St. Cloud State 19, UN-Omaha 18

#3 St. Cloud State Stuns #1 Nebraska Omaha, 19-18

The No. 1 UN-Omaha wrestling team was upset by No. 3 St. Cloud State on Friday night, 19-18, after a quick turn of events in the night’s final match at the Sapp Fieldhouse.

With UNO leading 18-13 heading into the 133-pound final match, it looked like the Mavs were in position to win, as Trent Cox was in control over St. Cloud State’s Eric Ellington. Cox scored an early takedown and an escape to take a 3-0 lead, then rode Ellington for 2:43. But Ellington quickly turned the table, flipping Cox and earning the quick pin at 3:42, giving the Huskies the come-from-behind 19-18 win.

The victory moved SCSU’s record to 13-1 on the season, as the Huskies will travel to Southwest Minnesota State on Jan. 22 for a 7 p.m. dual match in Marshall.  The loss dropped UNO to 5-1 on the year in duals, and snapped UNO’s 13-match win streak. It also marked UNO’s first dual loss since Jan. 22, 2010, when Augsburg defeated UNO, 18-12, and first dual loss at home since a 22-15 loss to Division I Northern Iowa on Feb. 21, 2008.

The Mavs jumped out to a 9-0 lead, thanks to a draw that allowed UNO to throw its three top-ranked wrestlers onto the mat to start the dual.

Top-ranked Mario Morgan got the Mavs on the scoreboard to begin the dual at 141 pounds with a 4-0 victory over the Huskies’ Gabe Suarez.  At 149 pounds, No. 1 Esai Dominguez took a 6-5 lead over No. 4 Jacob D. Horn with a takedown late in the second period, then held off Horn in the third period for the win.

UNO’s third top-ranked wrestler, George Ivanov, recorded a takedown with eight seconds left in the match, then released No. 5 John Sundgren for a one-point escape to claim a 7-6 win and give UNO a 9-0 lead. Ivanov recorded three takedowns in the final period to take control of the match. Ivanov is 6-0 in dual matches this season.

SCSU got on the board at 165-pounds with a 13-5 major decision win by #2 ranked Tad Merritt over UNO’s Nathan Sigman.  UNO returned with a 9-3 win by Ryan Pankoke over #7 Shamus O’Grady at 174-pounds.  UNO added another win at 184-pounds with a 4-0 victory by #3 Aaron Denson over SCSU’s Mic Berg.  The final UNO win of the day was a close 3-2 decision by #8 Matt Baker over SCSU’s Luke Munkelwitz at 197-pounds.  The win gave the Mavs an 18-4 margin in the match.

At 285-pounds, SCSU’s #1 Jake Kahnke carded a big 5-3 decision over #8 ranked Taylor Escamilla to make it 18-7.  The Huskies and Zach Stewart took full advantage of a forfeit at 125-pounds that provided six important points for the Huskies.

The forfeit set the table for Ellington’s late round heroics at 133-pounds for the Huskies.

St. Cloud State 19, UN-Omaha 18
141 – No. 1 Mario Morgan (UNO) by dec. over Gabe Suarez (SCSU), 4-0 (UNO 3-0)
149 – No. 1 Esai Dominguez (UNO) by dec. over No. 4 Jacob D. Horn (SCSU), 6-5 (UNO 6-0)
157 – No. 1 George Ivanov (UNO) by dec. over No. 5 John Sundgren (SCSU), 7-6 (UNO 9-0)
165 – No. 2 Tad Merritt (SCSU) by major dec. over Nathan Sigman (UNO), 13-5 (UNO 9-4)
174 – No. 3 Ryan Pankoke (UNO) by dec. over No. 7 Shamus O’Grady (SCSU), 9-3 (UNO 12-4)
184 – No. 3 Aaron Denson (UNO) by dec. over Mic Berg (SCSU), 4-0 (UNO 15-4)
197 – No. 8 Matt Baker (UNO) by dec. over Luke Munkelwitz (SCSU), 3-2 (UNO 18-4)
285 – No. 1 Jacob Kahnke (SCSU) by dec. over No. 8 Taylor Escamilla (UNO), 5-3 (UNO 18-7)
125 – Zach Stewart (SCSU) by forfeit (UNO 18-13)
133 – Eric Ellington (SCSU) by fall over Trent Cox (UNO), 3:42 (SCSU 19-18)

Concordia 34 St. Olaf 9

Cobbers Dismiss Oles 34-9

NORTHFIELD, Minn. — No.7-ranked Concordia won eight of the 10 individual matches against St. Olaf and went on to post a 34-9 over the Oles in Northfield on Friday. It is the fourth straight dual meet win for the Cobbers and fifth in the past six matches.

The overriding storyline for the Cobbers as they head into the final days of January is the career wins race between seniors Justin Berns and Phil Monekedick. Both wrestlers posted dominating wins on Friday and both wrestlers inched closer to the school’s all-time win record. Berns recorded a 15-1 major decision victory at 157 to move his season record to 18-3. Moenkedick made short work of his opponent at 184 by recording a pin fall at 1:26. The defending national champion, Moenkedick is now 22-1 on the year. Both Berns and Moenkedick have 122 career wins and both need three more victories to surpass the program record of 124 set by Steve Larsen.

All told against the Oles, the Cobbers won three matches by decision, two by major decision, one by pin fall, one by technical fall and one by forfeit.

Daron Hohbein walked away with the technical fall as he scored a 16-1 win at 133. Ben Presler, Kevin Fynboh, Ross Dankers, Nathan Schmitz and Tom Bouressa also recorded victories for CC. Bouressa blanked his opponent 8-0 in the 285-lb match and is now 12-1 in his last 13 matches with his only loss coming against No.1-ranked John Helgerson of Wartburg. Schmitz is now 16-7 on the season and is 8-2 in his last 10 matches. Dankers, an All-American last year, earned his 17th win of the year and is 11-1 in his last 12 matches.

Concordia will send a contingent to the Jamestown Open on Saturday, Jan. 22 and then turn its attention to the Minnesota Duals Meet on Jan. 28 at 7 p.m. at Perham High School. The meet will feature four teams from the old MIAC wrestling conference, three of which are currently ranked in the top 7 of the nation in Division III.

Concordia 34, St. Olaf 9
125: Ben Presler (CC) wins by forfeit
133: Daron Hohbein (CC) tech. fall Michael Pitts (STO) 16-1
141: Ryan Timmerman (STO) pin fall Ben Anderson (CC) 2:12
149: Kevin Fynboh (CC) dec. Thomas Mork (STO) 6-3
157: Justin Berns (CC) maj. dec. Michael Roth (STO) 15-1
165: Joey Waples (STO) dec. Jordan Bedson (CC) 9-4
174: Ross Dankers (CC) dec. Joseph Pesta (STO) 7-3
184: Phil Moenkedick (CC) pin fall Andrew Rudd (STO) 1:26
197: Nathan Schmitz (CC) dec. Joseph Schlueter (STO) 10-4
285: Tom Bouressa (CC) maj. dec. Justin Luthey (STO) 8-0

Northern Colorado 26 South Dakota State 21

Jacks battle Bears to 26-21 loss

BROOKINGS, S.D. – The South Dakota State wrestling team battled to a 21-20 lead but Western Wrestling Conference foe Northern Colorado proved too much for the Jackrabbits as the Bears handed the Jacks a 26-21 loss Friday night in Frost Arena.

David Michaud made the match of the night as the 174-pounder defeated Cody McAninch by fall in just two minutes 48 seconds. Michaud notched a takedown 41 seconds into the first period before pinning his opponent. The pin is Michaud’s sixth on the season. He improves to 8-5 overall and 1-1 in WWC action.

Nick Flynn, a 157-pounder, picked up a win for the Jacks with a decision over Tanner Weiks. Flynn put points on the board early with a takedown in the first period. Weiks followed it up with an escape to end the first period 2-1. A Weiks escape in the second period tied the score but Flynn managed an escape with 40 seconds to go in the match for the 3-2 win. Flynn moves to 9-12 overall and 1-1 in the conference.

The dual, which started at the 141-pound weight class, ended with three-straight forfeits. Kevin Kelly (Hwt.) and Aaron Pickrel (125 pounds) each picked up wins by forfeit to give the Jacks a 21-20 lead, but an SDSU forfeit at 133 pounds put the Bears just over the top with 26-21.

The Jacks, now 1-9-1 overall and 0-2 in the conference, head to Wyoming Jan. 28 and Air Force Jan. 29. Action is slated to begin at 7 p.m. Mountain Standard Time and 7:05 p.m. MT, respectively.

January 21 at Brookings, SD

Northern Colorado 26, South Dakota State 21
141: Casey Cruz (UNC) dec. Tyler Johnson, 10-0
149: #10 Justin Gaethje (UNC) def. James Hamilton by fall, 2:26
157: Nick Flynn dec. Tanner Weiks (UNC), 3-2
165: Brandon Kammerzell (UNC) maj. Dec. Nething, 12-4
174: David Michaud def. Cody McAninch (UNC) by fall, 2:48
184: Eric Brennan (UNC) dec. Joe Rasmussen, 6-0
197: Nick Bayer (UNC) dec. Cord Willers, 8-1
Hwt: Kevin Kelly wins by forfeit
125: Aaron Pickrel wins by forfeit
133: Sam Bauer (UNC) wins by forfeit

Augustana 40 Mary 6

No. 2 Augustana picks up third straight NSIC victory at U-Mary

BISMARCK, N.D. – Ty Copsey had a win by fall as Augustana picked up its third straight Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference victory with a 40-6 thumping of U-Mary Friday night in Bismarck, N.D.

Augustana moves to 9-1 (3-0 NSIC); U-Mary falls to 0-6 (0-4 NSIC).

U-Mary left three weight classes open–125, 133 and 157 pounds.

The Vikings picked up their first win of the evening when Nate Herda defeated Landon Della Silva by injury default at 149 pounds.

Gavin Nelson went on to pick the next win for Augustana at 165 pounds with a 4-1 decision over Taylor Nagel.

Carl Serk collected a 17- 6 major-decision victory at 174 pounds over Kurt Wiedrich.

At 184 pounds, U-Mary’s Brady Anderson defeated Brian Schultz 6-1, but Augustana still held the lead 31-6.

Ty Copsey earned the only pin of the dual.  Copsey took down Buddy Wallace at 197 pounds in 2:47.

A 5-4 decision for Lance Peters over Martin Patrone at 285 pounds finalized Augustana’s 40-6 victory.

The Vikings, who are one of three teams in the NSIC with no conference losses, host No. 3 St. Cloud State and No. 7 Minnesota State next week on Thursday and Friday.

January 21 at Bismarck, ND

Augustana 40, Mary 6
125: Al Meger (Augie) vs. OPEN (U-Mary)
133: Jason Jeremiason (Augie) vs. OPEN (U-Mary)
141: Tanner Beaman (U-Mary) DEC Cody Lensing (Augie), 5-3
149: Nate Herda (Augie) INJURY DEFAULT Landon Della Silva (U-Mary), 5:52
157: Austin Carmichael (Augie) DEC OPEN (U-Mary)
165: Gavin Nelson (Augie) 4-1 DEC Taylor Nagel (U-Mary), 4-1
174: Carl Serck (Augie) MD Kurt Wiedrich (U-Mary), 17-6
184: Brady Anderson (U-Mary) DEC Brian Schultz (Augie), 6-1
197: Ty Copsey (Augie) FALL Buddy Wallace (U-Mary), 2:47
285: Lance Peters (Augie) DEC Martin Patrone (U-Mary), 5-4

Minnesota 26 Purdue 15

Minnesota Takes Down No. 23 Purdue 26-15

WEST LAFAYETTE, IND. — The No. 5 Golden Gopher wrestling program picked up its 11th win of the season on Friday night, taking down No. 23 Purdue 26-15 in West Lafayette to improve to 2-0 in the Big Ten season. Minnesota recorded wins from Zach Sanders (125), David Thorn (133), Mike Thorn (141), Matt Mincey (149), Scott Glasser (174) and Tony Nelson (HWT).

As is fast becoming a trend, the Gophers (11-3 overall, 2-0 Big Ten) swept through the lower weights to jump out to an early 20-0 lead over the Boilermakers with bonus points in the first four matches of the night. All-American Zach Sanders, the No. 5 125-pounder in the nation, scored a 14-5 major decision over Camden Eppert in the opening match before David Thorn picked up another five points for Minnesota with a 17-2 technical fall over Matt Fields in the 133 lbs. match. Second-ranked 141 lbs. grappler Mike Thorn followed up with a pin at 3:31 over Jake Fleckenstein to make it 15-0 before Matt Mincey made his career dual debut with a 15-0 technical fall over Tommy Churchard at 149 lbs.

Purdue (5-6-1, 0-3) fought back with a pair of wins in the middle weights. No. 20 Colton Salazar fended off a strong push by Joe Grygelko in the 157 lbs. match to pick up a 5-3 decision and break the Boilermakers onto the scoreboard. The Boilermakers would add another six team points in the 165 lbs. match when unranked Kyle Mosier upset No. 11 Cody Yohn with a pin at the 6:08 mark to cut the Gophers’ lead to 20-9.

But Minnesota would bounce back in the highly anticipated 174 lbs. match that pitted two top-ten wrestlers against each other on the mat. In a close battle, Minnesota’s Scott Glasser, ranked eighth in the country in his weight class, picked up a 4-2 decision victory over No. 9 Luke Manuel.

Purdue would add a pair of decision at 184 and 197 lbs. but couldn’t lock up bonus points in either match and by the time No. 9 Tony Nelson scored a 4-3 decision win in the heavyweight match, the dual was already out of reach for the Boilermakers.

The fifth-ranked Gophers return to action on Sunday at No. 15 Illinois. Start time for Sunday’s competition is slated for 1 p.m. CST.

No. 5 Minnesota at. No. 23 Purdue
Friday, January 21, 2011 at West Lafayette, IN

Minnesota 26, Purdue 15
125: No. 5 Zach Sanders (MINN) maj. Camden Eppert (PU) 14-5
133: David Thorn (MINN) tech. Matt Fields (PU) 17-2; 7:00
141: No. 2 Mike Thorn (MINN) fall Jake Fleckenstein (PU) 3:31
149: Matt Mincey (MINN) tech. Tommy Churchard (PU) 15-0; 4:56
157: No. 20 Colton Salazar (PU) dec. Joe Grygelko(MINN) 5-3
165: Kyle Mosier (PU) fall No. 11 Cody Yohn (MINN) 6:08
174: No. 8 Scott Glasser (MINN) dec. No. 9 Luke Manuel (PU) 4-2
184: No. 13 A.J. Kissel (PU) dec. No. 9 Kevin Steinhaus (MINN) 4-3
197: No. 10 Logan Brown (PU) dec. Joe Nord (MINN) 4-2
285: No. 9 Tony Nelson (MINN) dec. Roger Vukobratovich (PU) 4-3

Swart Travels Down A Familiar Road Once Again

On November 17, 2009 Jon Swart walked off the football field at Southwest Minnesota State for the final time wearing a Dragon football jersey. Come this March, Swart will relive that feeling as he finishes his wrestling career at Minnesota State University Moorhead and his life as a collegiate athlete.

Swart returns to his familiar heavyweight division after spending 2009 in the 197-pound weight class. The move is something that suits the stronger and more agile Swart.

Jon Swart“When I dropped down to 197 last year I was more concentrated on cutting weight and not wrestling,” Swart said. “Now I can focus on my wrestling and conditioning and also my style is more suited towards heavyweight.” Last season was the only year Swart spent at any weight class other than heavyweight.

The biggest change for Swart wasn’t the move in weight classes, but the full dedication of the offseason to wrestling. Prior to this season, Swart spent the summers in preparation to play as a starting defensive lineman for the Dragons football program. While he was a force on the field, it took its toll on his wrestling season.

“In the past my whole offseason was dedicated towards football and my wrestling suffered because of it, Swart said. “My body always felt worn down. After 11 games, you are just trying to make it through the wrestling season.” Last season, Swart made the transition from 275 pounds as a noseguard to the 197-pound weight class.

The full offseason has paid off for Swart who won five of his last six matches of 2010. With all of his focus on one sport Swart realizes it is time for him to leave a lasting mark on Dragons athletics.

“I definitely have something to prove this time around, Swart said. “My career has been overshadowed by football and wrestling always came second and it feels great to be able to give everything I got to wrestling and I’m finally starting to see some results.” Swart also sees a new look in the Dragons as a team.

“Last year we were really up and down all season and relied so much on our lower weights,” Swart said. “Our lighter weights are outstanding and now our upper weights have something to prove not only to our region but all of Division-II.”

When Swart arrived at MSUM there were two heavyweights, Chris Tuchscherer and Joe Facchinni who held the top spot that Swart would eventually take over five seasons later. Entering his final stanza, Swart remembers the expectations he had of those leaders and looks to apply those same techniques as a senior.

“When I was a redshirt freshman I had Chris (Tuchscherer) and Joe (Facchinni) and those two were a big influence on me,” Swart said. “Chris taught me a lot about heavyweight when I was coming off of 215 pounds in high school. Joe was a smaller heavyweight and taught me to be aggressive as well. Its strange to see how the roles have changed from when I was a freshman and now I’m the senior trying to give back to Gerad (Fugleberg) and Jacob (Bruns) who are going to be really talented wrestlers down the road.”

Swart ended the first half of his season in style, winning his final three matches in overtime. The move up to heavyweight not only spared Swart of having to cut a tremendous amount of weight, but helped him develop his wrestling skills and conditioning, something that has led to a 7-5 start as 2010 ended.

“Overtime is not my goal,” Swart said. “My goal is to get my offense going early but it’s nice to know I can lean on my conditioning. You don’t want to change your style to who your facing in OT but you have to be conscious about it.”

During his time at MSUM, Swart has become one of the most recognizable athletes on campus. While he still carries plenty of support from the coaching staff and his teammates, Swart’s biggest supporters are also his loudest. Both Jon’s mother Cathy Swart and his fiancé make their presence known but that is not anything new for the Fargo, N.D. native.

“It’s kind of funny we used to play football at the Fargodome and we also played a couple times at the Metrodome and I would be on the sidelines and I could hear my mom yelling across the stadium which is good,” Swart said. “I like it and she cheers her heart out along with Katie they both get intense about it which is something I like hearing about.”

As the Dragons dive into the heart of their conference season, things get only tougher for the Dragons and for Swart who will face the top heavyweights in the nation. The former Fargo North Spartan could care less about his team’s rankings or the ranking of his opponents, but knows the only important standings are yet to come.

“Division-II rankings are tough to judge by and that’s why you wrestle, its not done on paper,” Swart said. “The coaching staff reminds us that this is our time, it’s not how or where you start but how you finish.”

Jacks face UNC Bears at home

The South Dakota State wrestlers host the no. 47 (Intermat) Northern Colorado Bears Friday in Western Wrestling Conference action. Action is slated to begin at 7 p.m. from Frost Arena.

Aaron Pickrel leads the Jackrabbits with a 5-2 duals record and an 18-7 overall record. Five of Pickrel’s wins were by fall with the fastest in one minute three seconds. Four other Jacks have three dual wins this season in Nick Flynn (3-4 duals, 8-12 overall), Kevin Kelly (3-7 duals, 8-13 overall), David Michaud (3-5 duals, 7-5 overall) and Tony Vaske (3-1 duals, 12-7 overall). Five of Michaud’s seven wins on the season were by fall, with the remaining wins by decsion.

The probable lineup for the Jacks against Northern Colorado includes: Pickrel (125 pounds), open at 133 pounds, Tyler Johnson (141 pounds),Jimmy Hamilton (149 pounds), Andrew Youngblom (149 pounds), Nick Flynn (157 pounds), Seth Moe (157 pounds), Joe Rasmussen (165 pounds), John Nething II (165 pounds), Michaud (174 pounds), Cord Willers (184 pounds), open at 197 pounds and Kelly (285 pounds).

Frost Arena is also set to host the Brookings High School and Watertown High School junior varsity and varsity duals Friday. The JV rivals square-off at 5 p.m., with the varsity match-up kicking off at 6 p.m.

This week’s Competition
Northern Colorado Bears – Northern Colorado, ranked no. 47 by Intermat, heads into the weekend with a 0-4 season record and a 0-1 WWC record.

Last week the Bears traveled to the Lone Star Duals in Grand Prairie Texas where they fell 30-19 to no. 14 Arizona State, 28-12 to Appalachian State and 24-14 to The Citadel.

No. 10 Justin Gaethje defeated Taihei Fukumoto of no. 14 Arizona State by a major decision. Gaethje also tallied wins against Russ Benner (Appalacian State) by major decision and Derek Royster (The Citadel) by technical fall. The 149-pounder owns a 9-1 record on the season.

The Jacks are 18-10 all-time against the Bears.

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Jackrabbit Insider on FOX and FSN –  “Jackrabbit Insider” airs at 10:30 p.m. Sundays on KTTW FOX 7.  The show can also be seen on FOX Sports North Tuesdays at 6 p.m. CT. FOX College Sports Central will air the program Tuesdays at 9:30 p.m. “Jackrabbit Insider” is also available through the Jackrabbit Extra video on-demand service at GoJacks.com. Hosted by Tyler Merrium, “Jackrabbit Insider” is a weekly half-hour program that provides Jackrabbit fans with a behind-the-scenes look at South Dakota State University Athletics.

Last week – The SDSU wrestlers recorded a 38-9 loss to the no. 43 (Intermat) Northern Iowa Panthers last week in the conference-opening matchup of the season.

John Nething II put three team points up on the board for the Jacks, while a win by forfeit for Cord Willers notched the last six team points.

Nething, a 165 pounder, ended the first period of his match against UNI’s John Simon down 0-2 but came back with a two-point near fall in the second period. Simon’s escape late in the second period put the score at 2-3, Simon. Nething notched an escape and a takedown early in the third period to up the score 5-3. Simon tallied an escape but Nething added one last takedown with eight seconds to go for the 7-4 decision win.

Next Up – The wrestlers wrap up January with a road trip to Wyoming Jan. 28 and Air Force and Jan. 29. The matches are set to begin at 7 p.m. Mountain Standard Time and 7:05 p.m. MT, respectively.