SCSU in First Place After Day One at NCAA Finals

Birmingham, Ala. – The St. Cloud State University wrestling team completed the first day of competition at the 2013 NCAA Division II championships in top order at the Cross Plex in Birmingham, Ala. on March 8. The Huskies tallied 60.5 points on day one and sit in first place ahead of second place Notre Dame College (58.0) and Nebraska Kearney (57.0).

SCSU HuskiesThe Huskies saw seven of their nine wrestlers make it through the first day of competition and five of those wrestlers will be wrestling in the championship semifinals on March 9.

At 133-pounds, senior Andy Pokorny collected two wins on March 8 to advance to the semi’s along with freshman Matt Nelson, who gained two opening round wins at 141-pounds. Senior Jacob D. Horn clinched All-America status with his two wins on March 8 at 149-pounds.

Clint Poster will be competiting in the semi’s at 157-pounds of the Huskies after winning his first two matches and the group is completed by Shamus O’Grady, who picked up two opening round wins at 184-pounds.

The Huskies’ Gabe Fogarty opened his day at 165-pounds with a victory before moving into the consolation bracket with a loss in the second round. He then advanced to Saturday with a big tech fall win at 165-pounds of Robert Shade of UNC-Pembroke.

At 285-pound, senior Jacob Kahnke gained a first round victory over Niko Bogojevic of CS-Pueblo before losing in the quarterfinals to Ziad Haddad of Kutztown in a 7-1 decision. Kahnke punched his ticket for action on Saturday with a 6-3 win over James Malechek of UW-Parkside in the wrestlebacks.

SCSU’s Eric Forde suffered a first round loss at 125-pounds before picking up a win in the wrestlebacks. His trip to the NCAA meet ended with a second round wrestleback loss to Matt Turek of Gannon. At 174-pounds, Kurt Salmen lost in the first round to Pat Martinez of UN-Kearney and suffered a 7-1 setback against Kelly Henderson of Central Oklahoma.

Match will get underway on March 9 at 10 a.m. (CT) at the Cross Plex in Birmingham, Ala.

HUSKY NOTES: Pokorny, Nelson, Horn, Poster and O’Grady have all clinched All-America status for 2013…the Huskies have now earned All-America status 57 times during the Costanzo era…Shamus O’Grady was featured in the Star Tribune on March 8 and also the NCAA.com website. O’Grady is 38-1 this season after his two wins on March 8. He needs two more wins to tie the team record for wins in a season, which was set by Tad Merritt at 40-2 in 2010-11…Coach Steve Costanzo will be aiming to win his first NCAA team title at SCSU. He also won a NAIA title at Dana College in 2006.

2013 NCAA DIvision II Wrestling Championships – First Day Results
125 – Round 1 – Jesse Hillhouse (Colorado State University – Pueblo) 27-3 won by decision over Eric Forde (St. Cloud State) 26-9 (Dec 6-2)
Cons. Round 1 – Eric Forde (St. Cloud State) 26-9 won by major decision over Ian Ross (Lake Erie College) 20-18 (Maj 8-0)
Cons. Round 2 – Matthew Turek (Gannon University) 29-8 won by tech fall over Eric Forde (St. Cloud State) 26-9 (TF 20-5)

133 – Round 1 – Andrew Pokorny (St. Cloud State) 23-2 won by pin over Dave Fogle (University of Pittsburgh, Johnstown) 16-14 (Pin 4:01)
Quarterfinal – Andrew Pokorny (St. Cloud State) 23-2 won by decision over Michael Labry (Ashland University) 33-3 (Dec 7-4)

141 – Round 1 – Matt Nelson (St. Cloud State) 21-7 won in sudden victory – 1 over Joshua Myers (Ouachita Baptist University) 25-8 (SV-1 6-4)
Quarterfinal – Matt Nelson (St. Cloud State) 21-7 won by decision over Michael Hamel (Grand Canyon University) 14-4 (Dec 13-8)

149 – Round 1 – Jacob D.. Horn (St. Cloud State) 17-7 won by injury default over Bobby Ward (Grand Canyon University) 16-6 (I-D 3:49)
Quarterfinal – Jacob D. Horn (St. Cloud State) 17-7 won by decision over Deral Brown (Newberry College) 38-6 (Dec 8-2)

157 – Round 1 – Clint Poster (St. Cloud State) 34-3 won by decision over Braden Turner (East Stroudsburg Univ. Of Pennsylvania) 21-9 (Dec 4-0)
Quarterfinal – Clint Poster (St. Cloud State) 34-3 won by pin over Jeffrey Pelton (Notre Dame College) 17-4 (Pin 2:28)

165 – Round 1 – Gabe Fogarty (St. Cloud State) 26-11 won by decision over Mason True (University of Findlay) 17-7 (Dec 7-3)
Quarterfinal – Blake Ridenour (Newberry College) 32-7 won by decision over Gabe Fogarty (St. Cloud State) 26-11 (Dec 5-0)
Cons. Round 2 – Gabe Fogarty (St. Cloud State) 26-11 won by tech fall over Robert Shade (North Carolina-Pembroke) 29-10 (TF 17-0)

174 – Round 1 – Patrick Martinez (Nebraska-Kearney) 13-0 won by pin over Kurt Salmen (St. Cloud State) 16-11 (Pin 6:24)
Cons. Round 1 – Kelly Henderson (Central Oklahoma) 25-6 won by decision over Kurt Salmen (St. Cloud State) 16-11 (Dec 7-1)

184 – Round 1 – Shamus O`grady (St. Cloud State) 38-1 won by tech fall over Derrick Williams (West Liberty University) 15-16 (TF 18-1)
Quarterfinal – Shamus O`grady (St. Cloud State) 38-1 won by major decision over Adam Walters (University of Findlay) 26-3 (Maj 8-0)

285 – Round 1 – Jake Kahnke (St. Cloud State) 20-1 won by decision over Niko Bogojevic (Colorado State University – Pueblo) 17-15 (Dec 5-1)
Quarterfinal – Ziad Haddad (Kutztown Univ. Of Pennsylvania) 26-3 won by decision over Jake Kahnke (St. Cloud State) 20-1 (Dec 7-1)
Cons. Round 2 – Jake Kahnke (St. Cloud State) 20-1 won by decision over James Malechek (Wisconsin-Parkside) 25-8 (Dec 6-3)

Top 10 Team Standings – NCAA Division II Championships – After Day 1

Team Scores
1. St. Cloud State 60.5
2. Notre Dame College 58.5
3. Nebraska-Kearney 57.0
4. Central Oklahoma 45.0
5. Newberry College 33.0
5. Upper Iowa University 33.0
7. Adams State 26.5
8. Grand Canyon University 17.0
9. Maryville University of St. Louis 16.0
9. San Francisco State 16.0
11. Ouachita Baptist University 15.

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