The Bismarck-based backbone of the University of Mary wresting team went out with a bang on Sunday.
Tate Barnhardt, Hunter Eckert and Nate Humann each registered victories as the Marauders dispatched Southwest Minnesota State 27-12 in their final dual of the season.
With the win the Marauders finished 6-4 in duals and 4-4 in the Northern Sun. They also went unbeaten at home at 4-0.
"We talk about legacy and things like that and this is definitely a great way to go out," said Humann, who sealed the win with a 15-point drubbing of Ben Emerich in the 125-pound tilt. "As a senior, you definitely want to win your last one. It was a good day for our team. We came out and got the job done."
After an 18-17, last-match win over Augustana on Saturday night, no such heroics were needed on Sunday afternoon in front of a large and enthusiastic crowd.
Leading 19-12 after heavyweight Gerardo Jaime labored through a 3-2 overtime victory over Andrew Peterson, the Marauders had Humann and Barnhardt waiting in the bullpen to seal the deal.
Humann made it official with his 30-15 rout at 125, which ended early in the third period.
"I'm kind of a sucker for that guillotine move ... it's kind of a thing where you fight it down, fight it down, oh crap, I'm going over," Humann said on a self-critique. "I didn't have the best effort on the bottom, but other than that I was pretty happy with it. I think it was an entertaining match."
It was, and it had the Marauder faithful all fired up.
"The fans were unbelievable," Humann said.
Tate Barnhardt, the No. 3 ranked 133-pounder in NCAA Division II, finished matters with a workmanlike 5-1 win over Brock Buysse, sealing the Marauders' .500 finish in the NSIC.
"I'm really happy to be a part of it," Humann said. "I wasn't a starter my first couple years and that was a little frustrating, but you never know when you're going to get your opportunity," the Century High product said. "I'm just really thankful to coach (Adam) Aho for giving me an opportunity and I'm really thankful for all my great teammates and my good practice partners like Tate.
"I couldn't ask for a better practice partner in the room. Seeing where (Tate) is at, I want to follow him and do the same things."
Eckert started the dual properly from a U-Mary perspective. The Century High grad never trailed in a 9-5 win over Riley Altenburg at 141 pounds.
Max Bruss, a freshman, made it 6-0 with a tidy 9-2 over Justin Haneke.
SMSU took a brief lead with two straight wins, including a pin at 165 from Kegen Fingalsen.
Phillip Springsteen, ranked No. 8 in D-II at 174, restored order with a four-point win over Nick VonRuden.
Lance Jarrett followed with the Marauders' lone pin of the dual. With just 63 seconds left in the match, Jarrett wheeled and caught Griffin Osing out of position, getting the fall at 5:57.
The Marauders have two weeks until the super regional in Moorhead. Humann is hoping to extend his season, and career, beyond that.
"I like where I'm at. I would have liked to have won a few more matches in conference, but the past is the past," he said. "I feel like if I can stack good matches on top of each other I can make some waves at the regional tournament."