#2 St. Cloud State Takes 3rd Place at NWCA National Duals

Cedar Falls, Iowa – The #2 St. Cloud State University wrestling team (10-1) captured third place at the 2010 NWCA Division II National Duals on Sunday, Jan. 9 in Cedar Falls, Iowa. The Huskies gained the third place finish with a 25-9 win over Newberry in the match for third place.

In the big win over Newberry, Gabe Suarez posted a 3-1 win at 141-pounds. The Huskies continued their run to third with a win by Jacob D. Horn at 149-pounds and a 5-0 win by John Sundgren at 157-pounds.

SCSU added a major decision at 165-pounds by Tad Merritt, and Shamus O’Grady added important points with a pin at 174-pounds. To finish the match, Lucas Munkelwitz posted a 3-1 win at 197-pounds and then Jake Kahnke iced the match with a 7-0 win at 285-pounds.

The Huskies gained a spot in the third place match after they dropped a close 18-15 match against NSIC rival Augustana in the semi-finals of the tournament. Augie rolled to wins at 125-, 133- and 141-pounds before Jacob D. Horn posted a 7-5 win at 149-pounds over AC’s Nate Herda.

Tad Merritt charted a 3:30 pin over Gavin Nelson of Augustana at 165-pounds, and Mic Berg notched a 9-3 win at 184-pounds. To finish the match, Jake Kahnke scored a 6-3 win over Lance Peters of AC at 285-pounds.

SCSU now owns a 10-1 record this season, and the Huskies will continue the season on Jan. 14 with a 7:30 p.m. date at St. John’s in Collegeville. On Jan. 15, SCSU will travel to UW-Eau Claire for a 7 p.m. match. Of note, Nebraska-Omaha won the title at the NWCA Duals with a 17-15 victory over Augustana.

3rd Place – St. Cloud State 25, Newberry 9
125 – John McDonald (NEW) def. Zach Stewart (SCSU) 6-4
133 – William Young (NEW) def. Eric Ellington (SCSU) 8-4
141 – Gabe Suarez (SCSU) def. Deral Brown (NEW) 3-1
149 – Jacob D. Horn (SCSU) def. Dale DeBacco (NEW) 9-4
157 – John Sundgren (SCSU) def. Sean Byrnes (NEW) 5-0
165 – Tad Merritt (SCSU) major dec. Braden Carter (NEW) 13-0
174 – Shamus O’Grady (SCSU) fall Josh Whitelock (NEW) :41
184 – Bryant Blanton (NEW) def. Mic Berg (SCSU) 3-2
197 – Lucas Munkelwitz (SCSU) def. Zach Anderson (NEW) 3-1
285 – Jake Kahnke (SCSU) def. Corey Anderson (NEW) 7-0

Semifinal Match – Augustana 18, St. Cloud State 15
125 – Alex Meger (AUG) def. Zach Stewart (SCSU) 9-4
133 -Jason Jeremiason (AUG) def. Eric Ellington (SCSU) 3-1
141 -Jay Sherer (AUG) def. Gabe Suarez (SCSU) 6-4
149 – Jacob D. Horn (SCSU) def. Nate Herda (AUG) 7-5
157 – Marcus Eddington (AUG) def. John Sundgren (SCSU) 4-1
165 – Tad Merritt (SCSU) fall Gavin Nelson (AUG) 3:30
174 – Carl Serck (AUG) def. Shamus O’Grady (SCSU) 6-4
184 – Mic Berg (SCSU) def. Tom Davies (AUG) 9-3
197 – Tyler Copsey (AUG) def. Lucas Munkelwitz (SCSU) 3-2 (tie breaker)
285 – Jake Kahnke (SCSU) def. Lance Peters (AUG) 6-3

Bison go 4-0 at Wolfpack Duals

RALEIGH, N.C. – North Dakota State posted a 4-0 record at the Wolfpack Duals hosted by North Carolina State on Saturday, Jan. 8.  The Bison improve to 6-1 in duals and won every bout they entered a wrestler in the first three matches of the day.  NDSU opened with a 45-6 win over Mercyhurst and followed up with a 49-6 victory over Campbell.  The Bison then defeated Anderson 46-6 and ended the day with a 27-18 win over host North Carolina State.

No. 18 sophomore 125-pounder Trent Sprenkle recorded three pins and a technical fall to lead four Bison with 4-0 records. Junior Justin Solberg at 133 pounds, senior Kenny Moenkedick at 184 pounds and junior Drew Ross at 197 pounds also went 4-0.  Redshirt freshman Trevor Johnson went 3-0 at 141 pounds, while fellow redshirt freshman Steven Monk was 2-0 at 165 pounds.

Against Mercyhurst, the Bison captured five of their nine win by fall.  Sprenkle opened with a pin of T.J. Stanton in 3:48 and Solberg followed up with a pin of his own of Levi Smeltzer in 5:28.  Sophomore Mark Erickson recorded a pin of Shane Foster in 2:51 at 149 pounds and Monk then pinned Clint Schaefer in 1:53.  Ross pinned Michael Pollard in 2:40 at 197 pounds.  The Bison forfeited the heavyweight bout in all four duals.

The Bison continued their strong performance against Campbell, winning seven of nine by fall.  Sprenkle, Erickson and Ross all picked up their second pins of the day.  No. 16 Vince Salminen pinned Jake Fose in 3:44 at 157 pounds.  In his first action of the day, junior Tyler Johnson pinned Joel Caudill in 1:05 at 165 pounds.  Sophomore Mac Stoll won by fall at 174 pounds as did Kenny Moenkedick at 184 pounds.

Against Anderson, Sprenkle earned his third straight pin.  Senior Geoff Martin and sophomore Tyler Wells both picked up wins in their first bouts of the day.  Martin defeated Ian Harper by technical fall, 27-12, at 141 pounds and Wells pinned Brian Onofrio in 3:38 at 165 pounds.

Sprenkle again opened strong against North Carolina State, earning a technical fall win, 26-11, over Pedram Rahmatabadi. Solberg shut out Conor Hovis at 133 pounds, 11-0.  After a forfeit win at 141 pounds by Trevor Johnson, the Bison dropped their first bout of the day as No. 1 Darrion Caldwell pinned Erickson in 45 seconds. Salminen then lost his first bout of the day in a 13-6 decision to Colton Palmer.  The Bison bounced back to win the next four straight bouts to clinch the 27-18 win.

NDSU will host Northern Iowa on Friday, Jan. 14 at 7 p.m. to open Western Wrestling Conference action.

North Dakota State 45, Mercyhurst 6
125 – Trent Sprenkle (NDS) pinned T.J. Stanton at 3:48
133 – Justin Solberg (NDS) pinned Levi Smeltzer at 5:28
141 – Trevor Johnson (NDS) dec. Tony D’Urso, 4-1
149 – Mark Erickson (NDS) pinned Shane Foster at 2:51
157 – Vince Salminen (NDS) dec. Jordan Shields, 4-1
165 – Steve Monk (NDS) pinned Clint Schaefer at 1:53
174 – Mac Stoll (NDS) won by forfeit
184 – Ken Moenkedick (NDS) dec. Londele Cox, 6-0
197 – Drew Ross (NDS) pinned Michael Pollard at 2:40
Hwt – Nathan Sharp (MC) won by forfeit

North Dakota State 49, Campbell 6
125 – Trent Sprenkle (NDS) pinned Tanner Biedelspach at 3:34
133 – Justin Solberg (NDS) dec. Gabriel Gardner, 5-1
141 – Trevor Johnson (NDS) major dec. Brad Merriman, 15-2
149 – Mark Erickson (NDS) pinned Darien Peele at 3:40
157 – Vince Salminen (NDS) pinned Jake Fose at 3:44
165 – Tyler Johnson (NDS) pinned Joel Caudill at 1:05
174 – Mac Stoll (NDS) pinned Justin Sparrow at 2:53
184 – Ken Moenkedick (NDS) pinned Peter Comis at 2:59
197 – Drew Ross (NDS) pinned John Merickel at 1:23
Hwt – Parker Burns (CU) won by forfeit

North Dakota State 46, Anderson 6
125 – Trent Sprenkle (NDS) pinned Andrew Rankin at 4:35
133 – Justin Solberg (NDS) major dec. Joseph Perry, 9-0
141 – Geoff Martin (NDS) technical fall Ian Harper, 27-12
149 – Mark Erikson (NDS) major dec. Dalton Harper, 11-3
157 – Vince Salminen (NDS) pinned Nick Giulietti at 1:30
165 – Tyler Wells (NDS) pinned Brian Onofrio at 3:38
174 – Mac Stoll (NDS) dec. Trevor Sanford, 9-6
184 – Ken Moenkedick (NDS) pinned Sean O’Connell at 2:22
197 – Drew Ross (NDS) injury default Zoi Oulette at 1:34
Hwt – Chase Duke (AU) won by forfeit

North Dakota State 27, NC State 18
125 – Trent Sprenkle (NDS) technical fall Pedram Rahmatabadi, 26-11 (4 pts)
133 – Justin Solberg (NDS) major dec. Conor Hovis, 11-0
141 – Trevor Johnson (NDS) won by forfeit
149 – Darrion Caldwell (NCS) pinned Mark Erickson at 0:45
157 – Colton Palmer (NCS) dec. Vince Salminen, 13-6
165 – Steven Monk (NDS) pinned Colin Genthert at 2:54
174 – Quinton Godley (NCS) dec. Mac Stoll, 3-2
184 – Ken Moenkedick (NDS) major dec. Nijel Jones, 11-3
197 – Drew Ross (NDS) dec. KaRonne Jones, 10-4
Hwt – Eloheim Pamla (NCS) won by forfeit

Auggies reach National Duals semifinals

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa — Winning 16 of 20 bouts on the day, the top-ranked Augsburg College wrestling team reached the semifinals of the National Wrestling Coaches Association/Cliff Keen Division III National Duals, presented by Hibiclens and The Marines, on Saturday at the University of Northern Iowa’s UNI-Dome.

Augsburg (3-1 in dual meets), the defending NCAA Division III national champions and current No. 1-ranked team in the Division III national poll, shut out No. 29-ranked Luther (Iowa) 45-0 in the opening match on Saturday, then scored a 23-13 win over No. 10-ranked Wisconsin-Stevens Point in the quarterfinals.

Augsburg will face No. 4-ranked Wisconsin-La Crosse in the semifinals on Sunday (1/9) at 11 a.m. at the UNI-Dome. The championship and third-place matches will be at 3 p.m.

The 11-time national champion Auggies are attempting to become the first team to win three straight championships at the NWCA Division III National Duals, an event in its 10th year. Augsburg has won five of the previous nine National Duals titles, while perennial rival Wartburg (Iowa) has won four titles.

The Auggies are now 34-4 in their Division III National Duals history (39-13 in all National Duals matches), with a current streak of 11 straight victories. In its 38 Division III National Duals meets, Augsburg has outscored its competition by a 1,177-to-349 margin, an average score of 31.0 to 9.2.

Jared Massey (SR, Circle Pines, Minn./Centennial HS), the No. 3-ranked wrestler nationally at 197 pounds, scored two first-period pins on the day for the Auggies, including the lone pin in the victory over Wisconsin-Stevens Point.

Five other Auggies also won both their matches on the day. No. 2-ranked 149-pounder Tony Valek (JR, Belle Plaine, Minn./Scott West) improved to 19-1 on the season with two victories, while No. 2-ranked 174-pounder Zach Molitor (SR, Cambridge, Minn./Cambridge-Isanti HS) had a first-period pin and a 10-1, major-decision win on the day. He is now 6-0 on the year.

No. 2-ranked Orlando Ponce (SR, Hialeah, Fla./Hialeah-Miami Lakes HS) improved to 4-1 on the year with a major decision and a 3-2 win over Wisconsin-Stevens Point’s No. 7-ranked Jordan Schulte. No. 5-ranked 125-pounder Josh Roberts (SO, Grand Forks, N.D./Grand Forks Central HS) improved to 12-3 with two wins, including a major decision and a 4-1 win over Wisconsin-Stevens Point’s No. 6-ranked Joe Mileski. Cody Hansen (SO, Albert Lea, Minn.), ranked No. 8 at 141, also scored two wins, including a major decision, to improve to 11-2 on the year.

NO. 1 AUGSBURG (2-1) 45, NO. 29 LUTHER (IOWA, 4-5) 0
125 — 
No. 5 Josh Roberts (AUG, 11-3) maj. dec. Daniel Mendoza (LUT, 8-5) 10-2 (Augsburg 4-0)
133 — 
Cody Madsen (AUG, 8-6) pinned Louis Mazetta (LUT, 7-9) 3:04 (Augsburg 10-0)
141 — 
No. 8 Cody Hansen (AUG, 10-2) dec. Kevin Bokoski (LUT, 8-1) 6-2 (Augsburg 13-0)
149 — 
No. 2 Tony Valek (AUG, 18-1) dec. Jason Pyle (LUT, 0-1) 7-2 (Augsburg 16-0)
157 — 
Jon Priess (AUG, 10-0) maj. dec. Jacob Seibert (LUT, 3-6) 8-0 (Augsburg 20-0)
165 — 
No. 2 Orlando Ponce (AUG, 3-1) maj. dec. Jarid Groth (LUT, 9-9) 19-11 (Augsburg 24-0)
174 — 
No. 2 Zach Molitor (AUG, 5-0) pinned Nick Jazdzewski (LUT, 9-8) 1:49 (Augsburg 30-0)
184 — 
No. 7 Brad Baus (AUG, 17-3) pinned Matt Fassbinder (LUT, 5-8) 2:35 (Augsburg 36-0)
197 — 
No. 3 Jared Massey (AUG, 2-0) pinned Braden Reyerson (LUT, 2-2) 1:27 (Augsburg 42-0)
HWT — 
Niko Bogojevic (AUG, 16-5) dec. Colin White (LUT, 4-3) 7-2 (Augsburg 45-0)

125 — 
No. 5 Josh Roberts (AUG, 12-3) dec. No. 6 Joe Mileski (UWSP, 5-2) 4-1 (Augsburg 3-0)
133 — 
Jordan Kust (UWSP,7-6) dec. Cody Madsen (AUG, 8-7) 6-2 (TIED 3-3)
141 — 
No. 8 Cody Hansen (AUG, 11-2) maj. dec. Shane Sweeney (UWSP, 4-8) 8-0 (Augsburg 7-3)
149 — 
No. 2 Tony Valek (AUG, 19-1) dec. Kris Magruder (UWSP, 9-3) 4-1 (Augsburg 10-3)
157 — 
Ben Strobel (UWSP, 8-5) dec. Zach Enrico (AUG, 10-8) 5-3 (Augsburg 10-6)
165 — 
No. 2 Orlando Ponce (AUG, 4-1) dec. No. 7 Jordan Schulte (UWSP, 7-3) 3-2 (Augsburg 13-6)
174 — No. 2 Zach Molitor (AUG, 6-0) maj. dec. Ryan Conat (UWSP, 9-5) 10-1 (Augsburg 17-6)
184 — 
No. 2 Ben Engelland (UWSP, 11-0) maj. dec. No. 7 Brad Baus (AUG, 17-4) 9-0 (Augsburg 17-10)
197 — 
No. 3 Jared Massey (AUG, 3-0) pinned Chad Gregory (UWSP, 2-1) 2:45 (Augsburg 23-10)
HWT — 
Matt Cuadra (UWSP, 5-3) dec. No. 8 Chad Johnson (AUG, 10-6) 6-4 (OT-SV) (Augsburg 23-1 

Gophers Advance Over No. 6 Boise State

CEDAR FALLS, IOWA — A battle between two top-ten teams ended in dramatic fashion on Saturday afternoon as the No. 5 Minnesota wrestling team edged No. 6 Boise State 18-17 in the quarterfinals of the 2011 NWCA/Cliff Keen National Duals in Cedar Falls, Iowa. Minnesota, which picked up a 26-9 win over Northern Illinois in its opening round dual, will now face off against top-ranked Cornell on Sunday morning at 11 a.m. in the UNI Dome.

“The win today was a big one for us. The great thing about it was everybody wrestled – it was a great team win,” Minnesota assistant coach Luke Becker said. “Everybody went out and wrestled and fought for every point. It was a great, overall team effort.”

In his biggest match yet, redshirt heavyweight Tony Nelson swung the match in Minnesota’s favor one final time after the two elite programs exchanged the lead seven times in the ten-match dual. Nelson scored a first-period takedown and followed up with two escapes in the second to pick up a 4-2 decision that gave the Gophers the final 18-17 win.

No. 6 Zach Sanders opened the dual with an 11-5 decision over No. 17 Allen Bartelli in the 125 lbs. match, but the Broncos quickly erased the Minnesota lead when Andrew Hochstrasser picked up a decision in the 133 lbs. match over David Thorn. Thorn’s defense against Hochstrasser, the second-ranked 133 pounder in the nation, kept the match close and paid dividends to the Gophers squad later in the dual.

Minnesota (8-1 overall, 0-0 Big Ten) put some distant between its opponent in the 141 lbs. match when No. 2 Mike Thorn quickly pinned No. 11 Levi Jones at the 49 second mark, but the Broncos proved to be difficult in the middleweights when Jason Chamberlain and Adam Hall, ranked as the No. 3 149 lbs. grappler and the No. 2 157 pounder, respectively, each majored their Gophers counterpart to take over an 11-9 lead.

The tide shifted once again in the Gophers favor when Cody Yohn and Scott Glasser both picked up decisions in their favor, but Boise State caught a piece of luck when top-ranked 184 pounder Kirk Smith edged No. 7 Kevin Steinhaus with a 3-1 decision in overtime and Matt Casperson picked up a 6-0 decision at 197 over Joe Nord setting up a two-point deficit for Minnesota heading into Nelson’s heavyweight match against T.J. Felix.

2011 NWCA/Cliff Keen Results

Minnesota 18, Boise State 17
125: No. 6 Zach Sanders (MINN) dec. No. 17 Allen Bartelli (BSU) 11-5
133: No. 2 Andrew Hochstrasser (BSU) dec. David Thorn (MINN) 8-1
141: No. 2 Mike Thorn (MINN) fall No. 11 Levi Jones (BSU) 0:49
149: No. 3 Jason Chamberlain (BSU) maj. Danny Zilverberg (MINN) 16-5
157: No.2 Adam Hall (BSU) maj. Alec Ortiz (MINN) 27-15
165: No. 7 Cody Yohn (MINN) dec. Kurt Swartz (BSU) 6-0
174: No. 8 Scott Glasser (MINN) dec. No. 13 Jake Swartz (BSU) 3-2
184: No. 1 Kirk Smith dec. No. 7 Kevin Steinhaus (MINN) 3-1 in OT
197: Matt Casperson (BSU) dec. Joe Nord (MINN) 6-0
285: No. 9 Tony Nelson (MINN) dec. T.J. Felix 4-2

Gophers Open National Duals with 26-9 Win

The No. 5 Minnesota wrestling team opened the 2011 NWCA/Cliff Keen National Duals with a 26-9 win over Northern Illinois on Saturday morning, paving the way for a top-ten matchup against No. 6 Boise State at 1 p.m. Saturday afternoon.

All-American Zach Sanders improved his season record to 15-2 on Saturday morning with a 16-8 major decision over NIU’s Nick Smith in the opening match for the Gophers, who improved their record against the Huskies to 9-0 all-time. Sanders jumped out to an 8-3 lead in the first period when he tacked on four of his seven takedowns in the match. The 125 pounder scored bonus points from 1:42 of riding time to open the event with a 4-0 lead for the Gophers.

Redshirt freshman David Thorn followed up with a win in his collegiate dual debut against Israel Montemayor. Thorn edged his Huskies foe 10-7 before his brother, Mike Thorn, added an 8-1 decision over Tristen DeShazer to build a 10-0 lead for Minnesota. NIU would go on to pick up a pair of wins in its next two matches to climb back into the contest. Vince Castillo scored a 3-0 decision over Pat Smith at 149 lbs. and No. 17 Bryan Deutsch pinned Joe Grygelko in the 157 lbs. match to cut Minnesota’s lead to 10-9.

But that would be all the Huskies would get the rest of the morning. No. 7 Cody Yohn topped Matt Mougin with a 9-2 decision at 165 lbs. before Scott Glasser, the No. 8 174 pounder in the nation, scored a 10-2 major decision over Zach Benzio to make it 17-9 Gophers. Minnesota went on to sweep the remaining three matches via decisions in favor of No. 7 Kevin Steinhaus at 184 lbs., Joe Nord at 197 lbs., and No. 9 Tony Nelson at heavyweight.

Minnesota returns to action Saturday afternoon against the Broncos of Boise State. Minnesota is 6-0 all-time against Boise State with the last meeting coming in 2001. Continue checking Gophersports.com for results from the 2011 NWCA/Cliff Keen National Duals.

2011 NWCA/Cliff Keen Results

Minnesota 26 Northern Illinois 9
125: No. 6 Zach Sanders (MINN) maj. Nick Smith (NIU) 16-8
133: David Thorn (MINN) dec. Israel Montemayor (NIU) 10-7
141: No. 2 Mike Thorn (MINN) dec. Tristen DeShazer (NIU) 8-1
149: Vince Castillo (NIU) dec. Patrick Smith (MINN) 3-0
157: No. 17 Bryan Deutsch (NIU) fall Joe Grygelko (MINN) 1:42
165: No. 7 Cody Yohn (MINN) dec. Matt Mougin (NIU) 9-2
174: No. 8 Scott Glasser (MINN) maj. Zach Benzio (NIU) 10-2
184: No. 7 Kevin Steinhaus (MINN) dec. Brad Dieckhaus (NIU) 7-0
197: Joe Nord (MINN) dec. Mike Lukowski (NIU) 2-0
285: No. 9 Tony Nelson (MINN) dec. Dakota Greenhaw (NIU) 3-1

Minnesota State Completes Opening Day in National Duals

Mavericks Take 2-1 Record Into Day Two of Tournament

Cedar Falls, Iowa – The Minnesota State Mavericks went 2-1 on the opening day of the 2011 NWCA/Cliff Keen National Duals Tournament in Cedar Falls, Iowa. The Mavericks would begin the opening round with a 19-18 win against Findlay before being defeated 31-6 against Augustana. The Mavericks would respond positively in their third and final match of the day as they defeated Central Missouri by the score of 26-19.

In the first match on Saturday the Mavericks were able to hold on late and earn a 19-18 win against the University of Findlay. The Mavericks would get out to a strong start as they won their first four matches and captured an early 15-0 lead. However, the Mavericks would go on to lose five of their next six matches with the only win being an important four-point major decision win by Aaron Norgren. The win would move the sixth-ranked Mavericks into a clash with the tournament’s number three seed Augustana College.

However, in the second match of the day, Augustana would show the Mavericks why they were the third ranked team in the tournament as they defeated Minnesota State 31-6. Despite jumping out to a 3-0 lead after Andy Forstner won a 4-3 decision over Alex Meger, the Mavericks would go on to lose eight of their next nine matches. The only other Maverick to record a win against Augustana was Norgren who earned a 7-1 decision over Thomas Davies.

In the third and final match of the evening, the Mavericks would pull out a hard-fought 26-19 win over Central Missouri. The Mavericks found themselves with a 17-16 point lead after the first seven matches before they were finally able to extend their lead to 23-16 after Norgren earned a win by fall over Travis Miller at the 1:11 mark. Pat Mahan went on to win a 4-3 decision over Doug Thompson which sealed the victory for the Mavericks and will give them an opportunity to place in day two of the tournament.

The tournament will conclude tomorrow as the Mavericks will look to pursue a trip to the fifth-place match. Their first match of the day will be at 9:00 am against North Carolina-Pembroke whose journey to this point includes wins over Central Oklahoma and Minnesota State-Moorhead and a loss to St. Cloud State.

Johnnies Post 2-1 Mark at First Day of National Duals

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – Third-ranked Saint John’s went 2-1 in the first day of the NWCA/Cliff Keen Division III National Duals held Saturday, Jan. 8, in Cedar Falls, Iowa.

Tournament Website | Bracket

The Johnnies (10-2 dual record) 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 the day’s finale to set up a showdown with No. 7 Concordia-Moorhead at 9 a.m. Sunday. The winner/loser will face the winner/loser between No. 5 Coe (Iowa) and No. 10 Wisconsin-Stevens Point at 1 p.m.

The Johnnies swept all 10 matches, including a 6-5 upset win from senior Dustin Baxter (Fairbanks, Alaska/West Valley), ranked eighth nationally, over No. 6 Brennan Ward at 184 pounds. SJU picked up two pins, three major decisions and a forfeit in the dual.

The second round was not as kind as the first, however. Ithaca opened the dual with five straight decision wins, including a 7-5 overtime upset over senior Minga Batsukh (Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia/St. Benedict’s, N.J.) at 149 pounds, to take a 15-0 lead. Senior Matt Baarson (Brooklyn Park, Minn./Champlin Park), one of SJU’s three wrestlers to go 3-0 on the day, put the Johnnies on the scoreboard with a 13-5 major decision at 165 pounds. In fact, all three of No. 5 Baarson’s wins were by major decision. Unranked junior Matt Pfarr (Le Sueur, Minn./Le Sueur-Henderson) upset No. 6 David Priest 2-1 at 174 pounds to cut the deficit to 15-7. Pfarr also went 3-0 on the day with pins in his other two matches.

Down eight points with three matches left, head coach Brandon Novak decided to bump up Baxter and fellow senior Tony Willaert (North Mankato, Minn./Lake Crystal-Wellcome Memorial) from their normal weight classes, leaving sophomore Mitch Hagen (Sunburg, Minn./Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg) to lead off at 184. Hagen, however, lost a tough 3-1 decision in overtime to increase the Bombers’ lead to 18-7. Baxter surrendered 13 pounds and tallied a 2-1 decision at 197 pounds, but SJU needed pins in the final two weight classes to earn the win. With the dual decided, 18-10, Novak decided to forfeit the heavyweight match.

Delaware Valley took an early 3-0 lead with a decision at 157 pounds before SJU rattled off three straight wins to take a 13-3 lead. Baarson tallied a major decision, Pfarr stuck a pin and Baxter earned his third win of the day, 10-3. The Aggies responded, however, with two decisions and a pin to regain the lead, 15-13. Junior Chad Henle (Spicer, Minn./New London-Spicer) recorded a crucial pin at 133 pounds to thrust SJU ahead, 19-15. A decision loss at 141 cut the Johnnies’ lead to one heading into the dual’s final match at 149. Batsukh rose to the occasion, posting a 13-4 major-decision victory to secure the win.

No. 3 Saint John’s (SJU) 42, No. 26 Johnson & Wales University (JWU) 0
125 – Junior Scott Padrnos (SJU) pinned James Soprano (JWU), 1:16 [6-0]
133 – Junior Chad Henle (No. 8, SJU) dec. John Donaleski (JWU), 3-1 [9-0]
141 – Senior Chris Sandy (No. 5, SJU) major dec. Daniel Franco (JWU), 8-0 [13-0]
149 – Senior Minga Batsukh (No. 3, SJU) won by forfeit [19-0]
157 – Senior John Vaith (SJU) dec. Thomas Webster (JWU), 9-4 [22-0]
165 – Senior Matt Baarson (No. 5, SJU) major dec. Justin Scalise (JWU), 9-0 [26-0]
174 – Junior Matt Pfarr (SJU) pinned Colin Lenhardt (JWU), 4:02 [32-0]
184 – Junior Dustin Baxter (No. 8, SJU) dec. Brennan Ward (No. 6, JWU), 6-5 [35-0]
197 – Senior Tony Willaert (No. 10, SJU) major dec. William Mulligan (JWU), 15-2 [39-0]
Hwt – Junior John Linn (SJU) dec. Humphrey Swift (JWU), 5-3 [42-0]

No. 6 Ithaca College (ITH) 24, No. 3 Saint John’s (SJU) 10
125 – Max Cohen (ITH) dec. junior Scott Padrnos (SJU), 7-2 [3-0]
133 – Seth Ecker (No. 5, ITH) dec. junior Chad Henle (No. 8, SJU), 6-0 [6-0]
141 – Jeremy Stierly (ITH) dec. senior Chris Sandy (No. 5, SJU), 7-1 [9-0]
149 – Blaine Woszczak (No. 5, ITH) dec. senior Minga Batsukh (No. 3, SJU), 7-5 OT [12-0]
157 – Derek Brenon (No. 7, ITH) dec. senior Drew Larson (SJU), 10-7 [15-0]
165 – Senior Matt Baarson (No. 5) major dec. Nick Sanko (ITH), 13-5 [15-4]
174 – Junior Matt Pfarr (SJU) dec. David Priest (No. 6, ITH), 2-1 [15-7]
184 – Josue Mendez (ITH) dec. sophomore Mitch Hagen (SJU), 3-1 OT [18-7]
197 – Junior Dustin Baxter (No. 8 at 184, SJU) dec. Shane Bartrum (ITH), 2-1 [18-10]
Hwt – Matt Mahon (No. 4, ITH) won by forfeit

No. 3 Saint John’s (SJU) 23, No. 25 Delaware Valley College (DVC) 18
125 – Charlie Frankel (DVC) pinned junior Scott Padrnos (SJU), 1:42 [13-15]
133 – Junior Chad Henle (No. 8, SJU) pinned James DeLillo (DVC), 4:15 [19-15]
141 – Matt Ulrich (DVC) dec. senior Chris Sandy (No. 5, SJU), 7-3 [19-18]
149 – Senior Minga Batsukh (No. 3, SJU) major dec. Emanual Ajagbe (DVC), 13-4 [23-18]
157 – Jesse Harrington (No. 2, DVC) dec. senior John Vaith (SJU), 11-5 [0-3]
165 – Senior Matt Baarson (No. 5, SJU) major dec. Dale Fava (DVC), 10-0 [4-3]
174 – Junior Matt Pfarr (SJU) pinned Juan Vega (DVC), 6:33 [10-3]
184 – Junior Dustin Baxter (No. 8, SJU) dec. Jake Phillips (DVC), 10-3 [13-3]
197 – Aaron Karns (No. 8, DVC) dec. senior Tony Willaert (No. 10, SJU), 9-5 [13-6]
Hwt – Cody Gardner (DVC) dec. junior John Linn (SJU), 10-3 [13-9]
*the dual started at 157 pounds

St. Cloud State Gains Two Wins at NWCA DII National Duals

The #2 St. Cloud State University wrestling team (8-0) opened action at the 2011 NWCA Division II Duals on Jan. 8 with a 32-6 victory over Limestone. The National Duals are being hosted this year by the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls, Iowa. SCSU also earned a 27-9 win over UNC-Pembroke in second round action to earn a spot in the tournament semifinals on Jan. 9 against Augustana.

In the match against Limestone, the Huskies opened with a 4-0 win by Dylan Wright over Bradon Feix of Limestone at 125-pounds.

At 133-pounds, SCSU’s Westy Hanson lost a tough 3-2 decision against Michael Magaha of Limestone. At 141-pounds, SCSU’s Gabe Suarez posted a technical fall over Limestone’s Matthew Hall. Suarez won 18-2 at the 5:00 mark of the match.

At 149-pounds, Jacob R. Horn rolled to a 6-5 win for the Huskies over Theran Goodale, and SCSU’s Josh Joriman scored a 16-0 tech fall (4:00) over LU’s Jeremy McPhearson at 157-pounds.

At 165-pounds, Tad Merritt continued to impress in 2010-11 with a 4:32 pin for SCSU against LU’s Chris Didyoung. At 174-pounds, SCSU’s Shamus O’Grady added another with an 11-2 decision over LU’s Bryce Sopko.

In action at 184-pounds, SCSU’s Mic Berg lost a 6-4 match against LU’s Casey Bradley. At 197-pounds, SCSU’s Lucas Munkelwitz added a 6-2 win over Josh Sprewell, and at 285-pounds, SCSU’s JakChris Brassell scored a 6-0 win over LU’s Chris Weber.

In the 2nd round today, SCSU captured a 27-9 win over North Carolina-Pembroke. This moves SCSU’s record to 9-0 and it provides the Huskies with a trip to the tournament semifinals on Jan. 9. SCSU will face Augustana on Jan. 9, while Nebraska-Omaha and Newberry meet in the other semifinal match. on Jan. 9.

In the match against UNC-P, the Huskies gained victories from Eric Ellington at 133-pounds, Jacob D. Horn at 149-pounds, John Sundgren at 157-pounds, Shamus O’Grady at 174-pounds, Mic Berg at 184-pounds, Lucas Munkelwitz at 197-pounds and Jake Kahnke at 285.

Listed below are the complete results from the NWCA Duals in Cedar Falls, Iowa

SCSU 32, Limestone 6
125- Dylan Wright (SCSU) def. Brandon Feix (LU) 4-0
133 – Mike Magaha (LU) def. Weston Hanson (SCSU) 3-2
141-Gabe Suarez (SCSU) tech fall Matt Hall (LU) 18-2 (5:00)
149-Jacob R. Horn (SCSU) def. Theran Goodale (LU) 6-5
157-Josh Joriman (SCSU) tech fall Jeremy McPhearson (LU) 16-0 (4:00)
165 – Tad Merritt (SCSU) fall Chris Didyoung (LU) 4:32
174-Shamus O’Grady (SCSU) major decision Bryce Sopko (LU) 11-2
184 – Casey Bradley (LU) def. Mic Berg (SCSU) 6-4
197 – Lucas Munkelwitz (SCSU) def. Josh Sprewell (LU) 6-2
285-Chris Brassell (SCSU) def. Charles Weber (LU) 6-0

SCSU 27, North Carolina-Pembroke 9
125 – Russ Weakley (UNCP) def. Zach Stewart (SCSU) 8-6
133 – Eric Ellington (SCSU) def. Timdarius Thurston (UNCP) 9-5
141 – Tyquan Easton (UNCP) def. Gabe Suarez (SCSU) 5-3
149 – Jacob D. Horn (SCSU) def. Brendon Parker-Risk (UNCP) 8-6
157 – John Sundgren (SCSU) fall Pat Foxworth (UNCP) 2:15
165 – Mike Williams (UNCP) def. Tad Merritt (SCSU) 7-6
174 – Shamus O’Grady (SCSU) tech fall Jordan Ford (UNCP) 19-2 (5:02)
184 – Mic Berg (SCSU) def. Shiheem Bryant (UNCP) 8-4
197-Lucas Munkelwitz (SCSU) def. John Sturrock (UNCP) 11-4
285-Jake Kahnke (SCSU) major decision John Sturrock (UNCP) 15-5