SCSU’s Kahnke Earns NSIC Wrestler of the Week

St. Cloud State University sophomore Jacob Kahnke (Shakopee/Prior Lake H.S.) was named the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference wrestler of the week on Feb. 7.

Jacob KahnkeKahnke, the #1 ranked NCAA Division II heavyweight in the nation, improved to 21-1 with a pair of victories on Feb. 4-5 for the #3 ranked St. Cloud State Huskies (17-2).

Kahnke opened his weekend on February 4 with a quality 5-4 decision over #2 ranked Matt Meuleners of Northern State. Kahnke’s big win at 285-pounds helped the Huskies gain a 39-0 shutout against the Wolves at Halenbeck Hall.

To complete the weekend, Kahnke post a 4:32 pinfall against the University of Mary’s Austin Woo. This was Kahnke’s third pin of the season and it helped the Huskies gain a 40-3 win over Mary.

This marks the second time this season that Kahnke has been named NSIC Wrestler of the Week.

The Huskies will continue their 2010-11 season on Feb. 13 with a road match at #11 Upper Iowa in Fayette, Iowa.  Husky wrestling fans should mark Feb. 17 on their calendars, as SCSU will finish its 2010-11 dual season with a 7 p.m. home match against #8 Minnesota State.   This match will mark Senior Day at Halenbeck Hall.

As always, all SCSU students with a valid student ID card will be admitted FREE to all regular season Husky wrestling matches in 2010-11.

No. 2 Augustana hosts No. 11 Upper Iowa on Friday


This week: No. 2 Augustana (13-1, 6-0 NSIC) returns to the Elmen Center on Friday to host No. 11 Upper Iowa (4-3, 3-1 NSIC) at 7 p.m. in its final Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference dual of the season.

Last time out: Augustana collected two wins last week, topping Dakota Wesleyan 45-0 on Thursday and beating NSIC-neighbor Southwest Minnesota State 27-6 on Friday.  The Vikings picked up two wins by technical fall and two by major decision to roll past the Tigers.  Augustana won seven straight contests and jumped ahead to a 23-0 lead before taking down the Mustangs.

Conference title:  The Vikings can lock up the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference title with a win over Upper Iowa on Friday.  Augustana is the lone team in the NSIC left with a spotless conference record.  The NSIC crown would be the first for an Augustana wrestling team.  The Vikings finished fourth in 2008-09 and second in 2009-10.  A title would be the third overall conference championship for Augustana, which won the North Central Conference in 1981 and 2005.

A look back:  Not only will Friday’s dual with Upper Iowa have heavy implications for the conference race, it will also be an opportunity for the Vikings to avenge a late-season loss from 2009-10 that has been haunting Augustana for a year.  When the two teams met on Feb. 7, 2010, both teams were 5-0 in NSIC action, meaning the winning team was likely to lock up the conference crown.  The Pacocks managed a 19-18 victory after an usual chain of events late in the dual.  To read about last year’s contest, click here.

Nationally ranked opponents:  Friday will be Augustana’s fifth match this season against a nationally ranked opponent.  The Vikings are 4-1 against nationally ranked teams and 2-0 against them at home.  Augustana has beat No. 7/No. 8 Minnesota State twice and No. 2/No. 3 St. Cloud State twice.  The Vikings’ only loss to a nationally ranked program–and their only overall loss–was to No. 1 Nebraska-Omaha.

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

Date Wrestler
Nov. 29 Cody Lensing
Jan. 10 Jason Jeremiason
Jan. 31 Ty Copsey

Neutral site:  The Vikings’ lone loss the season came at a neutral site when No. 1-ranked Nebraska-Omaha edged Augustana 17-15 at the NWCA National Duals in Cedar Falls, Iowa.  The Vikings are 5-0 at home and 3-0 on the road in 2010-11.

By the numbers:  Augustana’s 13-1 record has included its fair share of one-sided wins this season.  The Vikings have pitched shutouts three times and held opponents to just six points six times.  Augustana has outscored its opponents 415-98 this season.

A chance at history:  The Vikings have an opportunity to post the most dual victories by a squad in school history if they win out the rest of the season.  Augustana has two duals left, and a win in each would give the Vikings 15 for the season, breaking the previous record of 14.  Augustana reached 14 wins during the 2004-05 season–also under the guidance of head coach Jason Reitmeier.

Viking lineup: 

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

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

National news: Augustana retained its No. 2 ranking in the latest NCAA Division II wrestling rankings released Feb. 3 by the National Wrestling Coaches Association. The Vikings accumulated 150 points and had six individuals ranked.  Nebraska-Omaha held on to the No. 1 position, earning 158 points and eight first-place votes. The Mavericks have held the top spot all season. St. Cloud State received the other two first-place votes and 148 points to be ranked third.

Oct. 21 3rd
Dec. 8 3rd
Jan. 4 3rd
Jan. 2 2nd
Feb. 3 2nd

Who’s ranked: The Vikings had six individuals ranked in the latest NCAA Division II rankings. Ty Copsey collected the highest individual ranking for the Vikings, checking in at No. 2 at 197 pounds.  Marcus Edgington was No. 3 at 157 pounds, while Jay Sherer and Gavin Nelsonwere No. 4 at 141 and 165 pounds, respectively.  Nate Herda took the No. 6 spot at 149 pounds, and Carl Serck was No. 7 at 174 pounds.  To view the latest rankings, click here.

Northern Sun rankings:  Augustana is ranked No. 1 in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference.  The Vikings accumulated 57 points in the conference. Nate Herda was the top pick at 149 pounds, while Ty Copsey was also No. 1 at 197 pounds.  Jason Jeremiason (133 pounds), Jay Sherer (141 pounds), Marcus Edgington (157 pounds), Gavin Nelson (165 pounds) and Carl Serck (174 pounds) were all in No. 2 spots.  Al Meger (125 pounds) and Lance Peters (285 pounds) were both No. 5 at their respective weights, while Tom Davies was No. 7 at 184 pounds.

Regionally speaking:  The Vikings are No. 2 in Super Regional Three after earning 48 points in the rankings released Feb. 1. Ty Copsey (197 pounds) was the lone Viking to take a top spot regionally. Jay Sherer (141 pounds), Nate Herda (149 pounds), Marcus Edgington (157 pounds) and Gavin Nelson (165 pounds) were all ranked second.  Jason Jeremiason (133 pounds) and Carl Serck (174 pounds) checked in at No. 3, Al Meger (125 pounds) and Lance Peters (285 pounds) at No. 5 and Tom Davies (184 pounds) at No. 7.

Welcome to the Elmen:  The 2011 Super Regional Three Wrestling Championship will be hosted by Augustana on Feb. 27 in the Elmen Center.  To learn more about this year’s tournament, click here.

Dragons Set For Final Road Dual

MOORHEAD, Minn. – The Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference will welcome two teams in the conference in 2012-13, Sioux Falls (S.D.) and Minot State (N.D.). The Dragons dispatched the Cougars 45-4 on Jan. 26 and now head to Minot State to face the Beavers on Tuesday night.

The Dragons started their final road trip of the season with a contest at Southwest Minnesota State on Saturday. Tyler Kivel got the Dragons off and running at 165 pounds but the Mustangs caught fire, getting three straight major decisions to open a sizable lead.

The Dragons bounced back with a close win by Jon Swart, yet again in sudden victory, and also by 125-pounder Corey Ulmer who gained his seventh major decision on the year, improving his record to 19-4. The Dragons fell at 133 and 141 pounds, which sealed the win that survived a late Dragons’ rally, as the Mustangs pulled off the upset 18-16 at home.

The Beavers have faced neighboring U-Mary Marauders, knocking off Mary by a final of 24-18. The Beavers currently hold a 5-3 record in duals so far this season. After starting out 2-0, the Beavers went 3-1 at the Ridgewater Quad with wins over Itasca Community College, Minnesota West CTC and St. Johns.

The last two duals have not been as kind to the Beavers who were handled by Dickinson State (N.D.) 6-41 and followed that up with a 9-34 loss at the hands of Jamestown College whom the Dragons beat 35-3. The Dragons lead the all-time series with Minot State 4-0-1.

SDSU’s Pickrel wins North Country Open, Walraven second

North Country Open

COLLEGEVILLE, Minn. – Aaron Pickrel and Dustin Walraven tallied top finishes for the South Dakota State wrestling team Saturday in the North Country Open, hosted by Saint John’s University in Collegeville, Minn.

No. one seed Pickrel went 4-0 at the tournament to win the 125-pound weight class. He defeated his opponents 52-12, including two wins by decision, one major decision and a technical fall.

No. two seed Walraven went 4-1 in the 149-pound division to place second. Walraven won his first match by fall in 51 seconds against Alex Stepanek of Concordia Nebraska. He went on to win his next match by medical forfeit. He defeated the no. seven seed by technical fall 28-7 in 5:12 before beating the no. three seed by fall 4:47. He dropped the championship match to no. one seed Myanganbayar Batsukh of St. John’s 20-4.

The Jackrabbits return to Frost Arena Friday to host North Dakota State at 7 p.m.

Augsburg 17, UW-La Crosse 17

MINNEAPOLIS — With each team claiming wins in five bouts, Augsburg College and University of Wisconsin-La Crosse scored a 17-17 tie in a battle of two of the top teams in NCAA Division III wrestling on Sunday afternoon at Si Melby Hall.

Augsburg (7-5-1 overall) is ranked No. 3 in the latest Division III national poll, while Wisconsin-La Crosse (10-3-1) is ranked No. 2. The draw is the first in the all-time series between the teams, which Augsburg now leads 6-2-1.

The teams split the two battles of ranked wrestlers. At 149 pounds, Augsburg’s No. 3-ranked Tony Valek (JR, Belle Plaine, Minn./Scott West) took advantage of riding the Eagles’ No. 6-ranked Matt Mauseth (SR, Rochester, Minn./Mayo HS) for the entire second period, then claimed a reversal in the third period to score a 3-0 win. Valek collected 3:46 of riding time to score the win, improving to 25-4 on the season.

At 174, Wisconsin-La Crosse’s top-ranked Mike Schmitz (JR, Stewartville, Minn.) scored a reversal with 19 seconds left in the third period to score a 5-3 win over Augsburg’s No. 2-ranked Zach Molitor (SR, Cambridge, Minn./Cambridge-Isanti HS). Tied at 1-1 in the third period, Schmitz took a 3-1 lead with a takedown with 1:02 left, but Molitor scored a reversal with 49 seconds left to tie the match, before Schmitz was able to get his bout-deciding reversal.

Augsburg collected two major-decisions early in the dual, as No. 2-ranked Jared Massey (SR, Circle Pines, Minn./Centennial HS) improved to 7-1 with a 10-2 win at 197 pounds, and No. 5-ranked Josh Roberts (SO, Grand Forks, N.D./Central HS) collected two takedowns, a three-point near-fall and 3:23 of riding time to score a 9-0 win at 125.

But the Eagles also collected major decisions in back-to-back matches, as No. 5-ranked Adam Sheley (SO, Geneseo, Ill.) scored a 12-3 win over Augsburg’s Boyd Suparat (SO, North Branch, Minn.) at 133, and top-ranked Bebeto Yewah (JR, Lansing, Mich./Sexton HS) claimed a 20-7 win over Will Keeter (FY, Twin Falls, Idaho) at 141.

Augsburg’s Orlando Ponce (JR, Hialeah, Fla./Hialeah-Miami Lakes HS), ranked No. 5 at 165 pounds, moved down to 157 and scored an 11-4 victory, using four takedowns and 2:02 of riding time to score the win.

In the final bout of the day, Augsburg’s Brad Baus (JR, Mukwonago, Wis.), ranked No. 6 at 184, scored a 5-0 victory over Wisconsin-La Crosse’s Tony Piechowski (FY, Maplewood, Minn./North St. Paul HS).

Wisconsin-La Crosse’s other wins came from heavyweight Billy Mayer (SO, Eden, Wis./Campbellsport, Wis.), who scored a 10-4 decision over Pat Fletcher (JR, Shelton, Neb.); and JR Lewis (SO, Greenfield, Wis.), who edged Jon Priess (SO, Waconia, Minn.) 2-1 at 165 on a technical-violation point with 34 seconds left in the third period.

Augsburg returns to action next Saturday (2/12) at 9 a.m., competing at the Wisconsin-Eau Claire Invitational. Wisconsin-La Crosse also has its next competition against Wisconsin-Eau Claire, with a dual meet on Thursday (2/10) in La Crosse.

No. 3 Augsburg (Minn., 7-5-1) 17, No. 2 Wisconsin-La Crosse (10-3-1) 17
Sunday, February 6, 2011 – Si Melby Hall, Minneapolis, Minn.
Action begins at 197 pounds.
Time of match: 1:55.
Attendance: 263.
Official: Bryan Kelvington.

#3 Augsburg 17, #2 UW-La Crosse 17
197 — No. 2 Jared Massey (AUG, 8-1) maj. dec. Vinnie Pedretti (UWL, 9-6) 10-2 (Augsburg 4-0)
Hwt — 
No. 9 Billy Mayer (UWL, 15-7) dec. Pat Fletcher (AUG, 14-5) 10-4 (Augsburg 4-3)
125 —
 No. 5 Josh Roberts (AUG, 17-6) maj. dec. Matt Cole (UWL, 7-13) 9-0 (Augsburg 8-3)
133 —
 No. 5 Adam Sheley (UWL, 21-4) maj. dec. Boyd Suparat (AUG, 17-11) 12-3 (Augsburg 8-7)
141 —
 No. 1 Bebeto Yewah (UWL, 21-1) maj. dec. Will Keeter (AUG, 19-15) 20-7 (UW-La Crosse 11-8)
149 —
 No. 3 Tony Valek (AUG, 25-4) dec. No. 6 Matt Mauseth (UWL, 18-9) 3-0 (TIED 11-11)
157 —
 No. 5 (165) Orlando Ponce (AUG, 21-5) dec. Brady Schrupp (UWL, 9-3) 11-4 (Augsburg 14-11)
165 —
 JR Lewis (UWL, 14-9) dec. Jon Priess (AUG, 12-18) 2-1 (TIED 14-14)
174 —
 No. 1 Mike Schmitz (UWL, 18-5) dec. No. 2 Zach Molitor (AUG, 20-3) 5-3 (UW-La Crosse 17-14)
184 —
 No. 6 Brad Baus (AUG, 23-7) dec. Tony Piechowski (UWL, 9-14) 5-0 (TIED 17-17)

Six Gophers Earn Titles at North Country Open

North Country Open

COLLEGEVILLE, MINN. – Six members of the fourth-ranked Minnesota wrestling team earned individual titles on Saturday, wrestling at the 2011 North Country Open in Collegeville, Minn.

Redshirt freshman Jake Kettler earned the heavyweight title after going 4-0 in the event. Kettler opened the tournament with a 13-3 major decision over Carter Ash (SMSU) and a pair of decisions over Andrew Peralta (MSU-Moorhead) (3-0) and Nikolas Bogojevic (Aug) (3-2) before scoring a fall at 4:52 of the championship bout over Gerad Fugleberg (MSU-Moorhead).

True freshman Scott Schiller also was perfect in Collegeville on Saturday, going 4-0 to win the 197 lbs. bracket. Schiller scored a pair of technical falls in his first two matches (20-4 over Dylan Shequan and 18-2 over Zecharia Schiley) and then pinned Jacob Morris at 4:30 in the semifinal matchup. The freshman added a 9-8 decision over St. John’s Tony Willaert, the No. 1 seed in the tournament, to win the individual title.

Another Gophers true freshman added the 184 lbs. title as Joel Bauman picked up five wins on Saturday. Bauman opened with an 11-5 decision over Alex Kratkramer of Augsburg and then added two major decisions to reach the semifinals. The freshman outscored Erik Rogness (SCSU) 13-5 in his second-round match and then came out ahead against Cody Pahan 10-2. Bauman would defeat Todd Beck (WC) 11-7 in the semifinals and lock up the title with a 7-2 decision over Mitchell Hagan of St. John’s.

Redshirt junior Brian Peterson earned the 157 lbs. championship with a 4-0 performance including a pair of falls in the preliminary rounds. Peterson opened the competition with an 11-0 major decision over Michael Roth (STO) and followed up with his first pin of the day at 6:35 over Garrett Bothun (CC). The redshirt junior would also pin Matthew Vercillo (WC) at 6:59 in his third match of the day before scoring two decisions in the semifinals and finals (6-4 over Justin Skillings of STO and 5-3 over Brandon Seppelt of St. John’s, respectively).

Seth Lange, a freshman for the Gophers, added the 141 lbs. title to his list of accolades. Lange opened the day with a 3-2 decision over Matt Leibforth of St. Cloud State before pinning Michael Orange of Augsburg at 4:13 of his second match. The freshman would tally a 13-4 major decision over Nathan Vaske of WC in the semifinals and finally record a 20-9 major decision over Ryan Timmerman of STO in the finals to secure the title. Redshirt freshman Tom Giaimo would finish fourth in the 141 lbs. bracket with a 4-2 record.

The sixth individual champion for the Gophers at this year’s North Country Open was sophomore Thane Antczak, who picked up four wins to capture the 133 lbs. title. Antczak started the tournament out hot with a pin over James Woiwor of St. John’s at 2:07. He would go on to secure a 6-3 decision over Nathan Lexvold of Augsburg and a 13-4 major decision over Adam Joseph before winning the bracket on a default.