Dickinson State University Wrestling to join Heart of America

Dickinson State University Wrestling to join Heart of America

The Dickinson State wrestling program has agreed to be an affiliate member of the Heart of America Conference. The move will allow the program to be a part of a conference qualifying tournament. In addition, the team will be able to receive all-conference and player-of-the-week awards.

"We are excited about this small change for our team. The move does not affect our schedule, but guarantees us a place in a conference qualifying tournament," stated Blue Hawk wrestling coach Justin Schlecht. "Being a part of this conference will keep our travel costs down."

The NAIA requires schools to be a part of a conference or be placed in a group of independent schools for the national qualifying tournament. Athletic director Pete Stanton stated, "This move worked out well for our program. It gives us a conference in wrestling and prevented us from having to travel a great distance for an Independent qualifying tournament."

The HAC has many of the same teams that the Blue Hawks have competed against in past regional conference tournaments. "It is a good move for the sport of wrestling at the NAIA level to have all teams involved in a conference of some sort," stated Schlecht.

The Blue Hawks will open their season in January of 2018.