Vikings set for Super Regional Three

SUPER REGIONAL THREE CHAMPIONSHIP

This week: No. 2 Augustana begins postseason competition on Sunday, hosting the NCAA Super Regional Three Championship in the Elmen Center.  Action will begin at 10 a.m.

Last time out: No. 1-ranked Nebraska-Omaha won seven of 10 matches en route to a 22-9 victory over the Vikings last Wednesday night in front of a record crowd of 2,003 in the Elmen Center.  Augustana got wins from Jason Jeremiason (133 pounds), Gavin Nelson (165 pounds) andTy Copsey (197 pounds).

Super Regional Three:  Sunday’s regional tournament is one of four that will play out across the country before the NCAA Championship.  A top-four finish advances a wrestler to the national tournament, which is hosted by Nebraska-Kearney on March 11 and 12.

Last year’s regional:  The Vikings are the defending Super Regional Three champions; they won last year’s tournament by racking up 120.5 points.  Augustana crowned four individual champions and advanced seven to the NCAA Championship.  Six of those seven national qualifiers are back: Al Meger (125 pounds), Jay Sherer (141 pounds), Nate Herda (149 pounds), Marcus Edgington (157 pounds), Gavin Nelson (165 pounds) and Ty Copsey (197 pounds).  To read about last year’s regional, click here.

More regional history:  Augustana has one regional title in the program’s history.  That crown came last season when the Vikings won the Super Regional Three Championship in Aberdeen, S.D.

Expanded field:  Super Regional Three has expanded for the 2011 Super Regional Three Championship.  The region used to be comprised of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference’s eight teams; however, reallignment added Wisconsin-Parkside, Indianapolis and Newman (Kan.) to this year’s field.

Dual record matched:  Augustana finished the 2010-11 campaign with an overall dual record of 14-2, matching the season record for victories in a season.  Augustana also reached 14 wins during the 2004-05 season–also under the guidance of head coach Jason Reitmeier.

Streak snapped: 
 Augustana’s loss to No. 1 Nebraska-Omaha last Wednesday was its first defeat in the Elmen Center since the 2008-09 season.  Heading into the contest with UNO, the last time Augustana had lost at home was on Feb. 6, 2009, when St. Cloud State topped the Vikings 17-16.

Conference title:  The conference crown picked up by the Vikings on Feb. 11 was their first in the NSIC and their third overall. Augustana finished 7-0 in NSIC competition. The Vikings won the North Central Conference in 1981 and 2005–the latter also under head coach Jason Reitmeier.

Northern Sun honors:  Augustana has had four athletes named NSIC Wrestler of the Week this season.

Date Wrestler
Nov. 29 Cody Lensing
Jan. 10 Jason Jeremiason
Jan. 31 Ty Copsey
Feb. 14 Jason Jeremiason

By the numbers:  Augustana’s 14-2 record for the 2010-11 season included its fair share of one-sided wins this season.  The Vikings pitched shutouts three times and held opponents to just six points six times.  Augustana has outscored its opponents 466-115 this season.

Viking lineup: 

Wt. Wrestler
125 Al Meger
133 Jason Jeremiason
141 Jay Sherer
149 Nate Herda
157 Marcus Edgington
165 Gavin Nelson
174 Carl Serck
184 Tom Davies
197 Ty Copsey
285 Lance Peters

National news: Augustana retained its No. 2 position in the final regular-season NCAA Division II wrestling rankings released last Wednesday by the National Wrestling Coaches Association. The Vikings collected 152 points and all eight second-place votes.  Nebraska-Omaha was the unanimous No. 1 selection, earning 160 points and all eight first-place votes. The Mavericks have held the top spot all season.  To view the national poll, click here.

Date
Ranking
Oct. 21 3rd
Dec. 8 3rd
Jan. 4 3rd
Jan. 2 2nd
Feb. 3 2nd
Feb. 16 2nd

Who’s ranked: The Vikings had seven individuals ranked in the final-regular NCAA Division II rankings of the season released last Wednesday. Ty Copsey garnered the highest individual ranking with his No. 2 position at 197 pounds.  Jason Jeremiason, who made his debut in the national rankings, checked in at No. 3 at 133 pounds, while Marcus Edgington earned the same spot at 157 pounds.  Jay Sherer (141 pounds) and Gavin Nelson (165 pounds) were both No. 4.  Nate Herda was No. 5 at 149 pounds, while Carl Serck was seventh at 174 pounds.  To view the latest rankings, click here.

St. Cloud State Wrestling Headed to Regional on Feb. 27

The #3 St. Cloud State University wrestling team, which just finished its 2010-11 season with a 19-2 dual match record will begin post-season competiton with action at the 2011 NCAA Division II Super Regional Three tournament on Feb. 27.

The Regional will be held at the Elmen Center on the campus of Augustana College in Sioux Falls, S.D.  Action gets underway with the doors opening at 9 a.m. and the first round starting at 10 a.m.  The championship round of the Regional Tournament is slated to begin around 7 p.m. on Feb. 27.

Tickets for this event are $7, $5 for students and seniors and free for five and under.  The tickets for the tournament can be purchased at the gate.

Teams slated to compete at the Regional include St. Cloud State, Augustana, Minnesota State, Minnesota State-Moorhead, Southwest Minnesota State, Upper Iowa, Mary, Northern State, Newman, Indianapolis and UW-Parkside.

The Huskies are currently ranked #3 in the nation, while host Augustana is ranked #2 in the nation.  In 2010, the Huskies placed second at the Regional tournament behind champion Augustana.  At the 2010 NCAA Division II championships, SCSU posted a seventh place finish and advanced eight wrestlers out of the regional to the national championships.

SCSU wrestlers currently ranked among the nation’s top NCAA Division II athletes include Jake Kahnke (#1/285 pounds), Tad Merritt (#2/165-pounds), John Sundgren (#2/157-pounds), Jacob D. Horn (#6/149-pounds), Lucas Munkelwitz (#6/197-pounds) and Gabe Suarez (#8/141-pounds).

Of note, the top four wrestlers from each weight bracket gain a bid to the 2011 NCAA Division II championships that will be held in Kearney, Neb. on March 11-12.

2011 NCAA Division II Super Regional Three Home Page

Sprenkle Named WWC Co-Wrestler of the Week

OREM, Utah – North Dakota State 125-pound sophomore Trent Sprenkle was named Western Wrestling Conference Co-Wrestler of the Week after upsetting No. 13 Ben Kjar of Utah Valley on Saturday.  Sprenkle shares the weekly honor with Northern Iowa’s Caleb Flores, who defeated No. 15 Michael Martinez of Wyoming.

Trent SprenkleNo. 19 Sprenkle jumped out to a 5-0 lead over Kjar with two takedowns and an escape.  Kjar tallied four points in the third period, but Sprenkle’s two escapes and point for riding time sealed the 8-4 upset win.  Sprenkle was the only wrestler to defeat Kjar in dual action this season.

Sprenkle’s decision helped the Bison claim a 25-10 win over Utah Valley to even their conference record at 3-3.  The Billings, Mont. native finished the regular season with an overall record of 29-7 and a 12-2 mark in duals.

The weekly honor is the first of Sprenkle’s career and the second of the season for the Bison.

Schneeberger, Dragons Take Momentum Into Regional Championships

MOORHEAD, Minn. – The Minnesota State University Moorhead Dragons wrestling sat just outside of the Top-20 rankings prior to their upset of No. 10 Upper Iowa, highlighted by senior Evan Forde‘s 3-1 overtime win against No. 4 Kyle Pedretti. The Dragons now enter this year’s NCAA Super III Regional Championships with lots of momentum on their side.

The Dual Season
The Dragons finished the dual season with an 8-8 record under second year Head Coach Kris Nelson. The Dragons own two wins over Top-15 teams, including an 18-16 win over No. 13 Grand Canyon and also taking down No. 10 Upper Iowa in the dual season finale 25-17.

After swapping wins and losses early on, the Dragons hit their stride when the worked over Minot State (N.D.) 30-9 on Feb. 8, rattling off four wins in a row and two against NSIC opponents Northern State (S.D.) and No. 10 Upper Iowa.

The Dragons as a group have 189 individual wins and have outscored the opposition 798-766. As a team, the Dragons have outscored their opponents 752-655. Part of the Dragons ability to win close matches is their tough ground game. The Dragons have a 30-16 edge on three-point nearfalls and a 46-14 edge in reversals.

What A Difference A Year Makes
Entering the regional tournament last season, the Dragons had little momentum in their favor, winning two of their final eight duals. Just one year later, Coach Nelson’s Dragons are winners of their last four duals to finish of the season.

Junior Corey Ulmer has already matched his 21-win mark he set last season, a career-high for Ulmer. Ulmer has also dropped his losses from 11 prior to regionals last season to just four this year; including two against NCAA Division-I opponents and the current top two NCAA Division-II wrestlers.

Senior Evan Forde is in good position to surpass his 18 wins a season ago, entering regionals with 15 wins thus far. Another potential top seed in the regionals will be Brady Schneeberger, currently ranked No. 3 in the nation. Last season, the 17-17 Schneeberger stunned spectators; becoming the only none No. 1 seed to win the tournament with his initial sixth seed. Since regionals, Schneeberger owns a pair of wins over last year’s NCAA Division-II National Champion, Jay Sherer of Augustana (S.D.).

Largely inactive last season, Tyler Steinwand was asked to fill the shoes of All-American Derek Bomstad this season. Steinwand, a 3-1 record at 149 pounds last year, has been on a hot streak as of late. The junior has a 14-11 record and has won his last six matches in a row.

Tallen Wald has flourished as a captain, posting an 18-10 record at 157 pounds heading into the postseason, a great improvement over his 13-14 finish last season. Wald was ranked No. 7 in the nation on Feb. 3 but since then has dropped out of the rankings despite winning all five matches since that poll was released. Wald is also peaking at the right time for the Dragons, winning five in a row and eight of his last 10 matches.

Another improving wrestler of the Dragons has been sophomore Tyler Kivel. After posting only six wins at 165 pounds last season, Kivel has doubled his wins and cut his losses by more than half. Kivel currently holds a 12-5 record, a far cry from 6-12 in 2009-10. Kivel has been scorching for the Dragons, winning eight of his last nine matches and has provided a reliable option for Coach Nelson at 165 pounds.

A resurgence may be in order for newcomer Trent Sovde, who came to the Dragons from North Dakota State a season ago. Sovde has filled the void left by Jarret Hall last season with a 14-12 record so far. Sovde wrestled well in the open season, going 6-3 with no more than one loss in any tournament.

True freshman Kody Kalkbrenner has already shown that he will be a force in the NSIC for years to come, posting an 8-5 record at 184 pounds. Kalkbrenner put on a clinic at the Dragon Open in December, winning the underclassman division with a 3-0 record and has also won his last two matches.

Sophomore Brian Woelfel will be looking to prove his worth at 197 pounds, a weight class that features four top eight wrestlers in the nation. Woelfel stepped in this year for Jon Swart, who is the Dragons’ current heavyweight. Woelfel enters the regionals with a current record of 7-16.

The biggest turn around belongs to senior Jon Swart. Swart, who struggled cutting weight in 2009-10, has shown that a full offseason dedicated to wrestling can be largely beneficial. Swart took a 3-15 record at 197 and has turned it around into a 15-win season at a loaded weight class.

Swart has taken on three of the top four heavyweights in the nation, barely falling to No. 1 Jacob Kahnke of St. Cloud State and nearly defeating No. 2 Matt Meuleners of Northern State (S.D.). The last time out, Swart took on No. 4 Zach Rosol of Upper Iowa but left early with a medical forfeit.

Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference and Dragons Honors
The Dragons’ Corey Ulmer was named Wrestler of the Week on Dec. 7 after winning the 125-pound championship at the Dragon Open. Ulmer is also a two-time MSUM Male Athlete of the Week. Senior Evan Forde was the last Wrestler of the Week after defeating No. 4 Kyle Pedretti in his last match. Forde is also a two-time MSUM Male Athlete of the Week, along with Brady Schneeberger who earned the honor on Jan. 10.

The 2010 Regionals
The Dragons finished in fifth place at last year’s regional tournament and had five national qualifiers. Corey Ulmer finished in fourth place with a 6-3 win over Matt Garcia of Mary (N.D.), while Derek Bomstad finished in second place at 149 pounds.

Departing seniors Jarret Hall (174 pounds) and Tim Johnson (heavyweight) each finished third to advance to nationals. The biggest day belonged to Brady Schneeberger, the sixth seeded 141-pounder, who pinned Jay Sherer with only 15 seconds left in regulation. Full coverage of last year’s regional tournament can be found here.

The Regionals Have Expanded
This year’s NCAA Super III Regionals will include three more teams battling for the same top four spots. The realignment has paired the eight NSIC teams with Wisconsin-Parkside, Indianapolis and Newman (Kan.).

The Dragons 2011 Regional Lineup
Wt.    Wrestler
125    No. 3 Corey Ulmer (21-4) – Super III Regional No. 2
133    Evan Forde (15-12) – Super III Regional No. 5
141    No. 3 Brady Schneeberger (10-9) – Super III Regional No. 1
149    Tyler Steinwand (14-11)
157    Tallen Wald (18-10) – Super III Regional No. 6
165    Tyler Kivel (12-5)
174    Trent Sovde (14-12) – Super III Regional No. 6
184    Kody Kalkbrenner (8-5)
197    Brian Woelfel (7-16)
285    Jon Swart (15-11) – Super III Regional No. 5

Dragons in the Rankings
The Dragons as a team were receiving votes in the last poll that came out on Feb. 16. In the two previous polls the Dragons were ranked No. 20 in the nation. Corey Ulmer and Brady Schneeberger both currently sit third in the nation. Ulmer currently holds the second seed to Upper Iowa’s Trevor Franklin. Brady Schneeberger sits as the current top seed in the Super III Region.

According to the Coaches
The Dragons were picked to finish fifth along with Southwest Minnesota State in the 2010-11 NSIC Preseason Coaches’ Poll. The Dragons received 14 points, 10 behind Upper Iowa picked fourth.

No. School Pts.
1. St. Cloud State 67
2. Augustana 64
3. MSU Mankato 37
4. Upper Iowa 24
5.
MSU Moorhead 14
Southwest Minn. State 14
6. Northern State 12
7. U-Mary 8

The Coaches
Head Coach Kris Nelson is in his second season as the leader of the Dragons wrestling program. Nelson joined the Dragons’ Nation in 2009 after serving as an assistant coach for North Dakota State for nine seasons. Nelson is assisted by Josh Kerbaugh and Nate Baker. Kerbaugh became the youngest head coach in the nation in 2002, taking over for five seasons. Baker has been an assistant coach for the past three seasons after becoming the Dragons last national champion in 2006.

2011 Super Regional Three Championships
Augustana College (S.D.) will be hosting the championships this season inside the Elmen Center. The matches are schedule to begin at 10 a.m. on Feb. 27 with the doors opening at 9 a.m. The full championship coverage can be viewed at the following link.

Super III Regional Championship Home Page

Mavericks Set to Compete in NCAA II Regional

Mavericks Set to Compete in NCAA II Regional

February 21, 2011

What’s Next: With the regular season coming to a close last week, the No. 8 Minnesota State Mavericks will turn their attention to the NCAA Division II Regional this upcoming Sunday, February 27 in Sioux Falls, S.D. Wrestlers will be seeded prior to the event with the top-four placers earning a trip to the NCAA Division II National Championship in Kearney, Neb. on March 11-12.

Last Year’s Results: Last season the Mavericks placed seven individual wrestlers in the regional while finishing fourth in the team portion of the tournament with 84.5 team points. Augustana won the regional with 120.5 team points. Current assistant coach Brady Wilson won his fourth-consecutive region title while going on to break the Mavericks individual wins record. Wilson finished his career with 144 career wins.
Ranked Mavericks: Minnesota State currently has four wrestlers ranked in their individual weight classes. Each Maverick held their respective position in their individual classes as the rankings mark the final individual standings of the 2010-11 season. Senior Andy Forstner finishes No. 4 in the 125-lb class while senior Ben Becker finishes No. 6 in the 174-lbs class.  The two remaining Mavericks include junior Aaron Norgrenwho ranks sixth in the 184-lb class and junior Pat Mahan who ranks No. 7 in the 197-lb class.
Team and Individual Notes: The No. 8 Mavericks dropped their regular season finale Thursday night as they fell 25-9 to the No. 3 St. Cloud State Huskies…The Mavericks finish the regular season 9-5 overall and 5-2 in the NSIC which is good enough for third-place in the conference…Junior Aaron Norgren (No. 6, 184-lbs) won a 2-1 decision over Michael Berg as he finishes the regular season with a 22-8 overall record and a 13-1 record in dual matches…Senior Andy Forstner (No. 4, 125-lbs) won a 5-4 decision over Dylan Wright as Forstner finishes the season 18-11 overall and 11-3 in dual matches…Junior Pat Mahan (No. 7, 197-lbs) won a 3-2 decision over Lucas Munkelwitz giving the Mavericks their final win of the night…Norgren earned the most wins for MSU in the regular season (22) while both Brendan Eichmann (Fr. 165-lbs) and Tel Todd (Jr. 157-lbs) have earned 19-wins.
About the Coach: Head coach Jim Makovsky (Valley City State ’89) is in his 18th season at MSU. Makovsky, who holds a 220-79-3 overall record at MSU, has coached collegiate wrestling for 21 years and possesses a 243-98-5 career record.
Next Up: The individual wrestlers who finish in the top four of their respective weight classes will move on to the NCAA Division II Championship March 11-12 in Kearney, Neb.

Augustana hosts the NCAA Super Regional Three Sunday

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Augustana will host the NCAA Super Regional Three Championship on Sunday at 10 a.m. in the Elmen Center.

This year’s tournament features 11 teams and more than 100 wrestlers. Super Regional Three includes Augustana, Indianapolis, U-Mary, Minnesota State, Minnesota State Moorhead, Newman (Kan.), Northern State, Southwest Minnesota State, St. Cloud State, Upper Iowa and Wisconsin-Parkside.

The top four place winners in each weight class will advance to the NCAA Championship in Kearney, Neb., on March 11 and 12.

First-round matches begin at 10 a.m., and the finals start at 7 p.m. Gates open at 9 a.m.

Tickets are $7 for adults and $4 for students (K-12 and college with ID).

Four of the 11 teams in this year’s Super Regional Three Championship are nationally ranked, while 31 individuals are ranked in their respective weight classes.

To view the official tournament home page, follow this link: http://www.goaugie.com/sports/2011/1/19/WREST_0119111021.aspx?id=1898.  Brackets will be updated following each round.

The finals will be video webcast at www.GoAugie.com/webcast.

Nationally Ranked Teams
No. 2 Augustana
No.3 St. Cloud State
No. 8 Minnesota State
No. 10 Upper Iowa

Iowa 19 Minnesota 12

Gophers Fall to No. 2 Iowa in Dual Finale

MINNEAPOLIS – A comeback bid in the second half fell just short on Sunday afternoon when the No. 5 Minnesota wrestling team fell to No. 2 Iowa 19-12, snapping the Gophers’ seven-dual unbeaten streak. Danny Zilverberg, Cody Yohn, Scott Glasser and Kevin Steinhaus picked up wins for the Gophers while the Hawkeyes earned the Big Ten Dual Meet Championship with an 8-0-0 conference record.

2011 Iowa at Minnesota

The Hawkeyes opened the day with three-straight wins by way of decision to build a 9-0 lead. No. 1 Matt McDonough bested No. 5 Zach Sanders 10-3 in the opening match at 125 lbs. before No. 7 Tony Ramos tallied a 7-3 decision over No. 20 David Thorn. Iowa also scored three points in the highly touted 141 lbs. match between No. 3 Montell Marion and No. 2 Mike Thorn. Thorn scored a late takedown to even the match at 3-3 but his Hawkeye counterpart escaped in the closing seconds to come away with the 4-3 win at 141 lbs.. Minnesota (15-4-1 overall, 6-1-1 Big Ten) would finally break onto the scoreboard in the 149 lbs. match when Danny Zilverberg outlasted Mark Ballweg, scoring a takedown in the overtime period to pick up a 5-3 decision and cut Iowa’s lead to 9-3. The Hawkeyes (14-0-1, 8-0-0) would close out the first half with a four-point major decision when No. 7 Derek St. John topped Matt Mincey 20-8 at 157 lbs. to take a 13-3 lead into intermission.

But Minnesota would come out reenergized in the second half and score three-straight wins to cut the lead to 12-13. No. 12 Cody Yohn held off No. 13 Aaron Janssen to pick up a 6-4 decision at 165 lbs, No. 15 Scott Glasser upset No. 11 Ethen Lofthouse with a 7-5 decision at 174 lbs. and No. 8 Kevin Steinhaus topped No. 11 Grant Gambrall at 184 lbs. with a 5-4 win via decision.

However, one point was as close as the Gophers would get as Iowa closed out the dual with a pair of decisions from No. 8 Luke Lofthouse at 197 lbs. and No. 15 Blake Rasing at heavyweight to pick up the 19-12 win and extend the Hawkeyes’ unbeaten streak to 77-straight duals.

The loss to Iowa, coupled with Penn State’s win over Wisconsin on Friday, places the Gophers in a tie for second in the Big Ten with the Nittany Lions. Minnesota is returns to action in two weeks at the 2011 Big Ten Wrestling Championships on March 5-6 at Northwestern University. The two-day event is the national qualifier for the conference and begins with an 11 a.m. Eastern (10 a.m. Central) session on Saturday, March 5. The Sunday session starts at 2 p.m. Eastern (1 p.m. Central) with the finals airing live on the Big Ten Network at 4 p.m. Eastern (3 p.m. Central).

No. 2 Iowa at No. 5 Minnesota
Sunday, February 20, 2011
Minneapolis, Minn. (Williams Arena)

Iowa 19 Minnesota 12
125: No. 1 Matt McDonough (IOWA) dec. No. 5 Zach Sanders (MINN) 10-3
133: No. 7 Tony Ramos (IOWA) dec. No. 20 David Thorn (MINN) 7-3
141: No. 3 Montell Marion (IOWA) dec. No. 2 Mike Thorn (MINN) 4-3
149: Danny Zilverberg (MINN) SV. Mark Ballweg (IOWA) 5-3
157: No. 7 Derek St. John (IOWA) maj. Matt Mincey (MINN) 20-8
165: No. 12 Cody Yohn (MINN) dec. No. 13 Aaron Janssen (IOWA) 6-4
174: No. 15 Scott Glasser (MINN) dec. No. 11 Ethen Lofthouse (IOWA) 7-5
184: No. 8 Kevin Steinhaus (MINN) dec. No. 11 Grant Gambrall (IOWA) 5-4
197: No. 8 Luke Lofthouse (IOWA) dec. No. 4 Sonny Yohn (MINN) 7-4
285: No. 15 Blake Rasing (IOWA) dec.  No. 8 Tony Nelson (MINN) 4-2