St. Cloud State Wins NWCA DII National Duals Championship!

The #4 ranked St. Cloud State University wrestling team (11-0, 1-0 NSIC) continued its impressive run by claiming first place at the 2013 NWCA DIvision II National Duals on Jan. 13 in Springfield, Ill.

The Huskies earned their second consecutive NWCA National Duals crown with a thrilling 17-15 win over #7 Notre Dame (Ohio) in the championship match at the Prairie Capital Center in Springfield, Ill. SCSU earned its berth in the title bout with a 27-9 victory over #17 UW-Parkside in the semifinal round match in the morning of Jan. 13.

SCSU HuskiesOf note, SCSU stayed in the winners bracket thanks to a 40-7 win over UNC-Pembroke and a 29-12 win over #5 Upper Iowa in the opening day of action on Jan. 12.

In the championship match, SCSU trailed Notre Dame by one point before a 3-0 victory by senior #2 Jacob Kahnke at 285-pounds over ND’s #5 Orlando Scales provided the needed three points to secure the two-point win and the tournament title.

The match opened well for the Huskies as Eric Forde gained a 2-1 decision over ND’s Johnny Papesh. #2 Andy Pokorny padded the Huskies’ lead with a 14-3 major decision win over ND’s Marty Carlson at 133-pounds.

ND’s #8 Maurice Miller put his squad on the board with a 7-3 win at 141-pounds over SCSU’s Matt Nelson. Senior Jacob D. Horn added three key points at 149-pounds with a 3-0 victory over ND’s Jonaton Rivera.

Notre Dame gained wins at 157-pounds and 165-points to tie the score at 10-10, before ND gained a 13-10 lead with a victory at 174-pounds. The Huskies gained critical points at 184-pounds with a 12-3 major decision win by #2 Shamus O’Grady over ND’s Charles Mason.

The lead changed hands once more at 197-pounds, as Notre Dame earned a decision to make it 15-14 heading into the decisive bout at 285-pounds. The complete results from the Huskies’ final two bouts at the NWCA Duals are listed below.

The win over Notre Dame marks the Huskies 37 consecutive dual match victory, as SCSU has not lost in dual meet action since the 2010-11 season. SCSU also owns a nine match win streak at the NWCA Division II Duals dating back to 2011.

The last time the Huskies lost a match was on Jan. 27, 2011 against Augustana by a 19-18 score and the last time the Huskies lost a match at the NWCA Duals was an 18-15 setback against Augustana on Jan. 9, 2011. This is the longest team dual match win streak in the history of Husky wrestling.

The defending NSIC champs, SCSU will continue its 2012-13 season with a home match against NSIC rival Minnesota State, Moorhead in Halenbeck Hall. The action will get underway at 7 p.m. and tickets may be purchased at the gate for this important contest.

As always, all SCSU students with a valid SCSU student ID card get into the game for free. Just show you ID card at the gate and you get into the match for FREE!

Division II National Duals Results

2013 NWCA Division II National Duals – Springfield, Ill.

125 – Eric Forde (St. Cloud State) over Johnny Papesh (Notre Dame) Dec 2-1
133 – Andrew Pokorny – St. Cloud State) over Marty Carlson (Notre Dame) Maj 14-3
141 Maurice Miller (Notre Dame) over Matt Nelson (St. Cloud State) Dec 7-3
149 Jacob D. Horn (St. Cloud State) over Jonaton Rivera (Notre Dame) Dec 3-0
157 – Jeffrey Pelton (Notre Dame) over Clint Poster (St. Cloud State) Dec 7-6
165 – Joey Davis (Notre Dame) over Gabe Fogarty (St. Cloud State) Maj 18-8
174- Eric Burgey (Notre Dame) over Kurt Salmen (St. Cloud State) Dec 8-2
184 – Shamus O`Grady (St. Cloud State) over Charles Mason (Notre Dame) Maj 12-3
197 Brandonn Johnson (Notre Dame) over Chris Brassell (St. Cloud State) Dec 7-2
285 Jake Kahnke (St. Cloud State) over Orlando Scales (Notre Dame) Dec 3-0 3.00 0

SCSU 27, UW-Parkside 9 – Semifinal Match
125 Eric Forde (St. Cloud State) over Ryan Mcquade (Wisconsin-Parkside) Dec 7-2
133 Eric Ellington (St. Cloud State) over Jacob Papke (Wisconsin-Parkside) Dec 8-3
141 Matt Nelson (St. Cloud State) over Arik Yde (Wisconsin-Parkside) Maj 11-1
149 Jacob D. Horn (St. Cloud State) over Dan Argueta (Wisconsin-Parkside) Dec 6-1
157 Clint Poster (St. Cloud State) over Kory Jauch (Wisconsin-Parkside) TF 17-1
165 Gabe Fogarty (St. Cloud State) over Nick Fishback (Wisconsin-Parkside) Dec 6-4
174 Kurt Salmen (St. Cloud State) over Josh Anthony (Wisconsin-Parkside) Dec 8-1
184 Shamus O`Grady (St. Cloud State) over Matt Gille (Wisconsin-Parkside) Dec 9-4
197 Davion Willis (Wisconsin-Parkside) over Mic Berg (St. Cloud State) Dec 4-3
285 James Malechek (Wisconsin-Parkside) WBF