#1 St. Cloud State wrestling remains undefeated with 19-13 win at Mankato
The #1 St. Cloud State wrestling team (17-0, 6-0 NSIC) battled to a 19-13 victory at #16 Minnesota State Mankato (5-4, 3-3 NSIC) on Saturday, Feb. 3. This marked the 26th consecutive dual match victory for the Huskies in a winning streak that dates back to the 2016-17 season.
In a very close match at Mankato, the Huskies opened the day with a 1-0 decision by #3 Jarred Oftedahl over MSU’s Louie Sanders of MSU at 141. SCSU pushed its lead to 6-0 with a 3-1 victory by #1 James Pleski over #11 ranked Kyle Rathman at 149.
At 157 pounds, SCSU’s Larry Bomstad lost a 10-2 major decision against Daniel Close of Mankato. The Huskies quickly rebounded at 165 pounds with a 6-4 OT victory by #6 Travis Holt over MSU’s Dylan Herman.
In a battle between two top 10 ranked wrestlers at 174 pounds, MSU’s Zach Johnston gained an 11-5 win over #3 Kolton Eischens of SCSU. The Mavericks continued their winning ways at 184 pounds with a victory by Corey Abernathy over Tyree Overton and a 5-1 win by #9 Matt Blome against #6 ranked Vince Dietz at 197 pounds.
SCSU then wrapped up the victory with three consecutive wins at 285, 125 and 133. #10 Lawrence Phillips started the run with an 8-3 victory at 285 pounds against Chris Zimmer of Mankato. At 125 pounds, #5 Brett Velasquez charted key extra points with an 11-3 major decision over MSU’s Andrew McFall. To end the day, Adam Hedin chalked up a 6-3 win over MSU’s George Farmah at 133 pounds.
Minnesota State will close out their NSIC dual schedule away at Northern State, Feb. 8 and Southwest Minnesota State, Feb. 9.
The Huskies will continue their 2017-18 season on Feb. 8 with a 7 p.m. home match against Upper Iowa at Halenbeck Hall. The match has been designated as SCSU Wrestling Alumni Night. All former SCSU wrestlers are encouraged to come back to the match and also attend the post-match social at Howie’s Sports Bar and Grill in downtown St. Cloud. For more details on this special event, please call the SCSU wrestling office at 320-308-2996.
#1 St. Cloud State 19, #16 Minnesota State 13
141: #3 Jared Oftedahl (SCS) Dec. over Louie Sanders (MSU) 1-0 | SCS 3-0 MSU
149: #1 James Pleski (SCS) Dec. over #11 Kyle Rathman (MSU) 3-1 | SCS 6-0 MSU
157: Daniel Close (MSU) Major Dec. over #1 Larry Bomstad (SCS) 10-2 | SCS 6-4 MSU
165: #6 Travis Holt (SCS) Dec. over Dylan Herman (MSU) OT 6-4 | SCS 9-4 MSU
174: #7 Zach Johnston (MSU) Dec. over #3 Kolton Eischens (SCS) 11-5 | SCS 9-7 MSU
184: Corey Abernathy (MSU) Dec. over Tyree Overton (SCS) 2-0 | MSU 10-9 SCS
197: #9 Matt Blome (MSU) Dec. over #6 Vince Dietz (SCS) 5-1 | MSU 13-9 SCS
285: #10 Lawrence Phillips (SCS) Dec. over Chris Zimmer (MSU) 8-3 | MSU 13-12 SCS
125: #5 Brett Velazquez (SCS) Major Dec. over Andrew McFall (MSU) 11-3 | SCS 16-13 MSU
133: Adam Hedin (SCS) Dec. over George Farmah (MSU) 6-3 | SCS 19-13 MSU