O’Grady Wins National Title, Huskies Finish 2nd at NCAA Championships

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.

SCSU HuskiesIn other championship matches tonight, seniors Andy Pokorny (Bennington, Neb.) and Jacob D. Horn (Ephrata, Wash.) placed second at their respective weights.

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.

Team Scores:
1. Nebraska-Kearney 108
2. St. Cloud State 104
3. Notre Dame College (Ohio) 103.5
4. Central Oklahoma 73

NCAA Division II National Championships results

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