Augustana 18 St. Cloud State 13

No. 2 Augustana outlasts No. 3 St. Cloud State

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – No. 2 Augustana jumped out to a 12-0 lead and won six matches by decision to defeat No. 3 St. Cloud State 18-13 Thursday evening in a Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference dual in Sioux Falls, S.D.

Augustana, which defeated the Huskies 18-15 in non-conference action earlier this month, moves to 10-1 (4-0 NSIC). SCSU is now 14-2 (1-1 NSIC).

The Vikings are now one of two teams in the NSIC with 4-0 conference marks; the other, Minnesota State, visits the Elmen Center tomorrow at 7 p.m. The Mavericks are ranked No. 7 in Division II.

Augustana wasted little time in front of a crowd of more than 1,000, winning the dual’s first four matches.

Al Meger began with a 6-0 victory over Zach Stewart at 125 pounds, and Jason Jeremiason added to the Viking lead with a 6-4 win against Westy Hanson.

At 141 pounds, Jay Sherer, ranked No. 4 nationally, used a takedown with six seconds left in the overtime period to edge Gabe Suarez 3-1.

No. 8 Nate Herda also picked up a win by sudden victory at 149 pounds. The sophomore knocked off Jacob D. Horn, who is ranked No. 4, with a takedown at the 31-second mark of the overtime period.

The Huskies dispatched No. 5-ranked John Sundgren at 157 pounds to pick up their first victory of the evening. Sundgren used a big first period to notch a 10-3 win over No. 2-ranked Marcus Edgington.

The 165-pound match also featured a pair of nationally ranked wrestlers. No. 2 Tad Merritt picked up a 7-4 victory over Augustana’s Gavin Nelson, ranked No. 6 in the country.

Carl Serck answered for the Vikings at 174 pounds, using two takedowns and a three-point nearfall in the first period to knock off No. 8 Shamus O’Grady 9-2.

Trailing 15-6, SCSU had a chance to significantly close the gap at 184 pounds. The Huskies’ Mic Berg nearly pinned Tom Davies in the first period. Davies, though, fought off the near-pin and worked Berg for the next two periods before dropping the 6-4 decision.

Ty Copsey’s ensuing win at 197 pounds sealed the victory for the Vikings. No. 2-ranked Copsey recorded a 4-0 win by decision over Luke Munkelwitz to put his squad ahead 18-9.

No. 1-ranked Jacob Kahnke closed the dual with a win for SCSU in the heavyweight tilt, beating Lance Peters 16-5.

Head coach Jason Reitmeier said he expected a close contest with the Huskies, whose two losses this season have been to his Vikings.

“It’s going to be tight every time,” said Reitmeier. “We need to find a way to finish matches a little better; we need to distance ourselves. (Our wins) are never going to be major decisions or pins–it’s always going to be dog fight.”

Augustana has now won four straight duals.

Augustana 18, St. Cloud State 13
125: Al Meger (Augie) dec. Zach Stewart (SCSU), 6-0
133: Jason Jeremiason (Augie) dec. Westy Hanson (SCSU), 6-4
141: Jay Sherer (Augie) dec. Gabe Suarez (SCSU), 3-1 (SV1)
149: Nate Herda (Augie) dec. Jacob D. Horn (SCSU), 3-1 (SV1)
157: John Sundgren (SCSU) dec. Marcus Edgington (Augie), 10-3
165: Tad Merritt (SCSU) dec. Gavin Nelson (Augie), 7-4
174: Carl Serck (Augie) dec. Shamus O’Grady (SCSU), 9-2
184: Mic Berg (SCSU) dec. Tom Davies (Augie), 6-4
197: Ty Copsey (Augie) dec. Luke Munkelwitz (SCSU), 4-0
285: Jacob Kahnke (SCSU) major dec. Lance Peters (Augie), 16-5

MSU-Mankato 23 Upper Iowa 13

Seventh-Ranked Mavericks Prevail Against No. 10 Peacocks

No. 7 Ranked Mavericks Hand Peacocks Their First NSIC Loss of the Season

Mankato, Minn. – The No. 7 Minnesota State Mavericks were able to remain unbeaten in NSIC action on Thursday night as they defeated No. 10 Upper Iowa University 23-13 at Bresnan Arena.
The match wouldn’t begin as planned for the Mavericks as they fell behind 7-0 after the first two matches including a loss by the No. 2 ranked senior Andy Forstner who came up one-point short in a 3-2 decision win by the third-ranked Trevor Franklin.

However, the Mavericks would respond quickly as they drew to within one-point on a win by fall courtesy of sophomore Robby Fisher (141-lbs) at the 6:02 mark before taking a 9-7 lead on sophomore Jesse Westphal’s (149-lbs) 6-1 win by decision over Trevor Duke.

After losing the following match at 157-lbs, freshman Brendan Eichmann (165-lbs) won a 5-2 decision over Bryce Lumzy to recapture the 12-10 lead for the Mavericks who were about to go on a win-streak and remain perfect in NSIC action.

Senior Ben Becker, ranked eighth in the 174-lb weight class, gave the Mavericks a six-point lead thanks to his 10-0 major decision win over Wade Gobin.  Becker has now won seven of his last eight matches.

Junior Aaron Norgren (184-lbs) was next to take care of business as the No. 5 ranked grappler won a 8-0 major decision over Mark Mueller giving the Mavericks a 20-10 lead.

The Mavericks would ensure victory in the 197-lb match as junior Pat Mahan defeated the No. 6 ranked Carl Broghammer in a hard fought 4-1 win by decision.

The win marks the fifth-straight win for Minnesota State and propels the Mavericks to 8-2 overall including a 4-0 NSIC record while the loss drops the Peacocks to 3-3 overall and 2-1 in NSIC action.

Minnesota State has a quick turnaround as it travels to Sioux Falls, S.D. tomorrow to take on the No. 2 ranked Augustana Vikings.  The Vikings currently hold a 9-1 overall record and are 3-0 in the NSIC.

Minnesota State 23 Upper Iowa 13
125: #3 Franklin (UI) dec #2 Forstner 3-2
133: #1 Pedretti (UI) md Moore 14-6
141: Fisher (MSU) fall Coronado 6:02
149: Westphal (MSU) dec Duke 6-1
157: Robbins (UI) dec Todd 6-3
165: Eichmann (MSU) dec Lumzy 5-2
174: #8 Becker (MSU) md Gobin 10-0
184: #5 Norgren (MSU) md Mueller 8-0
197: Mahan (MSU) dec #6 Broghammer 4-1
Hwt: #5 Rosol (UI) dec Haynes 8-3

Wrestling Graduate Assistant Position

GRADUATE ASSISTANT: South Dakota State University is accepting applications for a wrestling graduate assistant. Responsibilities include working with all aspects of the wrestling program. In addition to a monthly stipend, 2/3 of tuition is waived. Cover letter, resume and transcripts with three references (include phone numbers) should be sent via email to Jason Liles, Head Wrestling Coach at Applications will be reviewed immediately.

Mustangs Host No. 10 Upper Iowa in NSIC Dual

MARSHALL, Minn. – The Southwest Minnesota State University wrestling team will host No. 10 Upper Iowa University in a Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference dual on Friday night. The match is set to begin at 7 p.m. in the PE Gym on the campus of Southwest Minnesota State.

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Bring on the NSIC: The Mustangs spent two months competing in open tournaments and in duals with non-conference teams before opening the NSIC schedule on Jan. 19.

Peacocks at a glance:
 Upper Iowa enters the dual ranked No. 10 in the NWCA Top 20 Poll. The Peacocks are 2-0 on the season and will wrestle Minnesota State on Thursday night in Mankato. Upper Iowa’s 2-0 dual record was put up against NSIC foes U-Mary and Northern State. The Peacocks defeated the Marauders 34-6 on Jan. 13 before downing Northern State 25-15 on Jan. 16.

The Peacocks have five wrestlers ranked in the top 8 in the latest edition of the individual rankings. Trevor Franklin, third at 125 pounds, Kyle Pedretti, first at 133 pounds, Mitch Schultz, sixth at 184 pounds, Carl Broghammer, sixth at 197 pounds and Zach Rosol, fifth at 285 pounds are ranked in the NWCA individual rankings released on Jan. 19.

Results vs. the Peacocks:
 Southwest Minnesota State is 0-6 all-time against Upper Iowa. The two teams first met during the 1991-92 season. Last season, Upper Iowa took eight of 10 bouts en route to a 35-12 win over the Mustangs on Jan. 29, 2010 in Fayette, Iowa. SMSU’s 12 points came from current Mustang Brian Rodas who won by fall and former Mustang Brandan Schunk who also won by fall.

Volkmann to Sign Autographs Sunday

MINNEAPOLIS — Former Gopher All-American and current Ultimate Fighting Championship competitor Jacob Volkmann will be on hand to sign autographs on Sunday afternoon prior to the fourth-ranked Gophers’ dual against No. 3 Wisconsin.

A three-time All-American at Minnesota, Volkmann remains one of the best wrestler’s to ever don the Gophers singlet. His career record of 127-36-0 and 34 career pins each rank ninth all-time at the school while  Volkmann was an integral part of the first national championship team in Minnesota history. In his first-year on the mat for the Gophers, Volkmann fought his way to a fourth-place finish at the 2001 NCAA Championships as one of 10 All-Americans for the Gophers that year – a feat that had never been accomplished by a team at the national tournament up to that point. Volkmann followed up with a third-place finish at the national championship in 2003 and a fourth-place finish in 2004, the same year he claimed his first Big Ten championship at 165 lbs.

A native of Henning, Minn., Volkmann currently competes in the UFC lightweight division and holds 12-2 mixed martial arts record with a three-bout winning streak. His latest fight was a three-round split decision victory over Antonio McKee on January 1, 2011 at UFC 125: Resolution in Las Vegas.

Sunday’s dual pits two of the top wrestling programs in the nation against each other as the No. 4 Gophers host No. 3 Wisconsin at 2 p.m. at the Sports Pavilion in Minneapolis. The Gophers wrestling team will be signing autographs following the dual.

Cowboys and Falcons await Jackrabbits

The South Dakota State wrestling team hits the road for two more Western Wrestling Conference matches as they travel to Wyoming Friday and Air Force Saturday.

“Wyoming has a very good program right now with a lot of depth and it’s going to be a difficult road trip,” said head coach Jason Liles. “Air Force beat Arizona State a week or so ago, which surprised me but shows they have a lot of balance.”

Aaron Pickrel leads the Jackrabbits with a 6-2 duals record and an 19-7 overall record. Pickrel notched his 19th win against Northern Colrado last week with a win by forfeit. Five of Pickrel’s wins were by fall with the fastest in one minute three seconds.

Nick Flynn, Kevin Kelly and David Michaud come in second for the Jacks with four dual wins this season. Six of Michaud’s eight wins on the season were by fall, with the remaining wins by decsion.

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

This week’s Competition
Wyoming Cowboys
 – Wyoming enters the matchup Friday ranked no. 21 by Intermat and no. 25 by the National Wrestling Coaches Association. The Cowboys own a 7-4 record and a 1-0 record in the Western Wrestling Conference. The Cowboys defeated the Utah Valley Wolverines 23-15 last week in WWC action.

The Cowboys boast four wrestlers ranked by Intermat in no. four Shane Onufer (165 pounds), no. five Joe LeBlanc (184 pounds), no. 18 Michael Martinez (125 pounds) and no. 18 Cole Dallaserra (149 pounds).

LeBlanc, a two-time All-American, was named the WWC Wrestler of the Year last season following a first-place finish at the NCAA West Regional and a fourth-place finish at the 2010 NCAA Championships at 184 pounds. The junior became the first freshman All-American at Wyoming two seasons ago after placing fifth at the 2009 NCAA Championships.

Martinez and Onufer both placed first in their respective weight classes at the West Regional last season, while Dallaserra placed fourth.

Last season, the Jacks fell to the Cowboys 34-9 and have yet to win a dual against Wyoming with an 0-11 record all-time.

Air Force Falcons – Air Force enters the weekend with a 8-2 duals record a ranked no. 45 by Intermat. The Falcons open their conference schedule when they host North Dakota State Friday before going head-to-head with the Jacks.

The Falcons claim one wrestler ranked by Intermat in no. 10 sophomore Cole VonOhlen at 141 pounds. VonOhlen placed second at the 2010 West Regional and ended his freshman season at the NCAA Championshisp. VonOhlen was named WWC Freshman of the Year last season for his performance on the mat during his debut season.

Last season the Jacks dropped the dual against Air Force 23-12 and are 1-6 against the Falcons all-time.

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Last week – The Jackrabbit grapplers battled the Northern Colorado Bears to a 26-21 loss last week in Frost Arena.

Nick Flynn drew the first blood at 157 pounds with his decision win over Tanner Weiks, but it was David Michaud who highlighted the night with his win by fall over Cody McAninch in two minutes 48 seconds.

The pin marked Michaud’s sixth on the season. He improved his record to 8-5 overall and 1-1 in the WWC.

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

Next up – The Jacks take next week off, but host WWC member North Dakota State Feb. 11 at 7 p.m. in Frost Arena. The regular season wraps up the following week when Utah Valley visits Frost Arena.

MSU-Moorhead 45 Sioux Falls 4

No. 20 Dragons Route Sioux Falls Cougars

MOORHEAD, Minn. – The No. 20 Minnesota State University Moorhead Dragons wrestling team continued their home stand with a dual matchup against future NSIC foe Sioux Falls (S.D.) at Alex Nemzek Fieldhouse on Wednesday night. The Dragons made quick work of the Cougars and sent their future conference opponents packing with a 45-4 win.

The Dragons started with the team leader in wins, redshirt junior Corey Ulmer, who came into the dual with 15 wins on the year. Ulmer showed why he has been climbing the national rankings against the Cougars’ Brandon Goodwin.

No. 6 Ulmer worked Goodwin over to lead the match, getting a takedown and racking up a pair of two-point nearfalls and a three-point nearfall. Ulmer gained four more points in the second en route to a 17-1 technical fall at the 3:10 mark to give the Dragons a 5-0 lead.

After a major decision win for Sioux Falls’ Joe Goolsby, Tyler Steinwand bounced back at 149 pounds with a takedown just 35 seconds into the opening period against Tom Thompson. Steinwand worked Thompson onto his back and gained a pinfall at the 2:23 mark of the match to give the Dragons six points.

At 174 pounds Trent Sovde’s trio of takedowns had him out in front early as he took on Tal Bakke. After leading 6-3 heading into the third, Sovde reversed Bakke and finished with an 8-4 win.

At 184 pounds, freshman Kody Kalkbrenner escaped out of a Casey Finnicum takedown and took down Finnicum 24 seconds later and gained a three-point nearfall to lead 5-0. Finnicum was unable to continue into the second match, taking a medical default decision.

In the 197-pound matchup, sophomore Brian Woelfel gained a pair of takedowns but yielded a pair of points to his opponent Shea Klooster by way of a penalty for stalling and an escape.

After Klooster chose the bottom position to begin the second, he gained an escape but was immediately taken down just 14 seconds later. An early takedown in the third period, along with 4:54 of riding time, lead to a 10-4 decision for Woelfel.

Senior Jon Swart had an active match to end the night, battling the Cougars’ Jon Skow in the dual’s finale. Swart took a 2-0 lead into the second by way of a takedown, and began to rack up the points on Skow.

After a quick reversal 15 seconds into the match, Swart began exchanging two-point takedowns with Skow’s one-point escapes to give himself a 10-3 lead heading into the third. Swart finished off Skow in the third with a takedown with only three seconds remaining in the match to put him over the top for a 13-4 major decision.

The No. 20 Dragons 45-4 win brings their record to 4-5 on the season while dropping the Cougars to 0-7. The No. 20 Dragons will go back on the conference schedule as they head to No. 2 ranked St. Cloud State on Sunday. The Dragons return home on Feb. 10 to take on Northern State (S.D.) for the annual John Sterner Endowment Dual.


Ridgewater 23 Rochester 19

January 26, 2011 at Rochester, MN

Ridgewater 23 Rochester CTC 19
125: Lonny Booshu – RW 19-6 over Ethan Loftus – RCTC
133: Nate Friedrich – RW 14-4 over Jered Kemp – RCTC
141: Javior Portillo – RW 20-15 over Cole Tretbar – RCTC
149: Aaron Niles – RCTC 7-5 over Josh Anderson – RW
157: Sam Schad – RCTC fall 1:24 over Luke Aho – RW
165: Theo Jenson-Innis – RCTC 14-5 over Billy Dean – RW
174: Travis Peralta – RW 15-5 over Peter McPhail – RCTC
184: Nick Dahl – RW 8-3 over Ben Dahl – RCTC
197: Aaron Sameulson – RW 6-0 over Andy Godeen – RCTC
Hwt: Mike Iyobhebhe – RCTC fall 4:09 over Dylan Shequen – RW