#1 St. Cloud State clinches 9th consecutive NSIC wrestling championship
The #1 St. Cloud State University wrestling team (15-0, 7-0 NSIC) continued its amazing string of success by clinching at least a share of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference championship for the ninth consecutive season thanks to a 29-9 victory over #10 Upper Iowa (12-5, 5-3 NSIC) on Thursday, Feb. 13 at SCSU’s Halenbeck Hall in St. Cloud, Minn.
SCSU has now claimed NSIC titles in 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013 and 2012. The last loss for the Huskies in NSIC competition was an 18-13 loss to Augustana on Jan. 27, 2011 and the Huskies can claim the NSIC title outright with a victory over the Vikings in the regular-season finale on Feb. 19 in Halenbeck Hall. Both Augustana and Minnesota State currently own 5-1 conference records.
In a closely contested match against the #10 ranked Peacocks, St. Cloud State opened the night with a big 14-5 major decision win by #2 Tyree Overton against UIU’s Dalton Hahn at 184-pounds.
Upper Iowa quickly replied with a 5-3 victory at 197-pounds by #2 Nick Baumler against SCSU’s #9 Noah Ryan. At 285-pounds, Upper Iowa continued its win streak as Triston Westerlund posted a close 3-2 win over SCSU’s Ezayah Oropeza.
The Huskies returned to the win column at 125-pounds with a 7-6 victory by Brandon Betancourt over UIU’s Jared Hensley. SCSU earned important bonus points at 133-pounds as #2 Garrett Vos rolled to an 18-1 tech fall win over UIU’s Donny Schmit (6:31). Upper Iowa claimed its final win of the match at 141-pounds as Tate Murty posted an 8-2 decision over #5 Garrett Aldrich.
St. Cloud State then brought home the dual victory with four consecutive wins, which started with a thrilling 3-1 sudden death victory by #2 James Pleski at 149-pounds over UIU’s Chase Luensman. At 157-pounds, #2 Jake Barzowski scored an 11-4 victory over UIU’s Mac Spotts to keep the wins rolling in.
The Huskies then clinched the match thanks to a 2:57 fall by #3 Devin FitzPatrick at 165-pounds against UIU’s Chance Throndson. To complete the deal, #4 Kolton Eischens chipped in another five points with his 19-1 tech fall win over UIU’s Jamie Gehling (4:32).
The victory was SCSU’s 63rd consecutive dual win, which is an NCAA Division II record for most consecutive dual match wins. SCSU has not lost a dual match since Jan. 14, 2017.
SCSU will salute its senior class during its final regular-season home match of the season on Wednesday, Feb. 19 against Augustana University in Halenbeck Hall. Tickets for this match may be purchased at the gate and all SCSU students get in FREE to the match.
#1 St. Cloud State 29 #10 Upper Iowa 9
184: Tyree Overton (SCSU) over Dalton Hahn (UIU) (MD 14-5)
197: Nick Baumler (UIU) over Noah Ryan (SCSU) (Dec 5-3)
285: Triston Westerlund (UIU) over Ezayah Oropeza (SCSU) (Dec 3-2)
125: Brandon Betancourt (SCSU) over Jared Hensley (UIU) (Dec 7-6)
133: Garrett Vos (SCSU) over Donny Schmit (UIU) (TF 18-1 6:31)
141: Tate Murty (UIU) over Garrett Aldrich (SCSU) (Dec 8-2)
149: James Pleski (SCSU) over Chase Luensman (UIU) (SV-1 3-1)
157: Jake Barzowski (SCSU) over Mac Spotts (UIU) (Dec 11-4)
165: Devin Fitzpatrick (SCSU) over Chance Throndson (UIU) (Fall 2:57)
174: Kolton Eischens (SCSU) over Jamie Gehling (UIU) (TF 19-1 4:32)
SCSU 15-0, 7-0 NSIC
UIU 12-5, 5-3 NSIC