The brackets for the upcoming 2014 NCAA Division II wrestling championships in Cleveland, Ohio on March 14-15 have been announced. The #3 St. Cloud State University wrestling team (19-1, 8-0 NSIC) will be sending six wrestlers to the 2014 NCAA championships, which will be held at the Cleveland Public Auditorium.
St. Cloud State will be represented at the NCAA championships by freshman Tanner Johnshoy (125), junior Jay Hildreth (149), sophomore #5 Clint Poster (157), sophomore Gabe Fogarty (165), freshman Clayton Jennissen (174) and freshman #2 Austin Goergen (285).
Johnshoy (26-10) will open his trip to the NCAA finals with a first round match against Dave Fogle of Pittsburgh-Johnstown (27-5) in the 125-pound bracket. Johnshoy captured fourth place at the recent NCAA Division II Super 3 Regional tournament on Feb. 28-March 1 in Edmond, Okla.
At 149-pounds, Hildreth (18-5) will open at nationals against Andrew Bannister (22-9) of Notre Dame (OH). Hildreth placed third at the NCAA regional this season. At 157-pounds, Poster (29-7) will be making a return trip to the NCAA championships after gaining All-America notice for the Huskies in 2013. Poster will begin tournament competition in Ohio with a bout against Kyle Burns (19-10) of Ashland. Poster placed second at the recent regional tournament.
Fogarty will also be making a return trip to the NCAA finals after gaining All-America status for the Huskies in 2013 at 165. Fogarty (10-7) will wrestle Jeff Weiss (29-6) of Indianapolis in the first round at the 2014 finals. Fogarty placed fifth at this year’s regional tournament in Oklahoma.
At 174-pounds, Jennssien will make his first appearance at the NCAA finals with a bout against Adam Walters (28-3) of Findlay. Jennissen is 24-13 in 2013-14 and recently placed fifth at the regional.
The SCSU group is completed by Goergen (32-5), who will begin his NCAA journey with a bout against Andy Welton (24-7) of Mercyhurst. Goergen placed third in the 285 bracket at the 2014 NCAA Regional.
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