#3 St. Cloud State Stuns #1 Nebraska Omaha, 19-18
The No. 1 UN-Omaha wrestling team was upset by No. 3 St. Cloud State on Friday night, 19-18, after a quick turn of events in the night’s final match at the Sapp Fieldhouse.
With UNO leading 18-13 heading into the 133-pound final match, it looked like the Mavs were in position to win, as Trent Cox was in control over St. Cloud State’s Eric Ellington. Cox scored an early takedown and an escape to take a 3-0 lead, then rode Ellington for 2:43. But Ellington quickly turned the table, flipping Cox and earning the quick pin at 3:42, giving the Huskies the come-from-behind 19-18 win.
The victory moved SCSU’s record to 13-1 on the season, as the Huskies will travel to Southwest Minnesota State on Jan. 22 for a 7 p.m. dual match in Marshall. The loss dropped UNO to 5-1 on the year in duals, and snapped UNO’s 13-match win streak. It also marked UNO’s first dual loss since Jan. 22, 2010, when Augsburg defeated UNO, 18-12, and first dual loss at home since a 22-15 loss to Division I Northern Iowa on Feb. 21, 2008.
The Mavs jumped out to a 9-0 lead, thanks to a draw that allowed UNO to throw its three top-ranked wrestlers onto the mat to start the dual.
Top-ranked Mario Morgan got the Mavs on the scoreboard to begin the dual at 141 pounds with a 4-0 victory over the Huskies’ Gabe Suarez. At 149 pounds, No. 1 Esai Dominguez took a 6-5 lead over No. 4 Jacob D. Horn with a takedown late in the second period, then held off Horn in the third period for the win.
UNO’s third top-ranked wrestler, George Ivanov, recorded a takedown with eight seconds left in the match, then released No. 5 John Sundgren for a one-point escape to claim a 7-6 win and give UNO a 9-0 lead. Ivanov recorded three takedowns in the final period to take control of the match. Ivanov is 6-0 in dual matches this season.
SCSU got on the board at 165-pounds with a 13-5 major decision win by #2 ranked Tad Merritt over UNO’s Nathan Sigman. UNO returned with a 9-3 win by Ryan Pankoke over #7 Shamus O’Grady at 174-pounds. UNO added another win at 184-pounds with a 4-0 victory by #3 Aaron Denson over SCSU’s Mic Berg. The final UNO win of the day was a close 3-2 decision by #8 Matt Baker over SCSU’s Luke Munkelwitz at 197-pounds. The win gave the Mavs an 18-4 margin in the match.
At 285-pounds, SCSU’s #1 Jake Kahnke carded a big 5-3 decision over #8 ranked Taylor Escamilla to make it 18-7. The Huskies and Zach Stewart took full advantage of a forfeit at 125-pounds that provided six important points for the Huskies.
The forfeit set the table for Ellington’s late round heroics at 133-pounds for the Huskies.
St. Cloud State 19, UN-Omaha 18
141 – No. 1 Mario Morgan (UNO) by dec. over Gabe Suarez (SCSU), 4-0 (UNO 3-0)
149 – No. 1 Esai Dominguez (UNO) by dec. over No. 4 Jacob D. Horn (SCSU), 6-5 (UNO 6-0)
157 – No. 1 George Ivanov (UNO) by dec. over No. 5 John Sundgren (SCSU), 7-6 (UNO 9-0)
165 – No. 2 Tad Merritt (SCSU) by major dec. over Nathan Sigman (UNO), 13-5 (UNO 9-4)
174 – No. 3 Ryan Pankoke (UNO) by dec. over No. 7 Shamus O’Grady (SCSU), 9-3 (UNO 12-4)
184 – No. 3 Aaron Denson (UNO) by dec. over Mic Berg (SCSU), 4-0 (UNO 15-4)
197 – No. 8 Matt Baker (UNO) by dec. over Luke Munkelwitz (SCSU), 3-2 (UNO 18-4)
285 – No. 1 Jacob Kahnke (SCSU) by dec. over No. 8 Taylor Escamilla (UNO), 5-3 (UNO 18-7)
125 – Zach Stewart (SCSU) by forfeit (UNO 18-13)
133 – Eric Ellington (SCSU) by fall over Trent Cox (UNO), 3:42 (SCSU 19-18)