ST. CLOUD, Minn. – The No. 3 St. Cloud State University wrestling team set a new school record for dual meet victories with a dominating 39-0 win over Northern State University Friday evening at Halenbeck Hall.The Huskies are now an impressive 16-2 this season and set a new bench mark for wins after the 1964-65 squad set the standard 45 years ago with 15 victories.
The Huskies earned five decisions, three major decisions and one fall that happened in the 174-pound match as Shamus O’Grady (21-7) recorded a quick pin just 1:03 into the match.
In the biggest matchup of the evening between No. 1 and No. 2 heavyweights in the county, Jake Kahnke made it clear he was the top-seeded wrestler with a 5-4 decision in the final match of the night.
Kahnke (20-1) was down 3-2 to start the final period, but made an escape three seconds into the period and earned the victory with a takedown at the 1:42 mark to help the Huskies record their second shutout of the season.
John Sundgren (8-2) earned a major decision victory with a 16-2 win in the 157-pound match and No. 2 ranked Tad Merritt (28-3) followed it with a major decision of his own in the 165-pound match in a 15-3 victory.
Michael Berg (15-11) posted the final major decision of the evening in the 184-pound match with a 12-3 win.
The Huskies will next host Northern the University of Mary at 2:00 p.m. Saturday afternoon at Halenbeck Hall. Both matches will be held in Halenbeck Hall and tickets can be purchased at the gate. As always, all SCSU students are admitted FREE to all regular season home matches with a valid SCSU student ID.
St. Cloud State 39 Northern State 0
125 Dylan Wright (St. Cloud State ) For Surat, Corbin (Northern State )
133 Eric Ellington (St. Cloud State ) DEC Ian Muirhead (Northern State ) 10-5
141 Gabriel Suarez (St. Cloud State ) DEC Benton Crow (Northern State ) 6-3
149 Jacob R. Horn (St. Cloud State ) DEC Beau Voegeli (Northern State ) 6-0
157 John Sundgren (St. Cloud State ) MD Blake Lundgren (Northern State ) 16-2
165 Tad Merritt (St. Cloud State ) MD Neil Sell (Northern State ) 15-3
174 Shamus O’Grady (St. Cloud State ) FALL Chad Gibson (Northern State ) (1:03)
184 Michael Berg (St. Cloud State ) MD Jeb Clay (Northern State ) 12-3
197 Lucas Munkelwitz (St. Cloud State ) DEC Brent Fosheim (Northern State ) 6-0
285 Jake Kahnke (St. Cloud State ) DEC Matthew Meuleners (Northern State ) 5-4