Robinson Signs Multi-Year Contract

MINNEAPOLIS — After serving 25 years as the head coach of one of the nation’s top wrestling programs, there have been plenty of firsts forMinnesota’s J Robinson. A quarter century of success has seen first All-Americans, first national champions and undefeated seasons under the Gophers’ coach.This week, Robinson added another first to his list of coaching accolades.

Director of Athletics Joel Maturi announced today that Robinson has signed the first multi-year contract of his career, keeping the two-time national coach of the year and six-time Big Ten Coach of the Year at Minnesota through 2014.

“I could not be more pleased that we have been able to reach this agreement with J,” Maturi said. “This multi-year contract is a just reward for a job well done and we are thrilled to have an individual who is widely considered to be among the finest wrestling coaches ever committed to our program through 2014.”

Robinson, who was named the seventh coach in Minnesota history when he took over in 1986, brought the storied program to new heights by developing a culture of excellence. Under Robinson, Minnesota captured the first three wrestling national championships in school history (2001, 2002, 2007) while he has helped develop 12 individual national champions. After working on a year-by-year basis for his first 25 years at Minnesota, Robinson recently decided the time was right to ink the first long-term contract of his career.

“Joel and I had been talking about (the contract) for a couple of years, and we got together to work out some of the
details,” Robinson said. “It seemed to work out, and it seemed to be a good time to do it.”

A 2005 inductee into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame, Robinson has coached 46 individuals to a total of 97 All-American honors, including an NCAA record 10 All-Americans during Minnesota’s first national title campaign in 2001. Robinson’s teams have also earned six Big Ten team championships and 27 individual conference titles during his tenure, while his 354 career dual wins are the most among active Big Ten coaches.

SCSU Wrestling Ranked #3 in the Nation

Kahnke Earns Top Spot at 285-pounds

EDMOND, Okla. — The St. Cloud State University wrestling team (12-1) was ranked third in the nation in the latest NWCA Division II National Coaches’ poll, which was released on Jan. 19. This marks the first time this season that SCSU was not ranked among the nation’s top two NCAA Division II teams in the national poll.

The two-time defending national champion Nebraska Omaha, who edged Augustana (S.D.) 17-15 in the finals of the NWCA Division II National Duals on Jan. 9 in Cedar Falls, Iowa, received all eight first-place votes in balloting of coaches from around the country to top the poll with 160 points. UNO has been No. 1 in every poll the past two-plus seasons.

Augustana had 152 points and moved from third to second after its runner-up finish in the National Duals, switching places with St. Cloud State (Minn.). Newberry (S.C.) came in fourth in the rankings and Central Oklahoma was fifth.

In the individual rankings, SCSU sophomore Jake Kahnke (Shakopee/Prior Lake H.S.) was ranked first in the nation among 285-pound wrestlers for the second consecutive poll. Kahnke is 16-1 this season for the Huskies at 285.

Junior Tad Merritt (Canby) continued to hold a #2 ranking for the Huskies at 165-pounds in this poll. Merritt is 22-3 this winter with 11 pins to his credit.

Other Huskies to earn national rankings include Jacob D. Horn (Ephrata, Wash.) with a fourth place ranking at 149-pounds (his debut in the national rankings this year) and senior John Sundgren (Blaine), who was ranked 5th in the poll at 157-pounds. SCSU sophomore Shamus O’Grady (Coon Rapids) was ranked 7th in the nation at 174-pounds.

This will be a big week for the Huskies as they will travel to #1 ranked Nebraska Omaha on Jan. 21 for a 7 p.m. match. SCSU will finish the road swing with a visit to Southwest Minnesota State on Jan. 22 for a 7 p.m. dual against the Mustangs.

The top 20 poll, with points and the teams’ last ranking following by the top-eight rankings at each weight:

NCAA Division II Team Rankings
Rank  School (State) Points Last Ranking
1. Nebraska-Omaha  160 1st
2. Augustana (S.D.)  152 3rd
3. St. Cloud State (Minn.)  144 2nd
4. Newberry (S.C.) 136 5th
5. Central Oklahoma  128 9th
6. North Carolina-Pembroke 119 13th
7. Minnesota State  111 7th
8. San Francisco State (Calif.)  101 20th
9. Western State (Colo.)  88 4th
10. Upper Iowa  81 11th
11. Nebraska-Kearney  71 8th
12. Pittsburgh-Johnstown (Pa.)  63 6th
13. Grand Canyon (Ariz.)  62 10th
14. Gannon (Pa.) 55 NR
15. Findlay (Ohio)  51 14th
16. Wisconsin-Parkside  43 12th
17. Ashland (Ohio) 34 18th
18. Adams State (Colo.)  27 17th
19. Fort Hays State (Kan.)  22 16th
20. Minnesota State-Moorhead 14 NR

Others receiving votes: Central Missouri, Colorado School of Mines, Colorado State-Pueblo, Kutztown (Pa.) and West Liberty (W.Va.).

NCAA Division II Individual Rankings
125 Pounds
1. Russell Weakley, North Carolina-Pembroke
2. Andy Forstner, Minnesota State
3. Trevor Franklin, Upper Iowa
4. Josh Smith, Nebraska-Kearney
5. Connor McDonald, Newberry (S.C.)
6. Corey Ulmer, Minnesota State-Moorhead
7. Kyle O’Brien, Western State (Colo.)
8. Pierre Bondoc, San Francisco State (Calif.)
133 Pounds
1. Kyle Pedretti, Upper Iowa
2. Todd Wilcox, Grand Canyon (Ariz.)
3. Ryan Link, Pittsburgh-Johnstown
4. Cody Zimmerman, Wisconsin-Parkside
5. B.J. Young, Newberry (S.C.)
6. Michael Magaha, Limestone (S.C.)
7. Trison Graham, Central Oklahoma
8. Aldon Isenberg, Fort Hays State (Kan.)
141 Pounds
1. Mario Morgan, Nebraska-Omaha
2. Naveed Bagheri, San Francisco State (Calif.)
3. Brady Schneeberger, Minnesota State-Moorhead
4. Jay Sherer, Augustana (S.D.)
5. Andre Harrison, Fort Hays State (Kan.)
6. Dalton Jensen, Nebraska-Kearney
7. Kenny Jordan, Adams State (Colo.)
8. A.J. Milanek, Gannon (Pa.)
149 Pounds
1. Esai Dominguez, Nebraska-Omaha
2. T.J. Hepburn, Nebraska-Kearney
3. Nick Walpole, Indianapolis (Ind.)
4. Jacob Horn, St. Cloud State (Minn.)
5. Dale Debacco, Newberry (S.C.)
6. Josh Hensley, Adams State (Colo.)
7. Matthew Thomas, San Francisco State (Calif.)
8. Nate Herda, Augustana (S.D.)
157 Pounds
1. George Ivanov, Nebraska-Omaha
2. Marcus Edgington, Augustana (S.D.)
3. Dillon Bera, Wisconsin-Parkside
4. Seth Phalen, West Liberty (W.Va.)
5. John Sundgren, St. Cloud State (Minn.)
6. Sean Byrnes, Newberry (S.C.)
7. Cory Dauphin, Central Oklahoma
8. Justin Morris, Western State (Colo.)
165 Pounds
1. Mike Williams, North Carolina-Pembroke
2. Tad Merritt, St. Cloud State (Minn.)
3. Michael Lybarger, Findlay (Ohio)
4. Jake Varilek, Belmont Abbey (N.C.)
5. Joey Wilson, Nebraska-Kearney
6. Gavin Nelson, Augustana (S.D.)
7. Travis Budke, Fort Hays State (Kan.)
8. Derrick Adkins, Central Oklahoma
174 Pounds
1. Luke Rynish, Wisconsin-Parkside
2. Tony Petrella, Gannon (Pa.)
3. Ryan Pankoke, Nebraska-Omaha
4. Victor Carazo, Grand Canyon (Ariz.)
5. Tim Darling, Kutztown (Pa.)
6. Carl Serck, Augustana (S.D.)
7. Shamus O’Grady, St. Cloud State (Minn.)
8. Ben Becker, Minnesota State
184 Pounds
1. Bryant Blanton, Newberry (S.C.)
2. Charlie Pipher, Western State (Colo.)
3. Aaron Denson, Nebraska-Omaha
4. Cale Cornemann, Northern State (S.D.)
5. Aaron Norgren, Minnesota State
6. Mitch Schultz, Upper Iowa
7. Tanner Keck, Central Oklahoma
8. Casey Bradley, Limestone (S.C.)
197 Pounds
1. Donovan McMahill, Western State (Colo.)
2. Ty Copsey, Augustana (S.D.)
3. Mitch Knapp, West Liberty (W.Va.)
4. Luke McPeek, Adams State (Colo.)
5. Jarrett Edison, Central Oklahoma
6. Carl Broghammer, Upper Iowa
7. Daniel Stevenson, Findlay (Ohio)
8. Matt Baker, Nebraska-Omaha
285 Pounds
1. Jacob Kahnke, St. Cloud State (Minn.)
2. Matt Meuleners, Northern State (S.D.)
3. Charlie Alexander, Western State (Colo.)
4. Ben Hohensee, Nebraska-Kearney
5. Zach Rosol, Upper Iowa
6. Jacob Southwick, Ashland (Ohio)
7. Matt Clum, Findlay (Ohio)
8. Taylor Escamilla, Nebraska-Omaha

Minnesota State Holds 7th-Place Ranking in NWCA DII Poll

Three Individual Wrestlers Remain Ranked in Respective Weight-Classes

Edmund, Okla. – The Minnesota State Mavericks remain the seventh-ranked team in the latest version of the NCAA Division II Wrestling Coaches Association poll after getting out to a perfect 2-0 start in NSIC action.

The Mavericks, who totaled 111 points, are one of five NSIC schools ranked in the top 20 poll. The Mavericks trail No. 2 ranked Augustana and No. 3 ranked St. Cloud State, while they hold higher rankings than No. 10 Upper Iowa and No. 20 Minnesota State-Moorhead.

Dropping one spot from last week in the individual rankings was MSU senior Andy Forstner. Despite a perfect 2-0 weekend, which improved his overall record to 14-9 (7-1 in duals), the 125-lb Forstner slipped one spot in the rankings behind North Carolina-Pembroke’s Russell Weakley. Forstner lost a 3-2 decision against Weakley on Jan. 9 in the NWCA/Cliff Keen National Duals.

Also dropping one spot in his respective weight class was 174-lb senior Ben Becker. Becker went 2-0 over the weekend as he participated in his first dual action of the season. Becker holds a 9-4 overall record on the season including a 3-0 record in matches determined by fall.

Junior Aaron Norgren fell two spots in the latest rankings as he is now ranked fifth in the 184-lb weight class. Norgren went 1-1 over the weekend including a loss to the now No. 4 ranked Cale Cornemann from Northern State University. Despite his first loss in the last seven matches, Norgren maintains a 16-8 overall record and a 7-1 dual record.

The Mavericks will be back in action this Thursday as they hit the road for their first NSIC action away from home. The Mavericks (6-2, 2-0 NSIC) will square off against Minnesota State – Moorhead (2-4, 0-1 NSIC) as they look to remain perfect in NSIC action.

The top 20 poll, with points and the teams’ last ranking following by the top-eight rankings at each weight:

NCAA Division II Team Rankings
Rank  School (State) Points Last Ranking
1. Nebraska-Omaha  160 1st
2. Augustana (S.D.)  152 3rd
3. St. Cloud State (Minn.)  144 2nd
4. Newberry (S.C.) 136 5th
5. Central Oklahoma  128 9th
6. North Carolina-Pembroke 119 13th
7. Minnesota State  111 7th
8. San Francisco State (Calif.)  101 20th
9. Western State (Colo.)  88 4th
10. Upper Iowa  81 11th
11. Nebraska-Kearney  71 8th
12. Pittsburgh-Johnstown (Pa.)  63 6th
13. Grand Canyon (Ariz.)  62 10th
14. Gannon (Pa.) 55 NR
15. Findlay (Ohio)  51 14th
16. Wisconsin-Parkside  43 12th
17. Ashland (Ohio) 34 18th
18. Adams State (Colo.)  27 17th
19. Fort Hays State (Kan.)  22 16th
20. Minnesota State-Moorhead 14 NR

Others receiving votes: Central Missouri, Colorado School of Mines, Colorado State-Pueblo, Kutztown (Pa.) and West Liberty (W.Va.).

NCAA Division II Individual Rankings
125 Pounds
1. Russell Weakley, North Carolina-Pembroke
2. Andy Forstner, Minnesota State
3. Trevor Franklin, Upper Iowa
4. Josh Smith, Nebraska-Kearney
5. Connor McDonald, Newberry (S.C.)
6. Corey Ulmer, Minnesota State-Moorhead
7. Kyle O’Brien, Western State (Colo.)
8. Pierre Bondoc, San Francisco State (Calif.)
133 Pounds
1. Kyle Pedretti, Upper Iowa
2. Todd Wilcox, Grand Canyon (Ariz.)
3. Ryan Link, Pittsburgh-Johnstown
4. Cody Zimmerman, Wisconsin-Parkside
5. B.J. Young, Newberry (S.C.)
6. Michael Magaha, Limestone (S.C.)
7. Trison Graham, Central Oklahoma
8. Aldon Isenberg, Fort Hays State (Kan.)
141 Pounds
1. Mario Morgan, Nebraska-Omaha
2. Naveed Bagheri, San Francisco State (Calif.)
3. Brady Schneeberger, Minnesota State-Moorhead
4. Jay Sherer, Augustana (S.D.)
5. Andre Harrison, Fort Hays State (Kan.)
6. Dalton Jensen, Nebraska-Kearney
7. Kenny Jordan, Adams State (Colo.)
8. A.J. Milanek, Gannon (Pa.)
149 Pounds
1. Esai Dominguez, Nebraska-Omaha
2. T.J. Hepburn, Nebraska-Kearney
3. Nick Walpole, Indianapolis (Ind.)
4. Jacob Horn, St. Cloud State (Minn.)
5. Dale Debacco, Newberry (S.C.)
6. Josh Hensley, Adams State (Colo.)
7. Matthew Thomas, San Francisco State (Calif.)
8. Nate Herda, Augustana (S.D.)
157 Pounds
1. George Ivanov, Nebraska-Omaha
2. Marcus Edgington, Augustana (S.D.)
3. Dillon Bera, Wisconsin-Parkside
4. Seth Phalen, West Liberty (W.Va.)
5. John Sundgren, St. Cloud State (Minn.)
6. Sean Byrnes, Newberry (S.C.)
7. Cory Dauphin, Central Oklahoma
8. Justin Morris, Western State (Colo.)
165 Pounds
1. Mike Williams, North Carolina-Pembroke
2. Tad Merritt, St. Cloud State (Minn.)
3. Michael Lybarger, Findlay (Ohio)
4. Jake Varilek, Belmont Abbey (N.C.)
5. Joey Wilson, Nebraska-Kearney
6. Gavin Nelson, Augustana (S.D.)
7. Travis Budke, Fort Hays State (Kan.)
8. Derrick Adkins, Central Oklahoma
174 Pounds
1. Luke Rynish, Wisconsin-Parkside
2. Tony Petrella, Gannon (Pa.)
3. Ryan Pankoke, Nebraska-Omaha
4. Victor Carazo, Grand Canyon (Ariz.)
5. Tim Darling, Kutztown (Pa.)
6. Carl Serck, Augustana (S.D.)
7. Shamus O’Grady, St. Cloud State (Minn.)
8. Ben Becker, Minnesota State
184 Pounds
1. Bryant Blanton, Newberry (S.C.)
2. Charlie Pipher, Western State (Colo.)
3. Aaron Denson, Nebraska-Omaha
4. Cale Cornemann, Northern State (S.D.)
5. Aaron Norgren, Minnesota State
6. Mitch Schultz, Upper Iowa
7. Tanner Keck, Central Oklahoma
8. Casey Bradley, Limestone (S.C.)
197 Pounds
1. Donovan McMahill, Western State (Colo.)
2. Ty Copsey, Augustana (S.D.)
3. Mitch Knapp, West Liberty (W.Va.)
4. Luke McPeek, Adams State (Colo.)
5. Jarrett Edison, Central Oklahoma
6. Carl Broghammer, Upper Iowa
7. Daniel Stevenson, Findlay (Ohio)
8. Matt Baker, Nebraska-Omaha
285 Pounds
1. Jacob Kahnke, St. Cloud State (Minn.)
2. Matt Meuleners, Northern State (S.D.)
3. Charlie Alexander, Western State (Colo.)
4. Ben Hohensee, Nebraska-Kearney
5. Zach Rosol, Upper Iowa
6. Jacob Southwick, Ashland (Ohio)
7. Matt Clum, Findlay (Ohio)
8. Taylor Escamilla, Nebraska-Omaha

Augustana jumps to No. 2 in national rankings

EDMOND, Okla. – Augustana climbed one spot and is ranked No. 2 in the latest NCAA Division II wrestling rankings released Wednesday by the National Wrestling Coaches Association.  The Vikings received 152 points and had six individuals ranked.

Nebraska-Omaha kept its No. 1 spot, garnering 160 points and all eight first-place votes.

The Vikings moved from third to second after a strong showing at the NWCA National Duals earlier this month, where they knocked off then No. 2-ranked St. Cloud State 18-15 and nearly beat UNO. Augustana fell to the Mavericks 17-15 in the finals.

The Vikings topped Minnesota State Moorhead 29-6 in their conference opener last Friday.

Defending national champion Jay Sherer gave up his No. 1 position at 149 pounds for the first time this season, falling to No. 4.

Marcus Edgington (157 pounds) and Ty Copsey (197 pounds) were both No. 2 at their respective weights.

Gavin Nelson (165 pounds) and Carl Serck (174 pounds) were both No. 6, while Nate Herda (149 pounds) was No. 8).

Augustana (7-1, 1-0 NSIC) travels the Dakotas this week to continue Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference action, facing Northern State (3-3, 0-2 NSIC) on Thursday at 7 p.m. and U-Mary (0-4, 0-2 NSIC) on Friday at 7 p.m.

The top 20 poll, with points and the teams’ last ranking following by the top-eight rankings at each weight:

NCAA Division II Team Rankings
Rank  School (State) Points Last Ranking
1. Nebraska-Omaha  160 1st
2. Augustana (S.D.)  152 3rd
3. St. Cloud State (Minn.)  144 2nd
4. Newberry (S.C.) 136 5th
5. Central Oklahoma  128 9th
6. North Carolina-Pembroke 119 13th
7. Minnesota State  111 7th
8. San Francisco State (Calif.)  101 20th
9. Western State (Colo.)  88 4th
10. Upper Iowa  81 11th
11. Nebraska-Kearney  71 8th
12. Pittsburgh-Johnstown (Pa.)  63 6th
13. Grand Canyon (Ariz.)  62 10th
14. Gannon (Pa.) 55 NR
15. Findlay (Ohio)  51 14th
16. Wisconsin-Parkside  43 12th
17. Ashland (Ohio) 34 18th
18. Adams State (Colo.)  27 17th
19. Fort Hays State (Kan.)  22 16th
20. Minnesota State-Moorhead 14 NR

Others receiving votes: Central Missouri, Colorado School of Mines, Colorado State-Pueblo, Kutztown (Pa.) and West Liberty (W.Va.).

NCAA Division II Individual Rankings
125 Pounds
1. Russell Weakley, North Carolina-Pembroke
2. Andy Forstner, Minnesota State
3. Trevor Franklin, Upper Iowa
4. Josh Smith, Nebraska-Kearney
5. Connor McDonald, Newberry (S.C.)
6. Corey Ulmer, Minnesota State-Moorhead
7. Kyle O’Brien, Western State (Colo.)
8. Pierre Bondoc, San Francisco State (Calif.)
133 Pounds
1. Kyle Pedretti, Upper Iowa
2. Todd Wilcox, Grand Canyon (Ariz.)
3. Ryan Link, Pittsburgh-Johnstown
4. Cody Zimmerman, Wisconsin-Parkside
5. B.J. Young, Newberry (S.C.)
6. Michael Magaha, Limestone (S.C.)
7. Trison Graham, Central Oklahoma
8. Aldon Isenberg, Fort Hays State (Kan.)
141 Pounds
1. Mario Morgan, Nebraska-Omaha
2. Naveed Bagheri, San Francisco State (Calif.)
3. Brady Schneeberger, Minnesota State-Moorhead
4. Jay Sherer, Augustana (S.D.)
5. Andre Harrison, Fort Hays State (Kan.)
6. Dalton Jensen, Nebraska-Kearney
7. Kenny Jordan, Adams State (Colo.)
8. A.J. Milanek, Gannon (Pa.)
149 Pounds
1. Esai Dominguez, Nebraska-Omaha
2. T.J. Hepburn, Nebraska-Kearney
3. Nick Walpole, Indianapolis (Ind.)
4. Jacob Horn, St. Cloud State (Minn.)
5. Dale Debacco, Newberry (S.C.)
6. Josh Hensley, Adams State (Colo.)
7. Matthew Thomas, San Francisco State (Calif.)
8. Nate Herda, Augustana (S.D.)
157 Pounds
1. George Ivanov, Nebraska-Omaha
2. Marcus Edgington, Augustana (S.D.)
3. Dillon Bera, Wisconsin-Parkside
4. Seth Phalen, West Liberty (W.Va.)
5. John Sundgren, St. Cloud State (Minn.)
6. Sean Byrnes, Newberry (S.C.)
7. Cory Dauphin, Central Oklahoma
8. Justin Morris, Western State (Colo.)
165 Pounds
1. Mike Williams, North Carolina-Pembroke
2. Tad Merritt, St. Cloud State (Minn.)
3. Michael Lybarger, Findlay (Ohio)
4. Jake Varilek, Belmont Abbey (N.C.)
5. Joey Wilson, Nebraska-Kearney
6. Gavin Nelson, Augustana (S.D.)
7. Travis Budke, Fort Hays State (Kan.)
8. Derrick Adkins, Central Oklahoma
174 Pounds
1. Luke Rynish, Wisconsin-Parkside
2. Tony Petrella, Gannon (Pa.)
3. Ryan Pankoke, Nebraska-Omaha
4. Victor Carazo, Grand Canyon (Ariz.)
5. Tim Darling, Kutztown (Pa.)
6. Carl Serck, Augustana (S.D.)
7. Shamus O’Grady, St. Cloud State (Minn.)
8. Ben Becker, Minnesota State
184 Pounds
1. Bryant Blanton, Newberry (S.C.)
2. Charlie Pipher, Western State (Colo.)
3. Aaron Denson, Nebraska-Omaha
4. Cale Cornemann, Northern State (S.D.)
5. Aaron Norgren, Minnesota State
6. Mitch Schultz, Upper Iowa
7. Tanner Keck, Central Oklahoma
8. Casey Bradley, Limestone (S.C.)
197 Pounds
1. Donovan McMahill, Western State (Colo.)
2. Ty Copsey, Augustana (S.D.)
3. Mitch Knapp, West Liberty (W.Va.)
4. Luke McPeek, Adams State (Colo.)
5. Jarrett Edison, Central Oklahoma
6. Carl Broghammer, Upper Iowa
7. Daniel Stevenson, Findlay (Ohio)
8. Matt Baker, Nebraska-Omaha
285 Pounds
1. Jacob Kahnke, St. Cloud State (Minn.)
2. Matt Meuleners, Northern State (S.D.)
3. Charlie Alexander, Western State (Colo.)
4. Ben Hohensee, Nebraska-Kearney
5. Zach Rosol, Upper Iowa
6. Jacob Southwick, Ashland (Ohio)
7. Matt Clum, Findlay (Ohio)
8. Taylor Escamilla, Nebraska-Omaha

Mustangs Set for Triangular at Dakota Wesleyan

MARSHALL, Minn. – The Southwest Minnesota State University wrestling team will compete in a triangular tonight against Dakota Wesleyan andNorthwestern (Iowa) before opening the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference portion of its schedule on Saturday. The triangular is set to begin at 4:30 p.m. at Dakota Wesleyan in Mitchell, S.D.

Follow us live: All NSIC wrestling matches are video broadcast live free of charge by New Media TV. Log onto www.northernsun.org/live.cfm to learn more and to watch the Mustangs when they are on the road! Or go to www.smsumustangs.com and click on the Live Video Webcasts tab on the right hand side of the page.

Triangular opponents: Southwest Minnesota State has won four straight meetings over Dakota Wesleyan. The two teams first met during the 2000-01 season, with SMSU last taking on the Tigers during the 2003-04 season. Dakota Wesleyan enters the triangular with a 1-4 record in duals this season. SMSU has never lost a dual with Northwestern (Iowa) owning a 5-0 record over the Red Raiders. The two teams first met in 1978-79 and last met during the 2002-03 season. Northwestern enters the triangular 2-3 in duals o the season.

Bring on the NSIC: After spending two months competing in open tournaments and duals with non-conference foes the Mustangs are set to begin the NSIC season on Saturday, Jan. 19 at 7 p.m. in the PE Gym. Southwest Minnesota State will host the NSIC’s preseason favorite to win the leagueSt. Cloud State University.

Huskies at a glance: St. Cloud State enters the dual with a record of 12-1 in dual competition. The Huskies finished seventh in the national tournament as a team a season ago. In the latest edition of the National Wrestling Coaches Association Top-25 Poll St. Cloud State was the second ranked team in the country behind Nebrask-Omaha.

In the latest edition of the individual rankings St. Cloud State had six individual wrestlers ranked in the top eight in the country. Gabe Suarez, seventh at 141 pounds, John Sundgren, sixth at 157 pounds, Tad Merritt, second at 165 pounds, Shamus O’Grady, sixth at 174 pounds, Mic Berg, fifth at 184 pounds, and Jacob Kalnke, at 285 pounds. SCSU is currently 12-1 in duals on the season.

Results vs. the Huskies: Southwest Minnesota State is 12-26-1 all-time against St. Cloud State. The two teams first met during the 1969-70 season, and last met a season ago. SMSU fell in a dual against the Huskies 37-9 on Jan. 16 last year. SCSU was ranked ninth in the nation at the time and won four bouts by fall to beat the Mustangs in St. Cloud. The Huskies have won the last four duals with the Mustangs.

Mustang lineup:

Wt.     Wrestler
125     Travis Borchert or Ed Reno
133     Justin Reinsma or A.J. Jenniges
141     Ethan Hildebrandt or Codie Lane
149     Kyle Anderson or David Albrecht
157     Casey Field
165     Logan McAlpin
174     William Fate
184     CD Johnson
197     Martin Hagen
285     Brian Rodas or Todd Klemz

In the poll: The Southwest Minnesota State wrestling team received votes in the latest edition of the NCAA Division II wrestling rankings released by the NCAA Division II Wrestling Coaches Association released Jan. 4. The Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference earned four spots in he top-20 in this week’s edition of the rankings. St. Cloud State currently ranks second while Augustana (S.D.) is ranked third. Minnesota State cracked the poll at seventh and Upper Iowa landed at 11th. Along with the Mustangs, MSU Moorhead received votes in the coaches’ poll this week.

Last time out: The Southwest Minnesota State wrestling team had 10 wrestlers place at the Buena Vista Open today in Storm Lake, Iowa. Zach Coates and Trent Molacek led the Mustangs going 3-0 on the day as the champion at 174 pounds. Molacek followed that performance going 4-0 at 165 pounds and winning that weight class.

Nine Mustangs wrestlers placed sixth or higher at the Buena Vista Open. Travis Borchert finished second place at 125 pounds and Justin Reinsma picked up second place honors at 133 pounds. Brian Beilke also came in fourth at 133 pounds for SMSU as well. Ethan Hildebrandt lost his second bout of the night before reeling off four straight wins to take third place at 141 pounds.

Casey Field finished the day 2-1 at 157 pounds while finishing in second place. Billy Fate went 3-1 and finished third at 174 pounds. Brian Rodas and Andrew Rodas made their first appearances of the season after spending the fall with the SMSU football team. Andrew Rodas picked up a second place finish at 197 pounds while Brian went 1-2 and finished sixth at 285 pounds.

Coates started the afternoon off with a win by fall at 2:56 over Ryan Peres and followed that with a win by fall at 1:13 over Casey Paprocki of Buena Vista.

133-pounder on a tear: Redshirt freshman Justin Reinsma (Slayton, Minn.) had a strong showing in December going 4-0, including winning the Red Bracket at the Dragon Open in Moorhead on Dec. 4 with a perfect 3-0 record. Reinsma, a 133-pounder, began the stretch with a win by fall at 4:48 over Jake McManigal during SMSU’s 18-18 dual match tie versus Morningside College.

Reinsma opened the Dragon Open with a 9-2 victory over Tossaporn Suparat from Augsburg, before advancing to the finals with a victory by fall at 6:30 over Evan Forde from MSU Moorhead. Reinsma capped the day with a 12-2 win over Cody Madsen from Augsburg in the finals. Reinsma is now 16-6 on the season.

Veteran presence: CD Johnson enters the triangular with a record of 14-8 on the season. Johnson picked up a win in SMSU’s first dual of the season picking up a 5-1 decision. Draper was a part of the comeback against Morningside earning a 10-7 decision over Morningside’s John Sievert. Johnson has recorded two pins on the season.

Nationally ranked: Brian Rodas, a native of Farmersburg, Iowa, was the first Mustang to be ranked this season, and has been ranked in every poll this season. Rodas entered the season at No. 8 at 285 pounds. The junior made his first appearance of the season in the Buena Vista Open on Dec. 11. Rodas went 1-2 in the open finishing in sixth place. Last season, Rodas qualified for the national tournament at 285 pounds and finished the season with a record of 12-8.

No. 3 Vikings continue NSIC action on road

This week: No. 3 Augustana (7-1, 1-0 NSIC) travels the Dakotas this week to continue Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference action, facing Northern State (3-3, 0-2 NSIC) on Thursday at 7 p.m. and U-Mary (0-4, 0-2 NSIC) on Friday at 7 p.m.

Last time out: Augustana broke away from a 6-6 tie and won the dual’s final seven matches to top Minnesota State Moorhead 29-6 Saturday night in both teams’ NSIC openers in Sioux Falls.  The Viking got wins from Jason Jeremiason (133 pounds), Nate Herda (149 pounds), Marcus Edgington(157 pounds), Gavin Nelson (165 pounds), Carl Serck (174 pounds), Tom Davies (184 pounds), Ty Copsey (197 pounds) and Lance Peters (HWT).

Fast fall: Senior Ty Copsey needed less than minute to win his 197-pound match on Saturday against Minnesota State Moorhead.  He pinned MSUM’s Brian Woelfel in 49 seconds. Copsey, who is ranked No. 2 in Division II, stretched Augustana’s lead to 26-6 with the win by fall. It was his second win by fall this season.

The opponents:  The Vikings made quick work of this week’s opponents when they met last season.  Augustana thumped Northern State 34-3 in Sioux Falls on Jan. 30, 2010, while the Vikings beat U-Mary 31-3 at home the day prior.

The standings: After the opening week of NSIC duals, the Vikings are one of three teams tied for first in the latest conference standings.  Minnesota State (2-0 NSIC) and Upper Iowa (2-0 NSIC) are also flawless in conference action thus far.

Viking lineup: 

Wt.Wrestler
125Al Meger
133Jason Jeremiason OR Cody Lensing
141Jay Sherer
149Nate Herda OR Chism Fink
157Marcus Edgington OR Austin Carmichael
165Gavin Nelson
174Carl Serck OR Matt Morris
184Tom Davies OR Brian Schultz
197Ty Copsey
285Lance Peters

Northern Sun honors:  Augustana has had two NSIC Wrestler of the Week selections this season.  Jason Jeremiason was picked on Jan. 10, whileCody Lensing picked up the accolade on Nov. 29.

Duals to finish:  From here on out, the Vikings’ schedule is filled with duals.  Augustana has no opens for the remainder of the season.

National news: Augustana retained its No. 3 spot in the NCAA Division II Wrestling Rankings released Jan. 4 by the National Wrestling Coaches Association. The Vikings received 140 points.  Nebraska-Omaha remained No. 1 with 159 points, while conference neighbor St. Cloud State again took the No. 2 spot with 153 points.

Who’s ranked: Augustana had six individuals ranked in the latest NCAA Division II rankings.  Defending national champion Jay Sherer kept his top spot at 141 pounds. A pair of Viking wrestlers grabbed No. 2 ranking as Marcus Edgington was second at 157 pounds and Ty Copsey earned that spot at 197 pounds.  Other ranked wrestlers included Nate Herda (No. 3 at 149 pounds), Al Meger (No. 4 at 125 pounds) and Gavin Nelson(No. 7 at 165 pounds).  To view the latest national rankings, click here.

Northern Sun rankings:  
Augustana is ranked No. 2 in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference.  The Vikings accumulated 61 points in the conference rankings.  Individually, Jay Sherer (141 pounds), Nate Herda (149 pounds), Marcus Edgington (157 pounds) and Ty Copsey (197 pounds) each took the No. 1 position. Others in the top five included Al Meger (No. 3 at 125 pounds), Cody Lensing (No. 3 at 133 pounds), Gavin Nelson (No. 2 at 165 pounds), Carl Serck (No. 3 at 174 pounds) and Lance Peters (No. 4 at 285 pounds).  To view the complete conference rankings, click here.

Regionally speaking:  The Vikings are No. 2 in Super Regional Three after earning 56 points in the inaugural rankings released Dec. 9.  Jay Sherer,Nate HerdaMarcus Edgington and Ty Copsey were all ranked No. 1.  Others in the top five were Al Meger (No. 3 at 125 pounds), Cody Lensing(No. 3 at 133 pounds), Gavin Nelson (No. 3 at 165 pounds), Carl Serck (No. 4 at 174 pounds) and Lance Peters (No. 4 at 285 pounds).  To view the complete region rankings, click here.

According to the coaches: Augustana was been picked to finish second in the 200-11 NSIC Preseason Coaches’ Poll. The Vikings received 64 points—just three behind St. Cloud State.

 

No.SchoolPts.
1.St. Cloud State67
2.Augustana64
3.Minnesota State37
4.Upper Iowa24
5.MSU Moorhead14
Southwest Minnesota State
14
6.Northern State12
7.U-Mary8
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Take me to your leaders: Head coach Jason Reitmeier has announced that Al MegerJay ShererGavin Nelson and Lance Peters will serve as his team’s captains for the 2010-11 season.

All-Americans:
 The Vikings welcome back five individuals who earned All-America status last season.  Jay Sherer, a two-time All-American who is the reigning Division II national champion at 141 pounds. Seniors Ty Copsey (197) and Gavin Nelson (165), along with sophomores Nate Herda(149) and Marcus Edgington (157) also earned All-America recognition a year ago.

Freshman phenoms:  Augustana’s incoming freshman class was ranked No. 4 nationally in the non-Division I category by Wrestling USA Magazine. The Vikings were the only NSIC team to be ranked.  The rankings were based on Dan Fickel’s final rankings of the Best 2010 High School Seniors that appeared on USA Wrestling Magazine’s web site. Augustana had four recruits appear in Fickel’s rankings, including Jayd Docken(No. 28 at 189 pounds), TJ North (No. 2 at 112 pounds), Jeremiah Peterson (special mention) and Jake Miller (special mention).

Roster breakdown:  The 2010-11 Vikings feature six seniors, six juniors, five sophomores, five redshirt freshmen and nine freshmen.  Team members hail from South Dakota, Nebraska, Minnesota and Iowa.

New Vikings: Augustana head coach Jason Reitmeier has announced the signing of five outstanding high school wrestlers, who will join the Viking program next season. They are Shawn Hatlestad (New London, Minn.), Garret Heiberger (Hartford, S.D.), JD Herst (St. Louis, Mo.), Taylor Harris (Harrisburg, S.D.) and Bret Johnson (Story City, Iowa).

2009-10 in review:  Augustana wrapped up the 2009-10 campaign with an overall record of 11-6 and an NSIC mark of 6-1.  The Vikings finished second in the conference, first in Super Region Three and second in the country.  Augustana placed six at the national tournament, including a national champion in Jay Sherer at 141 pounds.

Coaches’ corner:  Now in his eighth season, Jason Reitmeier has elevated Augustana to a national power.  The former Viking wrestler has been honored as a coach of the year at the conference, regional and national level.  Reitmemer is assisted by Tom Meester, Nate Buys, Mike Long and Jeremie Degen.

Stay connected: 
Follow Augustana all season long at www.GoAugie.com. The Vikings are also on Facebook and Twitter; just log ontowww.facebook.com/GoAugie and www.twitter.com/GoAugie. To catch even more Viking action log onto Augustana’s official YouTube channel atwww.youtube.com/GoAugie.

Luther Norse host Wartburg tonight, Matman Invite on Saturday

The Luther College Norse Wrestling Team will host 2011 NWCA National Duals Champion Wartburg tonight. The Norse always aim high and will fight hard tonight. The Norse were 1-2 at The National Duals over the weekend.

The No. 16 Seeded Norse dropped matches to No. 1 Seeded Augsburg and a 24-12 dual to 9th seeded Cornell.

The Norse started strong with Dan Mendoza (125) securing a fall in the Cornell Dual, and finished with wins in the end from Bradon Reyerson (Glenville, MN-197), and local Decorah native Taylor Mansfield (HWT.)

In the third dual provided by tournament format, the Norse looked strong in defeating Heidleburg 25-14. The Norse claimed four straight wins to start out the dual from the likes of Mendoza, Louis Mazetta, Kevin Bokoski, and 2X All-American Jason Pyle. A pair of promising freshmen in the likes of Jarid Groth (Wanamingo, MN) with a stunning fall in a tight match at 174, and Nick Jazdzewski (Burlington, WI) sealed the deal for The Norse.

The Norse will dispatch several wrestlers Saturday to Mount Vernon, IA for The Matman Invite, hosted by Cornell College.

Tentative Line up for Wartburg Dual:
125 Danny Mendoza (Mesa, AZ)
133 Louis Mazzetta (Libertyville, IL)
141 Kevin Bokoski (Minooka, IL)
149 Chris George (Tomahawk, WI)
157 Jake Siebert (Rockford, IA)
165 Garret Bonte (Glenwood City, WI)
174 Jarid Groth (Wanamingo, MN)
184 Mat Fassbinder (Elgin, IA)
197 Bradon Reyerson (Glenville, MN)
Hwt Taylor Mansfield (Decorah, IA) or Colin White (Glenwood, IA)

Johnnie Wrestling Hosts St. Cloud State Friday Night

The nationally-ranked Saint John’s wrestling team hosts No. 2 (Division II) St. Cloud State this Friday, Jan. 14. The dual is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at Sexton Arena in Collegeville. – Listen Live (WBHR-660 AM) | Live Results/Blog

Preview Video:
Head coach Brandon Novak (2:28)

A LOOK AT THE JOHNNIES: No. 6 SJU (11-3 dual record) finished sixth out of 16 teams at the esteemed NWCA/Cliff Keen Division III National Duals last weekend in Cedar Falls, Iowa. The Johnnies defeated No. 26 Johnson & Wales (R.I.) 42-0 in the first round before losing two matches in overtime and forfeiting the heavyweight match in a 24-10 loss to No. 6 Ithaca (N.Y.). SJU bounced back with a 23-18 win over No. 25 Delaware Valley (Pa.) in Saturday’s finale. SJU defeated familiar-foe Concordia-Moorhead 22-21 to advance to the fifth-place dual, which was won by No. 5 Coe (Iowa), 23-18. SJU surrendered six points at the start of each dual due to a forfeit at 125 pounds.

A LOOK AT THE HUSKIES: SCSU (10-1 dual record) captured third place at the Division II Duals last weekend. The Huskies opened the tournament with a 32-6 win over Limestone (S.C.) and then charted a 27-9 win over No. 13 North Carolina-Pembroke on Jan. 8. In day two of the tournament, the Huskies lost a tough 18-15 decision to No. 3 Augustana (S.D.). SCSU rebounded in the match for third place with a convincing 25-9 win over No. 5 Newberry (S.C.).

NATIONAL RANKINGS: Saint John’s fell to No. 6 in the latest Brute-Adidas National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) Division III team rankings released Jan. 11. Five of the Johnnies’ starting 10 were ranked individually: senior Matt Baarson (15-2 record; Brooklyn Park, Minn./Champlin Park) moved up two spots to No. 3 at 165 pounds; senior Minga Batsukh (11-1 record; Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia/St. Benedict’s Prep, N.J.) slipped one spot to No. 4 at 149; junior Matt Pfarr (12-4 record; Le Sueur, Minn./Le Sueur-Henderson) rejoined the rankings at No. 4 at 174; junior Dustin Baxter (12-4 record; Fairbanks, Alaska/West Valley) moved up one spot to No. 7 at 184; and senior Tony Willaert (9-6 overall record, 8-4 record at 197; North Mankato, Minn./Lake Crystal-Wellcome Memorial) stayed at No. 10 at 197.

The Huskies were ranked No. 2 in the latest NCAA Division II Coaches’ poll released Jan. 4. Six Huskies were ranked individually: Gabe Suarez (No. 7 at 141 pounds), John Sundgren (No. 6 at 157), Tad Merritt (No. 2 at 165), Shamus O’Grady (No. 6 at 174), Mic Berg (No. 5 at 184) and Jake Kahnke (No. 1 at 285).

RECENT SERIES: SJU is 6-9 against the Huskies in the last 15 meetings, including a 3-4 record in Collegeville. Each of the last two meetings, both wins by SCSU (17-16 and 22-17), have been decided by one match.

LAST YEAR’S MEETING: A forfeit at 125 pounds proved to be the difference as then-No. 9 (NCAA Division II) St. Cloud State defeated then-No. 9 (NCAA Division III) Saint John’s 22-17 on Feb. 11 in St. Cloud. Senior Drew Larson (Willmar, Minn.) started the dual at 149 pounds with a 13-5 major decision to give SJU an early 4-0 lead. The Huskies took their first lead at 6-4 with a pin from John Sundgren at 157 pounds. Baarson improved to 21-2 on the season with an 11-4 decision at 165. Baarson was two seconds away from a major decision as the referee began to count back points as the match ended. SCSU regained the lead with a decision at 174 before the evening’s lone upset occurred. Sophomore Mitch Hagen(Sunburg, Minn./Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg) upset Derek Skala, the third-ranked 184-pounder in NCAA Division II, by a 6-4 decision. The victory gave SJU its last lead of the dual at 10-9.

The Huskies took a 22-10 lead via a major decision, decision and forfeit at 197, 285 and 125, respectively. The Johnnies fought back, literally, to win the dual’s final two matches. Mogi Baatar was down 9-2 early in the third period before outscoring his opponent 13-5 to claim a 15-14 victory at 133. Batsukh improved to 10-2 on the season with a 13-3 major decision to end the dual. Pfarr did not compete at 174 pounds for the Johnnies due to injury.

125 – Trent Herold (SCSU) wins by forfeit [10-22]
133 – Mogi Baatar (No. 6, SJU) dec. Shane McQuade, 15-14 [13-22]
141 – Minga Batsukh (No. 2, SJU) major dec. Gabe Suarez, 13-3 [17-22]
149 – Drew Larson (SJU) major dec. Jacob Horn, 13-5 [4-0]
157 – John Sundgren (No. 8, SCSU) pinned John Vaith, 1:22 [4-6]
165 – Matt Baarson (No. 6, SJU) dec. Joe Andersen, 11-4 [7-6]
174 – Shamus O’Grady (SCSU) dec. Dustin Raygor, 7-2 [7-9]
184 – Mitch Hagen (SJU) dec. Derek Skala (No. 3), 6-4 [10-9]
197 – Luke Munkelwitz (No. 6, SCSU) major dec. James Carlson, 19-5 [10-13]
Hwt – Jake Kahnke (No. 6, SCSU) dec. Tony Willaert, 11-6 [10-16]