#1 St. Cloud State wrestling clinches NSIC crown with win at Augustana
The victory helped the Huskies claim the outright Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference championship for the sixth consecutive season with a perfect 8-0 record. The win also pushed SCSU’s overall season record to 17-1, while Augustana falls to 12-7, 6-2 NSIC.
The Huskies have now won NSIC titles in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017. The Huskies have won 52 consecutive NSIC dual matches and they have not lost a dual meet since a setback against Augustana during 2010-11 season.
SCSU made a quick statement in its dual match at Augustana by winning the first seven matches of the night to gain the upper hand. At 125-pounds, #5 Brett Velasqez posted a 12-4 major decision win over AU’s Brandon Caroll. The wins kept rolling in as SCSU’s Mike Rhone scored a 2-1 win at 133 and Jarred Oftedahl scored an 8-2 win over Austin Jordan at 141 pounds.
In action at 149-pounds, SCSU’s #10 James Pleski scored a 10-2 major decision win over Bailey Neises of Augustana. At 157-pounds, #9 Larry Bomstad gained a 12-1 major decision over Augie’s Tyler Nation.
SCSU extended its leads with an 8-2 win by #10 Gabe Fogarty at 165-pounds and a 9-4 decision victory by #4 Clayton Jennissen at 174-pounds.
The first setback of the evening for the Huskies was at 184-pounds, as Augustana’s #5 Aero Amo scored a 6-4 win over SCSU’s #6 Uthman Rabiu. At 197-pounds, AU’s Ben Goodwin posted a 6-3 win over SCSU’s #5 Vince Dietz.
The Huskies got back into the win column at 285-pounds with a pin by #1 Austin Goergen at 2:24 against Augustana’s Michael Lowman. This was Goergen’s 14 pin of the season and his SCSU record 65th career pin. Goergen will enter the upcoming regional with a perfect 23-0 record this season for the Huskies.
SCSU will continue its 2016-17 season with a trip to the NCAA Division II Super 3 Regional in Moorhead, Minn. on Feb. 24-25. This tournament serves as the qualifying meet for the upcoming 2017 NCAA Division II Championships. Complete results for the match at Augustana are listed below:
St. Cloud State 30 Augustana 6
125: #5 Brett Velasquez (SCS) over Brandon Carroll (AUSD) (MD 12-4)
133: Mike Rhone (SCS) over Brandon Charbonneau (AUSD) (TB-1 2-1)
141: Jarred Oftedahl (SCS) over Austin Jordan (AUSD) (Dec 8-2)
149: #10 James Pleski (SCS) over Bailey Neises (AUSD) (MD 10-2)
157: #9 Larry Bomstad (SCS) over Tyler Nation (AUSD) (MD 12-1)
165: #10 Gabe Fogarty (SCS) over Mitchell Rechtzigel (AUSD) (Dec 8-2)
174: #4 Clayton Jennissen (SCS) over Lukas Poloncic (AUSD) (Dec 9-4)
184: #5 Aero Amo (AUSD) over #6 Uthman Rabiu (SCS) (Dec 6-4)
197: Ben Goodwin (AUSD) over #5 Vince Dietz (SCS) (Dec 6-3)
285: #1 Austin Goergen (SCS) over Michael Lowman (AUSD) (Fall 2:24)