The #3 St. Cloud State University wrestling team scored a big 36-6 victory at Minnesota State, Mankato on Thursday, Feb. 13 in downstate Mankato, Minn. The victory improves SCSU’s season mark to 18-1 overall and it also gives the Huskies a perfect 7-0 record in the always rugged Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference.
The victory also sets up the opportunity for St. Cloud State University to clinch its third consecutive NSIC title on Saturday, Feb. 15 when it host #6 ranked Upper Iowa at 2 p.m. in Halenbeck Hall. Both the Peacocks and Huskies are currently undefeated in NSIC competition and a SCSU victory would clinch the league title.
Tickets for this important NSIC match will be available at the gate. The day will also include a special salute to SCSU’s senior wrestlers and it will be SCSU wrestling alumni day. The 1962-63 and 1963-64 SCSU wrestling teams will be honored during the intermission of the match for their accomplishments 50 years ago.
As always, all SCSU students get into free for all regular season home wrestling matches (and athletic events). Just show your valid SCSU card at the gate and you get in FREE.
Once again, SCSU controlled the tempo of the match in the early going as Joel Salomon started the night off with a pin at 2:07 for the Huskies at 125-pounds. SCSU extended its margin to 12-0 with a pin at 133-pounds by Zach Stewart (12-1) at 2:20.
At 141-pounds, #5 ranked Matt Nelson added to his season totals with a solid 8-1 decision to make the scored 15-0. The pins continued at 149-pounds, as SCSU’s Jay Hildreth added six points with a fall at 2:23 to make it 21-0.
In one of the closest matches of the evening, #6 Clint Poster outlasted MSU’s Adam Cooling to gain a 3-1 win at 157-pounds for the Huskies. Poster is now 25-6 on the season. SCSU lost decisions at 165-pounds and 174-pounds, before Dylon Braun got the Huskies back on track with an 8-2 win at 184-pounds to make the score 27-6.
At 197-pounds, SCSU’s Chris Brassell scored a 2-0 decision and #3 Austin Goergen added to his season totals with a 4:21 pin at 285-pounds. Goergen is now 26-4 with a team-leading 14 pins on the season.
The Mavericks will return to action Thursday Feb. 20 when they travel to Aberdeen S.D., to compete against Northern State (4-10, 0-6 in the NSIC) in their final dual meet of the regular season.
#3 St. Cloud State 36, Minnesota State 6
125 – Joel Salomon (SCSU) fall Trevor Schultz (MSU) 2:07
133 – Zach Stewart (SCSU) fall Tanner Mills (MSU) 2:20
141 – #5 Matt Nelson (SCSU) dec. Alphonso Vruno (MSU) 8-1
149 – Jay Hildreth (SCSU) fall Weston Droegemueller (MSU) 2:23
157 – #6 Clint Poster (SCSU) dec. Adam Cooling (MSU) 3-1
165 – Darick Vancura (MSU) dec. Gabe Fogarty (SCSU) 6-5
174 – Brendan Eichmann (MSU) dec. Clayton Jennissen (SCSU) 6-4
184 – Dylon Braun (SCSU) dec. Scott VanDeLoo (MSU) 8-2
197 – Chris Brassell (SCSU) dec. Chris Zimmer (MSU) 2-0
285 – #3 Austin Goergen (SCSU) fall Cody Running (MSU) 4:21