St. Cloud State Places 5th at National Championships

Huskies produce Six All-Americans

Wichita, Kan.- No. 3 St. Cloud State Wrestling closed out their season this weekend at the National Championships in Wichita, Kansas. The Huskies finished the tournament in 5th place with 64 points after six of their eight wrestlers competing earn All-American Honors. The six All-American honorees are tied for the third most in program history and the most since the 2021 season.

Session I and II
In Session I of the Tournament, St. Cloud State would send four wrestlers to the Quarterfinal round. 149-pound Colby Njos produced the first win of the day for SCSU as he advanced with a 5-2 decision victory over Jake Piccirilli of UNC Pembroke. Defending 157-pound National Champion Nick Novak moved into the Quarterfinals with ease as he produced a 14-5 major decision victory. 165-pound Anthony Herrera battled back-and-forth with Brandon Connor of Millersville, but a clutch takedown gave Herrera a 9-6 sudden victory. 197-pound Dominic Murphy was the final Husky to advance to the Quarterfinals as a 17-5 major decision victory propelled him to the next round. 125-pound Conor Knopick, 133-pound Caleb Meekins, 174-pound Cole Glazier, and 184-pound Bryce FitzPatrick all lost their opening matches and were sent to the wrestle backs. After their opening round losses, Glazier and FitzPatrick had to wrestle in a preliminary round to advance to Session II. Both wrestlers took care of business as Glazier had a 12-1 major decision victory and Fitzpatrick won by fall at the 2:50 mark.

Moving into Session II, Knopick and Meekins were both able to advance past Round 1 of the Consolation Bracket as Knopick won 2-1 in a nail bitter and Meekins produced a major decision victory. Neither wrestler, however, were unable to advance further as they were both eliminated in Round 2 of the Consolation Bracket. In the Quarterfinal round, Njos and Herrera were defeated by decision and sent to the wrestle backs. Novak jumped on Bailey Gimbor early with a quick takedown and never looked back. The defending champion would go on to win 5-2 and advance to the Semifinals. The first period of the Quarterfinals for Murphy was tightly contested as he nor Tereus Henry were able to earn a point. In period two, Henry earned an escape point to take a 1-0 lead. Murphy would quickly turn the tables on Henry as a quick counter by the senior gave him an opportunity for a fall victory. Murphy would jump on the opportunity to capture a takedown and then worked his way to the fall and defeated Henry at the 4:17 mark. Glazier and FitzPatrick continued their momentum from the preliminaries to advance into Round 2 of the Consolation Bracket. Glazier picked up an 8-5 decision victory while Fitzpatrick produced another fall victory. In Round 2 of the Consolation Bracket of Njos’ match, the first period would end tied up at zero. Cael Larson of Augustana choose the top position and ride Njos for the entirety of the period. Moving into the third period, Njos choose the down position, but this time around would come up with an escape to take a 1-0 lead. The two would battle back-and-forth, but late in the period, Njos came up clutch with a takedown that ultimately secured him the match as he advanced with a 4-0 victory. In Consolation Round 2 for Herrera, he would battle against Chase Bloomquist. Each wrestler would earn an escape point as the match would head into overtime, and then into the tiebreaker. In the tiebreaker period, Herrera would come up with a huge takedown to capture a 4-1 victory and advance in the tournament. In a do or die situation for Glazier and FitzPatrick, both wrestlers would stay hot with major decision victories of 11-2 and 17-5 respectively as they each advanced.

After their victories in the Quarterfinals and Round 2 of the Consolation Bracket, Colby Njos, Nick Novak, Anthony Herrera, Cole Glazier, Bryce FitzPatrick, and Dominic Murphy would earn All-American Honors, securing a placement in the tournament. This would be the third time that Herrera has been awarded All-American, the second for Njos, Novak, and Murphy, and the first time for Glazier and FitzPatrick.

Session III
Moving into the second day of the event, Njos captured a 6-2 decision victory against Dean Noble of Western Colorado University to advance to Round 3 of the Consolation Bracket. Novak punched his ticket to the championship round for the second consecutive season as he defeated Guy Deleonardis by a score of 8-1 in the 157-pound Semifinals. Herrera went back-and forth with Cole Ritter in Round 3 of the Consolation Bracket but was ultimately defeated 8-5 by sudden victory after a takedown by Ritter. Facing the No. 1 ranked Scott Joll in Round 3 of the 174-pound Consolation Bracket, Glazier was defeated 8-3 and sent to the 7th place match. At the 184-pound Consolation Round 3, Fitzpatrick trailed 8-2 early against No. 8 Billy Higgins. FitzPatrick would then have a ferocious comeback to tie the match at 9-9 after producing a takedown and then a four-point near fall. Higgins then went on to score with a takedown to take a 12-10 lead. FitzPatrick was able to escape but could not capture a takedown to win the match. The defeat would send the junior to the 7th place match. In the 197-pound Semifinals, Murphy took on Derek Blubaugh. The match would go right down to the wire with the score tied at 2-2. With mere seconds remaining, Blubaugh would score a takedown to ultimately defeat Murphy 5-2, eliminating him from championship contention. Colby Njos would return to action in the 149-pound Consolation Semifinals and take on No. 4 Zeth Brower of Lander. Njos would comfortably win 8-1 and advance to the 3rd place match. In their respective 7th place matches, Herrera, Glazier, and FitzPatrick would all suffer defeats as they all finished in 8th place in their respective weight classes. In the Consolation Semifinals of the 197-pound bracket, Murphy would again take his match down to the wire, this time around the match would go into overtime as the score was tied 1-1. No. 8 Jackson Kinsella and Murphy continued to battle but no points were scored as the match would head into the tiebreaker. Kinsella would come up with a takedown to secure a 4-1 victory, sending Murphy to the 5th place match. In his 3rd place match, Njos took on No. 6 Dylan Brown of Central Oklahoma. The first period would see no points scored, but Brown would rack up his riding time in the second period after choosing the top position and riding Njos for the entirety of the period. In his choice of position in the third period, Njos chose top to diminish Brown’s riding time. The junior was able to make a dent in the time, but Brown would take a 1-0 lead with an escape. With time ticking away and a minute remaining, Njos dove at Brown and came up with another clutch takedown to take a 3-1 lead. Njos rode Brown for the remainder of the match and took 3rd place with a 3-1 victory. In his 5th place match, Murphy faced off against No. 7 Max Ramberg of Augustana. Murphy dominated with multiple takedowns, including one late in the third period which secured the major decision victory of 14-4 and 5th place in the tournament.

Championship Round
The No. 1 seeded Nick Novak would make his return to the 157-pound National Championship after winning all three of his prior matches. Novak would face off against No. 3 Gabe Johnson of Central Oklahoma. Johnson got the scoring started by taking down Novak to take a 3-0 lead. Novak escaped that takedown and would go into the second period down 3-1. The second period started with Johnson choosing the bottom position. Novak would negate some of Johnson’s riding time, but Johnson would turn the tables on Novak with a reversal to take a 5-1 lead. The junior would escape that reversal, but then would be taken down again as Johnson led 8-2 after the second period. Choosing the down position to start the third period, Novak came up with a reversal of his own to set the score at 8-4. Johnson earned an escape point as he expanded his lead to 9-4. Novak showed no quit as he continued to battle and took Johnson down again, setting the score at 9-7. The New Prague, Minn native allowed Johnson to escape, giving him the opportunity to tie the match with a takedown. Trailing 10-7 with less than 30 seconds remaining, Novak was unable to produce a takedown to tie the score as Johnson defeated the reigning National Champion 10-7 to become a National Champion.

NCAA Division II National Championships results

TEAM RESULTS
St. Cloud State would finish the tournament in 5th place after scoring 64 points, which was their lowest finish since the 2013-2014 season where they finished sixth. Central Oklahoma became the National Champions after scoring 110 points throughout the weekend. Lander finished 2nd with 86.5 points, Nebraska-Kearney finished 3rd with 77.5 points, and McKendree came in 4th with 73 points.

INDIVIDUAL RESULTS

125- No. 7 Conor Knopick does not place
Round 1: Anthony Aniciete (TU) dec. No. 7 Conor Knopick (SCSU), 4-2
Consolation Round 1- No. 7 Conor Knopick (SCSU) dec. Luke Acuna (AU), 2-1
Consolation Round 2- No. 8 Isaiah Gamez (ASC) dec. No. 7 Conor Knopick, 2-1

133- Caleb Meekins does not place
Round 1- No. 3 Gavin Quiocho (GSU) TF Caleb Meekins (SCSU), 17-0
Consolation Round 1- Caleb Meekins (SCSU) MD Ryan Wehner (LEC), 13-5
Consolation Round 2- No. 4 Devin Falnnery (MILL) TF Caleb Meekins (SCSU), 18-1

149- No. 7 Colby Njos Earns All-American Honors, Places 3rd
Round 1- No. 7 Colby Njos (SCSU) dec. Jake Piccirilli (UNCP), 5-2
Quarterfinals- No. 2 Jacob Ealy (UPJ) SV No. 7 Colby Njos (SCSU), 5-2
Consolation Round 2- No. 7 Colby Njos (SCSU) dec. No. 8 Cael Larson (AUG), 4-0
Consolation Round 3- No. 7 Colby Njos (SCSU) dec. Dean Noble (WCU), 6-2
Consolation Semifinals- No. 7 Colby Njos (SCSU) dec. No. 4 Zeth Brower (LAND), 8-1
3rd Place Match- No. 7 Colby Njos (SCSU) dec. No. 6 Dylan Brown (OCU), 3-1

157- No. 1 Nick Novak is the National Runner-Up, Earns All-American Honors
Round 1- No. 1 Nick Novak (SCSU) MD Basil Othman (SFSU), 14-5
Quarterfinals- No. 1 Nick Novak (SCSU) dec. Bailey Gimbor (KUTZ), 5-2
Semifinals- No. 1 Nick Novak (SCSU) dec. No. 5 Guy Deleonardis (GSU), 8-1
1st Place Match- No. 3 Gabe Johnson (UCO) dec. Nick Novak (SCSU), 10-7

165- No. 7 Anthony Herrera Earns All-American Honors, Places 8th
Round 1- No. 7 Anthony Herrera (SCSU) SV Brand Connor (MILL), 9-6
Quarterfinals- No. 2 Chase Luensman (UIU) dec. No. 7 Anthony Herrera (SCSU), 7-3
Consolation Round 2- No. 7 Anthony Herrera TB Chase Bloomquist (NSU), 4-1
Consolation Round 3- Cole Ritter (MU) SV No. 7 Anthony Herrera (SCSU), 8-5
7th Place Match- No. 8 Aaden Valdez (ASC) MD No. 7 Anthony Herrera (SCSU), 13-0

174- Cole Glazier Earns All-American Honors, Places 8th
Round 1- No. 6 Anthony Des Vigne (UCO) dec. Cole Glazier (SCSU), 8-2
Preliminary- Cole Glazier (SCSU) MD Nate Barrett (AU), 12-1
Consolation Round 1- Cole Glazier (SCSU) dec. Andrew Reed (NEW), 8-5
Consolation Round 2- Cole Glazier (SCSU) MD Matt Ortiz (MCK), 11-2
Consolation Round 3- No. 1 Scott Joll (UNCP) dec. Cole Glazier (SCSU), 8-3
7th Place Match- No. 3 Cole Hernandez (WCU) dec. Cole Glazier (SCSU), 12-10

184- No. 6 Bryce FitzPatrick Earns All-American Honors, Places 8th
Round 1- Jaquez Bostic (LIME) dec. No. 6 Bryce FitzPatrick (SCSU), 8-10
Preliminary- No. 6 Bryce FitzPatrick (SCSU) Fall Seth Konynenbelt (GVSU), 2:50
Consolation Round 1- No. 6 Bryce FitzPatrick (SCSU) fall Owen Butler (UINDY), 6:04
Consolation Round 2- No. 6 Bryce FitzPatrick (SCSU) MD Cole Gray (WCU), 17-5
Consolation Round 3- No. 8 Billy Higgins (UNK) dec. No. 6 Bryce FitzPatrick (SCSU), 12-10
7th Place Match- Anthony Yacovetti (LAND) dec. No. 6 Bryce FitzPatrick (SCSU) 8-2

197- No. 3 Dominic Murphy Earns All-American Honors, Places 5th
Round 1- No. 3 Dominic Murphy (SCSU) MD Trever Begin (MERC), 17-5
Quarterfinals- No. 3 Dominic Murphy (SCSU) fall Tereus Henry (FHS), 4:17
Semifinals- No. 2 Derek Blubaugh (UINDY) dec. No. 3 Dominic Murphy (SCSU), 5-2
Consolation Semifinals- No. 8 Jackson Kinsella (UNK) TB No. 3 Dominic Murphy (SCSU), 4-1
5th Place Match- No. 3 Dominic Murphy (SCSU) MD No. 7 Max Ramberg (AUGIE), 14-4

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