Gophers Wrap Day One of Cliff Keen Invitational

Three wrestlers still alive as they look to advance to the placement round tomorrow morning

LAS VEGAS – Minnesota closed out day one of the Cliff Keen Invitational in Las Vegas, Nev., as three Gophers are still alive on the consolation side as they look to place in tomorrow’s competition.

Minnesota kicked off the day with a solid performance in the opening session as they pushed three into the Friday evening quarterfinals, with Jake Gliva, Jake Bergeland, and Michael Blockhus all advancing.

After having a first-round bye, Jake Gliva’s first and only competition of the morning session was against No. 20 Job Greenwood of Wyoming. Gliva controlled the match early and often as he secured a takedown in each of the first two periods of the bout, before displaying some solid collar-tie defense in the third period to hold his ranked opponent scoreless in the 5-0 victory.

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Carlson, Devos advance to Cliff Keen semis

LAS VEGAS — South Dakota State’s Clay Carlson and Cade DeVos wrestled their way into the semifinals during the opening day of competition Friday at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational.

Carlson, the top-seeded wrestler at 141 pounds, posted two wins on the day. After receiving an opening-round bye, the junior from Willmar, Minnesota, recorded a second-period fall over Louis Newell of Kent State during the opening session, then came back in the evening with a 6-3 decision over eighth-seeded Jake Bergeland of Minnesota. It was Carlson’s third victory of the young season against Bergeland.

In Saturday’s semifinals, Carlson will take on fifth-seeded Parker Filius of Purdue.

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Minnesota State Rated 10th in NCAA DII NWCA Poll

Turriff, Rathman & McManus Ranked in Top 10

Mankato, Minn. — Minnesota State is rated tenth in the National Wrestling Coaches Association Poll announced Friday, Dec. 3.

Minnesota State has three individuals who are rated in the top 10 individual rankings.

Senior Trevor Turriff (174 lbs.), who stands at 42-14 for his career and finished second at last year’s NCAA DII national championships, is rated second.

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NDSU heads to Sioux Falls for road dual against Augustana

FARGO, N.D. – Following a three-week break from dual match competition, Bison wrestling will go head-to-head against a single opponent on the mat this Saturday, as NDSU heads to Sioux Falls to take on Augustana University. North Dakota State is slated to take on the Vikings at 1 p.m. at the Sanford Pentagon in the 41st all-time meeting between the two programs.

Tickets for Saturday’s dual at the Pentagon will be $10 general admission for all adults and $7 for youth. Tickets can be purchased on Ticketmaster and through goaugie.com.

This week’s dual against the Augustana Vikings will also feature live coverage on Midco Sports, being televised on their second station, Midco Sports Two. The game will also be available to Midco Sports Plus subscribers through the Midco Sports App. David Brown will headline the broadcast team for the dual match.

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NCAA-leading nine Huskies ranked in first NWCA Regular Season Poll

ST. CLOUD, Minn. – An NCAA DII leading nine wrestlers have been ranked at their classes in the first regular-season National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) poll of 2021-22. Reigning National Champion St. Cloud State moved to No. 2 in the polls, just one point behind Central Oklahoma. Joseph Bianchini remains the No. 1 wrestler at 141 pounds, Kameron Teacher holds his No. 2 rank at heavyweight, 157-pounder Colby Njos stays at No. 3 and Noah Ryan keeps his No. 5 nod at 197. Garrett Vos moved to No. 6 at 133 while Billy Pitzner stands at No. 9 at 184. No. 8 Devin Donovan, No. 10 Jake Barzowski, and No. 10 Dominic Murphy each made their debuts in the polls at 165, 149, and 174 respectively.

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NWCA NCAA DII Rankings – December 3, 2021

The Bronchos, who came in at #4 in the Preseason Edition of the poll, were last ranked #1 Oct. 23, 2007, after finishing as the 2007 NCAA Division II National Champions the previous season. They sit atop the first 2021-22 regular season poll behind seven ranked wrestlers, including two number ones in defending National Champion Heath Gray at 184, and returning National Finalist Dalton Abney at 197.

Central Oklahoma edged out three-time defending National Champions, St. Cloud State, by just one point, amassing 85 points to the Huskies’ 84. Nebraska-Kearney (74 points), West Liberty (70 points), and Lindenwood (57 points) round out the top five teams.

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Jackrabbits Head To Las Vegas

The South Dakota State wrestling team will take on some of the top wrestlers in the country this weekend as a group of Jackrabbits will compete at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational.

More than 70 ranked wrestlers are entered in the two-day tournament, which runs Friday and Saturday at the Las Vegas Convention Center, beginning at 9 a.m. Pacific Time (11 a.m. Central) each day. Live video coverage (subscription) and brackets will be available online through FloWrestling.org.

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No. 1 St. Cloud State battles three nationally-recognized opponents at Carolina Clash this weekend

St. Cloud, Minn. – No. 1 St. Cloud State Wrestling travels to Greenwood, South Carolina this weekend for the inaugural Carolina Clash Duals on Saturday, December 4. The Huskies begin their competition against No. 5 West Liberty at 11:00 a.m. CT, followed by No. 19 UNC-Pembroke at 12:30 p.m., then close the Clash with host RV Lander at 2:00 p.m.

Video streaming will not be available for the Clash, but fans can follow along on TrackWrestling with match-by-match coverage provided on Twitter via @SCSUHUSKIES_WR.

SCSU has only faced UNC-Pembroke in a dual prior to the Carolina Clash, handling the Braves 40-7 on January 12, 2013, at the National Duals then opening the 2017 Newberry Duals with a 44-3 win that featured five Huskies pins. Jake Barzowski pinned his Pembroke opponent in the latter dual while wrestling as the Huskies’ 149-pounder.

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