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Former Loper National Champ Now Associate Head Coach

Nebraska-Kearney head wrestling coach Marc Bauer announced today that Dalton Jensen is being promoted from assistant coach to associate head coach.

A 2012 national champion at 141 lbs. for the Lopers, Jensen has been Bauer's right hand man for the past three seasons.

"Dalton has been very instrumental in the ongoing success of the Loper wrestling program. His presence on the coaching staff made an immediate impact in 2013," said Bauer. "Dalton is a passionate leader and tremendous role model for our student-athletes. He is driven to make a positive impact on the student-athlete experience, which is our number one priority."

As the head assistant, Jensen helped lead the Lopers to the 2013 National Championship and National Runner Up finishes in 2014 and 2015. Those three teams qualified 22 of 30 wrestlers for nationals, and 17 of those 22 qualifiers earned All-American honors. Finally, five of those 17 qualifiers went on to win an individual national championship.

"Dalton is constantly striving to see our program make improvements and gains with internal operations, recruiting, and event management, while maintaining focus on training our wrestlers to compete at a high level. Our program has had a decade of excellence, bringing home nine top four finishes in the past 10 years. Teams are not going to sit back and hand it to us. They are gunning for us, and will continue to put pressure on us. We have to keep battling here on the home front, which requires a lot of attention to recruiting, fundraising, developing our athletes, and anything we can do to make this a great experience for all our student-athletes."

A native of Missouri Valley, Ia., Jensen wrestled at Iowa State before transferring to UNK. He posted a 60-9 record as a Loper, placing runner up at the 2011 NCAA Championships and then first the following year.

Jensen was part of UNK teams that went a combined 29-6, won two RMAC Championships, two NCAA Regional titles and won the 2012 National Championship.

For Missouri Valley High School, Jensen was a four-time state qualifier and two-time champ who, at the time of his graduation, had the fourth most falls – 126 – in Iowa High School history.

"UNK is a great place to be and when we have the opportunity to promote and secure individuals in our program that are making such a positive impact like Dalton has, we have to commit to them," said Bauer. "There is no doubt we have been very fortunate to have such a quality coaching staff for the past 15 years. Dalton has and will continue to help lead this team with the enthusiasm and passion that is in the best interest of UNK, the athletic department, and the future of the UNK wrestling program."

The 2016 wrestling season kicks off for the Lopers on Friday, October 30th, with the annual Blue/Gold scrimmage. The first match begins at 5:30 p.m. in the Health & Sports Center.

Nebraska-Kearney track & field team members Kevin Carder, Dillon Schrodt and Jackie Ziemke have been selected to the 2014 Capital One Academic All-District 7 teams, as selected by CoSIDA (College Sports Information Directors of America).

To be eligible for this squad, a student-athlete must carry a 3.30 cumulative GPA, be a starter or key reserve and been at his/her current school for one academic year. Finally, sports information directors (SID's) vote on the makeup of the Academic All-American and All-District teams.

District 7 includes schools from the MIAA, NSIC (Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference) and GAC (Great American Conference).

This is the second year of the expanded Academic All-America program as CoSIDA moved from recognizing a University Division (Division I) and a College Division (all non-Division I) and has doubled the number of scholar-athletes honored. The expanded teams include NCAA Division I, NCAA Division II and NCAA Division III participants, while the College Division Academic All-America Team combines NAIA, Canadian and two-year schools.

Carder maintains a 3.99 GPA as Political Science major. Currently running across Europe, the Albion native was the Lopers team MVP in cross country in each of the past two years while being an NCAA provisional qualifier at 10,000 meters this spring.

In the ring, Ziemke (Waco) earned All-American honors in the shot this past March thanks to a third place finish. Also qualifying for the NCAA Outdoor Championships, she has a 3.93 GPA in Business Administration.

A junior from Lincoln North Star, Schrodt was an All-American in the heptathlon at the NCAA Indoor meet with a third place finish. At last week's NCAA Outdoor meet, he placed ninth in the decathlon and also was a qualifier in the 110 hurdles. He maintains a 3.86 GPA in Math (grades 7-12).

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