#3 Huskies to Face #2 Augustana in Sioux Falls on Jan. 27

The Matches:

Jan. 27 – #3 SCSU at #2 Augustana, 7 p.m.
Jan. 30 – Minnesota State, Moorhead at #3 SCSU, 2 p.m. – ALUMNI DAY


  • #3 St. Cloud State University (14-1) will match up against #2 ranked Augustana on Jan. 27, in Sioux Falls, S.D. This match between these two Division II titans will take place at 7 p.m. The Huskies will be looking to avenge an 18-15 loss to Augustana at the NWCA Duals on Jan. 9 in Cedar Falls, Iowa…SCSU will complete the weekend with its first home dual match of the season on Jan. 30 against Minnesota State Moorhead. The match in Halenbeck Hall will begin at 2 p.m. and it has been designated as SCSU Wrestling Alumni Day. All former SCSU wrestlers are invited to come back for this event, which will include a post-match social in downtown St. Cloud. Call Coach Costanzo at 320-308-2996 for more details.
  • WATCH ON THE WEB! The upcoming match at #2 Augustana will be available for free viewing on the web at this location:http://www.GoAugie.com/webcast

  • In one of SCSU’s biggest wins during the Steve Costanzo era, the Huskies posted a thrilling 19-18 win at #1 Nebraska Omaha on Jan. 21. Eric Ellington at 133-pounds scored a final match pin at 3:42 to secure the needed points to upset the Mavs. Jacob Kahnke (285-pounds) and Tad Merritt (165-pounds) scored wins for the Huskies in the dual, while 125-pounder Zach Stewart added six big points thanks to a UNO forfeit. 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. This was the first victory for the Huskies over UNO since a 23-16 win over the Mavs on Jan. 16, 1999.
  • SCSU completed its road trip on Jan. 22 with a 32-8 victory at Southwest Minnesota State.
  • 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: Jacob D. Horn (#4 at 149-pounds), John Sundgren (#5 at 157-pounds), Tad Merritt (#2 at 165-pounds), Shamus O’Grady (#7 at 174-pounds), and Jake Kahnke (#1 at 285-pounds). The poll was released on Jan. 19.
  • Junior Tad Merritt continues to lead the Huskies this season with 25 victories (25-3) and 11 pins. Merritt is ranked #2 in the nation.
  • At 285-pounds, #1 ranked Jake Kahnke scored a 5-3 win over #8 ranked Taylor Escamilla at the UNO dual on Jan. 21. Kahnke is 17-1 this season for SCSU.
  • 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.

Minnesota 21 Illinois 16

The No. 5 Minnesota wrestling program completed a weekend sweep over a pair of ranked opponents, topping No. 15 Illinois 21-16 on Sunday after beating Purdue on Friday night. The Gophers earned wins from Tony Nelson (HWT), Zach Sanders (125),  Mike Thorn (141), Cody Yohn (165), Scott Glasser (174) and Kevin Steinhaus (184).

Tony Nelson started the day off right for Minnesota with a 7-0 decision over Patrick Walker in the heavyweight match, and Zach Sanders followed up with a six-minute pin on Logan Arlis in the 125 lbs. match to give the Gophers a 9-0 lead after the opening two matches. The Illini would take six points in the 133 lbs. match when No. 7 Bernard Futrell scored a pin over David Thorn, but Mike Thorn would answer right back with a 9-4 win over Daryl Thomas in the 141 lbs. match to remain unbeaten in duals this season.

Illinois would pick up seven points in the middle weights however to take a 13-12 lead. No. 14 Eric Terrazas scored a 5-2 decision over Danny Zilverberg in the 149 lbs. match and Jackson Morse followed with an 11-2 major decision over Joe Grygelko in the 157 lbs. match.

But the Illini’s lead would be short lived as the Gophers would go on to take the next three matches to lock up the dual. Cody Yohn recorded a 1-0 decision over Conrad Polz at 165 lbs. and Scott Glasser and Kevin Steinhaus followed suit with decisions of their own over Benjamin Friedl at 174 lbs. (7-4) and Tony Dallago at 184 lbs. (4-0, respectively. The three-match swing put Minnesota up 21-13 and a 6-4 decision for Joseph Barczak over Joe Nord would give Minnesota a win with a final score of 21-16.

The Gophers return to action next Sunday in a matchup of top-five programs. The fifth-ranked Gophers will host Big Ten rival and No. 4 Wisconsin at the Sports Pavilion a week from today at 2 p.m. CST.

No. 5 Minnesota at. No. 15 Illinois

Sunday, January 23, 2011 at Champaign, Ill.

Minnesota 21 Illinois 16
285: No. 9 Tony Nelson (MINN) dec. Patrick Walker (ILL) 7-0
125: No. 5 Zach Sanders (MINN) fall Logan Arlis (ILL) 6:00
133: No. 7 Bernard Futrell (ILL) fall David Thorn (MINN) 2:53
141: No. 2 Mike Thorn (MINN) dec. Daryl Thomas (ILL) 9-4
149: No. 14 Eric Terrazas (ILL) dec. Danny Zilverberg (MINN) 5-2
157: Jackson Morse (ILL) maj. Joe Grygelko (MINN) 11-2
165: Cody Yohn (MINN) dec. Conrad Polz (ILL) 1-0
174: No. 8 Scott Glasser (MINN) dec. Benjamin Friedl (ILL) 7-4
184: No. 9 Kevin Steinhaus (MINN) dec. Tony Dallago (ILL) 4-0
197: Joseph Barczak (ILL) dec. Joe Nord (MINN) 6-4

North Dakota State 25 Northern Colorado 12

FARGO, N.D. – The North Dakota State wrestling team claimed its first Western Wrestling Conference win of the season with a 25-12 victory over Northern Colorado in front of 353 fans at the Bison Sports Arena Sunday, Jan. 23. The Bison improve to 7-2 overall and 1-1 in the WWC while Northern Colorado falls to 1-7 overall and 1-1 in the WWC.

Senior Kenny Moenkedick gave the Bison an early 6-0 lead at 184 pounds after UNC forfeited the weight class. The Bears won the next two bouts at 197 pounds and heavyweight by decision to tie the team score at 6-6. In the 197 match, Nick Bayer claimed a 12-5 win over junior Drew Ross. Sophomore Will Johnson made his season debut at heavyweight, but fell to UNC’s Eric Brennan, 8-7 after Brennan scored a takedown with 28 seconds remaining.

At 125 pounds, sophomore Trent Sprenkle shut out Sam Bauer, 12-0, for his sixth straight win. Sprenkle tallied three near falls in the major decision victory. UNC responded with a shutout of its own at 133 pounds as Casey Cruz claimed a 5-0 decision over Justin Solberg.

Redshirt freshman Trevor Johnson extended NDSU’s lead to 16-9 at 141 pounds after another UNC forfeit. At 149 pounds, sophomore Mark Erickson took on No. 10 Justin Gaethje. Erickson kept it close with Gaethje through the first two periods with the score tied at 5-5 going into the third. Gaethje clinched the 11-5 win with a takedown and three point near fall as time expired.

The Bison won the final three bouts of the day by decision. At 157 pounds, senior Vince Salminen tallied two takedowns and a two point near fall in an 8-2 decision over Tanner Weiks.

Junior Tyler Johnson’s 9-3 decision over Brandon Kammerzell at 165 pounds clinched the match victory for the Bison. Johnson earned three takedowns and a reversal in the first two periods and only allowed an escape in the final period to cement his win.

In the day’s final bout, sophomore Mac Stoll rejoined the starting lineup at 174 pounds after missing out on last week’s clash with UNI. Stoll wasted no time getting on the board as he tallied a takedown and two point near fall in the first period en route to a 7-1 win.

The Bison now travel west to take on Air Force Friday, Jan. 28 and No. 25 Wyoming on Sunday, Jan. 30 in conference action.

North Dakota State 25, Northern Colorado 12
184: Kenny Moenkedick (NDSU) wins by forfeit
197: Nick Bayer (UNC) dec. Drew Ross (NDSU), 12-5
Hwt: Eric Brennan (UNC) dec. Will Johnson (NDSU), 8-7
125: No. 17 Trent Sprenkle (NDSU) maj. dec. Sam Bauer (UNC), 12-0
133: Casey Cruz (UNC) dec. Justin Solberg (NDSU), 5-0
141: Trevor Johnson (NDSU) win by forfeit
149: No. 10 Justin Gaethje (UNC) dec. Mark Erickson (NDSU), 11-5
157: Vince Salminen (NDSU) dec. Tanner Weiks (UNC), 8-2
165: Tyler Johnson (NDSU) dec. Brandon Kammerzell (UNC), 9-3
174: Mac Stoll (NDSU) dec. Cody McAninch (UNC), 7-1

St. Cloud State 32 Southwest Minnesota State 8

#3 Huskies Continue Winning Ways With 32-8 Victory at SMSU

Marshall, Minn. – The #3 ranked St. Cloud State University wrestling team (14-1) continued its success in 2010-11 with a 32-8 victory at NSIC rival Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall on Jan. 22.

SCSU’s Dylan Wright opened the night with a 4-2 OT decision over SMSU’s Travis Borchert to give the Huskies a 3-0 lead. At 133-pounds, SCSU’s Westy Hanson gained a 4-1 win over SMSU’s Justin Reinsma to push the score to 6-0.

At 141-pounds, #7 Gabe Suarez added a 14-5 major decision win over SMSU’s Justin Reinsma to make it 10-0. The victories continued at 149-pounds as Jacob R. Horn chalked up a 9-6 winover Kyle Anderson of SMSU.

At 157-pounds, SCSU’s Josh Joriman posted a 10-0 major decision win over SMSU’s Kyle Anderson that gave the Huskies a big 17-0 lead.

SCSU iced the match with forfeit win at 165-pounds by #2 ranked Tad Merritt. In action at 174-pounds, #6 Shamus O’Grady added a 4:23 pin over SMSU’s Billy Fate to make the tally 29-0. The Mustangs’ CD Johnson posted a 15-0 tech fall win over SCSU’s Mic Berg but SCSU charged back at 197-pounds ith a 5-2 win by Luke Munkelwitz over Martin Hagen of SMSU.

In the final bout of the night, SMSU’s Brian Rodas gained a 5-1 decision win over SCSU’s Chris Brassell.

SCSU will return to action on Jan. 27 with a 7 p.m. match at NSIC rival Augustana. The Huskies will return to Halenbeck Hall on Jan. 30 for a 2 p.m. dual against MSU Moorhead. This match has been designated as SCSU Wrestling Alumni Day. Please call the Wrestling Office at 320-308-2996 for all the details on this exciting event. All former SCSU Wrestlers are encourage to attend this match.

St. Cloud State 32, Southwest Minnesota State 8
125: Dylan Wright (SCSU) def. Travis Borchert 4-2 decision OT (SCSU leads 3-0)
133: Westy Hanson (SCSU) def. Justin Reinsma 4-1 decision (SCSU leads 6-0)
141: #7 Gabe Suarez def. Ethan Hildebrandt 14-5 major decision (SCSU leads 10-0)
149: Jacob R. Horn def. Kyle Anderson 9-6 decision (SCSU leads 13-0)
157: Josh Jorniman def. Casey Field 10-0 major decision (SCSU leads 17-0)
165: #2 Tad Merritt by forfeit (SCSU leads 23-0)
174: #6 Shamus O’Grady def. Billy Fate by fall at 4:23 (SCSU leads 29-0)
184: CD Johnson def. #5 Mic Berg by technical fall 15-0 (SCSU leads 29-5)
197: Luke Munkelwitz def. Martin Hagen 5-2 decision (SCSU leads 32-5)
285: Brian Rodas def. Chris Brassell 5-1 decision (SCSU leads 32-8)