UMD Rugby Wins Division II Nat'l Title

By KBJR News 1

UMD Rugby Wins Division II Nat'l Title

December 9, 2013 Updated Dec 9, 2013 at 5:39 PM CST

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- The University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD) rugby team won the USA Rugby Division II fall championship on Sunday, beating Salisbury 31-7 in the championship game played at Bowling Green University.

The team, called the Fighting Penguins, was able to avenge a loss to Salisbury in last year's USA Rugby Division II spring championship.

UMD's captain Blake Martin was named the tournament's MVP based on his superior work rate and leadership, while the forward pack of Derreck Van Klein, Sam Torvinen, and Austin Haecherl each had one try and converted on two scrum tries in the winning effort.

Trace Bolstad helped UMD's cause with two conversions in the match, while Cody Christenson also had a conversion for the Fighting Penguins.

Posted by Zach Schneider
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