St. Cloud State Sets NCAA Record with Win Over SJU
St. Cloud, Minn. – The #5 ranked St. Cloud State University wrestling team (1-0, 0-0 NSIC) set a new NCAA Division II record for most consecutive dual match victories thanks to a 38-0 win over visiting St. John’s University (0-1, 0-0 MIAC) on Thursday, Dec. 5 at Halenbeck Hall in St. Cloud, Minn.
The victory was SCSU’s 48th consecutive dual match victory, which breaks the old record of 47 dual match wins set by Pittsburgh-Johnstown from 1993 to 1996. The current SCSU streak started with a 38-3 win over Minnesota State, Moorhead on Feb. 4, 2011. Since that win, the Huskies have posted two consecutive 21-0 seasons in 2012-13 and 2011-12 and three consecutive runner-up finishes at the NCAA Division II championships in 2011, 2012 and 2013. Of note, the last lost for the Huskies was an 18-13 setback at Augustana College on Jan. 27, 2011.
SCSU’s other highlights during “the streak” include three consecutive NCAA Division II Super 3 Regional crowns, two consecutive NCWA Division II National Duals championships, two and consecutive NSIC championships. The Huskies and eighth year head coach Steve Costanzo have also brought home three individual NCAA championships (John Sundgren at 157 in 2011, Derek Skala at 184 in 2012 and Shamus O’Grady at 184 in 2013).
The Huskies set the tempo early in the match against SJU as freshman Tanner Johnshoy charted a pin at 3:43 against St. John’s John Wells at 125-pounds. The points continued to roll in with a major decision victory by #2 ranked Andy Pokorny at 133-pounds. Pokorny posted a 15-1 win over SJU’s Mike Pleski to give SCSU a 10-0 lead.
At 141-pounds, #2 Matt Nelson scored a 10-4 decision over SJU’s Ben Henle, who is ranked #5/6 in the nation among DIII wrestlers at 141-pounds. SCSU’s Jay Hildreth pushed the score to 16-0 with a solid 10-3 decision over SJU’s Joe Jessing at 149-pounds. The Huskies’ #4 Clint Poster added another victory with an 8-2 win over #8/10 Ryan Arne of SJU at 157-pounds.
In action at 165-pounds, junior Ryan Zumwalt scored a 7-3 victory for the Huskies over SJU’s Brandon Seppelt to make it 22-0. The match’s outcome was clinched at 174-pounds when SCSU’s Taylor Lewandowski earned a 15-4 major decision over SJU’s Thedore Erickson. The victory put the match out of reach for SJU at 26-0.
To ice the decision, SCSU’s Clayton Jennissen posted a 6-2 win at 184-pounds and senior captain Chris Brassell rolled to a 4-1 win at 197-pounds against SJU’s Ryan Michaels. The evening was concluded at 285-pounds as SCSU’s Austin Goergen collected another six points with a pin over SJU’s John Scepaniak at 6:22.
The Huskies will continue their 2013-14 season on Dec. 7 with a trip to the Dragon Open in Moorhead, Minn. SCSU wrestling fans will want to mark Dec. 14 on their calendars as that is the date of the annual Holiday Inn/Husky Open in Halenbeck Hall. The action will begin that day at 9 a.m. For complete ticket information, please visit www.scsutickets.com or call 1-877-SCSUTIX. This tournament will feature many of the region’s top collegiate wrestlers.
The shutout is the first against SJU since Nov. 22, 2006, at then-No. 1 Augsburg (43-0).
The Johnnies, ranked as high as No. 17 by D3wrestle.com, continue dual action with three this Saturday, Dec. 7, in La Crosse, Wis. SJU is scheduled to face No. 21/30 Wisconsin-Stevens Point (9 a.m.), Waldorf of Iowa (11 a.m.) and No. 21/25 Cornell of Iowa (1 p.m.).
#5 (DII) St. Cloud State 38, #17/18 (DIII) Saint John’s 0
125: Tanner Johnshoy (SCSU) pinned John Wells, 3:43 [0-6]
133: Andy Pokorny (No. 2, SCSU) major dec. Mike Pleski, 15-1 [0-10]
141: Matt Nelson (No. 2, SCSU) dec. Ben Henle (No. 5/6), 10-4 [0-13]
149: Jay Hildreth (SCSU) dec. Joe Hessing, 10-3 [0-16]
157: Clint Poster (No. 4, SCSU) dec. Ryan Arne (No. 8/10), 8-2 [0-19]
165: Ryan Zumwalt (SCSU) dec. Brandon Seppelt, 7-3 [0-22]
174: Taylor Lewandowski (SCSU) major dec. Teddy Erickson, 15-4 [0-26]
184: Clayton Jennissen (SCSU) dec. Josh Willaert, 6-2 [0-29]
197: Chris Brassell (SCSU) dec. Ryan Michaelis, 4-1 [0-32]
285: Austin Goergen (SCSU) pinned John Scepaniak, 6:22 [0-38]