#3 St. Cloud State Charts Victory at #11 Upper Iowa
The #3 St. Cloud State University scored a 21-12 victory at #11 Upper Iowa University on Sunday, Feb. 13. The victory improved SCSU’s record to 18-2 on the season and the Huskies will conclude their regular season on Thursday, Feb. 17 with a 7 p.m. home match against #8 Minnesota State at Halenbeck Hall in St. Cloud.
The match at UIU scored a win in the opening bout with a 6-1 decision by #2 Trevor Franklin over SCSU’s Dylan Wright at 125-pounds. The Peacocks gained their second win of the afternoon with a 3-1 decision by #1 ranked Kyle Pedretti over SCSU’s Eric Ellington at 133-pounds.
The Huskies kicked it into gear at 141-pounds with a 12-6 victory by #8 Gabe Suarez over UIU’s Blake Hilmer. At 149-pounds, SCSU Jacob R. Horn posted a big 14-4 major decision over UIU’s Colby Kriegel to give the Huskies’ their first lead of the match.
At 157-pounds, #2 ranked John Sundgren of SCSU collected a 15-0 major decision at 3:40 of his match against UIU’s Winston Robbins. At 165-pounds, #2 Tad Merritt helped push SCSU’s lead to 15-6 with a 7-3 victory over UIU’s Bryce Lumzy.
The Huskies’ run was halted at 174-pounds as UIU’s Mark Mueller posted a 3-2 victory over #8 Shamus O’Grady of SCSU. Upper Iowa added its final win of the match with a 3-1 victory by Wade Gobin over SCSU’s Mic Berg at 184-pounds.
Up 15-12, SCSU got back on track at 197-pounds with a 3-2 win by #6 Lucas Munkelwitz over UIU’s #8 Carl Broghammer.
The285-pound match was the highlight match of the afternoon as it pitted two of the nation’s top four wrestlers in SCSU’s Jake Kahnke (#1 NCAA) and UIU’s Zach Rosol (#4 NCAA). Both wrestlers fought off strong takedown attempts in a scoreless first period. The match moved to the final period without a score, but Kahnke put two minutes of ride time on the board. The Husky heavyweight scored a reversal and a takedown in the final period and claimed a 6-2 victory.
With the win, St. Cloud State took the NSIC dual by a final score of 21-12.
St. Cloud State 21 Upper Iowa 12
125: Trevor Franklin (UI) DEC Wright, Dylan (SCS) 6-1
133: Kyle Pedretti (UI) DEC Ellington, Eric (SCS) 3-1
141: Suarez, Gabriel (SCS) DEC Blake Hilmer (UI) 12-6
149: Horn, Jacob R. (SCS) MD Colby Kriegel (UI) 14-4
157: Sundgren, John (SCS) TF5 Winston Robbins (UI) 15-0 3:40
165: Merritt, Tad (SCS) DEC Bryce Lumzy (UI) 7-3
174: Mark Mueller (UI) DEC O’Grady, Shamus (SCS) 3-2
184: Wade Gobin (UI) SV Berg, Michael (SCS) 3-1
197: Munkelwitz, Lucas (SCS) DEC Carl Broghammer (UI) 3-2
285: Kahnke, Jake (SCS) DEC Zach Rosol (UI) 6-2