Des Moines, Iowa – The #5 St. Cloud State University wrestling team (8-1, 0-0 NSIC) brought home a third place finish for the 2014 NWCA Division II National Duals on Sunday, Jan. 12. The two-day tournament in Des Moines, Iowa featured the nation’s top Division II wrestling programs and the Huskies finished with a big 22-14 win over #3 ranked Central Oklahoma in the bout for third place.
The Huskies advanced in the tournament on Jan. 11 with a 32-6 win over Colorado State Pueblo and a 37-3 win over #7 Kutztown. In the semifinal bout on Jan. 12, SCSU opened the NWCA Division II National Duals with a 23-16 loss to #1 Notre Dame College of Ohio.
The Huskies’ streak started with a 38-3 win over Minnesota State, Moorhead on Feb. 4, 2011. Since that win, the Huskies 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 in 2012 and 2013, and two 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).
In the match for third place against Central Oklahoma, SCSU gained wins in the first three matches of the day by Tanner Johnshoy at 125, Andy Pokorny at 133 and Matt Nelson at 141. Clayton Jennissen added a key win at 174 while the win was clinched with a win at 197 by Chris Brassell and a pin by Austin Goergen at 285 against #3 Cody Dauphin of Central Oklahoma.
In the match against Notre Dame, the Huskies’ Andy Pokorny posted a major decision win at 133-pounds followed by wins at 149-pounds by Josh Howk and at 157-pounds by Clint Poster. NDC clinched the win with consecutive wins at 165-, 174-, 184- and 197-pounds before Goergen ended the bout with a forfeit win at 285-pounds for the Huskies.
The Huskies will continue with their 2013-14 season on Jan. 18 with a trip to the 2014 Wisconsin Parkside Ranger Duals tournament in Kenosha, Wisc. For complete results of SCSU’s matches at the NWCA Duals on Jan. 12, please look below.
Of note, Notre Dame won the NWCA Division II National Duals tournament on Jan. 12 with a 28-3 victory over #4 ranked Newberry.
#5 St. Cloud State 22, #3 Central Oklahoma 14
125 – Tanner Johnshoy (St. Cloud State) over Josh Breece (Central Oklahoma) Dec 6-5
133 – #2 Andy Pokorny (St. Cloud State) over #5 Casy Rowell (Central Oklahoma) Maj 14-2
141 – #2 Matt Nelson (St. Cloud State) over Dustin Reed (Central Oklahoma) Dec 5-1
149 – #1 Jordan Basks (Central Oklahoma) over Jay Hildreth (St. Cloud State) Maj 9-0
157 – #1 Cory Dauphin (Central Oklahoma) over #4 Clint Poster (St. Cloud State) Maj 12-3
165 – #3 Chris Watson (Central Oklahoma) over Ryan Zumwalt (St. Cloud State) Dec 4-2
174 – Clayton Jennissen (St. Cloud State) over Colton Gallo (Central Oklahoma) Dec 8-2
184 – Znick Ferrell (Central Oklahoma) over Dylon Braun (St. Cloud State) Dec 3-2
197 – Chris Brassell (St. Cloud State) over Garrett Henshaw (Central Oklahoma) Dec 3-1
285 -Austin Goergen (St. Cloud State) over #3 Cody Dauphin (Central Oklahoma) Fall 2:13
#1 Notre Dame (Ohio) 23, #5 St. Cloud State 16
125 – Brian Hauser (Notre Dame) over Tanner Johnshoy (St. Cloud State) Dec 12-8
133 – #2 Andy Pokorny (St. Cloud State) over #6 Marty Carlson (Notre Dame) Maj 10-2
141 – #4 Maurice Miller (Notre Dame) over #2 Matt Nelson (St. Cloud State) Dec 7-5
149 – Josh Howk (St. Cloud State) over Tucker Armstrong (Notre Dame) Dec 3-2
157 – Clint Poster (St. Cloud State) over Jonatan Rivera (Notre Dame) Dec 5-4
165 – Louden Gordon (Notre Dame) over Ryan Zumwalt (St. Cloud State) Dec 3-1
174 – #1 Joey Davis (Notre Dame) over Clayton Jennissen (St. Cloud State) Maj 13-5
184 – Garrett Lineberger (Notre Dame) over Dylon Braun (St. Cloud State) Maj 17-3
197 – #3 Brandon Johnson (Notre Dame) over Chris Brassell (St. Cloud State) Fall 6:02
285 – Austin Goergen (St. Cloud State) over Unknown (Unattached) Forfeit