Seven Huskies earn All-American status on day one of NCAA Championships

LinksDefending 2019 NCAA National Champion St. Cloud State Wrestling saw seven wrestlers earn All-American status by reaching the top eight in Friday’s day one of the 2021 NCAA Championships. Four Huskies will compete in the semifinals in search of an individual championship during Saturday’s action beginning at noon CST.

At 133, top-seeded Garrett Vos received a first-round bye and won a 4-0 decision over Patrick Allis (Western Colorado) in the quarterfinals. He advances to Saturday’s semifinals where he will match up with five-seed Tanner Cole of Central Oklahoma.

141 three-seed Joey Bianchini won a 5-3 decision in his opening round against Peter Kuster of Drury, then scored a thrilling come-from-behind 8-7 decision over McKendree’s Devin Schwartzkopf in the quarters. Bianchini takes on Kelan McKenna of Notre Dame College in Saturday’s semifinals.

149-pounder Garrett Aldrich entered as the No. 7 seed and quickly took out Lake Erie’s Sean O’Hearon with a 15-4 major decision in the first round. Colliding with two-seed Kyle Rathman of Minnesota State, an opponent whom he had lost to twice in 2021, Aldrich picked up an impressive 6-4 decision to score an upset and move on to the semis.

Unseeded Colby Njos lost a bitter 2-0 decision in the 157’s first round to No. 1 James Wimer of Findlay, then received a bye to the Blood Round. Njos battled hard in the consolation quarters, winning an exhilarating 6-4 sudden-victory decision over Northern State’s Caden Moor to earn All-American status.

Top 165 seed Devin Fitzpatrick moved quickly in his first-round bout with Noah Tarr of Davis & Elkins, winning by fall at 5:38. Fitzpatrick lost a hotly contested 3-2 decision to Cory Peterson of McKendree in the quarters, but bounced back and took care of business in the Blood Round with a 9-4 decision over Newman’s Kameron Frame.

Six-seed Billy Pitzner won his first-round match at 184 over Mercyhurst’s Trevor Begin with a 3-1 decision, then fell in a gutty 9-7 decision to Maryville’s Bailey Kelly in the quarterfinals. Pitzner was eliminated by Anderson Salisbury (Colorado Mines) in a 4-2 last-second Blood Round decision.

SCSU 197-pounder Noah Ryan lost to top-seed Ryan Vasbinder of McKendree in an 8-0 major decision. Ryan rebounded in dominant fashion, scoring a 13-4 major decision of his own over West Liberty’s Logan Kemp, then won a 6-3 decision over Gannon’s Joel Leise in the Blood Round to earn All-American status.

Rounding things out at 285, top seed Kameron Teacher dominated in his two matches. In the first round, he dumped McKendree’s Ian Kuehl in a 10-3 decision, then moved on to the semis by pinning Francesco Borsellino (West Liberty) at 4:07 in the quarterfinals.

Vos, Bianchini, Aldrich, Njos, Fitzpatrick, Ryan and Teacher have all earned All-American status as top-eight finishers.

Championship Saturday action will begin at noon CST.

NCAA Division II National Championships
Fri-Sat, Mar 12-13 – St. Louis, MO
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Top Five Team Scores through Friday

  1. Nebraska-Kearney (58.0)
  2. St. Cloud State (51.5)
  3. Lindenwood (43.5)
  4. McKendree (42.5)
  5. Central Oklahoma (42.0)

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