#1 Huskies wrap up NSIC season with dual at Augustana

The #1 St. Cloud State University wrestling team (16-1, 7-0 NSIC) will wrap up its 2016-17 regular season with a conference dual match at Augustana University (12-6, 6-1 NSIC) on Thursday, Feb. 16 in Sioux Falls, S.D.

The Huskies have already clinched at least a share of the 2016-17 NSIC championship and will be looking to win the title outright with a victory at Augustana. Both Augustana and Minnesota State have one loss in NSIC competition this season, while the Huskies are undefeated heading into their dual of the year.

Follow the match with LIVE VIDEOLIVE STATS from Augustana.

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• The Huskies now own a eight-match dual match win streak thanks to their 27-12 win over #19 Upper Iowa on Feb. 9 and a 42-3 win over Mary on Feb. 11 in St. Cloud, Minn.

• SCSU clinched at least a share of the 2017 NSIC title with its win over Mary on Feb. 11. This marks SCSU’s sixth consecutive NSIC championship. SCSU has won 51 consecutive NSIC dual matches and has won NSIC titles in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017. The Huskies have not lost an NSIC dual match since 2011.

• SCSU was ranked #1 in the latest DII national poll as a team and nine Huskies were ranked individually in the poll led by #1 Austin Goergen at 285. Also ranked were Matt Nelson (#6 at 141), James Pleski (#10 at 149), Vince Dietz (#5 at 197), Clayton Jennissen (#4 at 174), Uthman Rabiu (#6 at 184), Larry Bomstad (#9 at 157), Brett Velasquez (#5 at 125) and Gabe Fogarty (#10 at 165).

• Austin Goergen set a new team record by charting his 64th career pin on Feb. 11 against U-Mary. The nation’s #1 ranked wrestler at 285-pounds, Goergen currently owns a 22-0 record this season with 13 falls to his credit this winter. Goergen scored a pair of pins in NSIC dual meets against Upper Iowa and Mary on Feb. 9 and Feb. 11. In action against #19 Upper Iowa, Goergen charted a pin at 4:13 against the Peacocks Logan Hopp (who was ranked #3 in the latest regional poll). On Feb. 11, Goergen added a pin at 2:03 against Mary’s Dominic Tudor to help lead the Huskies to a 42-3 dual win. The pin over Tudor was Goergen’s 64th career pin, which sets a new team record for most career falls. The old record of 63 falls was set by Tad Merritt from 2008-12.

• SCSU’s Vince Dietz is 24-2 this year and Clayton Jennissen is 23-7 in 2016-17.

• SCSU will be prepping for the upcoming 2016-17 postseason tournaments. On Feb. 24-25, the Huskies will participate in the NCAA Division II Super 3 Regional in Moorhead, Minn. The regional will serve as a qualifier for the upcoming 2017 NCAA Division II championships which will be held in Birmingham, Ala. on March 10-11.

Probable SCSU Starters on Feb. 16 at Augustana:
125 – #5 Brett Velasquez (16-2)
133 – Mike Rhone (14-5)
141 – Jarred Oftedahl (15-4)
149 – #10 James Pleski (20-7)
157 – #9 Larry Bomstad (15-2)
165 – #10 Gabe Fogarty (18-7)
174 – #4 Clayton Jennissen (23-7)
184 – #6 Uthman Rabiu (14-3) or Chevy Farris (8-5)
197 – #5 Vince Dietz (24-2)
285 – #1 Austin Goergen (22-0)

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