#3 St. Cloud State to Host #8 Minnesota State

The MATCH:

Feb. 17 – #8 Minnesota State at #3 St. Cloud State, 7 p.m.

HUSKIES HEADLINERS:

  • #3 St. Cloud State University (18-2, 5-1 NSIC) will complete its 2010-11 regular season on Feb. 17 with a 7 p.m. home match against #8 Minnesota State (9-4, 5-1 NSIC).
  • WATCH ON THE WEB!  The upcoming matches vs. SCSU and Minnesota State can be viewed on the web by going to this website:  http://pennatlantic.com
  • The Feb. 17 match will mark Senior Night for the Huskies.  SCSU wrestlers who will be honored at the match include Westy Hanson, Chad Kubasch, Erik Rogness, Gabe Suarez and John Sundgren.
  • The Huskies now own an 18-2 record this season thanks to a 21-12 victory over #11 ranked Upper Iowa on Feb. 13 in Fayette, Iowa.  The 18 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.  At Upper Iowa, SCSU gained wins by Gabe Suarez (141), Jacob D. Horn (149), John Sundgren (157), Tad Merritt (165), Lucas Munkelwitz (197) 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 30 victories (30-3) 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 (20-8), Jacob R. Horn (23-11). Jacob Kahnke (22-1), Shamus O’Grady (23-7) and Gabe Suarez (21-7).
  • The Huskies have already shattered the team’s dual match point record for a season.  SCSU has 574 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 159 dual match points this winter.  SCSU is allowing just 7.95 points per dual match this season.  The 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).  This marked the first All-America finish for Kahnke, O’Grady and Suarez, while Merritt is now a two-time All-America award winner for the Huskies.  The four All-Americans ties a team record for the Huskies, as SCSU also brought home four NCAA 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.
  • SCSU COACH STEVE COSTANZO: Steve Costanzo is in his 5th season as the Husky head wrestling coach.  Overall, this marks Costanzo’s 12th season as a head college wrestling coach.  He has a career record of 119-53-2 while coaching 98 National Qualifiers, 41 All-Americans, 2 National Champions and 36 NWCA All-Academic recipients.  His record at St. Cloud State now stands at 57-23.  An All-American wrestler at Nebraska-Omaha (1996 graduate), Costanza previously coached at Dana College from 1999 to 2006.  Costanza led Dana to a national title in 2006.

Wrestlers host Utah Valley on senior night

The South Dakota State wrestling team hosts the last dual of the season when the Utah Valley Wolverines travel to Brookings, S.D., to face the Jackrabbits in Western Wrestling Conference action Friday night in Frost Arena. The dual, slated to begin at 7 p.m., also marks the last home match for Jackrabbit senior Kevin Kelly.

The Jackrabbits are 1-12-1 on the season and 0-5 in the WWC. David Michaud and Kevin Kelly tallied wins as the Jackrabbits fell to North Dakota State 43-7 in WWC action last week in Frost Arena.

SDSU’s probable lineup for the final dual of the season includes: open (125 pounds), open (133 pounds), Tyler Johnson (141 pounds), Andrew Youngblom (149 pounds), Nick Flynn (157 pounds), John Nething II (165 pounds), David Michaud (174 pounds), Joe Rasmussen (184 pounds), Cord Willers (197 pounds) and Kevin Kelly (285 pounds).

Jacks by numbers – The eight grapplers on the probable lineup for the matchup against UVU own 48 bout wins.

As a team, the Jacks won 35 matches by fall with the two quickest falls in 32 seconds (Joe Brewster) and 34 seconds (Cord Willers).

David Michaud and Dustin Walraven claim the most wins by fall, both with a 6-0 falls record. Aaron Pickrel follows with a 5-0 falls record.

The Jacks have 69 wins by decision, 21 wins by major decision and six wins by technical fall. The probable lineup for the dual against UVU collectively has 22 wins by decision and eight wins by major decision.

Jackrabbit senior Kevin Kelly – Kevin Kelly came to SDSU after a season of competing for Iowa Central Community College. Kelly placed seventh at 197 pounds at Iowa Central, earning Junior College All-American accolades as a redshirt freshman.

As a sophomore at SDSU, Kelly recorded a 6-11 record, wrestling mainly at 174 pounds for the Jackrabbits.

Last season as a junior, Kelly picked up a 4-1 decision win over fellow heavyweight Joe Arthur at North Dakota State to give the Jacks their first win over the Bison since 1997.

The Oak Lawn, Ill. native finished fourth at last season’s NCAA West Regional after he defeated L.J Helbig of Wyoming by fall in four minutes 59 seconds.

Earlier this season, Kelly secured the Jackrabbit’s win over Wisconsin-Whitewater at the Northwestern Duals with his decision victory over James Zarate. He also picked up a decision win over Conor Sweeney of Bucknell at the Nebraska Triangular in November.  Last week he earned a major decision win over NDSU’s Will Johnson.

Kelly owns a 10-15 record for his senior season, including 2-3 in the Western Wrestling Conference.

This week’s Competition
Utah Valley Wolverines
 – Utah Valley enters the weekend with a 4-3 record overall and 2-1 in the WWC. The Wolverines boast two wrestlers ranked by both Intermat and the NCAA coaches’ panel rankings and Rating Percentage Index (RPI) in Ben Kjar and Flint Ray.

No. 13 (Intermat) Kjar, also ranked 11th on the coaches’ panel ranking, is the all-time career wins leader for UVU with 120 victories. The 125-pounder is 21-4 on the season, including a perfect 7-0 in duals. Last week, he defeated Tyler Spangler of Air Force by fall in just one minute 41 seconds. The win was a milestone for Kjar as he managed to compete his entire collegiate career without losing a home match.

No. 13 Ray, also ranked 13th on the coaches’ panel ranking, owns a 17-2 record on the season. The junior 133-pounder helped the Wolverines to a win over Air Force last week when he pinned Derek Gillespie at the 2:51 mark.

The Wolverines defeated Northern Colorado and Air Force 25-13 and 23-20, repspectively. UVU lost to no. 25 Wyoming 23-15 in WWC action.

Utah Valley’s probable lineup against the Jackrabbits includes: No. 13 Ben Kjar (125 pounds), No. 13 Flint Ray (133 pounds), Justin Morrill (141 pounds), Josh Wilson (149 pounds), Avery Garner (149 pounds), Richard Wagner (157 pounds), Abner Cook (157 pounds), Jeb Clark (165 pounds), Brad Darrington (174 pounds), Casen Eldredge (184 pounds), Trevor Rupp (197 pounds) and Christian Denny (285 pounds).

The Jacks are 1-4-0 against the Wolverines all time.

Wrestlers on Facebook – Fans can show their support for the Jackrabbit wrestlers on Facebook. Log onto Facebook.com/JackrabbitWrestling to keep up with the Jackrabbit grapplers.

Fans can also follow Jackrabbit Athletics on the all new Facebook page by logging onto Facebook.com/SDSU.Jackrabbit.Nation.

Jackrabbit Extra – Subscribers to the Jackrabbit Extra on GoJacks.com can view select SDSU wrestling matches live on the internet. To subscribe to the Jackrabbit Extra, log onto GoJacks.com, select Jackrabbit Extra on the Audio/Video tab and click  “sign up.”

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.

NDSU Dual Recap – The Jacks fell to the North Dakota State 43-7 in Frost Arena Feb. 11, but David Michaud and Kevin Kelly tallied wins against the Bison.

Michaud wrestled through a scoreless first period before putting an escape point on the board against NDSU’s Tyler Wells. An escape by Wells and a takedown by Michaud upped the score 3-1. Michaud pulled out a three-point near fall before winning the match 7-1 with the extra riding-time point. The decision win puts the 174-pounder at 9-6 on the season with a 2-2 WWC record.

Kelly defeated fellow heavyweight Will Johnson by major decision, 18-4. A series of Kelly takedowns and Johnson escapes ended the first period with Kelly up 6-2. Kelly notched another takedown early in the second period and turned it into a three-point near fall. The third period started at 13-3 but Kelly soon put four more points on the board with two takedowns. The riding-time point gave Kelly the 18th point for a major decision victory. Kelly improves to 10-15 on the season and 2-3 in the WWC.

Next Up – The Jacks head to the NCAA West Regional March 6 in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Gophers Take on Iowa Sunday for Dual Meet Title

MINNEAPOLIS — Storylines abound this week as the No. 5 Minnesota wrestling program closes out the regular season at home against Iowa on Sunday at 2 p.m.

Historic Williams Arena will host one of college wrestling’s most anticipated rivalries this weekend as Minnesota and Iowa battle it out for the Big Ten Dual Meet Championship. Iowa (14-0-1 overall, 7-0-0 Big Ten) currently sits in the poll position in the Big Ten standings while Minnesota (15-3-1, 6-0-1) trails ever so slightly and is in a must-win situation in order to dethrone the Hawkeyes.

But taking down the three-time defending national champs won’t be easy. Iowa currently holds a 76-dual unbeaten streak (the Hawkeyes tied Oklahoma State earlier this year to snap a winning streak). Last Sunday’s win over Michigan gave Iowa a tie with Oklahoma State for the longest stretch without a loss in NCAA history. The Cowboys’ streak, however, is a 76-dual winning streak.

Furthermore, the University of Minnesota will honor head wrestling coach J Robinson for his 25 years of service to the program during the Gophers’ dual against Iowa on Sunday. Robinson, a former assistant coach at Iowa, has brought the Gophers’ program to a new level during his tenure including coaching the Gophers to the first three NCAA titles in school history (2001, 2002, 2007). Robinson’s ceremony will precede the dual.

Big Ten Network Coverage
The Big Ten Network will give fans who can’t make it out to see the Gophers live a chance to watch this Sunday’s action. The national sports network will broadcast Sunday’s dual between two nationally ranked rivals on Sunday night at 8:30 p.m. CST and again

Follow the Action
Live results and updates will be made available throughout Sunday on Gophersports.com and the Golden Gopher Wrestling social media sites. Sunday’s dual will also feature a live blog that can be found on Gophersports.com.

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Next Up
Minnesota takes a rare weekend off after hosting Iowa before heading into the championship season. Northwestern will host the Big Ten Championships on March 5-6 before the NCAA championships take place in Philadelphia on March 17-19.

Last Time Out
Minnesota remained unbeaten in its last eight duals when the Gophers topped No. 10 Michigan 21-12 last Friday in Ann Arbor before drawing with No. 3 Penn State at home on Sunday in an 18-18 tie.

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Match of the Meet
Each and every Gopher wrestling match is full of excitement and entertainment, but this weekend one bout stands out among the rest.  Sunday’s 141 lbs. match will feature two of the best in the sport in Minnesota’s Mike Thorn and Iowa’s Montell Marion. Thorn, who leads all Big Ten wrestlers with 32 wins this year, is ranked second in the nation at 141 lbs. by InterMat while his Hawkeyes counterpart sits one spot back at third. And these two know each other well. The duo met three times last year with Thorn holding a 2-1 record against Marion. In their first meeting at National Duals, the Minnesota All-American picked up a pin over the Marion in just 0:42, but the Hawkeyes grappler gained revenge in dual competition when he scored a 15-7 major decision over Thorn on Feb. 14, 2010. But Thorn would get the last laugh in their last meeting, taking down Marion in the Big Ten championships semifinals with a 12-3 major decision in route to Thorn’s first Big Ten title. Now the pair will meet for the first time this year on Sunday afternoon with the Big Ten Dual Meet Championship on the line.

Welcome Back Sonny
All-American Sonny Yohn returned to the Gophers’ lineup for last Sunday’s tie against the Nittany Lions and was part of a 12-6 run in the second half that secured the tie. Yohn’s 10-2 major decision over Nick Ruggear was the redshirt junior’s first action since Dec. 31 when Yohn was injured at the Southern Scuffle. Yohn is 11-2 on the year.

Every Point Counts
Redshirt senior Mike Thorn’s 17-0 technical fall over Randall Languis at 141 lbs. last Saturday was just the latest in a long line of victims for the All-American. With a 31-1 overall record (17-0 in duals), Thorn has scored bonus points in over 65 percent of his matches this season (11 pins, seven major decisions, three technical falls).

Getting the Pin
All-American Mike Thorn cracked Minnesota’s top-ten for career pins earlier this year and currently sits tied with Jacob Volkmann for ninth on the school’s all-time list with 34 career pins. Thorn needs one more fall to take sole possession of ninth and four pins to tie Jason Davids (1994-98) and Mack Reiter (2004-08) for seventh on the Gophers’ list. Jayson Ness (2006-10) ranks first in career pins at Minnesota with 73.

The Road to Philadelphia
Minnesota has fielded one of the toughest schedules in the country in 2010-11 — having already taken on 11 nationally ranked programs with No. 2 Iowa still to go. The Gophers are 7-3-1 against ranked opponents this year while all three losses have come against top-five teams.

Date Rank Opponent Score Result
11/27:  No. 9  Central Michigan 21-17 W
12/05: No. 2  Oklahoma State 16-17 L
12/09: No. 15  Nebraska 26-8 W
01/08: No. 6  Boise State 18-17 W
01/09: No. 1  Cornell 16-20 L
01/09: No. 4  Wisconsin 17-19 L
01/16: No. 13  Iowa State 26-13 W
01/21: No. 23 Purdue 26-15 W
01/23: No. 15 Illinois 25-16 W
01/30: No. 3 Wisconsin 21-15 W
02/13: No. 3 Penn State 18/18 T
02/20: No. 2 Iowa ?/? ?

15 and counting
All-American Zach Sanders has put together 15-straight dual wins dating back to December 9. All but two of those wins went for bonus points as Sanders has tallied two pins, two technical falls and eight major decisions since his last loss. Sanders is 24-2 on the year.

Getting the Pin
All-American Mike Thorn cracked Minnesota’s top-ten for career pins earlier this year and currently sits tied with Jacob Volkmann for ninth on the school’s all-time list with 34 career pins. Thorn needs one more fall to take sole possession of ninth and four pins to tie Jason Davids (1994-98) and Mack Reiter (2004-08) for seventh on the Gophers’ list. Jayson Ness (2006-10) ranks first in career pins at Minnesota with 73.

The Series
Iowa leads the series with Minnesota, 67-24-1, and hold a 31-11-1 advantage in Minneapolis. The Hawkeyes have won the last five meetings, including a 28-9 decision last season in Minneapolis. Minnesota’s last win in the series was Feb.18, 2007, when it posted a 29-13 victory at Carver-Hawkeye Arena in Iowa City.

Big Ten Championships Ahead
The Big Ten Championships will be held Mar. 5-6 at Northwestern University’s Welsh-Ryan Arena in Evanston, IL. Tickets are available from the NU ticket office at 888-GOPURPLE. Fans may request to be seated in a specific school’s designated seating areas. All session tickets are $40 for reserved seats, $36 for adult general admission and $24 for youth general admission. Single session ticket prices are as follows: Session I – $15 for adult general admission and $12 for youth general admission; Session II – $18 for reserved seating, $15 for adult general admission and $12 for youth general admission; Session III – $20 for reserved seating, $18 for adult general admission.

UN-Omaha 22, Augustana 9

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – No. 1-ranked Nebraska-Omaha won seven of 10 matches en route to a 22-9 victory over No. 2 Augustana Wednesday night in front of a record crowd of 2,003 in Sioux Falls, S.D.

UNO improves to 12-1, while Augustana falls to 14-2. The dual marked the end of the regular season for both squads.

Augustana’s 14 dual wins this season ties a school record; the Vikings also collected 14 wins in 2004-05. Both of those campaigns were under Jason Reitmeier.

The Mavericks picked up wins in all matches except for 133, 165 and 197 pounds.

Jason Jeremiason, ranked No. 3 in Division II, immediately went to work at 133 pounds for the Vikings. He topped UNO’s Trent Cox 7-3.

The Mavericks, though, used Mario Morgan as a rebuttal at 141 pounds. No. 1-ranked Morgan snuck past No. 4-ranked Jay Sherer, but not before the defending national champion made it interesting. Sherer trailed by just two points with less than a minute to go, and Morgan was charged a point for stalling. Nothing materialized in the closing moments as Morgan went on to win 5-4.

No. 1-ranked Esai Dominguez pushed the Maverick advantage to 6-3 with his 3-2 win over Nate Herda, ranked No. 5, at 149 pounds.

In a No. 1/No. 3 tilt at 157 pounds, top-ranked George Ivanov edged out a 4-3 decision over Augustana’s Marcus Edgington.

Gavin Nelson cut back into the UNO lead in the ensuing bout; No.4-ranked Nelson logged a 6-3 victory at 165 pounds over Nathan Sigman.

No. 3-ranked Aaron Denson took a 12-3 major decision from the Vikings’ Tom Davies at 184 pounds.

In desperate need of points, the Vikings used an overtime victory by No. 2-ranked Ty Copsey at 174 pounds to trim the deficit to 16-9. Copsey’s takedown of No. 4 Matt Baker at the 37-second mark of the overtime period gave him the sudden victory.

The Mavericks effectively put the contest of out of reach in the heavyweight bout as Taylor Escamilla beat Augustana’s Lance Peters 5-0. The win extended the Maverick lead to 19-9.

UNO’s Josh Keszler closed the dual with a 4-2 overtime victory over Al Meger at 125 pounds.

The Vikings will host the NCAA Super Regional Three Tournament on Feb. 27.  To view the official tournament home page, follow this link:http://www.goaugie.com/sports/2011/1/19/WREST_0119111021.aspx?id=1898

UN-Omaha 22, Augustana 9
125: Josh Keszler (UNO) dec. Al Meger (Augie), 4-2 (SV1)
133: Jason Jeremiason (Augie) dec.Trent Cox (UNO), 7-3
141: Mario Morgan (UNO) dec. Jay Sherer (Augie), 5-4
149: Esai Dominguez (UNO) dec. Nate Herda (Augie), 3-2
157: George Ivanov (UNO) dec. Marcus Edgington (Augie), 4-3
165: Gavin Nelson (Augie) dec. Nathan Sigman (UNO), 6-3
174: Ryan Pankoke (UNO) dec. Carl Serck (Augie), 3-1
184: Aaron Denson (UNO) major dec. Tom Davies (Augie), 12-3
197: Ty Copsey (Augie) dec. Matt Baker (UNO), 3-1 (SV1)
285: Taylor Escamilla (UNO) dec. Lance Peters (Augie), 5-0

Augustana stays No. 2 in national poll

EDMOND, Okla. – Augustana retained its No. 2 position in the final regular season NCAA Division II wrestling rankings released 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.

Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference neighbor St. Cloud State was No. 3 with 144 points.

Seven Vikings were individually ranked.

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.

It will be No. 1 versus No. 2 tonight at Augustana as the No. 2-ranked Vikings (14-1) host No. 1 UNO (11-1) at 7 p.m.

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

Rank  School (State) Points Last Ranking 
1. Nebraska-Omaha  160 1st
2. Augustana (S.D.)  152 2nd
3. St. Cloud State (Minn.)  144 3rd
4. Newberry (S.C.) 136 4th
5. Central Oklahoma  119 5th
6. Pittsburgh-Johnstown (Pa.)  117 6th
7. Grand Canyon (Ariz.)  114 7th
T8. Minnesota State  99 8th
T8. Nebraska-Kearney  99 9th
10. Upper Iowa  89 11th
11. North Carolina-Pembroke 83 10th
12. Ashland (Ohio) 69 12th
13. Western State (Colo.)  68 13th
14. San Francisco State (Calif.)  65 14th
15. Findlay (Ohio)  44 15th
16. Gannon (Pa.) 41 16th
17. Adams State (Colo.)  20 17th
18. Fort Hays State (Kan.)  22 19th
19. Wisconsin-Parkside  15 18th
20. Mercyhurst (Pa.) 12 NR

Others receiving votes: Central Missouri, Colorado School of Mines, Kutztown (Pa.) and Minnesota State-Moorhead.

NCAA Division II Individual Rankings
125 Pounds 
1. Russell Weakley, North Carolina-Pembroke
2. Trevor Franklin, Upper Iowa
3. Corey Ulmer, Minnesota State-Moorhead
4. Andy Forstner, Minnesota State
5. Jose Matos, Gannon (Pa.)
6. Connor McDonald, Newberry (S.C.)
7. Kyle O’Brien, Western State (Colo.)
8. Josh Smith, Nebraska-Kearney
133 Pounds 
1. Todd Wilcox, Grand Canyon (Ariz.)
2. Ryan Link, Pittsburgh-Johnstown
3. Jason Jeremiason, Augustana (S.D.)
4. Kyle Pedretti, Upper Iowa
6. Trison Graham, Central Oklahoma
7. Aldon Isenberg, Fort Hays State (Kan.)
8. Cody Zimmerman, Wisconsin-Parkside
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. Kenny Jordan, Adams State (Colo.)
6. Andre Harrison, Fort Hays State (Kan.)
7. Dalton Jensen, Nebraska-Kearney
8. Gabe Suarez, St. Cloud State (Minn.)
149 Pounds 
1. Esai Dominguez, Nebraska-Omaha
2. T.J. Hepburn, Nebraska-Kearney
3. Nick Walpole, Indianapolis (Ind.)
4. Matthew Thomas, San Francisco State (Calif.)
5. Nate Herda, Augustana (S.D.)
6. Jacob Horn, St. Cloud State (Minn.)
7. Mitchell Means, Fort Hays State (Kan.)
8. John Paukovits, Kutztown (Pa.)
157 Pounds 
1. George Ivanov, Nebraska-Omaha
2. John Sundgren, St. Cloud State (Minn.)
3. Marcus Edgington, Augustana (S.D.)
4. Sean Byrnes, Newberry (S.C.)
5. Cory Dauphin, Central Oklahoma
6. Jordan Shields, Mercyhurst (Pa.)
7. Josh Nolan, San Francisco State
8. Seth Phalen, West Liberty (W.Va.)
165 Pounds 
1. Mike Williams, North Carolina-Pembroke
2. Tad Merritt, St. Cloud State (Minn.)
3. Michael Lybarger, Findlay (Ohio)
4. Gavin Nelson, Augustana (S.D.)
5. Matt Gille, Wisconsin-Parkside
6. Joey Wilson, Nebraska-Kearney
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. Ben Becker, Minnesota State
7. Carl Serck, Augustana (S.D.)
8. Mark Meuller, Upper Iowa
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. A.J. Brentzel, Pittsburgh-Johnstown (Pa.)
6. Aaron Norgren, Minnesota State
7. Ryan Becerra, Grand Canyon (Ariz.)
8. Mitch Schultz, Upper Iowa
197 Pounds 
1. Donovan McMahill, Western State (Colo.)
2. Ty Copsey, Augustana (S.D.)
3. Luke McPeek, Adams State (Colo.)
4. Matt Baker, Nebraska-Omaha
5. Jarrett Edison, Central Oklahoma
6. Lucas Munkelwitz, St. Cloud (Minn.)
7. Pat Mahan, Minnesota State
8. Carl Broghammer, Upper Iowa
285 Pounds 
1. Jacob Kahnke, St. Cloud State (Minn.)
2. Matt Meuleners, Northern State (S.D.)
3. Charlie Alexander, Western State (Colo.)
4. Zach Rosol, Upper Iowa
5. Jacob Southwick, Ashland (Ohio)
6. J.D. Ramsey, West Liberty (W.Va.)
7. Matt Clum, Findlay (Ohio)
8. Brandon Hayes, Central Missouri

Mavericks Remain Eighth in Latest Poll

Four Individual Mavericks Remain Ranked in Respective Classes

Edmond, Okla – The Minnesota State Mavericks remain the eighth-ranked team in the latest NCAA Division II National Wrestling Coaches Association poll.  The Mavericks share the eighth-place ranking with Nebraska-Kearney as Wednesday’s release marks the final released poll of the regular season.

The University of Nebraska-Omaha was the unanimous No. 1 pick as they received all eight first-place votes.  Minnesota State fell to Nebraska-Omaha 22-12 on February 4 which was the last time the Mavericks were defeated.

Along with Nebraska-Omaha, the Mavericks have competed against six teams which are ranked in the top 20 poll and will compete against their seventh this Thursday as they travel to St. Cloud State to take on the No. 3 Huskies.  In these duals, the Mavericks defeated No. 10 Upper Iowa, No. 14 San Francisco State and No. 15 Findlay, while losing to No. 2 Augustana and No. 11 North Carolina-Pembroke.

The Mavericks also maintain four individually ranked wrestlers in the latest version of the rankings.  Each Maverick held their respective position in their individual classes as senior Andy Forstner remains No. 4 in the 125-lb class, senior Ben Becker remains No. 6 in the 174-lbs class, junior Aaron Norgren remains No. 6 in the 184-lb class and junior Pat Mahan remains No. 7 in the 197-lb class.

Minnesota State (9-4, 5-1 NSIC) will take their eighth-place ranking on the road this week for the team’s final dual of the regular season as the Mavericks will compete against No. 3 St. Cloud State (18-2, 5-1 NSIC) for second-place in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference.  Action is slated to begin at 7:00 pm in St. Cloud, Minn.

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

Rank  School (State) Points Last Ranking 
1. Nebraska-Omaha  160 1st
2. Augustana (S.D.)  152 2nd
3. St. Cloud State (Minn.)  144 3rd
4. Newberry (S.C.) 136 4th
5. Central Oklahoma  119 5th
6. Pittsburgh-Johnstown (Pa.)  117 6th
7. Grand Canyon (Ariz.)  114 7th
T8. Minnesota State  99 8th
T8. Nebraska-Kearney  99 9th
10. Upper Iowa  89 11th
11. North Carolina-Pembroke 83 10th
12. Ashland (Ohio) 69 12th
13. Western State (Colo.)  68 13th
14. San Francisco State (Calif.)  65 14th
15. Findlay (Ohio)  44 15th
16. Gannon (Pa.) 41 16th
17. Adams State (Colo.)  20 17th
18. Fort Hays State (Kan.)  22 19th
19. Wisconsin-Parkside  15 18th
20. Mercyhurst (Pa.) 12 NR

Others receiving votes: Central Missouri, Colorado School of Mines, Kutztown (Pa.) and Minnesota State-Moorhead.

NCAA Division II Individual Rankings
125 Pounds 
1. Russell Weakley, North Carolina-Pembroke
2. Trevor Franklin, Upper Iowa
3. Corey Ulmer, Minnesota State-Moorhead
4. Andy Forstner, Minnesota State
5. Jose Matos, Gannon (Pa.)
6. Connor McDonald, Newberry (S.C.)
7. Kyle O’Brien, Western State (Colo.)
8. Josh Smith, Nebraska-Kearney
133 Pounds 
1. Todd Wilcox, Grand Canyon (Ariz.)
2. Ryan Link, Pittsburgh-Johnstown
3. Jason Jeremiason, Augustana (S.D.)
4. Kyle Pedretti, Upper Iowa
6. Trison Graham, Central Oklahoma
7. Aldon Isenberg, Fort Hays State (Kan.)
8. Cody Zimmerman, Wisconsin-Parkside
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. Kenny Jordan, Adams State (Colo.)
6. Andre Harrison, Fort Hays State (Kan.)
7. Dalton Jensen, Nebraska-Kearney
8. Gabe Suarez, St. Cloud State (Minn.)
149 Pounds 
1. Esai Dominguez, Nebraska-Omaha
2. T.J. Hepburn, Nebraska-Kearney
3. Nick Walpole, Indianapolis (Ind.)
4. Matthew Thomas, San Francisco State (Calif.)
5. Nate Herda, Augustana (S.D.)
6. Jacob Horn, St. Cloud State (Minn.)
7. Mitchell Means, Fort Hays State (Kan.)
8. John Paukovits, Kutztown (Pa.)
157 Pounds 
1. George Ivanov, Nebraska-Omaha
2. John Sundgren, St. Cloud State (Minn.)
3. Marcus Edgington, Augustana (S.D.)
4. Sean Byrnes, Newberry (S.C.)
5. Cory Dauphin, Central Oklahoma
6. Jordan Shields, Mercyhurst (Pa.)
7. Josh Nolan, San Francisco State
8. Seth Phalen, West Liberty (W.Va.)
165 Pounds 
1. Mike Williams, North Carolina-Pembroke
2. Tad Merritt, St. Cloud State (Minn.)
3. Michael Lybarger, Findlay (Ohio)
4. Gavin Nelson, Augustana (S.D.)
5. Matt Gille, Wisconsin-Parkside
6. Joey Wilson, Nebraska-Kearney
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. Ben Becker, Minnesota State
7. Carl Serck, Augustana (S.D.)
8. Mark Meuller, Upper Iowa
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. A.J. Brentzel, Pittsburgh-Johnstown (Pa.)
6. Aaron Norgren, Minnesota State
7. Ryan Becerra, Grand Canyon (Ariz.)
8. Mitch Schultz, Upper Iowa
197 Pounds 
1. Donovan McMahill, Western State (Colo.)
2. Ty Copsey, Augustana (S.D.)
3. Luke McPeek, Adams State (Colo.)
4. Matt Baker, Nebraska-Omaha
5. Jarrett Edison, Central Oklahoma
6. Lucas Munkelwitz, St. Cloud (Minn.)
7. Pat Mahan, Minnesota State
8. Carl Broghammer, Upper Iowa
285 Pounds 
1. Jacob Kahnke, St. Cloud State (Minn.)
2. Matt Meuleners, Northern State (S.D.)
3. Charlie Alexander, Western State (Colo.)
4. Zach Rosol, Upper Iowa
5. Jacob Southwick, Ashland (Ohio)
6. J.D. Ramsey, West Liberty (W.Va.)
7. Matt Clum, Findlay (Ohio)
8. Brandon Hayes, Central Missouri

Schneeberger Looks To Settle Unfinished Business

MOORHEAD, Minn. – During the 2009 offseason, the Dragons new era under new head coach Kris Nelson began with a few other new faces, including an unpolished transfer from neighboring NCAA Division-I North Dakota State Brady Schneeberger. By the end of the 2009-10 season, the Dragons had a true champion who has one more step to take in his collegiate career.

Brady came to the Bison after posting 184 career wins at West Central Area High School, including a Class A championship in 2006. As a freshman, Schneeberger posted 12 wins but only competed in five matches as a sophomore. Looking to prove himself Brady jumped the Red River, joining former assistant coach Nelson as new members of the Dragons.

Brady SchneebergerSchneeberger posted an even 17-17 record, including winning eight of his first 10 matches. After hitting a rut following his first Dragon Open as a member of MSUM, Schneeberger caught fire in February, topping it all off with a classic confrontation with then No. 1 ranked Jay Sherer from Augustana.

Schneeberger, given the sixth seed in the regionals, became the only wrestler not given the top seed to become the regional champion by pinning Sherer with 15 seconds remaining in regulation. At the time, it was proof that where someone is at the beginning means nothing in the end.

“Last year was an up and down year for me but heading into the regionals I knew I could match up with everyone,” Schneeberger said. ”I never counted myself out even though a lot of people did.“ The season ended at nationals as Brady came up short, but watching how it all ended fueled the drive with in the regional champion for his last season.

“After watching Jay [Sherer] head to nationals and become national champion after I just beat him really hurt, Schneeberger said. “After that I knew that if he could do it, there is no reason why I can’t make it to the top myself.” Schneeberger once again beat the odds this season, by defeating Jay Sherer once again on the national champions’ home mat.

While knowing he had control of each outcome match in and match out, sitting on the sidelines following an injury sustained at a dual at Mary University was a tougher sight to bear.

“It was really tough on me,” Schneeberger said. “Up until that point I was feeling really good and felt like I was starting to peak then that had to happen. It was really hard to sit on the sidelines and watch all those close duals, knowing I could have been that guy that could’ve made the difference.”

With the region now expanding to 11 teams, the road only got tougher for Schneeberger. The long awaited respect for Schneeberger was shown after he broke into the national rankings, where he currently sits at No. 3 in the nation. Schneeberger is out to prove he belongs as one of the NCAA’s elite. Part of that means going through a gauntlet schedule.

“When you get to nationals you’re wrestling the best every single match,” Schneeberger said. “If you have a weak schedule you’re not going to be prepared for that. I won’t be doubting myself because I’ve gone up against some of the toughest wrestlers in the country.” Part of Brady’s dedication is attributed to his parents, Dean and Gail Schneeberger.

“They’ve been making it to just about every match since I started back in second grade,” Schneeberger said. “Now I’m in my fifth year of college wrestling and they are still right there. I don’t know what they are going to do after this is all over.”

Schneeberger has lead his teammates by a quiet example, but when the post season arrives, his last order of business will be capturing that national championship and once again, silencing his critics.