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Handball team wins second straight national championship

Defeats Michigan State for Combined Title

The handball team won its second consecutive United States Handball Association Combined Men’s and Women’s Division II championship and its first Men’s Division II championship in competition at Arizona State University,

2011-03-14
Minnesota State University, Mankato, Media Relations Office News Release (3/4/2011)

The Minnesota State University, Mankato handball team won its second consecutive United States Handball Association Combined Men’s and Women’s Division II championship and its first Men’s Division II championship at the United States Handball Association’s 59th Collegiate National Championships Feb. 23-27.

In competition held on the campus of Arizona State University, the Minnesota State Mankato team defeated Michigan State University 2735 to 2556 in the  combined, and claimed the men’s Division II title over Stony Brook University 1352-1342, the closest margin in recent history. The Minnesota State Mankato Division II women’s team was third behind Michigan State and Western Washington University.

Matt Callanan was Minnesota State Mankato’s sole individual national champion, defeating Michigan State’s Andrew Rockwell in the men’s B division. Callanan needed only two games out of a possible three as he out-dueled Rockwell 21-7 and 21-14.

The team also had two runners-up in Brad Jernberg in the men’s challenger division and Brooke Minnehan in the women’s B division. Matt Nordahl was a semi-finalist in the men’s A division, and Josh Hoflock and Tikhon Esaulenko were both semi-finalists in the men’s challenger division.

Nearly 300 players from more than 40 U.S. universities and some individual players from Ireland participated in the tournament, which was sponsored by the World Players of Handball.

Other members of the national championship team, led by head coach Mike Wells and assistant coaches Lee Cornell and John Stoffel:  Joe Nordahl, Ahren Backman, Becky Cole, Dena Craig, Billy Craig,  Aaron Grimmer, Josh Hoff, Ashley Larson, Matt Larson, Zach Lincoln, Bill Lundblad, Glenn Oslin, Rodney Piepho, Bob Quinn Kate Quiram, Brittany Stadther,  Andrew Schneider and Brittany Stadther.

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