St. Cloud State 29, Augustana 3

Huskies beat Vikings for 13th consecutive time, stands one win away from conference title

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – No. 5 St. Cloud State Wrestling (13-1, 8-0 NSIC) won nine of 10 bouts to earn a 29-6 win over No. 14 Augustana (13-6, 7-2 NSIC) on Friday night in Sioux Falls. Junior 157-pounder Nick Novak (New Prague, Minn.) earned the lone win by bonus points for the Huskies, recording a technical fall in his victory.

With the win, SCSU will now wrestle for an NSIC regular season championship on Sunday against No. 13 UMary. A win would be SCSU’s 12th NSIC regular season championship in the last 13 seasons and 17th overall conference title. It would also mark the 12th undefeated conference record for the Huskies under head coach Steve Costanzo. The Huskies have won 104 of its last 105 conference duals dating back to Jan. 30, 2011, with its only loss coming last season to UW-Parkside, a 20-19 loss by criteria on Jan. 12, 2023. SCSU is now 27-19 all-time against Augustana but has won 13 consecutive matches in the series dating back to Jan. 27, 2012, a 26-9 win in St. Cloud.

SCSU won nine of 10 matches in the match, including the first three, to take a 9-0 win. Redshirt junior 149-pounder Colby Njos (Anoka, Minn.) and redshirt senior 197-pounder Dominic Murphy (Evergreen Park, Ill.) each earned ranked wins in the match. Njos defeated No. 11-ranked Cael Larson, 1-0, while Murphy beat No. 11-ranked Max Ramberg, 7-3.

Feb. 16, 2024 | Elmen Center | Sioux Falls, S.D.

No. 5 St. Cloud State 29, No. 14 Augustana 3
HWT: Elijah Novak (SCSU) dec. Zach Peterson (AUGIE), 4-0
125: No. 7 Conor Knopick (SCSU) dec. Christian Olsen (AUGIE), 6-2
133: Caleb Meekins (SCSU) dec. Jack Huffman (AUGIE), 7-1
141: No. 11 Hunter Burnett (AUGIE) dec. No. 12 Alyeus Craig (SCSU), 7-3
149: No. 8 Colby Njos (SCSU) dec. No. 11 Cael Larson (AUGIE), 1-0
157: No. 1 Nick Novak (SCSU) TF Connor Simmonds (AUGIE), 15-0 (5:31)
165: No. 10 Anthony Herrera (SCSU) dec. Tyler Waegener (AUGIE), 11-4
174: Cole Glazier (SCSU) dec. Coy Gunderson (AUGIE), 6-4
184: No. 10 Bryce FitzPatrick (SCSU) dec. Cade Mueller (AUGIE), 4-1
197: No. 4 Dominic Murphy (SCSU) dec. No. 11 Max Ramberg (AUGIE), 7-3

UP NEXT
The Vikings turn their attention to postseason action, starting with the NCAA Super Region V Tournament in Minot, N.D., on March 2. Action will begin at 10 a.m. SCSU will conclude the regular season season at home against No. 13 UMary on Sunday, Feb. 18. The senior day match is scheduled to start at 2:00 p.m. CT at Halenbeck Hall.

Information regarding single dual and season tickets can be found at scsutickets.com. For all the latest on St. Cloud State Wrestling, stay tuned to SCSUHuskies.com and follow the team on X (Twitter), Instagram, and Facebook.

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