No. 2 Huskies earn 11th straight NSIC Championship with 30-6 victory over No. 10 Augustana
St. Cloud, Minn. – No. 2 St. Cloud State Wrestling won their 11th straight Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Wrestling Championship with a 30-6 win over No. 10 Augustana on the road Thursday evening, taking eight of 10 with four ranked wins. No. 7 Paxton Creese earned a massive 4-0 upset of No. 4 Jaxson Rohman at 125, No. 5 Dominic Murphy handled No. 7 Cade Mueller 4-3 at 174, No. 7 Billy Pitzner took a 12-5 decision over No. 12 Kolby Kost while No. 2 heavyweight Kameron Teacher took out No. 8 Steven Hajas, 5-3. SCSU has now won 88 consecutive NSIC duals.
No. 7 Paxton Creese scored a critical upset win at 125 pounds, defeating stingy No. 4 Jaxson Rohman 4-0. After a scoreless first period that saw Creese escape a pair of big shots by Rohman, Paxton chose bottom after his opponent deferred. The Huskies’ 125-pounder scored the bout’s first point with an escape and grappled Rohman shot-for-shot to close out the middle frame. Rohman chose neutral looking for the go-ahead takedown, but Creese took advantage and added a takedown, riding out for the 4-0 win.
No. 2 St. Cloud State 30, No. 10 Augustana 6
149 – Hunter Burnett over Nicholas Novak in SV-1, 5-3 (3-0 AUGIE)
157 – Anthony Herrera over Tyler Wagener, 5-3 (3-3)
165 – Miles Fitzgerald over No. 12 Devin Donovan in SV-1, 7-5 (6-3 AUGIE)
174 – No. 5 Dominic Murphy over No. 7 Cade Mueller, 4-3 (6-6)
184 – No. 7 Billy Pitzner over No. 12 Kolby Kost, 12-5 (9-6 SCSU)
197 – No. 2 Noah Ryan over Daniel Bishop, 5-3 (12-6 SCSU)
HWT – No. 2 Kameron Teacher over No. 8 Steven Hajas, 7-4 (15-6 SCSU)
125 – No. 7 Paxton Creese over No. 4 Jaxson Rohman, 4-0 (18-6 SCSU)
133 – Daniel Valeria by forfeit (24-6 SCSU)
141 – No. 1 Joseph Bianchini by forfeit (30-6 SCSU)
Exh. 157 – No. 2 Colby Njos over Payton Anderson, 3-1
Exh. 165 – Dylan Schuck pins Jared Head
St. Cloud State Coach Steve Costanzo had this to say:
“We performed fairly well. There’s obviously some matches where we thought we could be better. Overall, Augustana did a really nice job of getting on our head, moving their hands and their feet. I thought they did a much better job than we did in those situations. We lost a couple matches in overtime – those are always painful. Both those matches we lost, those guys revenged their losses earlier in the season when we beat them. We have to take the initiative when we go into those overtime matches. It looked like those guys wanted those two matches a little bit more than we did. There were some good performances in there, the one that stands out to me is Dominic Murphy – he beat a really good kid there who’s ranked number two in one poll and top-seven in another. The key for us in that match was just getting on his legs often. We finished a couple of them, but when you’re on the legs as much as we were good things are going to happen. It takes a lot of time off the clock as well. When you have a lead and you’re still attacking it really helps in terms of clock management.”
On the program’s 11th NSIC Championship… “I’m grateful. I don’t take these things for granted at all. I’m really proud of these guys. It was tough to win the conference this year, considering we had a couple cancelations. With all the adversity we’ve been through this year, these guys have to be tough to go through things like this. I’m poud of them.”
On Noah Ryan’s strong bout… “Sometimes you wrestle these guys three, four times in a year – even more than that in a career. Noah Ryan did a great job. The thing that impresses me about him – obviously besides his consistency – when he’s on the bottom and his opponent is on top in the strongest position, he just continues to move and gives you a great example of how to get out of the bottom. I was really pleased with how he wrestled the whole match.”
On the Huskies’ mindset looking ahead to the Super Region V Tournament… “That’s just it, you have to have the right mindset. That’s what it comes down to in the regional championships. We’re going to try to get 10 guys through. We’re in a difficult region, it’s very well-balanced. There’s a lot of good wrestlers from every team and we just have to be ready to go every match, one at a time.”
UP NEXT: The Huskies and The Viking will travel to Moorhead on Saturday, February 26 for the Super Region V Tournament. Coverage is available on the NSIC Network and TrackWrestling, with links available on the SCSU Wrestling page.