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Caniglia Field during a Mavericks' game against South Dakota in 2007.
Courtesy: Omaha Athletics

Remembering The History

Courtesy: Omaha Athletics
Release: July 19, 2013
UNO Football and Wrestling

On March 25, 2011, the Nebraska Board of Regents approved a plan set forth by UNO Athletics to reclassify from Division II to Division I, thereby paving the way for the Mavericks to join The Summit League beginning in July of that same year.  As part of the reclassification, UNO discontinued the football and wrestling programs to cut costs and to better align with the sports sponsored by The Summit League.

Both UNO football and wrestling had long and storied traditions of success.  The football team began play in 1911 and produced 31 All-Americans including Marlin Briscoe '67, the first black quarterback in the history of the NFL.  UNO participated in two bowl games, winning the Tangerine Bowl in 1954 to cap an undefeated season and the All Sports Bowl in 1962.  UNO won five championships in the Central Intercollegiate Conference from 1962-1968 and won or shared nine titles in the North Central Conference from 1983 to 2007, the last year of play for the conference.  The school also made 12 appearances in the NCAA Playoffs.

UNO wrestling won eight national championships including six of eight between 2004 and 2011.  Seven of those titles were in NCAA action while the first in 1969-70 was in the NAIA.  The Mavericks also won seven North Central Conference championships during their time.UNO began wrestling during the 1948-49 season and in 57 years, compiled an all-time dual meet record of 584-218-19.  That included a remarkable record of 38-2-0 during the last three seasons.  Thirty-one UNO wrestlers won a total of 46 individual national championships, led by Les Sigman who was the only Maverick to win four titles, doing so between 2003 and 2006.

Below are links to historical information about each sport.

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