No. 1 Huskies stay undefeated with 26-9 win at UW-Parkside
KENOSHA, WIS. – The grind never ends for the No. 1 St. Cloud State University wrestling team. After defeating No. 11 Minnesota State University last week, the Huskies faced another ranked opponent Thursday evening, this time the No. 25 University of Wisconsin-Parkside. Once again, St. Cloud State proved why it’s the No. 1 team in the nation, as the Huskies took down the Rangers 26-9 in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
St. Cloud State opened the match with a victory already in place, as UW-Parkside was forced to forfeit at 133 pounds. While wrestling fans didn’t have a chance to see No. 1 Garrett Vos (Bonifacius, Minn. / Waconia) in action, there was plenty of entertainment for Huskies fans, as things got off to a unique and interesting start. Rather than a typical opening at 125 pounds, Thursday’s dual opened with the heavyweights in the first match of the evening. The change, though, seemingly had no effect on No. 1 Kameron Teacher (Grove City, Ohio / Central Crossing), who opened the dual with a resounding 8-0 major decision victory over the Rangers Nate Lloyd.
UW-Parkside tied things at 3-3 with a victory at 125, as No. 3 Joe Arroyo handed Paxton Creese (Shakopee, Minn. / Shakopee) a 6-3 loss despite Creese’s strong opening. The freshman opened the match with a quick take down before falling in the third period. St. Cloud State responded by winning the next three matches, starting with Vos’ win by forfeit at 133. No. 4 Joseph Bianchini (Elk Grove Village, Ill. / Immaculate Conception) preserved his perfect record with a 14-5 major decision victory at 141 before Garrett Aldrich (Albert Lea, Minn. / Albert Lea) extended the Huskies lead to 17-3 with a 9-4 win at 149.
That’s when the Rangers made things interesting, as they pulled off two upsets over No. 1 Jake Barzowski (Niles, Ill. / Notre Dame) and No. 1 Devin FitzPatrick (Mahtomedi, Minn. / Mahtomedi) to pull within nine at 17-9.
The Huskies closed the door on any hope of a Rangers come back, they won the final three matches of the evening to secure the 26-9 dual match win. No. 12 Devin Donovan (Wheaton, Ill. / Wheaton North) got things back on track for St. Cloud State with a 8-4 win over Ryan Neu at 174 pounds before No. 11 Billy Pitzner (Jefferson, Wis. / Milton) earned a clutch 2-0 victory at 184 over reigning NSIC Wrestler of the Week Reece Woracheck.
No. 4 Noah Ryan (Mantorville, Minn. / Kasson-Mantorville) closed the evening at 197 pounds with a 8-4 win over Job Ayala, clinching yet another victory for the No. 1 Huskies, as they cruised to win the match 26-9.
With the match secure, six other student-athletes wrestled for St. Cloud State Thursday evening, though none of their scores counted toward the overall team score. Cameron Riggs (North Platte, Neb. / Maxwell), Colby Njos (Anoka, Minn. / Anoka), Bryce FitzPatrick (Mahtomedi, Minn. / Mahtomedi) and Dominic Murphy (Evergreen Park, Ill. / Brother Rice) won their respective matches at the 141, 157 and 165 weight classes.
With the win, the Huskies overall record improves to 4-0 and they maintain a perfect 4-0 mark in Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) play. St. Cloud State will close out the regular season on Thursday, February 11 when the team hosts Upper Iowa University at 7 p.m. in Halenbeck Hall.
#1 St. Cloud State University 26 #25 University of Wisconsin-Parkside 9
125: Joe Arroyo (Wisconsin-Parkside) over Paxton Creese (St. Cloud State) (Dec 6-3)
133: Garrett Vos (St. Cloud State) over Unknown (For.)
141: Joseph Bianchini (St. Cloud State) over Francesco Schiro (Wisconsin-Parkside) (MD 14-5)
149: Garrett Aldrich (St. Cloud State) over Nathan Hensley (Wisconsin-Parkside) (Dec 9-4)
157: Ben Durocher (Wisconsin-Parkside) over Jake Barzowski (St. Cloud State) (TB-1 6-4)
165: Shane Gantz (Wisconsin-Parkside) over Devin FitzPatrick (St. Cloud State) (Dec 3-1)
174: Devin Donovan (St. Cloud State) over Ryan Neu (Wisconsin-Parkside) (Dec 8-4)
184: Billy Pitzner (St. Cloud State) over Reece Woracheck (Wisconsin-Parkside) (Dec 2-0)
197: Noah Ryan (St. Cloud State) over Job Ayala (Wisconsin-Parkside) (Dec 8-4)
285: Kameron Teacher (St. Cloud State) over Nate Lloyd (Wisconsin-Parkside) (MD 8-0)
141: Cameron Riggs (St. Cloud State) over Cayden Henschel (Wisconsin-Parkside) (Dec 7-3)
149: Torry Early (Wisconsin-Parkside) over Nolan Throne (St. Cloud State) (TF 16-0 3:00)
157: Colby Njos (St. Cloud State) over jalen Spuhler (Wisconsin-Parkside) (TF 19-2 5:55)
165: Bryce Fitzpatrick (St. Cloud State) over Eric Bauer (Wisconsin-Parkside) (Dec 5-3)
165: Dominic Murphy (St. Cloud State) over Drake Regenhardt (Wisconsin-Parkside) (MD 12-4)
285: Madison Davila (Wisconsin-Parkside) over Kaleb Haase (St. Cloud State) (Dec 4-1)