SJU Travels to St. Olaf Tonight

Saint John’s travels to face St. Olaf for a 7 p.m. dual tonight in Northfield.

A LOOK AT THE JOHNNIES: The Johnnies (11-4 dual record) look to rebound from their first two-dual losing streak of the season following last Friday’s 24-12 loss to No. 2 (Division II) St. Cloud State. SCSU’s Zach Stewart started the dual with a 20-5 technical fall of junior Scott Padrnos(Brainerd, Minn.) to give the Huskies a 5-0 lead. The result could have been a lot different, however, as Padrnos nearly pinned Stewart in the first period. Down 2-0, Padrnos scored a reversal, then put Stewart on his back for nearly 15 seconds but could not get the pin called. Stewart then scored a reversal following the three-point near fall and went on to score 16 consecutive points. Junior Chad Henle (Spicer, Minn./New London-Spicer) cut the deficit to 5-3 with a 5-2 decision at 133 pounds. Senior #Minga# Batsukh (Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia/St. Benedict’s Prep, N.J.) brought the dual to within three points again with an 11-8 win at 149 lbs. Batsukh is currently ranked fourth in Division III. The Huskies grew their lead to 12-6 with a pair of wins from ranked wrestlers at 157 and 165. The Johnnies bounced back with a pair of wins of their own at 174 and 184; the dual’s two matches in which both wrestlers were nationally-ranked. Junior Matt Pfarr (Le Sueur, Minn./Le Sueur-Henderson), the fourth-ranked wrestler in Division III, upset No. 6 (Division II) Shamus O’Grady by a 6-5 margin. Fellow junior Dustin Baxter (Fairbanks, Alaska/West Valley), the seventh-ranked wrestler in Division III, followed with a convincing 7-2 upset of No. 5 (Division II) Mic Berg to cut the Huskies’ lead to 16-12. SCSU sealed the dual victory with a decision at 197 pounds and added a technical fall at heavyweight.

A LOOK AT THE OLES: St. Olaf picked up three second-place finishes and a third-place nod at the Central (Iowa) Invitational last Saturday. The Oles’ Ryan Timmerman (141; 17-6 record), Joey Waples (165; 13-3 record) and Andrew Rudd (184; 12-4 record) each finished as the runner-up in their respective weight classes, while Joe Schlueter was third at 197 (10-6 record). Timmerman lost a 12-4 decision in the final while Waples dropped a 6-3 match in his championship bout. Collin Jergenson is also 12-4 at 174 pounds.

WINNING STREAK: Going back to the 1990-91 season, SJU is 17-0 against St. Olaf and has outscored the Oles 669-180 during that span.

LAST YEAR’S DUAL: Then-No. 5 Saint John’s posted two pins and three major decisions en route to a 39-3 win over the Oles on Dec. 8, 2009, in Collegeville. Sophomores Jay Woiwor (Becker, Minn.) and Cody Goldschmidt (Waconia, Minn./BOLD) recorded back-to-back major decisions at 141 and 149, respectively, to make it 17-0 in favor of SJU. The Johnnies’ lone setback of the night was a 6-4 loss at 157.

125 – Trenton Seck (SJU) wins by forfeit [6-0]
133 – Mogi Baatar (No. 3, SJU) dec. Ryan Timmerman (STO), 10-4 [9-0]
141 – Jay Woiwor (SJU) major dec. Tom Mork (STO), 17-7 [13-0]
149 – Cody Goldschmidt (SJU) major dec. Leo Juarez (STO), 13-4 [17-0]
157 – Joey Waples (STO) dec. John Vaith (SJU), 6-4 [17-3]
165 – Kyle Glynn (SJU) pinned Mike Roth (STO), 2:04 [23-3]
174 – Matt Pfarr (SJU) major dec. Collin Jergenson (STO), 16-5 [27-3]
184 – Dustin Raygor (SJU) dec. Andrew Rudd (STO), 8-3 [30-3]
197 – Mitch Hagen (SJU) pinned James Noneman (STO), 2:30 [36-3]
Hwt – Tony Willaert (SJU) dec. Dustin Heiser (STO), 8-1 [39-3]

Bison’s Salminen, Sprenkle in First Edition of NCAA Coaches’ Rankings

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – North Dakota State Senior Vince Salminen is ranked No. 18 at 157 pounds and sophomore Trent Sprenkle is tied for No. 18 at 125 pounds in the first edition of the NCAA Division I Coaches’ Panel Rankings announced today by the NCAA.

Wrestlers in each weight class will be measured by winning percentage, rating percentage index (RPI) and coaches’ rankings to earn spots for the 2011 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships. The coaches’ rankings are compiled by a vote of coaches across the nation. The final rankings will be one of the tools used as part of the selection process to determine the qualifiers for the 2011 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships.  Overall, 14 wrestlers from the Western Wrestling Conference were ranked in the first edition.

Salminen is 28-5 overall and 7-1 in duals this season.  He is ranked No. 19 by both and D1 College Wrestling.  He is No. 18 in the latest WIN poll.

Sprenkle has a 24-6 overall record and a 7-1 mark in duals.  He is ranked No. 17 by InterMat, No. 19 by, No. 16 by WIN and No. 23 by D1 College Wrestling.

The Bison are back in action Sunday, Jan. 23 hosting Northern Colorado at 1 p.m. at the Bison Sports Arena.

#3 St. Cloud State to Face #1 Nebraska Omaha on Jan. 21

The Matches:
Jan. 21 – #3 SCSU at #1 Nebraska Omaha, 7 p.m.
Jan. 22 – #3 SCSU at Southwest Minnesota State, 7 p.m.

Huskies Headliners:

  • #3 St. Cloud State University (12-1) will battle #1 ranked Nebraska Omaha at 7 p.m. on Jan. 21 in Omaha, Neb. SCSU will complete the weekend with a trip to Southwest Minnesota State at 7 p.m. on Jan. 22.
  • WATCH ON THE WEB! The upcoming match at #1 Nebraska Omaha on Jan. 21 will be available for free viewing on the web at this location:
  • 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.
  • St. Cloud State posted a 37-6 win at UW-Eau Claire on Jan. 15, and the Huskies also gained a 24-12 win at #6 St. John’s University on Jan. 14. Luke Munkelwitz enjoyed a strong weekend for the Huskies with a major decision win over UW-EC’s Luke Ortscheid and a 10-3 win over #10 ranked Tony Willaert of SJU at 197-pounds. Munkelwitz is now 12-3 on the season for the Huskies.
  • Junior Tad Merritt continues to lead the Huskies this season with 23 victories (23-3) and 11 pins. Merritt is ranked #2 in the nation. Of note, SCSU has 76 pins as a team this season.
  • SCSU is 280-154 in individual matches this season. The team individual match winning rate is an impressive 64.5% this winter.
  • At 285-pounds, Jake Kahnke held on to his #1 ranking this winter with a win against SJU. Kahnke now owns a 16-1 record this year. He is slated to meet up with #8 ranked Taylor Escamilla at the UNO dual on Jan. 21.
  • SCSU has 13 wrestlers with double-digit win totals this winter. Merritt leads the group with 23 wins, while Shamus O’Grady (174-pounds) has 19 wins this winter and Jacob D. Horn (149-pounds) has 17 wins in 2010-11.
  • Mark Jan. 30 on your calendars as the Huskies will return to Halenbeck Hall on that date for a 2 p.m. date against Minnesota State, Moorhead. The match has been designated as SCSU Wrestling Alumni Day with a special alumni reception to follow the match. Interested Alumni should contact Coach Costanzo at 320-308-2996 for more information on this event.
  • 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.

NCAA Releases Wrestling Coaches’ Panel Rankings

INDIANAPOLIS — The NCAA released the first of three coaches’ panel rankings for the 2010-11 wrestling season on Thursday. The final rankings will be one of the tools used as part of the selection process to determine the qualifiers for the 2011 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships.

Wrestlers in each weight class will be measured by winning percentage, rating percentage index (RPI) and coaches’ rankings to earn spots for the 2011 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships. The coaches’ rankings are compiled by a vote of coaches across the nation. Each qualifying tournament has five coaches rank the top 33 wrestlers in two weight classes. For ranking purposes, coaches must select a wrestler as a starter at a designated weight class. In addition, coaches may only select one wrestler per weight class.

The top-ranked wrestlers at each weight class in the inaugural rankings are: Brandon Precin, Northwestern (125 pounds); Jordan Oliver, Oklahoma State (133 pounds); Kellen Russell, Michigan (141 pounds); Kyle Dake, Cornell (149 pounds); Steve Fittery, American (157 pounds); Jordan Burroughs, Nebraska (165 pounds); Jonathan Reader, Iowa State (174 pounds); Kirk Smith, Boise State (184 pounds); Cam Simaz, Cornell (197 pounds) and Zachery Rey, Lehigh (Heavyweight).

Full rankings of each weight class (pdf)

MSU-Mankato 19 MSU-Moorhead 18

Late Wins Propel Mavericks to Victory

Becker, Norgren and Mahan Earn Late-Match Victories to Complete Comeback

Moorhead, Minn. – The Minnesota State Mavericks were able to survive their first NSIC road dual of the year as they came back to defeat Minnesota State Moorhead 19-18 on Thursday night in Moorhead, Minn.

Trailing 15-7 after the duals first six matches, the Mavericks would win three of the final four matches to comeback and down the Dragons as they improve to 3-0 in NSIC action.

Senior Ben Becker, ranked eighth in the 174-lb weight class, would spark the Mavericks comeback with a 9-5 win by decision over Trent Sovde before MSU would even the match at 15-15 with a 21-4 tech fall win by junior Aaron Norgren. The fifth-ranked Norgren won the 184-lb match at the 6:47 mark.

The 197-lb match would prove to be the deciding match of the night as junior Pat Mahan gave the Mavericks their first lead of the evening earning a four-point major decision win defeating Brian Woelfel 8-0.

The Dragons would win the final match of the night as Jon Swart defeated freshman Nate Haynes by a 7-2 decision but would fall one-point short as the Mavericks escaped with the 19-18 victory.

Two other Mavericks earned wins on the night as freshman Paul Norgren won the 141-lb match with a 7-5 decision over Robert Otterness and sophomore Jesse Westphal won the 149-lb match with a 7-0 major decision win over Tyler Steinwand.

The win gives the Mavericks a 7-2 overall record while they advance to a perfect 3-0 in the NSIC. The loss drops the Dragons to 3-5 overall and 1-2 in NSIC action.

Minnesota State will be back in action on January 27th as they return home to face NSIC opponent Upper Iowa. The dual is scheduled to start at 7:00 p.m. at Bresnan Arena on the campus of Minnesota State.

MSU-Mankato 19 MSU-Moorhead 18

Wt Class Name School Opponent Name Opponent School Result WinType Score
125 Corey Ulmer Moorhead Forstner, Andy Mankato W MD 8 – 0
133 Evan Forde Moorhead Moore, Skyler Mankato W MD 14 – 3
141 Robert Otterness Moorhead Norgren, Paul Mankato L DEC 5 – 7
149 Tyler Steinwand Moorhead Westphal, Jesse Mankato L MD 0 – 8
157 Tallen Wald Moorhead Hahn, Derek Mankato W DEC 4 – 0
165 Tyler Kivel Moorhead Todd, Tel Mankato W MD 13 – 2
174 Trent Sovde Moorhead Becker, Ben Mankato L DEC 5 – 9
184 Jacob Mclean Moorhead Norgren, Aaron Mankato L TF5 4 – 21 (6:47)
197 Brian Woelfel Moorhead Mahan, Pat Mankato L MD 0 – 8
285 Jon Swart Moorhead Haynes, Nathan Mankato W DEC 7 – 2

UN-Omaha 21 Augsburg 12

UNO tops Augsburg 21-12

OMAHA, Neb. – Claiming six victories in the match, the University of Nebraska-Omaha scored a 21-12 victory over visiting Augsburg College in a meeting of defending small-college wrestling national champions on Thursday evening at the Sapp Fieldhouse.

Nebraska-Omaha, the defending NCAA Division II national champion, improved to 5-0 on the season with six wins, including a key injury default win at 141 pounds that gave the Mavericks the team lead. Augsburg (5-3 in dual meets) is the defending NCAA Division III national champion and current No. 3-ranked team in the division.

In the biggest win for the Auggies on the night, No. 3-ranked Tony Valek (JR, Belle Plaine, Minn./Scott West) scored a 3-2 win over UNO’s top-ranked Esai Dominguez at 149 pounds. In the top position to start the second period, Valek rode Dominguez for the entire two minutes, eventually claiming a 1:39 riding-time advantage for the bout-deciding bonus point. Valek is now 22-2 on the season.

At 197, No. 3-ranked Jared Massey (SR, Circle Pines, Minn./Centennial HS) improved to 7-0 on the season for the Auggies with a 6-5 win over UNO’s Matt Baker, ranked No. 8 in Division II. Tied at 4-4, Massey scored the eventual bout-winning takedown with 35 seconds left in the third period, and after Baker escaped, Massey claimed the 6-5 victory.

At 165, Augsburg’s No. 2-ranked Orlando Ponce (JR, Hialeah, Fla./Hialeah-Miami Lakes HS) improved to 10-2 on the season with a 4-1 win over UNO’s Nathan Sigman, using takedowns in the first and third periods to provide the margin of victory.

Josh Roberts (SO, Grand Forks, N.D./Central HS), ranked No. 5 in Division III, opened the match for the Auggies with an 11-5 win over UNO’s Cody Tyler, using two takedowns, a reversal, a two-point near-fall and 3:15 of riding time to secure the bout win.

One of the key moments in the match came at 141 pounds, as UNO’s No. 2-ranked Mario Morgan claimed an injury-default win over Augsburg’s No. 10-ranked Cody Hansen (SO, Albert Lea, Minn.) early in the second period. The default gave the Mavericks six team points and a 9-3 lead after three bouts.

The Mavericks claimed two other victories in battles of ranked wrestlers, as No. 3-ranked Ryan Pankoke scored a 5-2 win over No. 2-ranked Zach Molitor (SR, Cambridge, Minn./Cambridge-Isanti HS) at 174, and No. 4-ranked Aaron Denson scored an 8-3 win over No. 6-ranked Brad Baus (JR, Mukwonago, Wis.) at 184.

At 133, Augsburg’s Boyd Suparat (SO, North Branch, Minn.) suffered a 10-4 loss to Trent Cox. At 157, Jon Priess (SO, Waconia, Minn.) was edged 5-2 by top-ranked George Ivanov, and at heavyweight, Niko Bogojevic (FY, Superior, Wis.) was topped 4-0 by No. 5-ranked Taylor Escamilla.

Augsburg’s White Team (junior varsity) competes at the Iowa Lakes Community College Laker Open on Saturday (1/22), and the varsity returns to action on Friday, Jan. 28 at 4 p.m. with a quadrangular meet against Concorda-Moorhead, St. John’s and St. Olaf in Perham, Minn.

No. 1 (D-II) Nebraska-Omaha (5-0) 21, No. 3 (D-III) Augsburg (5-3) 12
125 – No. 5 Josh Roberts (AUG, 14-4) dec. Cody Tyler (UNO, 20-12) 11-5 (Augsburg 3-0)
133 – Trent Cox (UNO, 15-4) dec. Boyd Suparat (AUG, 15-8) 10-4 (TIED 3-3)
141 – No. 2 Mario Morgan (UNO, 16-4) inj. def. No. 10 Cody Hansen (AUG, 15-6) (UNO 9-3)
149 – No. 3 Tony Valek (AUG, 22-2) dec. No. 1 Esai Dominguez (UNO, 24-3) 3-2 (UNO 9-6)
157 – No. 1 George Ivanov (UNO, 18-3) dec. Jon Priess (AUG, 12-14) 5-2 (UNO 12-6)
165 – No. 2 Orlando Ponce (AUG, 10-2) dec. Nathan Sigman (UNO, 18-17) 4-1 (UNO 12-9)
174 – No. 3 Ryan Pankoke (UNO, 27-2) dec. No. 2 Zach Molitor (AUG, 12-2) 5-2 (UNO 15-9)
184 – No. 4 Aaron Denson (UNO, 17-5) dec. No. 6 Brad Baus (AUG, 20-5) 8-3 (UNO 18-9)
197 – No. 2 Jared Massey (AUG, 7-0) dec. No. 8 Matt Baker (UNO) 6-5 (UNO 18-12)
HWT – No. 5 Taylor Escamilla (UNO, 24-10) dec. Niko Bogojevic (AUG, 21-6) 5-0 (UNO 21-12)

Augustana 32 Northern State 6

No. 2 Augustana beats Northern State

ABERDEEN, S.D. – No. 2 Augustana had three wins by major decision and another by technical fall as the Vikings cruised to a 32-6 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference victory over Northern State Thursday night in Aberdeen, S.D.

Augustana moves to 8-1 (2-0 NSIC), while NSU drops to 3-4 (0-3 NSIC).

Action began at 174 pounds; the Vikings broke away from a 6-6 tie and won the dual’s final six matches.

Carl Serck’s 8-3 victory over Chad Gibson at 174 pounds opened the dual, but NSU immediately answered at 184 pounds after Cale Corneman edged Tom Davies in a 3-1 decision.

A Viking win by decision from Ty Copsey at 197 pounds gave Augustana a 6-3 advantage. NSU’s Matthew Mueleners checked in with a 4-0 win by decision over Lance Peters in the heavyweight bout to knot the contest at 6-6.

From there, the Vikings would roll.

NSU left 125 pounds open. Cody Lensing earned a 14-4 major decision against NSU’s Ian Muirhead at 133 pounds, and Jay Sherer followed with a 5-3 win by decision over Benton Crow at 141 pounds.

Chism Fink used seven takedowns in his 149-pound match to collect a 16-6 major decision, while Marcus Edgington followed suite at 157 pounds, notching five takedowns en route to a 12-3 win by major decision.

Gavin Nelson ended his 165-pound match early, beating the Wolves’ Neil Sell by technical fall in 5:32.

Augustana travels to Bismarck, N.D., tomorrow to battle U-Mary at 7 p.m. in a conference dual.

Augustana 32, Northern State 6
125: Al Meger (AugIE) For (NSU), 0-0
133: Cody Lensing (Augie) MD Ian Muirhead (NSU), 14-4
141: Jay Sherer (Augie) DEC Benton Crow (NSU), 5-3
149: Chism Fink (Augie) MD Beau Voegeli (NSU), 16-6
157: Marcus Edgington (Augie) MD Blake Lundgren, (NSU), 12-3
165: Gavin Nelson (Augie) TF5 Neil Sell (NSU), 5:32
174: Carl Serck (Augie) DEC Chad Gibson (NSU), 8-3
184: Cale Cornemann (NSU) DEC Tom Davies (Augie), 3-1
197: Ty Copsey (Augie) DEC Brent Fosheim (NSU), 9-5
285: Matthew Meuleners (NSU) DEC Lance Peters (Augie), 4-0

St. John’s 31 St. Olaf 11

SJU’s Backups Subdue Oles, 31-11

NORTHFIELD, Minn.: No. 6 Saint John’s sent its backups to Northfield Thursday, Jan. 20, and earned a 31-11 win over St. Olaf.

The Johnnies jumped out to a 12-0 lead via a forfeit at 125 pounds and a pin from freshman Alex Peck (Edina, Minn./Benilde-St. Margaret’s) at 133. The Oles’ Ryan Timmerman put the home team on the scoreboard with a technical fall, but freshman Joe Hessing (Loretto, Minn./Delano) gave SJU six more points with a pin in the ensuing match.

St. Olaf rattled off two straight wins, its only other wins on the night, at 157 and 165 to cut the deficit to 18-12. Freshman Nick Schuler (Roseville, Minn./Totino-Grace) put the Johnnies back in the win column with an 8-3 decision at 174. The Oles were deducted a team point when Pesta shoved Schuler’s head to the mat at the end of the bout.

Senior Dustin Raygor (St. Croix Falls, Wis.) tallied a major decision, 15-7, over Andrew Rudd at 184, while sophomore Mitch Hagen (Sunburg, Minn./Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg) posted an 8-5 decision. Freshman John Scepaniak (Avon, Minn./Holdingford) ended the dual with a 6-0 shutout win at heavyweight.

The Johnnies return to action with three duals on Friday, Jan. 28, in Perham. SJU is scheduled to face the Oles once again at 4 p.m., followed by showdowns with No. 7 Concordia-Moorhead and No. 3 Augsburg at 6 and 8 p.m., respectively.

No. 6 Saint John’s (SJU) 31, St. Olaf (STO) 11
125: Freshman Matt Hickerson (SJU) wins by forfeit [6-0]
133: Freshman Alex Peck (SJU) pinned Michael Pitts (STO), 2:06 [12-0]
141: Ryan Timmerman (STO) tech. fall sophomore Jay Woiwor (SJU), 18-1 [12-5]
149: Freshman Joe Hessing (SJU) pinned Thomas Mork (STO), 0:54 [18-5]
157: Michael Roth (STO) dec. freshman Brandon Seppelt (SJU), 6-3 [18-8]
165: Joey Waples (STO) major dec. freshman David Rademacher (SJU), 16-4 [18-12]
174: Freshman Nick Schuler (SJU) dec. Joseph Pesta (STO), 8-3 [21-11]*
184: Senior Dustin Raygor (SJU) major dec. Andrew Rudd (STO), 15-7 [25-11]
197: Sophomore Mitch Hagen (SJU) dec. Joseph Schlueter (STO), 8-5 [28-11]
Hwt: Freshman John Scepaniak (SJU) dec. Justin Luthey (STO), 6-0 [31-11]
*a team point was deducted from St. Olaf at the conclusion of the match