The St. Cloud State University wrestling team (19-1, 8-0 NSIC) completed its 2013-14 season with another strong showing at the NCAA Division II championships in Cleveland, Ohio on March 15. As a team, SCSU placed sixth in the nation at this year’s championships.
The Huskies brought home four All-American awards and finished among the nation’s top 10 teams. SCSU wrestlers to earn All-America status in 2013-14 were Jay Hildreth (149), Clint Poster (157), Gabe Fogarty (165) and Austin Goergen (285).
At 149-pounds, Hildreth earned his first All-American award with a fourth place finish. On March 15, Hildreth lost in the semifinals by a 3-2 margin to Edwin Cooper of Upper Iowa. He then advanced in the wrestlebacks with a 4-0 decision against Cameryn Brady of Indianapolis. In the bout for third place, Hildreth ended his year with a 4-3 loss to Terrell Wilbourn of Lindenwood.
In action at 157-pounds, Poster charted his second All-American award as a Husky. To open the day, Poster lost a 7-4 match against Jonatan Rivera of Notre Dame (OH). In the wrestlebacks, Poster returned to form with a solid 11-4 victory over Ray Hall of CSU-Pueblo. He capped his run at the nationals this season with a decisive pin at 4:17 against Justin Pencock of UNC-Pembroke in the bout for third place.
SCSU’s Fogarty also earned his second consecutive All-American award at 165-pounds with a 7th place finish in 2013-14. Fogarty suffered a pinfall loss against Dimitri Willis of Maryville at 2:02 in his first match of the day and then earned his All-America award with a 6-2 win over Ty Loehten of Central Missouri in the bout for seventh place.
Goergen capped a strong freshman season at SCSU by finishing with a sixth place finish at 285-pounds, which also provided him with All-Amervca status for 2013-14. Goergen opened his day with a 5-4 loss to Steve Butler of Lindenwood and then lost by a close 8-7 decision in the match for fifth place against Evan Wooding of Indianapolis.
As a team, the Huskies placed sixth in the final team standings with 51.0 points. Notre Dame (Ohio) won the event with 99.5 points, while Nebraska Kearney was second at 64.5 Maryville (58.5), Ouachita Baptist (56.0) and Central Oklahoma (54.5) complete the top five teams in the meet. SCSU was the top team from the NSIC in the national standings this season.