The #1 ranked St. Cloud State University wrestling team captured its second consecutive NCAA Division II Super 3 Regional title before a packed house in Halenbeck Hall on Saturday, Feb. 24.
The Huskies dominated the team scoring with 161 points, while McKendree was second with 129 followed by third-place Upper Iowa at 99. The remainder of the field included Minnesota State (95.5), Lindenwood (72), Augustana (65.5), Maryville (42.5), Southwest Minnesota State (42.5), Minnesota State Moorhead (40.5), Mary (34.5), Minot State (27), Central Missouri (22), Northern State (20), Truman State (14) and Drury (7).
St. Cloud State gained its top spot with a stellar showing in all 10 weight brackets. SCSU will send all 10 of its wrestlers to the upcoming NCAA Division II national championships that will be held in Cedar Rapids, Iowa on March 9-10.
The group was led by Regional champions Brett Velasquez at 125, James Pleski at 149 and Vince Dietz at 197. SCSU wrestlers to place second at the regional included Jarred Oftedahl at 141 and Tyree Overton at 184. Third place finishers for the Huskies at the Regional included Adam Hedin (133), Devin FitzPatrick (165), Kolton Eischens (174) and Lawrence Phillips (285). Larry Bomstad also qualified for another trip to the NCAAs with a fourth-place finish at 157.
The complete results for the Huskies at the NCAA Division II Super 3 Regional are listed below. Of note, this will mark the third consecutive trip to the NCAA championships for Velasquez and Bomstad. Pleski and Oftedahl both qualified for their first NCAA appearance in 2017, while SCSU wrestlers making their first trip to nationals include Dietz, Hedin, FitzPatrick, Eischens, Overton, and Phillips.
SCSU has now won the NCAA DII Super 3 Regional title in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2017 and 2018. The Huskies won the NCAA championship in 2015 and 2016 and finished as the runner-up at the nationals in 2017, 2013, 2012 and 2011. The seven-time defending NSIC champions, SCSU finished the 2017-18 season with a perfect 19-0, 8-0 NSIC record.