#2 St. Cloud State Takes 3rd Place at NWCA National Duals

Cedar Falls, Iowa – The #2 St. Cloud State University wrestling team (10-1) captured third place at the 2010 NWCA Division II National Duals on Sunday, Jan. 9 in Cedar Falls, Iowa. The Huskies gained the third place finish with a 25-9 win over Newberry in the match for third place.

In the big win over Newberry, Gabe Suarez posted a 3-1 win at 141-pounds. The Huskies continued their run to third with a win by Jacob D. Horn at 149-pounds and a 5-0 win by John Sundgren at 157-pounds.

SCSU added a major decision at 165-pounds by Tad Merritt, and Shamus O’Grady added important points with a pin at 174-pounds. To finish the match, Lucas Munkelwitz posted a 3-1 win at 197-pounds and then Jake Kahnke iced the match with a 7-0 win at 285-pounds.

The Huskies gained a spot in the third place match after they dropped a close 18-15 match against NSIC rival Augustana in the semi-finals of the tournament. Augie rolled to wins at 125-, 133- and 141-pounds before Jacob D. Horn posted a 7-5 win at 149-pounds over AC’s Nate Herda.

Tad Merritt charted a 3:30 pin over Gavin Nelson of Augustana at 165-pounds, and Mic Berg notched a 9-3 win at 184-pounds. To finish the match, Jake Kahnke scored a 6-3 win over Lance Peters of AC at 285-pounds.

SCSU now owns a 10-1 record this season, and the Huskies will continue the season on Jan. 14 with a 7:30 p.m. date at St. John’s in Collegeville. On Jan. 15, SCSU will travel to UW-Eau Claire for a 7 p.m. match. Of note, Nebraska-Omaha won the title at the NWCA Duals with a 17-15 victory over Augustana.

3rd Place – St. Cloud State 25, Newberry 9
125 – John McDonald (NEW) def. Zach Stewart (SCSU) 6-4
133 – William Young (NEW) def. Eric Ellington (SCSU) 8-4
141 – Gabe Suarez (SCSU) def. Deral Brown (NEW) 3-1
149 – Jacob D. Horn (SCSU) def. Dale DeBacco (NEW) 9-4
157 – John Sundgren (SCSU) def. Sean Byrnes (NEW) 5-0
165 – Tad Merritt (SCSU) major dec. Braden Carter (NEW) 13-0
174 – Shamus O’Grady (SCSU) fall Josh Whitelock (NEW) :41
184 – Bryant Blanton (NEW) def. Mic Berg (SCSU) 3-2
197 – Lucas Munkelwitz (SCSU) def. Zach Anderson (NEW) 3-1
285 – Jake Kahnke (SCSU) def. Corey Anderson (NEW) 7-0

Semifinal Match – Augustana 18, St. Cloud State 15
125 – Alex Meger (AUG) def. Zach Stewart (SCSU) 9-4
133 -Jason Jeremiason (AUG) def. Eric Ellington (SCSU) 3-1
141 -Jay Sherer (AUG) def. Gabe Suarez (SCSU) 6-4
149 – Jacob D. Horn (SCSU) def. Nate Herda (AUG) 7-5
157 – Marcus Eddington (AUG) def. John Sundgren (SCSU) 4-1
165 – Tad Merritt (SCSU) fall Gavin Nelson (AUG) 3:30
174 – Carl Serck (AUG) def. Shamus O’Grady (SCSU) 6-4
184 – Mic Berg (SCSU) def. Tom Davies (AUG) 9-3
197 – Tyler Copsey (AUG) def. Lucas Munkelwitz (SCSU) 3-2 (tie breaker)
285 – Jake Kahnke (SCSU) def. Lance Peters (AUG) 6-3