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Gresmer slam dunk champ at UWRF Midnight Madness

Ben Gresmer

Former Hudson Raider Ben Gresmer was crowned slam dunk champion at UW-River Falls' Midnight Madness, which kicked off the Falcon basketball season overnight Oct. 15-16.

Gresmer wowed the judges and crowd at the Karges Center with a series of acrobatic dunks, including jumping over a teammate in a chair who fed him the ball while he was in the air.

Gresmer, a 6-foot, 4-inch junior guard at UWRF, was an honorable mention All-Big Rivers Conference selection as a senior on the Raiders' last BRC championship team in 2009.

UWRF's Midnight Madness marked the first practice of the season for the Falcons, who are ranked No. 21 in the 2011-12 preseason poll.

The Falcons finished the 2010-11 season 20-8 overall and 12-4 in the WIAC. They advanced to the WIAC playoff championship game and the NCAA Tournament for the first time in school history.

The Falcons open their 2011-12 season Tuesday, Nov. 15 with a non-conference game at Viterbo. Their home opener is scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 22, at 7 p.m. at Karges Center against defending national champion St. Thomas. The Tommies are ranked No. 8 in the preseason poll.

Bob Burrows
Bob Burrows has been sports editor at the River Falls Journal since 1996 and at the Hudson Star-Observer since 2009. Prior to joining the Journal, Burrows served as sports editor with Ledger Publications in Balsam Lake, Wis. A native of Bayonne, N.J. and a U.S. Navy veteran, Burrows attended Marquette University before completing his studies at UW-River Falls in 1992.
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