Augsburg’s Swenson, Good to receive Hall of Fame honors

MINNESOTA CHAPTER — NATIONAL WRESTLING HALL OF FAME

MINNEAPOLIS — Augsburg College alumni Jeff Swenson ’79 and Mike Good ’71 will be honored for their lifetime contributions to wrestling with honors from the Minnesota Chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in April.

Swenson, who served as the Auggies’ head coach for 25 seasons (1980-84, 1986-2007) and is currently Augsburg’s Athletic Director, will be one of five recipients of the chapter’s Lifetime Service Award. Good, a two-time All-American who served as Augsburg’s head coach in the 1971-72 season and now serves as chairman of the Augsburg Board of Regents, will receive the chapter’s Outstanding American Award.

The duo will receive their honors at a banquet on Saturday, April 16 at 4 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Conference Center in Austin, Minn. For ticket information on the banquet, contact Spencer Yohe at 507-495-3123 orsyohe@acegroup.cc.

Jeff Swenson

Swenson has spent nearly his entire adult life as a member of the Augsburg athletic community, first as a three-time All-American wrestler, then as one of the most decorated coaches in NCAA wrestling history, and now as leader of Augsburg’s 20-sport intercollegiate athletics program.

As a wrestler at Augsburg from 1975-79, Swenson produced a 102-17 competitive record, earning NAIA All-American honors three times (1977-78-79) and winning the national title at 167 pounds in 1979. He earned the school’s senior Honor Athlete award in 1979 and was inducted into the school’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 1999.

Under Swenson’s leadership as head coach, Augsburg won 10 NCAA Division III wrestling national titles in a 17-year span. Augsburg also finished second in Division III national competition seven times under Swenson, and finished among the top four teams in national competition 19 seasons in a row. Swenson coached 158 individual All-Americans and 39 individual national champions.

In the classroom during Swenson’s tenure, Augsburg produced 98 National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) Scholar All-Americans, the most of any college in any division in the nation, and eight College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-Americans in wrestling. Over the 10 seasons the NWCA has awarded Division III academic team national championships while Swenson was head coach, Augsburg finished second three times and first once (1998-99).

Swenson, whose teams also won 20 Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference team titles, was named MIAC Coach of the Year 13 times and NWCA National Coach of the Year six times (1983, 1991, 1995, 1998, 2000, 2007). Swenson was inducted into the NCAA Division III Wrestling Coaches Hall of Fame in 2005, the Minnesota Wrestling Coaches Association/David Bartelma Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2004 and the Augsburg Athletic Hall of Fame in 1999. In 2000-01, Swenson was named Lutheran College National Coach of the Year (all sports) from Lutheran Brotherhood, and in 2002, he earned National College Coach of the Year honors (all divisions) from Wrestling USA Magazine.

As an administrator, Swenson has led the Augsburg program since 2001, through a period of unprecedented growth and improvement. In 2007, construction was completed on the new Kennedy Center addition to Si Melby Hall, which includes expanded classroom, meeting and locker room space, along with a new fitness facility and a new wrestling training facility. In 2005, a new SprinTurf surface was installed at Edor Nelson Field, and a new seasonal air-supported dome was installed over the field in the 2006-07 school year.

Mike Good

A three-time MIAC wrestling champion, two-time NAIA All-American and a state high school titlist in his hometown of Fridley, Minn., Good will be honored with the “Outstanding American” award by the Minnesota Chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame. According to the Hall of Fame, the Outstanding American award “demonstrates wrestling’s pride in those who have used the disciplines of the sport to launch notable careers in other walks of life, such as science and technology, business and industry, government and the military, and the arts and humanities.”

Good won MIAC titles in 1968 and 1969 at 130 pounds, while winning the 134-pound conference crown in 1970. In 1969, he earned NAIA national runner-up honors at 130 pounds, and in 1971, he finished fourth nationally at 134 to become the first Auggie wrestler to ever earn two All-American honors. A two-time team captain, Good was named Augsburg’s Senior Honor Athlete in 1971, and was inducted into the Augsburg Athletic Hall of Fame in 1991.

After graduating from Augsburg with a major in sociology and minor in physical education in 1971, Good served as Augsburg’s head coach in the 1971-72 season, finishing with a 14-0-1 dual-meet record, a second-place MIAC team finish and a 10th-place NAIA team national finish with two All-Americans.

Good served as a high school teacher and wrestling coach for five years at Blaine (Minn.) High School, before moving into the real estate industry, where he has worked for more than three decades.

He currently serves as Chief Executive Officer of Southeby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC, a premier provider of luxury residential real estate services. Prior to joining Southeby’s in 2004, he served for seven years as executive vice president and chief operating officer of NRT Incorporated, the largest residential real estate brokerage firm in the United States.

In 2001, Good was named to the Augsburg College Board of Regents, and was elected as the board’s chairman in May 2008.

#3 St. Cloud State Headed to NCAA Regional on Feb. 27

The Tournament:

Feb. 27 – NCAA Division II Super Three Regional @ Sioux Falls, S.D. – 10 a.m.

Regional Website:
http://www.goaugie.com/sports/2011/1/19/WREST_0119111021.aspx?id=1898

HUSKIES HEADLINERS:

  • #3 St. Cloud State University (19-2, 6-1 NSIC) will open postseason action on Feb. 27 with a trip to Sioux Falls, S.D. for the 2011 NCAA Division II Super Region Three tournament.  The tournament will be hosted by Augustana College.  This tournament serves as the qualifier for the upcoming NCAA Division II championships, which will be held on March 11-12 in Kearney, Neb.  The top four wrestlers from each weight bracket at the regional will gain bids to the NCAA nationals.
  • REGIONAL WEBSITE!  For complete information about the upcoming Regional, please check out the Regional Website.  This site provides links to video streaming, stats, ticket information, etc. http://www.goaugie.com/sports/2011/1/19/WREST_0119111021.aspx?id=1898
  • The Huskies completed their dual season on Feb. 17 with a big 25-9 victory over NSIC rival Minnesota State in Halenbeck Hall.  This match was Senior Night, and it featured a salute to the Husky Seniors: Westy Hanson, Chad Kubasch, Erik Rogness, Gabe Suarez and John Sundgren.
  • The 19 wins is a team record for most dual wins in a season for the Huskies.  The old record of 16 wins in a season was set in 1970-71 by the Huskies under the leadership of coach John Oxton.  Against MSU, the Huskies collected important wins from Eric Ellington (133), Gabe Suarez (141), Jacob D. Horn (149), John Sundgren (157), Tad Merritt (165), Shamus O’Grady (174) and Jacob Kahnke (285).
  • The Huskies were ranked #3 in the latest DII Coaches’ Poll behind Nebraska Omaha. Here is a rundown of SCSU’s nationally ranked wrestlers in 2010-11:  Gabe Suarez (#8 at 141-pounds), Jacob D. Horn (#6 at 149-pounds), John Sundgren (#2 at 157-pounds), Tad Merritt (#2 at 165-pounds), Luke Munkelwitz (#6 at 197-pounds) and Jake Kahnke (#1 at 285-pounds).  The poll was released on Feb. 16.
  • Junior Tad Merritt continues to lead the Huskies this season with 31 victories (31-3) and 12 pins. Merritt is ranked #2 in the nation. Of note, the team record for wins in a season is 38.
  • SCSU grapplers in the 20 win club this winter include Jacob D. Horn (21-8), Jacob R. Horn (23-11). Jacob Kahnke (23-1), Shamus O’Grady (24-7) and Gabe Suarez (22-7).
  • The Huskies have already shattered the team’s dual match point record for a season.  SCSU has 599 points in dual matches this season, which breaks the old team record of 515 points set in 2009-10.  In contrast, SCSU has allowed only 164 dual match points this winter.  SCSU set a team record by allowing just 7.81 points per dual match this season.  The old team record of 8.06 points allowed per dual match was set in 1963-64.
  • SCSU placed 3rd at the 2011 NWCA Division II National Duals on Jan. 8-9.  The third place finish is the best in team history for the Huskies at the DII National Duals.
  • The St. Cloud State University wrestling team (14-7, 5-2 NSIC/3rd) captured 7th place at the 2010 NCAA Division II wrestling championships on March 12-13, in Omaha, Neb.  This marks the Huskies best NCAA finish since capturing 7th place in 1983.  This also marked the best finish for the Huskies at the NCAA tournament since Steve Costanzo took over as head coach in 2006-07.  This marked the 8th time since 1975 that SCSU has charted a top-10 place at the NCAA championships.  The 7th place finish is the best ever for the Huskies at the NCAA DII level. SCSU placed eighth at the nationals in 2009, 1986 and 1976.  SCSU also placed third at nationals during the 1963 and 1965 seasons as an NAIA affiliate.
  • The Huskies qualified 8 wrestlers for the NCAA championships in 2010.  SCSU wrestlers earning All-America status at the meet were Jacob Kahnke (4th place at 285), Tad Merritt (5th place at 165), Shamus O’Grady (6th place at 174) and Gabe Suarez (8th place at 141).  The 4 All-Americans ties a team record for the Huskies, as SCSU also brought home 4 All-America honors in 1983 and 1975.
  • The Huskies will have two major targets on the wrestling room wall this season.  First up is the 2011 NCAA Regional championships on Feb. 27 in Sioux Falls, S.D.  This tournament serves as a qualifier for the other big date – March 11-12, which is the 2011 NCAA DII championships.

It’s all the same – A focused tournament mind

By Mark Schwab

Mindset for major competitions

Dominant: Teams and individuals that win state and national tournaments consistently.

Fade: Teams or individuals that want the season over. They want to be the best, but settle on mediocrity. They have no plan in place to peak. Their practice room and lifestyle habits are not conducive to consistent winning. Improper weight management could be a problem, but the main factor is their mental state. Fear carries more authority than belief.

Peak: Teams and individuals that understand a superior person is able to focus. Focus allows mastery of your environment.

Lack of belief is detrimental. Wasting time looking ahead and overanalyzing the past is hurtful to consistent performance. There are times when we question our readiness to compete by magnifying our opponents’ abilities and minimizing our own. Athletes often create imagined obstacles that hinder their potential.

Tournaments, ideally, are what you look toward all season. Use major competitions as a reward. Let other competitors work mental numbers on themselves. Let the competition become filled with anxiety and doubt. Let them compete with a mental parking brake on. Let the competition deal with the weight of doubt. Let the competition question and wear themselves out with non-stop mental games.

Much like physical training, there are mental training skills. Improving your mental skills should be part of your overall program. Many athletes experience mental struggles but do little to change their state of mind. Many hope on game day everything will work itself out.

Our thoughts can be cunning, but they provide evidence that shows up in our performance.

Our thinking, a never ending internal conversation, will always be with us; it is how our minds work. There is always something on our mind. What occupies your mind is important. You can rehearse victory or you can court defeat. Overcoming defeat is a battle you can win, but you have to challenge yourself and you must give up comfort.

The daily battle is always between what you should do and what you actually do. Win these battles. The more persistent the fight, the more likely the victory. A plan of action makes a difference.

As major tournaments approach, many athletes tighten up, hold back, or shut down. They refrain from what produced past victories. They stay safe, overanalyze, and wait; waiting is a trap.

You are still in control during major competition.  Nothing changes. You are still competing under the same rules and the same principles. Nothing has changed except your thinking. And since you control your thinking, you hold the key. What will you allow to speak loudest? You have been good before, and you can be good again.

The athlete who deals with pressure will triumph. A venue does not change you. Nothing changes except what you allow. It is responsibility on your part. Responsibility is a choice and an opportunity to grow, not a burden.

It is natural to be nervous; you can perform with nerves. Be in the moment. Do not fear something you have done consistently well. Relax, take a deep breath, and focus.

It is either you or your opponent. Your responsibility is to tilt the odds in your favor through daily preparation. Since your competition is training like you are, you have to invest more. Maybe it is working harder and longer, but maybe it is working smarter and understanding that you will function at an optimal level when the body and mind are in unison.

We create fear and doubt, but we also possess courage and belief. Both exist in our minds. They do not live in harmony so you have to choose. It takes work, but never confuse difficult with impossible. Eliminating doubt is a battle you can win. You will get what you think about consistently.

Hold nothing back, and compete to win. Performance is not random; it is related to your thoughts and expectations. Somebody who is not supposed to win will excel.  Someone who is supposed to excel will falter. The determining factor is focus and consistency.

How to grow confidence and have a focused tournament mind

  • Awareness of your thoughts. Identify situations where negative self-talk occurs. Interrupt the negative and replace with positive. (Keep this simple). If you learn to manage your self-talk, you can manage your performance.
  • Make a decision that you are going to be committed to building your confidence.
  • Focus is crucial.
  • Body language indicates attitude and attitude dictates behavior. Maintain strong and positive body language.
  • Only concern yourself with the controllable.
  • Build success into your training.
  • Set practice room goals that focus on specific behaviors.
  • Manage your breathing. By slowing your breathing you conserve energy, in control of your movements and function at a higher level. Take a deep breath; breathe in confidence and strength; breathe out doubt and fatigue.
  • Play your strengths. Train your weaknesses.
  • Basics win.
  • Analyze during practice and training. Simplicity during competition.
  • Consistent pre-competition behaviors provide consistent performance results.
  • A win is never certain and a loss is never final. Stay focused!

About Mark Schwab
Mark Schwab spent nine years as assistant coach at the University of Minnesota, helping the program to seven top-three finishes and two NCAA championships. He is currently an assistant coach at the University of Northern Iowa. 

NCAA Division I Wrestling Qualifier Allocations

Final Coaches’ Panel Rankings and Final RPI announced for 2011 Championships

INDIANAPOLIS— The NCAA has announced the qualifier allocations for the 2011 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships as listed in the chart below.

Each qualifying tournament was awarded spots per weight class based on current year data. Each wrestler was measured on the following: Division I winning percentage; rating percentage index (RPI); and coaches ranking.

For each wrestler that reached the threshold in at least two of the three categories, his qualifying tournament was awarded a qualifying spot in that weight class.  Each qualifying tournament was awarded a minimum of one wrestler per weight class, which will go to the tournament champion, even if they did not have any wrestlers reach at least two of the three thresholds.  NCAA tournament spots for each qualifying event will be awarded at the tournament based solely on place-finish.

After all of the qualifying events have concluded, the NCAA Division I Wrestling Committee will meet in-person to select the remaining 48 at-large qualifiers, which will be announced on March 9. All weight classes will consist of 33 wrestlers.  The at-large selections will be made based on the following criteria: head-to-head competition; qualifying event placement; quality wins; results against common opponents; winning percentage; RPI; coaches ranking and the number of matches contested at that weight class.

Conference

125

133

141

149

157

165

174

184

197

285

Total

Atlantic Coast Conference

2

1

3

2

3

2

2

3

2

1

21

Big 12 Conference

3

4

4

1

1

5

3

4

4

4

33

Big Ten Conference

5

8

6

8

6

5

8

6

6

6

64

Colonial Athletic Association

2

3

1

2

1

3

2

1

1

1

17

East Regional

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

10

Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association

5

3

5

5

5

4

5

4

5

4

45

Eastern Wrestling League

2

2

2

2

3

2

1

3

2

1

20

Mid-American Conference

1

2

1

1

3

1

2

1

2

4

18

Pacific-10 Conference

4

3

2

2

3

1

3

1

4

3

26

Southern Conference

1

1

1

1

1

2

1

2

1

2

13

West Regional

2

1

2

2

2

1

1

2

1

1

15

TOTAL QUALIFIERS

28

29

28

27

29

27

29

28

29

28

282

Final Coaches Panel Rankings  |  Final RPI  |  Division I Wrestling Championship Information

A full description of the entire selection process in the 2011 Division I Wrestling Championships Handbook which is available at NCAA.org.

Mustang Wrestling Set for Super Regional Three Tournament

SUPER REGIONAL THREE TOURNAMENT WEBSITE

MARSHALL, Minn. – The Southwest Minnesota State wrestling team (8-4-1, 3-4 NSIC) begins postseason competition on Sunday, competing in the NCAA Super Regional Three Championships hosted by No. 2 Augustana in the Elmen Center in Sioux Falls, S.D. Action is set to begin at 10 a.m.

Last time out: Southwest Minnesota State won back-to-back NSIC dual meets last week earning a 24-12 win over the University of Mary on Thursday night before downing Northern State 23-15 on their home mat on Friday night.

Super Regional Three:
 Sunday’s regional tournament is one of four tournaments that will take place prior to the NCAA Championships. A wrestler must finish in the top-four of their weight class to advance to the national tournament, which will be hosted by Nebraska-Kearney on March 11-12.

2010 Regional:
 Southwest Minnesota State finished sixth in the final teams standings of the regional tournament last season earning 53.5 points in the team standings. Augustana won the tournament with 120.5 points. The Mustangs qualified three wrestlers for the NCAA Championships last season.

Brandan Schunk qualified at 141 pounds, CD Johnson at 184 pounds and Brian Rodas at 285 pounds. Johnson lost his opening-round bout before making his way through the wrestlebacks to finish fourth at 184 pounds. Rodas picked up two falls in the regional tournament last season finishing in fourth at 285 pounds. Demond Carter nearly qualified for the national tournament at 149 pounds, losing the fourth-place contest.

Expanded field: The number of teams competing in the Super Regional Three tournament championships has expanded from years past. The region once was just teams from the NSIC; before realignment added Wisconsin-Parkside, Indianapolis, and Newman (Kan.) to this years’ field of teams.

Stiff competition: The Super Regional Three tournament features four nationally ranked teams. All four of which are ranked in the top-10 in the country. Host Augustana is ranked No. 2 in the country, followed by No. 3 St. Cloud State, No. 8 Minnesota State and No. 10 Upper Iowa. 31 individual wrestlers are ranked in the top-8 of their respective weight classes.

Dual contests: Head coach Jesse Nelson led Southwest Minnesota State to its most NSIC wins since the 2000-01 season. SMSU’s three conference wins on the season marks its highest total in NSIC duals since the 2000-01 season when SMSU?finished 12-8 overall and 3-0 in the NSIC winning the conference championship. This season’s win total also marked the highest of number of conference wins for Nelson’s career. The Mustangs have improved their record from the previous season every since 2007 under the direction of Jesse Nelson.

Veteran Presence: Senior CD Johnson (184 pounds) finds himself in unfamiliar territory heading into the Super Regional tournament. Johnson has lost two consecutive matches in NSIC action last week. The senior lost a 6-4 decision against Brady Anderson of U-Mary before being pinned for just the second time this season by Cale Cornemann of Northern State. Johnson is 23-14 heading into postseason competition.

In the record books: CD Johnson currently ranks 15th all-time at SMSU in career wins. Johnson has compiled a 75-78-career record in four seasons as a Mustang. Randy Dorn is the all-time leader in wins at SMSU finishing his career 123-37 from 1987-91.

Rodas Rules: Junior Brian Rodas (285 pounds) is now 8-2 on the season after losing just his second match of the season last Friday. Rodas lost a 3-1 decision to Matthew Meuleners of Northern State. His only losses came in close contests, losing his first of the season 2-1 to Jon Swart of MSU Moorhead in extra time. Rodas has won five of his eight decisions this season by fall.

The reign of Reinsma: Redshirt freshman Justin Reinsma (133 pounds) continues to tear through the 133-pound weight class. Reinsma extended his record to 25-10 on the season by earning two wins last week. The 133-pounder won a 14-0 major decision over Ryan Swelland of U-Mary before edging Ian Muirhead in a 7-5 decision at Northern State. Reinsma has won 13 decisions on the season while picking up seven wins by pin. Reinsma’s major decision on Thursday night was the fourth of the season.

Mustang lineup:
Wt.    Wrestler
125    Travis Borchert (11-12)
133    Justin Reinsma (25-10)
141    Ethan Hildebrandt (17-11)
149    Demond Carter (6-6)
157    Casey Field (10-16)
165    William Fate (8-6)
174    Zach Coates (12-7)
184    CD Johnson (23-14)
197    Martin Hagen (11-12)
285    Brian Rodas (8-2)

20-plus club: CD Johnson and Justin Reinsma were the first two Mustangs this season to reach the 20-win plateau. Johnson currently owns a record of 23-14 while Reinsma sits at 25-10.

Winning tradition: Southwest Minnesota State’s eight wins on the season mark the highest number of wins in a single season since the 2002-03 season when SMSU finished 10-9-2 overall and 1-2 in NSIC contests.

History lesson: SMSU’s 18-3 record in 1978-79 marks the highest win total in by a Mustang wrestling team in school history.

Vikings set for Super Regional Three

SUPER REGIONAL THREE CHAMPIONSHIP

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Viking lineup: 

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

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

Date
Ranking
Oct. 213rd
Dec. 83rd
Jan. 43rd
Jan. 22nd
Feb. 32nd
Feb. 162nd

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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