Minnesota State Set to Close Out Home Portion of Schedule

What’s Next: The No. 8 Minnesota State Mavericks (8-4, 4-1 NSIC) are set to close out the home portion of the 2010-11 season this Thursday as they play host to Southwest Minnesota State. Action is slated to begin at 7:00 pm at Bresnan Arena.

Scouting the Mustangs: Southwest Minnesota State enters Thursday’s dual with a 5-3-1 overall record and a 1-3 NSIC record. The Mustangs are 3-0 away from home this season and are currently on a one-dual win streak. The Mustangs lone NSIC win came last week as they upset No. 20 Minnesota State Moorhead, 18-16. Senior Craig Draper-Johnson (184-lbs) currently leads the Mustangs with a 22-11 overall record. The only other Mustang accumulating 20 or more wins is freshman Justin Reinsma who owns a 21-10 overall record. The Mustangs are coached by Jesse Nelson and are assisted by Jake Avre.
Inside the Series: Thursday’s dual marks the 30th meeting between the two schools as the Mavericks hold a 21-8 all-time record against the Mustangs.
Ranked Mavericks: The Mavericks currently have three individual wrestlers who are ranked in their respective weight classes. Senior Andy Forstner holds the highest ranking as he is the fourth-ranked wrestler in the 125-lb class. Also ranked for the Mavericks are junior Aaron Norgren (184-lbs) and senior Ben Becker (174-lbs) who each rank sixth in their respective weight class. Rounding out the ranked individual wrestlers is junior Pat Mahan who debuted in the rankings for the first time last week as the seventh-ranked wrestler in the 197-lb class.

Team and Individual Notes: The Mavericks went 0-1 this past week as they lost 22-12 against No. 1 Nebraska-Omaha…The Mavericks won two of the first three matches of the night but were only able to earn one victory in the night’s final seven matches as they dropped their second consecutive contest…The Mavericks last two losses came to the No. 1 and No. 2 ranked teams in the nation as they lost a 21-10 dual against No. 2 Augustana last week…Junior Aaron Norgren (No. 6, 184-lbs) earned a 3-1 win by decision over No. 3 Aaron Denson as he improves his record in dual matches to 11-1…Sixth-ranked senior Ben Becker lost a 10-4 decision against No. 3 Ryan Pankoke as he lost his five-match win streak…Newly ranked junior Pat Mahan (No. 7, 197-lbs) lost 2-1 in sudden victory against No. 4 Matt Baker.

About the Coach: 
Head coach Jim Makovsky (Valley City State ’89) is in his 18th season at MSU. Makovsky, who holds a 219-78-3 overall record at MSU, has coached collegiate wrestling for 21 years and possesses a 242-97-5 career record.

Next Up: The Mavericks will close out the regular season next week as they travel to St. Cloud State to take on the No. 3 ranked Huskies. The dual is scheduled to start at 7:00 pm on Thursday, February 17.

Dragons Wrestling Endowment Dual

MSUM Dragons vs. Northern State Wolves
Thursday, February 10th at 7:00 pm

To help ensure the long-term future of the MSUM Wrestling program, money raised at this dual will raise money for the John Sterner Wrestling Endowment Fund.

  • $7 ticket – The entire cost of admission goes directly to the John Sterner Endowment Fund which helps MSU-Moorhead wrestling scholarships.
  • John Sterner was inducted into the Minnesota Chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame this past April.
  • Coach Sterner headed the Dragons wrestling program from 1988 until 2003.
  • During his 15 year tenure, Sterner coached the Dragons to a 137-92-1 record.

The Dragons OT will be held at the Moorhead Buffalo Wild Wings location at 2201 1st Ave. N. following the dual with Northern State. Come meet the Dragon wrestlers and coaching staff!

Please contact Head Coach Kris Nelson at 218.477.2309 for more information.

#3 St. Cloud State to Challenge #11 Upper Iowa

Feb. 13, 2011 – #3 SCSU at #11 Upper Iowa, 2 p.m.


  • #3 St. Cloud State University (17-2, 4-1 NSIC) will continue its 2010-11 season on Feb. 13 with a 2 p.m. match at #11 Upper Iowa (4-3-0, 3-1-0 NSIC).
  • WATCH ON THE WEB!  The upcoming matches vs. SCSU and Upper Iowa can be viewed on the web by going to this website:  http://pennatlantic.com
  • The Huskies added two more wins to their totals this year with a 39-0 shutout win at Halenbeck Hall against Northern State on Feb. 4 and a 40-3 victory over Mary on Feb. 5 at Halenbeck Hall.  SCSU only lost one match over the weekend and the Huskies’ also gained four pins over the weekend.  A highlight of the weekend was Jake Kahnke, who notched a 5-4 decision against #2 ranked Matt Meuleners of Northern State and a pinfall against Austin Woo of Mary.  Kahnke earned NSIC Wrestler of the Week notice for his work in the two matches.  He is still ranked #1 in the nation at 285-pounds with a 21-1 record.
  • Apologies to SCSU’s 1970-71 squad.  Last week, the release listed the 1964-65 team owning the team dual match win record with 15 wins.  Former coach John Oxton’s squad in 1970-71 actually owned the season record with a 16-3-1 mark.  SCSU’s 2010-11 has now moved into the top spot in the team records with its 17-2 record this winter.
  • 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 (#7 at 149-pounds), John Sundgren (#2 at 157-pounds), Tad Merritt (#2 at 165-pounds),  Shamus O’Grady (#8 at 174-pounds), Luke Munkelwitz (#6 at 197-pounds) and Jake Kahnke (#1 at 285-pounds).  The poll was released on Feb. 2.
  • Junior Tad Merritt continues to lead the Huskies this season with 29 victories (29-3) and 12 pins. Merritt is ranked #2 in the nation.
  • The Huskies have already shattered the team’s dual match point record for a season.  SCSU has 553 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 147 dual match points this winter.  SCSU is allowing just 7.7 points per dual match this season.  The team record of 8.06 points allowed per dual match was set in 1963-64.
  • SCSU has only allowed 126SCSU 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 118-53-2 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 56-23.  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.

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.