The #3 St. Cloud State University wrestling team, which just finished its 2010-11 season with a 19-2 dual match record will begin post-season competiton with action at the 2011 NCAA Division II Super Regional Three tournament on Feb. 27.
The Regional will be held at the Elmen Center on the campus of Augustana College in Sioux Falls, S.D. Action gets underway with the doors opening at 9 a.m. and the first round starting at 10 a.m. The championship round of the Regional Tournament is slated to begin around 7 p.m. on Feb. 27.
Tickets for this event are $7, $5 for students and seniors and free for five and under. The tickets for the tournament can be purchased at the gate.
Teams slated to compete at the Regional include St. Cloud State, Augustana, Minnesota State, Minnesota State-Moorhead, Southwest Minnesota State, Upper Iowa, Mary, Northern State, Newman, Indianapolis and UW-Parkside.
The Huskies are currently ranked #3 in the nation, while host Augustana is ranked #2 in the nation. In 2010, the Huskies placed second at the Regional tournament behind champion Augustana. At the 2010 NCAA Division II championships, SCSU posted a seventh place finish and advanced eight wrestlers out of the regional to the national championships.
SCSU wrestlers currently ranked among the nation’s top NCAA Division II athletes include Jake Kahnke (#1/285 pounds), Tad Merritt (#2/165-pounds), John Sundgren (#2/157-pounds), Jacob D. Horn (#6/149-pounds), Lucas Munkelwitz (#6/197-pounds) and Gabe Suarez (#8/141-pounds).
Of note, the top four wrestlers from each weight bracket gain a bid to the 2011 NCAA Division II championships that will be held in Kearney, Neb. on March 11-12.