Huskies win 2 matches, advance to semifinals of DII NWCA/Cliff Keen National Duals

Springfield, Ill – The #3 St. Cloud State wrestling team won two duals Saturday to advance to the championship semifinals of the Division II NWCA/Cliff Keen National Duals held in Springfield, Ill.

St. Cloud State will wrestle #2 Upper Iowa at 11:00 a.m. Sunday. A win would put the Huskies in the Division II Championship match at 3:00 p.m.

In the opening match, the Huskies defeated Truman 47-6. St. Cloud State collected five pins in the dual. In the second match of the day, St. Cloud State defeated #6 Central Oklahoma 26-15.

SCSU senior Tad Merritt (Canby) collected two wins on the day at 165 pounds. He pinned Joshua Wells of Truman at 3:27 and defeated Chris Watson of Central Oklahoma by a technical fall, 17-2.

Junior Jake Kahnke (Shakopee) also had two wins for the Huskies pinning both of his opponents. He pinned Joel Geders of Truman in :47 seconds and Cady Dauphin of Central Oklahoma in 4:01.

St. Cloud State 47 Truman 6
125 Eric Forde (St. Cloud State) over Daniel Karlskin (Truman) Pin 2:4
133 Zach Stewart (St. Cloud State) over Unknown (Unattached) Forf
141 Matt Leibforth (St. Cloud State) over James Maus (Truman) Dec 3-1
149 Ryan Maus (Truman) over Josh Howk (St. Cloud State) Pin 4:47
157 Jacob D. Horn (St. Cloud State) over Devon Fenstermaker (Truman) Dec 10-3
165 Tad Merritt (St. Cloud State) over Joshua Wells (Truman) Pin 3:27
174 Kurt Salmen (St. Cloud State) over Zach Hayes (Truman) TF 16-0
184 Derek Skala (St. Cloud State) over Gary Janesko (Truman) Pin 2:06
197 Michael Berg (St. Cloud State) over Warren Galloway (Truman) Pin 2:51
285 Jake Kahnke (St. Cloud State) over Joel Geders (Truman) Pin 0:47

St. Cloud State 26 Central Oklahoma 15
125 Dylan Wright (St. Cloud State) over Ryan Brooks (Central Oklahoma) Dec 3-2
133 Dustin Reed (Central Oklahoma) over Andrew Pokorny (St. Cloud State) Dec 7-5
141 Jay Hildreth (St. Cloud State) over Casy Rowell (Central Oklahoma) Dec 4-3
149 Josh Howk (St. Cloud State) over Ky Corley (Central Oklahoma) Pin 1:41
157 Cory Dauphin (Central Oklahoma) over Jacob D. Horn (St. Cloud State) Inj
165 Tad Merritt (St. Cloud State) over Chris Watson (Central Oklahoma) TF 17-2
174 Kelly Henderson (Central Oklahoma) over Kurt Salmen (St. Cloud State) Dec 2-1
184 Tanner Keck (Central Oklahoma) over Derek Skala (St. Cloud State) Dec 6-4
197 Lucas Munkelwitz (St. Cloud State) over Jarrett Edison (Central Oklahoma) Dec 4-2
285 Jake Kahnke (St. Cloud State) over Cody Dauphin (Central Oklahoma) Pin 4:01