Goergen set school record during SCSU’s 42-3 win over Mary
#1 St. Cloud State University (16-1, 7-0 NSIC) charged to a 42-3 victory over the University of Mary (7-8, 2-5 NSIC) on Saturday, Feb. 11 at Halenbeck Hall. The day featured a pre-match salute to the 12 seniors participating in their final home dual at SCSU and it was capped by senior Austin Goergen setting a new team record for career pins.
The nation’s top ranked NCAA Division II wrestler at 285-pounds, Goergen was dominating in a 2:03 fall against Mary’s Dom Tudor in the final bout of the day. The pin was Goergen’s 64th fall as a Husky and pushes him past SCSU standout Tad Merritt, who tallied 63 pins during his career from 2008-12. Goergen currently owns a 22-0 record this season for the Huskies.
In addition to the record setting effort by Goergen, the Huskies clinched a share of the NSIC championship thanks to a victory by Minnesota State Mankato over Augustana. Both MSU and Augie now have one NSIC loss apiece this season, while the Huskies are undefeated in NSIC action. The Huskies can win the NSIC title outright on Thursday, Feb. 17 with a win at Augustana in Sioux Falls, S.D.
This marks the sixth consecutive season that the Huskies have won the NSIC championships. SCSU has earned NSIC titles in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 under the direction of head coach Steve Costanzo. SCSU has won 51 consecutive NSIC dual matches and has not lost in NSIC competition since 2011.
The day opened with a 17-0 tech fall win by #5 ranked Brett Velasquez at 125-pounds over Mary’s Josh Jensen. SCSU added points with a 5-1 decision by Mike Rhone over Mary’s Tate Barhardt. At 141-pounds, SCSU’s Jarred Oftedahl scored his 15th win of the year with a 2:21 fall against Mary’s Noah Huff.
The extra points continued to roll in with another tech fall victory (18-2) by SCSU’s #10 James Pleski over Mary’s Hunter Eckert at 149-pounds. To cap the first half of action, SCSU’s Brett Stolarzyk gained an 8-0 major decison victory over Mary’s Donald Leuer at 157.
At 165, Mary gained its loan points with a 9-7 victory by Paul Michaelson over SCSU’s Josh Berg. The Huskies got back on the winning track with a 19-1 tech fall win by #4 Clayton Jennissen at 174-pounds. This was his 23rd win of the season for the Huskies.
At 184-pounds, Chevy Farris turned in a solid 14-4 major decision win for SCSU against Mary’s Austin Eichmann. To set the stage for Goergen’s record setting bout, SCSU’s #5 Vince Dietz scored a 16-4 major decision win over Mary’s Jacob Green at 197.
The Huskies will wrap up their regular season on Feb. 16 with a 7 p.m. match at NSIC rival Augustana. A victory over the Vikings would help SCSU clinch its sixth consecutive NSIC championship. The Huskies have won league titles in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 and national titles in 2015 and 2016 under the direction of head coach Steve Costanzo.
#1 St. Cloud State 42 University of Mary 3
125: #5 Brett Velasquez (SCS) over Josh Jensen (MARY) (TF 17-0 2:48)
133: Mike Rhone (SCS) over Tate Barnhardt (MARY) (Dec 5-1)
141: Jarred Oftedahl (SCS) over Noah Huff (MARY) (Fall 2:12)
149: #10 James Pleski (SCS) over Hunter Eckert (MARY) (TF 18-2 5:20)
157: Brett Stolarzyk (SCS) over Donald Leuer (MARY) (MD 8-0)
165: Paul Michaelson (MARY) over Josh Berg (SCS) (Dec 9-7)
174: #4 Clayton Jennissen (SCS) over Dane Fischer (MARY) (TF 19-1 4:06)
184: Chevy Farris (SCS) over Austin Eichmann (MARY) (MD 14-4)
197: #5 Vince Dietz (SCS) over Jacob Green (MARY) (MD 16-4)
285: #1 Austin Goergen (SCS) over Dominic Tudor (MARY) (Fall 2:03)
SCSU: 16-1, 7-0 NSIC
Mary: 7-8, 2-5 NSIC