DWU’s Cody Reichelt, TJ Benton and Dominick Warmbein were honored by GPAC football teams

Three Dakota Wesleyan University football players were represented on the Great Plains Athletic Conference team announced Wednesday.

Dakota Wesleyan University's Samuel Kretschmar (44), Cody Reichelt (9) and Hayden Schmidt (4) celebrate a defensive stop during the 31-25 win against Jamestown on Saturday, November 5, 2021 at Joe Quintal Field in Mitchell. (Matt Gade / Republic)
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Three Dakota Wesleyan University football players were selected to the all-Great Plains Athletic Conference team on Wednesday.

Senior inside linebacker Cody Reichelt was named to the GPAC first team while offensive lineman TJ Benton and defensive lineman Dominick Warmbein were named to the GPAC second team.

Reichelt, a Mitchell native, helped the Tigers become a top-15 team in all of NAIA in sacks with 30 and ranked top-25 in tackles with 737. Reichelt finished his senior season leading DWU in both categories with 66 tackles, 38 being solo tackles, and seven sacks.

Warmbein, a Sioux Falls native, notched 38 tackles this season, 13 of those being solo tackles. He also finished in the team in sacks with 4.5.

Benton, a Spokane, Washington, native started in nine games this season for the Tigers offensive line.


Senior wide receiver Daniel Libolt and inside linebacker Samuel Kretschmar were both honorable mentions.

Libolt, a Chambers, Nebraska, native had 16 punt returns on the season for 79 yards, while also recording 13 kickoff returns for 276 yards for an average of 21.2 yards per return.

Kretschmar, a Huron native, was the second leading player in tackles this season with 59, 23 of them being unassisted. While four of his tackles were for a loss of 25 yards, he also forced one fumble, blocked one field goal and broke up two passes.

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An 8-0 run by DWU capped by a Koln Oppold go-ahead 3-pointer gave the Tigers the final edge, as the Red Raiders put up just two points over the final 4 1/2 minutes of play.
The Tigers never trailed for the second game in a row, pulling ahead by as many as 18 points in the third quarter on the way to a road GPAC win.
"I think he truly felt like you were going to be rewarded for doing the right things," Washington coach Kalen DeBoer said of the legendary late Cougar football coach.