Birmingham, Ala. – St. Cloud State Senior Shamus O’Grady (Coon Rapids) won an NCAA Division II Individual Wrestling title with a 12-2 major decision over Dallas Smith of Ouachita Baptist at 184-pounds and the Huskies finished as the NCAA Division II National Runner-Up today at the 2013 NCAA Wrestling National Championships in Birmingham, Ala.
As a team, the Huskies (104 points) finished as national runner-up for the third straight year behind the University of Nebraska-Kearney (108 points). This sets a new record for most points scored by the Huskies in a national tournament.
O’Grady finishes the season with a 40-1 record, tying the school record for most wins in a season previously held by Tad Merritt. His collegiate career ends with four All-American honors and a 108-28 overall record.
In the semi’s, O’Grady competed in the day’s marquee match-up against Travis McKillop of Pitt-Johnstown, who entered the match as D2’s leader in the Most Dominating Wrestler charts in 2012-13.
O’Grady advanced on the strength of a big 6-4 win over McKillop. O’Grady received notice as the tournament’s most outstanding wrestler for his efforts in Birmingham.
Pokorny at 133-pounds lost to Daniel DeShazer of Nebraska-Kearney by decision 7-5, and finished the season with a 24-3 record.
Pokorny (24-3) advanced to the title bout with a major decision victory over Marty Carlson of Notre Dame College. Pokorny won the match by a 10-0 tally.
This marks the second consecutive season that Pokorny has advanced to the championship bout at 133-pounds and it also marks the second consecutive season that he has gained All-America notice for the Huskies.
Wrestling at 149-pounds Jacob D. Horn lost 4-3 to Raufeon Stots of Nebraska-Kearney. Horn is a two-time All-American and finished the season at 18-8.
Horn punched his ticket to the championship round with a big 6-2 win over Jordan Basks of Central Oklahoma. The victory improved Horn’s record to 18-8 and it also marks the second time that he has earned All-America honors for the Huskies. A three-time NCAA qualifer, Horn also gained All-America notice for SCSU in 2011.
SCSU senior Jacob Kahnke completed his stellar career with the Huskies on March 9 with a third place finish at 285-pounds. A four-time All-American, Kahnke went 4-1 on the day after losing his second round match to Ziad Haddad of Kutztown by a 7-1 decision.
In the consolation bracket, Kahnke rolled to the third place finish. He started with a key 6-3 win over James Malechek of UW-Parkside. Kahnke then charged back with a 4-1 win over Andrew Tumlin of Findlay and also earned a 6-2 win over Orlando Scales of Norte Dame College.
Kahnke gained revenge for his earlier loss to Haddad by charting an impressive pin at 4:31 in the bout for third place. In his career at SCSU, Kahnke has gained two 2nd place finishes, a third place finish and a fourth place finish in NCAA tournament action. As a Husky, Kahnke notched 118 career wins and also charted a 23-1 record in 2012-13.
Redshirt freshman Clint Poster capped an impressive rookie year with a fourth place finish at 157-pounds, which grants him All-America status. In the bout for third place, Poster lost an 8-3 match to Jeff Pelton of Notre Dame.
Poster opened the day with a loss to Zach Vargo of Lake Erie (fall 2:07) in the semi’s. In the consolation semi’s Poster stayed alive with a 3-0 win over Chase White of UNK, which provided key team points for the Huskies. Poster capped his year with a 35-5 overall record.
At 141-pounds, Matt Nelson finished his year with a fifth place finish at the NCAA tournament to earn his first All-America award at SCSU. In the semi’s on March 9, Nelson lost a 14-10 match against Naveed Bagheri of San Francisco State. In the wrestlebacks, Nelson lost a 3-2 match to Maurice Miller of Notre Dame College and he chalked up the fifth place finish with a 10-2 major decision over Michel Hamel of Grand Canyon. Nelson ended his year at 22-9 for the Huskies.
Gabe Fogarty capped an impressive rookie campaign with a seventh place finish for the Huskies at 165-pounds, which provides him with All-America honors for 2013. Fogarty opened the day with a 17-0 tech fall win over Robert Shade of North Carolina-Pembroke in the consolation round. In the third round of the consolation bracket, Fogarty lost a 9-0 major decision to Chris Watson of Central Oklahoma.
His trip to Alabama was topped by a 14-5 major decision win over Justin Samora of Adams State in the bout for 7th place.
1. Nebraska-Kearney 108
2. St. Cloud State 104
3. Notre Dame College (Ohio) 103.5
4. Central Oklahoma 73