tucsan, Ariz., this week to play eight non-conference games from March 9-15. The Mustangs will face Arizona Christian on Saturday at 4 p.m. in a single game to kick off spring break. On the trip, SMSU will also play Minot State (doubleheader), Dickinson State, Bemidji State and Dordt College (Iowa).
The SMSU softball team (0-2 overall) will be in Kissimmee, Fla., over spring break playing 12 games in the Rebel Spring Games. The Mustangs also begin play on Saturday with a doubleheader starting off against Adelphi (N.Y.) at noon in Game 1 and Northwood (Mich.) in Game 2 beginning at 4 p.m. SMSU will compete against Ashland College (Pa.), Ferris State (Mich.), Tiffin (Ohio), LIU Post (N.Y.), Southern Indiana and Wayne State (Mich.).
The SMSU tennis team (0-5) is off to Phoenix March 11-13 competing against Mesa Community College, Glendale Community College and Arizona Christian.
The SMSU women's golf team begins the spring season in Florida getting in practice rounds and competing in the SMSU Spring Invite in Daytona, Fla., at the LPGA International Golf Club.
I would like to wish all of our Mustang teams the best of luck over spring break and safe travels!
This week no one was able to provide the correct answer to the last week's Mustang Hoofprint's Trivia Question: What Mustang baseball player holds the career record for on base percentage? Gary Schleper (1983-87) had a career .507 on-base percentage for the Mustangs.