Meuleners successful in national title defense

Former Norwood Young American wrestler wins second NCAA title

PUEBLO, Colo. — Northern State junior Matt Meuleners’ national title defense ended just the way he envisioned it – with a second straight NCAA Division II national championship. Meuleners defeated St. Cloud State’s Jacob Kahnke in the championship match on Saturday, scoring the match’s only takedown in the sudden victory overtime period to secure the win.

With that win, his 32nd of the season, Meuleners becomes only the second 2-time national champion in NSU wrestling history and the only one to do it in Division II.

Saturday’s title bout opened with a scoreless first period, after which each man scored an escape early in their respective down position periods. Kahnke took a late shot in the third stanza, but Meuleners was able to fend off the attack and send the match into the overtime. The Young America, Minn. native then scored the match’s only takedown in that winner-takes-all period to claim the national title.

No stranger to each other, Meuleners and Kahnke have battled back and forth for the last two seasons, trading the No. 1 and No. 2 national rankings back and forth throughout. Kahnke has won four regular season meetings and the 2011 Super Region III meeting, while Meuleners has claimed each of the national championship meetings.

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