Huskies own first place lead after Day 1 at NCAA Regional

The #1 St. Cloud State University wrestling team (17-1, 8-0 NSIC) opened the first day of action at the 2017 NCAA Division II Super 3 Region tournament with an impressive showing in Moorhead, Minn on Friday, Feb. 24.

The Huskies lead the team standings after day one with 76.5 points, while McKendree is in second place with 59.5 points. The complete team standings are listed below.

Individually, SCSU advanced nine wrestlers into the semi-finals of the tournament and the Huskies also have one wrestler who has advanced in the consolation bracket.

scsulogoAt 125-pounds, Brett Velasquez gained a forfeit win the first round and also posted a tech fall in second round action to gain a spot in the semifnals on Feb. 25.

At 133-pounds, Mike Rhone posted a bye in the opening round and then lost a close 9-6 match to McKendree’s Naquan Hardy in OT. In the consolation bracket, Rhone stayed alive with a 16-6 major decision over Caleb Olson of Truman State.

Jarred Oftedahl cruised into the semi’s with a pair of falls at 141-pounds. He scored a pin at 1:05 in the first round over CJ Voegeli of Northern State and continued his day with a 3:39 pin against Louie Sanders of MSU, Mankato.

At 149-pounds, James Pleski moved into the semi’s with a bye and a 3-1 decision over MSU, Mankato’s Daniel Close.

Larry Bomstad opened his day with a pin at 1:54 against Steffon Fassett of Central Missouri in the first round at 157-pounds and then added a 9-1 major decision win to gain his bid to the semi’s.

In action at 165-pounds, three-time All-American Gabe Fogarty had a first round bye and then made a statement with his pin at 4:16 against Augustana’s Mitch Rechtzigel.

The wins kept rolling in at 174-pounds as Clayton Jennissen posted a 6-0 decision in first round action and a 6-5 win in the quarterfinals.

At 184-pounds, Uthman Rabiu added to his win totals with a pair of wins in regional play. In the first round he gained a 12-2 major decision over Minot’s Keegan Berry before charting an 8-5 win over David Hamil.

At 197-pounds, Vince Dietz scored a tech fall over Grant Sparks of Central Missouri (19-4) before posting a 14-0 major decision against Dillon Archer of Lindenwood in quarterfinal action.

Austin Goergen, a three-time All-American and the nation’s number one ranked wrestler at 285-pounds, scored two falls in Regional play on Feb. 24. Goergen posted a pin at 1:20 against Chase Miller of Central Missouri and then notched a pin at 2:06 in the quarterfinals against Chris Zimmer of MSU, Mankato.

The Huskies will continue with the final rounds of the regional tournament on Saturday, Feb. 25. Fans can listen to the live coverage of the Regional on the KVSC Sports Stream with John O. Peterson and Brad Hildreth on the call.

Visit The Guillotine College Tournament Time Page for brackets, results, and live video links.

Team Standings after Day One:
1. St. Cloud State University 76.5
2. McKendree University 59.5
3. Maryville University Of Saint Louis 55.0
4. Augustana University (South Dakota) 49.5
5. Minnesota State Mankato 40.0
6. Upper Iowa University 38.0
7. Lindenwood University 37.5
8. Minnesota State University Moorhead 23.5
9. Northern State University 22.5
10. University Of Mary 11.5
11. Drury University 10.5
11. Truman State University 10.5
13. University Of Central Missouri 9.5
14. Southwest Minnesota State University 6.5
15. Minot State University 4.5

NCAA DII Super Regional -Central Results for St. Cloud State University
125 – Brett Velasquez (19-2)
Champ. Round 1 – Brett Velasquez (St. Cloud State University) 19-2 won by forfeit over Jake Byrd – Forfeit (Drury University) 8-11 (For.)
Quarterfinal – Brett Velasquez (St. Cloud State University) 19-2 won by tech fall over Michael Rangel (Minot State University) 1-2 (TF-1.5 4:16 (16-0))

133 – Mike Rhone (16-6)
Champ. Round 1 – Mike Rhone (St. Cloud State University) 16-6 received a bye () (Bye)
Quarterfinal – Naquan Hardy (McKendree University) 26-14 won in sudden victory – 1 over Mike Rhone (St. Cloud State University) 16-6 (SV-1 9-6)
Cons. Round 2 – Mike Rhone (St. Cloud State University) 16-6 won by fall over Caleb Osborn (Truman State University) 1-2 (Fall 2:49)

141 – Jarred Oftedahl (18-4)
Champ. Round 1 – Jarred Oftedahl (St. Cloud State University) 18-4 won by fall over CJ Voegeli (Northern State University) 0-2 (Fall 1:05)
Quarterfinal – Jarred Oftedahl (St. Cloud State University) 18-4 won by fall over Louie Sanders (Minnesota State Mankato) 17-8 (Fall 3:39)

149 – James Pleski (22-7)
Champ. Round 1 – James Pleski (St. Cloud State University) 22-7 received a bye () (Bye)
Quarterfinal – James Pleski (St. Cloud State University) 22-7 won by decision over Daniel Close (Minnesota State Mankato) 17-12 (Dec 3-1)

157 – Larry Bomstad (18-2)
Champ. Round 1 – Larry Bomstad (St. Cloud State University) 18-2 won by fall over Steffon Fassett (University Of Central Missouri) 0-2 (Fall 1:54)
Quarterfinal – Larry Bomstad (St. Cloud State University) 18-2 won by major decision over Isaac Novacek (Minnesota State University Moorhead) 16-12 (MD 9-1)

165 – Gabe Fogarty (20-7)
Champ. Round 1 – Gabe Fogarty (St. Cloud State University) 20-7 received a bye () (Bye)
Quarterfinal – Gabe Fogarty (St. Cloud State University) 20-7 won by fall over Mitchell Rechtzigel (Augustana University (South Dakota)) 15-12 (Fall 4:16)

174 – Clayton Jennissen (26-7)
Champ. Round 1 – Clayton Jennissen (St. Cloud State University) 26-7 won by decision over Griffin Osing (Southwest Minnesota State University) 14-16 (Dec 6-0)
Quarterfinal – Clayton Jennissen (St. Cloud State University) 26-7 won by decision over Cody Carson (University Of Central Missouri) 2-1 (Dec 6-5)

184 – Uthman Rabiu (16-4)
Champ. Round 1 – Uthman Rabiu (St. Cloud State University) 16-4 won by major decision over Keegan Berry (Minot State University) 0-2 (MD 12-2)
Quarterfinal – Uthman Rabiu (St. Cloud State University) 16-4 won by decision over David Hamil (Lindenwood University) 1-1 (Dec 8-5)

197 – Vince Dietz (26-3)
Champ. Round 1 – Vince Dietz (St. Cloud State University) 26-3 won by tech fall over Grant Sparks (University Of Central Missouri) 0-2 (TF-1.5 5:15 (19-4))
Quarterfinal – Vince Dietz (St. Cloud State University) 26-3 won by major decision over Dillon Archer (Lindenwood University) 2-1 (MD 14-0)

285 – Austin Goergen (25-0)
Champ. Round 1 – Austin Goergen (St. Cloud State University) 25-0 won by fall over Chase Miller (University Of Central Missouri) 0-2 (Fall 1:20)
Quarterfinal – Austin Goergen (St. Cloud State University) 25-0 won by fall over Chris Zimmer (Minnesota State Mankato) 9-12 (Fall 2:06)

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