Team Stars & Stripes Names Roster For Tazon de Estrellas

S&S logo copy 2A total of 52 seniors from 27 Division III schools across the United States will head to Mexico to represent Team Stars & Stripes in the fifth annual Tazón de Estrellas (Bowl of the Stars), which follows 11 years of Division III stars playing in Mexico’s Tazon Aztec (Aztec Bowl).

The all-star team of NCAA non-scholarship student-athletes will face Mexico’s CONADEIP All-Stars in the 36,000-capacity Estadio Tecnológico on the Tec de Monterrey campus on Saturday, December 21, kickoff 1pm CT.

The colleges and universities represented on the Team Stars & Stripes roster are: Augustana College, Buena Vista University, Central College, Coe College, Cornell College, DePauw University, Elmhurst College, Endicott College, Grinnell College, Grove City College, Hanover College, Kalamazoo College, Kenyon College, Lake Forest College, Lawrence University, Loras College, MacMurray College, Ohio Northern University, Pacific University Oregon, Rhodes College, Rose Hulman, St. Norbert College, Susquehanna University, University of Wisconsin-Stout, Utica College, and Wartburg College.

Among the quarterbacks on the Team Stars & Stripes roster is Ryan Landwehr of Rose Hulman, who led the Fightin’ Engineers to a 7-1 conference record and a share of the HCAC championship with nationally ranked Franklin College.  In the final game of the season, he finished 23-30 for 229 yards and five passing touchdowns to tie the school’s single-game passing touchdowns record and also rushed for 59 yards and two touchdowns to tie the single-game school record for touchdowns in a game with a total of seven.

Record-setting Lawrence University quarterback Luke Barthelmess was named All- Midwest Conference having completed 193 of 346 passes for 2,133 yards and 14 touchdowns.  He also ran 177 times for 889 yards and two touchdowns, averaging 5.0 yards per carry to finish eighth in the conference at 88.9 yards per game.  Barthelmess finished first in the league in total offense at 302.2 yards per game and is Lawrence’s career leader in a number of passing categories.

Lake Forest College is sending a high of seven players to Mexico as members of Team Stars & Stripes and four of their contingent was named First Team All-Midwest Conference for their defensive performances in 2013.

Cornerback Ed Dobernig led the league with 15 passes defensed, including three interceptions he returned a total of 60 yards.  He also recovered a fumble and returned it 33 yards for a touchdown.  Defensive lineman Jake Rotkvich led the MWC with 8.0 sacks and his team-high 12.5 tackles for loss were tied for fourth in the conference. He finished the season with 47 tackles overall and also forced and recovered a fumble.  Linebacker John Dillon was third on the team and 19th in the conference with 68 total tackles and ranked fourth on the squad and tied-for-16th in the league with 9.5 tackles for loss. He also intercepted a pass, forced two fumbles, and made one fumble recovery.  Defensive lineman Michael Garetto-Balmer ranked third in the league with 7.0 sacks and tied-for-12th with 10.0 tackles for loss.  He racked up 41 tackles on the season and 112 in his career.

Team Stars & Stripes Roster (By school)

No.

Name

Pos.

Ht.

Wt.

School

86

Nicholas Krantz

WR

6-1

195

Augustana College

93

TJ Bruch

DL

6-1

245

Buena Vista University

10

Tanner Collins

LB

5-11

230

Buena Vista University

20

Jason Breon

DB

5-9

163

Central College

15

Danny Samson

DL

5-11

250

Central College

22

Michael Young

LB

5-11

185

Central College

69

Travis Hook

OL

6-3

260

Central College

6

Antoine Allen-Jackson

DB

5-10

171

Coe College

8

Juan Flores

QB

5-9

180

Cornell College

4

Nikko Sansone

RB

5-9

170

DePauw University

55

Charlie Roberts

DL

5-10

200

Elmhurst College

13

David Tomis

K

6-2

195

Elmhurst College

97

Marcell Cooper

DL

5-11

250

Endicott College

12

Dylan Rushe

K/P

6-0

185

Endicott College

68

Alec Gatzogiannis

OL

6-4

280

Endicott College

21

Kevin Hwang

DB

5-10

203

Grinnell College

45

Colton Feller

LB

6-1

233

Grinnell College

62

Morgan Kinsinger

OL

6-4

265

Grinnell College

53

Ben Manwaring

LB

6-2

230

Grove City College

56

Ethan Martin

OL

6-2

295

Grove City College

84

Anthony Richie

WR

6-5

195

Grove City College

19

Dexter Britt

QB

6-1

181

Hanover College

1

Ryan Gregory

DB

5-10

175

Kalamazoo College

5

Jake Larioza

TE/WR

6-3

225

Kalamazoo College

11

Josh Wise

WR

6-0

185

Kalamazoo College

89

Ryan Rosen

DL

6-3

250

Kenyon College

61

David Brackett

OL

6-2

255

Kenyon College

36

Nick Waters

DB

5-9

180

Lake Forest College

38

Ed Dobernig

DB

5-10

180

Lake Forest College

3

Michael Garetto-Balmer

DL

6-4

250

Lake Forest College

90

Jake Rotkvich

DL

6-2

240

Lake Forest College

44

Jordan Cruz

LB

6-1

235

Lake Forest College

47

John Dillon

LB

6-1

230

Lake Forest College

14

Greg Alonso

TE

6-3

235

Lake Forest College

2

Sam Wagner

DB

6-0

205

Lawrence University

16

Luke Barthelmess

QB

6-2

195

Lawrence University

63

Chris Sullivan

DL

5-9

245

Loras College

75

Dan Murray

OL

6-5

265

Loras College

18

Nicholas Nunley

P

6-1

185

Loras College

41

Dakota Cane

DL

5-8

240

MacMurray College

66

Dimitrious Dimoulas

OL

5-10

265

MacMurray College

94

Mike King

DL

6-2

275

Ohio Northern University

70

Bryan Bowling

OL

6-4

255

Ohio Wesleyan University

25

Craig Bailey

DB

5-10

180

Pacific University Oregon

88

Zac Hart

DL

6-6

300

Rhodes College

7

Ryan Landwehr

QB

6-6

220

Rose Hulman

17

Brian Fliess

WR

6-0

180

St. Norbert College

77

Brandon Cuevas

OL

6-4

300

Susquehanna University

72

David Reyes

OL

6-1

275

University of Wisconsin-Stout

9

Joseph Giametta

LB

5-9

215

Utica College

50

Dana Christofferson

LB

6-0

220

Utica College

26

Ryan Billings

LB

6-1

230

Wartburg College

Coaching Staff: Head Coach & Defensive Coordinator: Don De Waard, Central; Defensive coaches: Joe Adam, Elmhurst College; Kyle Sweeney, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps; Offensive Coaches: Erik Raeburn, Wabash College; Joe Austin, Southwestern University; Jim Catanzaro, Lake Forest College; Player Personnel Director: John Roslien, Central College; General Manager: Patrick Steenberge, Global Football.