St. Cloud State leads pack after day one at NCAA tournament

The defending NCAA Division II national champion St. Cloud State University wrestling team finished the first day of competition at the 2016 NCAA Division II championships with a first place team total of 52.5 points. Notre Dame College of Ohio is in second place with 50.5 points, while Nebraska-Kearney is in third place with 43.5 points.

The Huskies will see all seven of its national meet participants wrestling on Saturday, March 12. The tournament will wrap up with the final day of action at the Denny Sanford Premier Center in Sioux Falls, S.D. on March 12.

SCSU HuskiesIn the first round of action on March 11, Brett Velasquez (125), Matt Nelson (141), Jay Hildreth (149), Clint Poster (165), Uthman Rabiu (184) and Austin Goergen (285) all gained victories. In the evening session, Velasquez continued his run with a big 8-4 win over Lawson Ludwin of Fort Hays State to advance to the semifinals.

In one of the biggest comebacks of the tournament, Nelson rallied from a 12-0 deficit to bring home a 19-15 victory over Sam Hanau of Pitt-Johnstown in the quarterfinals at 141-pounds. In the quarterfinals at 149-pounds, Jay Hildreth gained a 2-1 victory in sudden death OT against Drew Schumann of Colorado Mesa. SCSU also gained an impressive pin at 1:12 by Austin Goergen at 285-pounds against Mike Kennedy of Newberry.

Velasquez, Nelson, Hildreth and Goergen will now advance to the NCAA semifinals on March 12.

In the wrestlebacks, Clint Poster stayed alive with a 10-5 win over Maryville’s Dimitri Willis at 165-pounds, while Rabiu charted a 6-4 victory over Scott VanDeLoo of Minnesota State Mankato. Jennissen gained a pair of wins in the consolation brackets, including a 5-2 win over #3 ranked August Mizia of Mercyhurst at 174-pounds.

The action at the NCAA tournament will resume on March 12 in Sioux Falls, S.D. Fans can listen to the opening round of action on the KVSC Sports Stream. with John O. Peterson on the call. The championship matches will all be called by Peterson on the NCAA live video stream.

NCAA Division II National Championships Brackets/Results on

First Round Session on Friday, March 11:
125 – #3 Brett Velasquez (SCSU) def. Zach Brown (West Liberty) 14-1
141 – Matt Nelson (SCSU) def. #3 Daniel Salazar (Colorado Mesa) 6-5
149 – #3 Jay Hildreth (SCSU) def. Ty Lydic (Seton Hill) 8-4
165 – #1 Clint Poster (SCSU) pin Nick Swanson (Colorado Mesa) 6:06
174 – Roberto Rivera (Notre Dame) def. #7 Clayton Jennissen (SCSU) 7-4
184 – #8 Uthman Rabiu (SCSU) def. Taylor DeLong (Indianapolis) 5-4
285 – #2 Austin Goergen (SCSU) tech fall Logan Bowman (Wheeling Jesuit) 15-0 6:26

Evening Session:
125 Quarterfinals: #3 Brett Velasquez (SCSU) dec.. Lawson Ludwin (Fort Hays State) 8-4
141 Quarterfinals: Matt Nelson (SCSU) dec. Sam Hanau (Pitt-Johnstown) 19-15
149 Quarterfinals: Jay Hildreth (SCSU) dec. Drew Schumann (Colorado Mesa) 2-1 OT
165 Quarterfinals: #5 Tyler Reinhart (Pitt-Johnstown) dec. #1 Clint Poster (SCSU) 9-8
174 Consolation First Round: #7 Clayton Jennissen (SCSU) major dec. Reid Watkins (Simon Fraser) 14-5
184 Quarterfinals: #4 Jacob Waste (Calif. Baptist) major dec. #8 Uthman Rabiu (SCSU) 9-1
285 Quarterfinals: #2 Austin Goergen pin. #8 Mike Kennedy (Newberry) 1:12

165 Consolation Second Round: #1 Clint Poster (SCSU) dec. Dimitri Willis (Maryville) 10-5
174 Consolation Second Round: #7 Clayton Jennissen (SCSU) dec. #3 August Mizia (Mercyhurst) 5-2
184 Consolation Second Round: #8 Uthman Rabiu (SCSU) dec. Scott VanDeLoo (Minnesota State) 6-4

[eztable caption=”Top 10 Team Scores – Day 1″ th=”0″ width=”500″]1.,St. Cloud St.,52.5
2.,Notre Dame (OH),50.5
4.,Maryville (MO),37.5
5.,California Baptist,37.0
10.,Minn. St. Mankato,22.5[/eztable]

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