St. Cloud State 23, Concordia 9

#5 Huskies Keep Rolling with Victory at Concordia

The #5 ranked St. Cloud State University wrestling team moved to 2-0 on the early season with a 23-9 victory at #10 Concordia-Moorhead (2-1) on Thursday, Dec. 12 in Moorhead, Minn.

SCSU HuskiesThe bout opened with an 11-3 win for the Huskies by freshman Tanner Johnshoy at 125-pounds against Concordia’s Gabe Foltz. Johnshoy was selected on Monday as the NSIC Wrestler of the Week after winning the 125-pound title at the recent Dragon Open Red Division on Dec. 7.

The Cobbers replied with a 7-5 win by Jacoby Bergeon at 133-pounds against SCSU’s Zach Stewart. At 141-pounds, team captain #2 Andy Pokorny, a two-time All-American at SCSU, added another victory to his career with a 9-4 win over Yonas Gebreab to make it 7-3.

At 149-pounds, SCSU’s Jay Hildreth pushed his team’s lead to 10-3 with a thrilling 6-5 win in double OT against Jake Long, the #3 ranked wrestler in Division III at 149-pounds.

#4 Clint Poster continued SCSU’s success with a 3-0 decision over Kyle LeDuc of CC at 157, which made the score 13-3. The Huskies’ streak continued at 165-pounds with a 9-5 win by Ryan Zumwalt over CC’s Jake Krogstad.

The Cobbers got back into the mix at 174-pounds as Sebastian Gardner scored an 8-4 win over SCSU’s Tyler Lewandowski. SCSU then moved the match score to 19-6 with a key 8-4 decision by Clayton Jennissen at 184-pounds over CC’s Dylan Hanson.

Concordia added its last win at 197-pounds as Delson Saintai posted a 5-2 win over SCSU captain Chris Brassell to make it 19-9. To add the finishing touch, SCSU won the final bout of the evening with a 13-4 major decision by Austin Goergen over CC’s #6 Cody Kasprick. The victory pushed the final score of the bout to 23-9 and helped SCSU clinch its NCAA Division II record 49 consecutive victory.

The Cobbers will have a short break for Finals Week and then head south to Tennessee to compete in the Gator Duals hosted by Luther College on Saturday, Dec. 21 beginning at 9 a.m.

Yes, it is time for the 43rd annual Holiday Inn/Husky Open collegiate wrestling tournament, which will be held on Saturday, Dec. 14 in the Halenbeck Hall Fieldhouse. This match will feature many of the region’s top wrestlers and college programs and the action will get underway at 9 a.m. Tickets for the tournament may be purchased at the gate on the day of the tournament.

#5 St. Cloud State 23, #10 Concordia-Moorhead 9
125 – Tanner Johnshoy (SCSU) maj. dec. Gabe Foltz (CC); 11-3
133 – Jacoby Bergeron (CC) dec. Zach Stewart (SCSU); 7-5
141 – Andy Pokorny (SCSU) dec. Yonas Gebreab (CC); 9-4
149 – Jay Hildreth (SCSU) dec. #3 Jake Long (CC); 6-5 2OT
157 – #4 Clint Poster (SCSU) dec. Kyle LeDuc (CC); 3-0
165 – Ryan Zumwalt (SCSU) dec. Jake Krogstad (CC); 9-5
174 – Sebastian Gardner (CC) dec. Taylor Lewandowski (SCSU); 8-4
184 – Clayton Jennissen (SCSU) dec. Dylan Hanson (CC); 8-2
197 – Delson Saintal (CC) dec. Chris Brassell (SCSU); 5-2
285 – Austin Goergen (SCSU) maj. dec. #6 Cody Kasprick (CC); 13-4

Match Notes:
– St. Cloud State is ranked 5th in the latest NCAA Division II poll.
– Concordia is ranked 10th in the latest NWCA Division III poll.
– St. Cloud State won 7 of the 10 bouts in the match.
– St. Cloud State won 5 matches by decision and 2 by major decision.

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