St. Cloud State’s Sundgren Named NSIC Wrestler of the Year

Constanzo Named NSIC Coach of the Year

St. Cloud State University senior John Sundgren (Blaine) has been voted by the league coaches as the 2010-11 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Wrestler of the Year.  He was joined in the NSIC spotlight by SCSU head coach Steve Costanzo, who was named the 2010-11 NSIC Coach of the Year.

Sundgren went 16-3 on the season and won the NCAA Division II National Championship at 157 pounds. He shut out Dillion Bera (26-8) of the University of Wisconsin-Parkside in a 4-0 decision in the championship round to claim the first SCSU wrestling national title since Gene Hanemann took the podium in 1995.

Before Hanemann, the last Husky wrestler to win a national title was Mike Rybak in 1967 (NAIA championships). Sundgren excelled during the national tournament winning his first match by fall, this second match 9-5 and his semifinal match 5-2. In the national championship match he revenged a loss to Bera from the NCAA Super Region #3 Championship two weeks earlier. Sundgren is the first SCSU wrestler to gain NSIC Wrestler of the Year honors.

Costanzo was also voted by his peers as the 2010-11 NSIC Wrestling Coach of the Year.   St. Cloud State enjoyed one of its best seasons in team history as they placed second in the nation at the 2011 NCAA Division II championships, won the 2011 NCAA Division II Super Region #3 title and set a team record with a 19-2 dual meet record in 2010-11.

The second place national finish was the highest national tournament finish for the Huskies in team history, and the Huskies also posted a solid third place finish at the elite NWCA National Duals in 2011. Coach Costanzo was also named the 2011 NCAA Division II Coach of the Year. His overall record at SCSU currently stands at 58-23.

SCSU athletes named to the 2010-11 All-NSIC First Team this winter included Sundgren, junior Eric Ellington (133), junior Tad Merritt (165), sophomore Shamus O’Grady (174) and sophomore Jake Kahnke (285).  Huskies earning All-NSIC Second Team notice this winter included senior Gabe Suarez (141) and junior Jacob D. Horn (149).


2010-11 NSIC ALL-CONFERENCE FIRST TEAM
NameWt.Yr.SchoolHometown
Trevor Franklin125So.Upper IowaSouth New Berlin, N.Y.
Eric Ellington133Jr.St. Cloud StateFairview Heights, Ill.
Jay Sherer141Sr.AugustanaColumbus, Neb.
Nate Herda149So.AugustanaRock Rapids, Iowa
John Sundgren157R-Sr.St. Cloud StateBlaine, Minn.
Tad Merritt165R-Jr.St. Cloud StateCanby, Minn.
Shamus O’Grady174R-So.St. Cloud StateCoon Rapids, Minn.
Aaron Norgren184Jr.Minnesota StateGood Thunder, Minn.
Ty Copsey197Sr.AugustanaGlenwood, Iowa
Jake Kahnke285R-SoSt. Cloud StateShakopee, Minn.

2010-11 NSIC ALL-CONFERENCE SECOND TEAM

NameWt.Yr.SchoolHometown
Al Meger125Sr.AugustanaOwatonna, Minn.
*Andy Forstner125Sr.Minnesota StateMadelia, Minn.
*Corey Ulmer125R-Jr.MSU MoorheadWishek, N.D.
Jason Jeremiason133Jr.AugustanaMarshall, Minn.
*Kyle Pedretti133R-Jr.Upper IowaMonona, Iowa
Gabriel Suarez141R-Sr.St. Cloud StateLas Vegas, Nev.
Jacob Horn149R-Jr.St. Cloud StateEphrata, Wash.
Marcus Edgington157Jr.AugustanaSioux City, Iowa
Gavin Nelson165Sr.AugustanaMissouri Valley, Iowa
Ben Becker174Sr.Minnesota StateFort Dodge, Iowa
*Mark Mueller174Sr.Upper IowaPostville, Iowa
Brady Anderson184So.U-MaryHamilton, Mont.
*Mitch Schultz184R-So.Upper IowaPostville, Iowa
Pat Mahan197Jr.Minnesota StateOwatonna, Minn.
*Carl Broghammer197R-Fr.Upper IowaManchester, Iowa
Matthew Meuleners285R-So.Northern StateNorwood Young America, Minn.

NSIC All-Conference Criteria     
The highest place-winner at the NCAA Regional Tournament from each weight class shall be named all-conference first team. The runner up will be named all-conference second team. *Also, any wrestler that earns NCAA All-American honors will also be recognized as second team all-conference.

Thorn Finishes Third, Gophers in Sixth

PHILADELPHIA – The Minnesota wrestling program wrapped up its competition at the 2011 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships on Saturday morning. Redshirt senior Mike Thorn tallied a pair of thrilling wins over nationally ranked foes to take third in the 141 lbs. bracket while redshirt junior Zach Sanders went 1-1 on Saturday to place fifth at 125 lbs.  Redshirt junior Sonny Yohn and redshirt freshman Tony Nelson each tallied wins in their matches to place seventh at the 197 and 285 lbs. weight classes, respectively, and redshirt freshman Kevin Steinhaus closed out the Gophers’ All-Americans with an eighth-place finish at 184 lbs.

Minnesota currently sits in sixth place in the team standings with 61.0 points. Final team standings and brackets will be available after the finals round this evening.

Thorn ended his college career with a bang, picking up two wins on Saturday including a last-second 4-3 decision over five seed Montell Marion of Iowa to finish third in a loaded 141 lbs. bracket and earn his second career All-America honor. The duo, who went 1-1 against each other this year including a 7-5 sudden victory contest in the Big Ten semifinals that saw Thorn come back from a 5-1 deficit to win in the added time, didn’t disappoint fans when they met in the NCAA consolation finals for a rubber match. The grapplers battled to a 2-2 tie in the third period with Marion building up enough riding time for one bonus point. But in the final seconds of the match, Thorn (39-5) scored the two-point takedown and held on to pick up the win and record his highest finish in the NCAA championships.

Earlier in the day,  fans eagerly anticipating the first meeting of the year between Thorn and four-seed James Kennedy of Illinois didn’t have much time to watch the two nationally ranked 141-pounders go at it – although there was plenty of action in the brief match. Kennedy opened the contest with a quick takedown and controlled the opening minute of action. But Thorn worked his way on top of his foe to earn the defensive pin at 1:29 – picking up his 37th career pin.

After locking up his third-career All-America honor on Friday, Sanders split a pair of matches in Session V to finish fifth in the 125 lbs. bracket. The redshirt junior closed out this year’s campaign with a 6-2 decision victory over Ryan Mango of Stanford in the fifth-place match – tying Sanders career-best finish at the NCAA Championships (2010). Sanders (34-6) fell in his opening match on Saturday morning, dropping a 5-4 decision to Northwestern’s Brandon Precin in a rematch of the Big Ten semifinals.

At heavyweight, Nelson pinned Levi Cooper of Arizona State at 2:37 to place seventh in his first NCAA championships appearance – earning All-America honors in the process. Nelson (33-8) scored an early takedown to go up 2-0 on Cooper and forced the pin on the Sun Devil for the third pin of his career.

Yohn’s seventh-place match at 197 lbs. saw the redshirt junior and now two-time All-American extract revenge on Indiana’s Matt Powless. Having already earned a win over Yohn in the Big Ten championships, Powless sent Yohn to the consolation bracket on Thursday with a 5-3 sudden victory decision. But in their third meeting of the year, Yohn (18-7) would not be denied. The redshirt junior would pick up a 5-2 decision over Powless to place seventh in the 197 lbs. brackets – Yohn’s highest-career finish at the NCAA championships.

Finally, Kevin Steinhaus ended his first NCAA championships appearance with an eighth-place finish at 184 lbs. Steinhaus (34-12) dropped a 4-2 decision to four seed Travis Rutt of Wisconsin in Saturday’s seventh-place match, earning All-American accolades for his 4-3 performance at this year’s tournament.

125: Zach Sanders
First Round: #5 Zach Sanders (MINN) dec. Jason Lara (ORST) 6-2
Second Round: #5 Zach Sanders (MINN) dec. #12 Jason Garnett (VATECH) 8-6
Quarterfinals: Ben Kjar (UTAHV) dec. #5 Zach Sanders (MINN) 5-3
Consolations: #5 Zach Sanders (MINN) dec. Matthew Snyder (UVA) 6-5
Consolations: #5 Zach Sanders (MINN) SV #8 Jarrod Patterson 4-2
Consolation Semifinals: #3 Ben Precin (NW) dec. #5 Zach Sanders (MINN) 5-4
5th-Place Match: #5 Zach Sanders (MINN) dec. #7 Ryan Mango (STAN) 6-2
133: David Thorn
First Round: David Thorn (MINN) SV. Jordan Thome (ARMY) 6-4
Second Round: #3 Andrew Long (PSU) SV. David Thorn (MINN) 7-5
Consolations: David Thorn (MINN) dec. Ian Paddock (OSU) 8-2
Consolations: #6 Tony Ramos (Iowa) SV David Thorn (MINN) 7-5
141: Mike Thorn
First Round: #2 Mike Thorn (MINN) dec. Darius Little (NCSU) 2-1
Second Round: #2 Mike Thorn (MINN) dec. Nick Nelson (UVA) 6-1
Quarterfinals: #2 Mike Thorn (MINN) fall #10 Todd Schavrien (MIZZ) 2:03
Semifinals: #3 Boris Novachkov (CPOLY) dec. #2 Mike Thorn (MINN) 9-3
Consolation Semifinals: #2 Mike Thorn (MINN) fall #4 James Kennedy (ILL) 1:29
Consolation Finals: #2 Mike Thorn (MINN) dec. #5 Montell Marion (IOWA) 4-3
149: Danny Zilverberg
First Round: #5 Jamal Parks (OKST) dec. Danny Zilverberg (MINN) 6-3
Consolations: #12 Desi Green (BUFF) dec. Danny Zilverberg (MINN) 8-5
165: Cody Yohn
First Round: Eren Civan (COLUM) fall #12 Cody Yohn (MINN) 2:28
Consolations: #12 Cody Yohn (MINN) fall Chad Porter (LIBTY) 1:40
Consolations: Brandon Hatchett (LEHI) dec. #12 Cody Yohn (MINN) 8-3
174: Scott Glasser
First Round: Scott Glasser (MINN) dec. Patrick Martinez (WYO) 10-3
Second Round: #2 Ed Ruth (PSU) dec. Scott Glasser (MINN) 5-3
Consolations: Scott Glasser (MINN) dec. Eric Starks (AZST) 6-0
Consolations: #10 Nick Heflin (OSU) SV. Scott Glasser (MINN) 4-2
184: Kevin Steinhaus
First Round: #8 Kevins Steinhaus (MINN) dec. Jason McCroskey (WYO) 10-3
Second Round: #9 Quentin Wright (PSU) dec. #8 Kevin Steinhaus (MINN) 8-4
Consolations: #8 Kevin Steinhaus (MINN) dec. Brad Dieckhaus (NIU) 10-7
Consolations: #8 Kevin Steinhaus (MINN) dec. Luke Rebertus (NAVY) 4-1
Consolations: #8 Kevin Steinhaus (MINN) dec. #7 Chris Perry (OKST) 7-1
Consolations: #7 Joe LeBlanc (Wyoming) dec. #8 Kevin Steinhaus (MINN) 11-9
7th-Place Match: #4 Travis Rutt (WISC) dec. #8 Kevin Steinhaus (MINN) 4-2
197: Sonny Yohn
First Round: #9 Sonny Yohn (MINN) dec. Anthony Biondo (MICH) 6-1
Second Round: #8 Matt Powless (IND) SV. #9 Sonny Yohn (MINN) 5-3
Consolations: #9 Sonny Yohn (MINN) dec. Chad Hanke (ORST) 5-3
Consolations: #9 Sonny Yohn (MINN) dec. Andy Johnson (NEB) 3-1
Consolations: #9 Sonny Yohn (MINN) dec. #7 Zac Thomusseit (PITT) 2-1
Consolations: #12 Zack Giesen (STAN) dec. #9 Sonny Yohn (MINN) 3-2
7th-Place Match: #9 Sonny Yohn (MINN) dec. #8 Matt Powless (IND) 5-2
285: Tony Nelson
First Round: #8 Tony Nelson (MINN) SV. Christian Brantley (UNI) 3-1
Second Round: #9 Cameron Wade (PSU) dec. #8 Tony Nelson (MINN) 4-1
Consolations: #8 Tony Nelson (MINN) dec. Ben Apland (MICH) 2-0
Consolations: #8 Tony Nelson (MINN) dec. #6 Ryan Tomei (PITT) 10-3
Consolations: #8 Tony Nelson (MINN) TB1 #10 Nathan Fernandez (OKLA) 3-2
Consolations: Spencer Myers (MARY) TB1 #8 Tony Nelson 2-1
7th-Place Match: #8 Tony Nelson (MINN) fall Levi Cooper (AZST) 2:37

Gophers Finish Seventh at NCAAs

Philadelphia — Redshirt senior Mike Thorn paced the Minnesota wrestling team with a third-place finish in the 141 lbs. bracket and was one of five Gopher All-Americans at the 2011 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships as Minnesota closed out the 2010-11 season with a seventh place finish. The Gophers tallied 61.0 team points while Penn State captured its first team title since 1953 with 107.5 points.

Thorn tallied a pair of thrilling wins over nationally ranked foes to take third in the 141 lbs. bracket while Zach Sanders went 1-1 on Saturday to place fifth at 125 lbs.  Redshirt junior Sonny Yohn and redshirt freshman Tony Nelson each tallied wins in their matches to place seventh at the 197 and 285 lbs. weight classes, respectively, and redshirt freshman Kevin Steinhaus closed out the Gophers’ All-Americans with an eighth-place finish at 184 lbs.

Thorn, who also earned Academic All-America honors, ended his college career with a bang, picking up two wins on Saturday including a last-second 4-3 decision over five seed Montell Marion of Iowa to finish third in a loaded 141 lbs. bracket and earn his second career All-America honor. The duo, who went 1-1 against each other this year including a 7-5 sudden victory contest in the Big Ten semifinals that saw Thorn come back from a 5-1 deficit to win in the added time, didn’t disappoint fans when they met in the NCAA consolation finals for a rubber match. The grapplers battled to a 2-2 tie in the third period with Marion building up enough riding time for one bonus point. But in the final seconds of the match, Thorn (39-5) scored the two-point takedown and held on to pick up the win and record his highest finish in the NCAA championships. Thorn pinned four seed James Kennedy of Illinois at 1:29 to advance to the consolation finals matchup against Marion.

The redshirt senior opened the NCAA championships with three-straight wins to reach the semifinals, beating North Carolina State’s Darius Little 2-1, Nick Nelson of Virginia 6-1 and 10 seed Todd Schavrien of Missouri with a pin at 2:03 to force the showdown with third seed Boris Novachkov of Cal Poly. Novachkov, who finished as the 141 lbs. runner up, picked up the 9-3 decision over Thorn to advance to the finals.

Thorn leaves Minnesota as one of best finishers in school history. His 37 career pins are the eighth most in program history while his 111 career wins (111-44 overall record), tie the St. Michael, Minn., native for 24th all-time at Minnesota with Brett Colombini (1991-95). His 2010-11 record of 39-5 ranks tied for 11th at Minnesota for wins in a season (Sanders: 2009-10).

Sanders posted his third All-America honor with a fifth-place finish in the 125 lbs. bracket, 5-2 in NCAA competition. The redshirt junior closed out this year’s campaign with a 6-2 decision victory over Ryan Mango of Stanford in the fifth-place match – tying Sanders career-best finish at the NCAA Championships (2010). Sanders (34-6) fell in his opening match on Saturday morning, dropping a 5-4 decision to Northwestern’s Brandon Precin in a rematch of the Big Ten semifinals.

The Wabasha, Minn., native opened the NCAA tournament with a 6-2 decision over Jason Lara of Oregon State and followed up with an 8-6 decision over 12 seed Jason Garnett of Virginia Tech. Sanders fell in his quarterfinal matchup – a 5-3 upset loss to Utah Valley’s Ben Kjar – but rebounded with two-straight wins in the consolation brackets, beating Matthew Snyder of Virginia with a 6-5 decision and adding a 4-2 sudden victory win over eight seed Jarrod Patterson of Oklahoma to reach the consolation semifinals against Precin.

Sonny Yohn‘s seventh-place match at 197 lbs. saw the redshirt junior and now two-time All-American extract revenge on Indiana’s Matt Powless. Having already earned a win over Yohn in the Big Ten championships, Powless sent Yohn to the consolation bracket on Thursday with a 5-3 sudden victory decision. But in their third meeting of the year, Yohn (18-7) would not be denied. The redshirt junior would pick up a 5-2 decision over Powless to place seventh in the 197 lbs. brackets – Yohn’s highest-career finish at the NCAA championships. Yohn started the week with a 6-1 decision over Michigan’s Anthony Biondo and followed the loss to Powless with three-straight wins, beating Oregon State’s Chad Hanke 5-3, Nebraska’s Andy Johnson 3-1 and seven seed Zac Thomusseit of Pitt 2-1, before losing a 3-2 decision to Stanford’s Zack Giesen that forced a rematch against Powless.

At heavyweight, Nelson pinned Levi Cooper of Arizona State at 2:37 to place seventh in his first NCAA championships appearance – earning All-America honors in the process. Nelson (33-8) scored an early takedown to go up 2-0 on Cooper and forced the pin on the Sun Devil for the third pin of his career. Nelson beat Christian Brantley of Northern Iowa 3-1 to open the week but fell 4-1 to nine seed Cameron Wade of Penn State in the next round. Nelson then rallied off three wins – a 6-1 decision over Michigan’s Ben Apland, a 10-3 decision over six seed Ryan Tomei of Pitt and a 3-2 tiebreaker over 10 seed Nathan Fernandez – before dropping his second match of the week to Spencer Myers of Maryland in a 2-1 tiebreaker.

Steinhaus ended his first NCAA championships appearance with an eighth-place finish at 184 lbs. Steinhaus (34-12) dropped a 4-2 decision to four seed Travis Rutt of Wisconsin in Saturday’s seventh-place match, earning All-American accolades for his 4-3 performance at this year’s tournament. The redshirt freshman also picked up wins over Jason McCroskey of Wyoming (10-3 decision), Brad Dieckhaus of Northern Illinois (10-7 decision), Luke Rebertus of Navy (4-1 decision) and seven seed Chris Perry of Oklahoma State (7-1 decision). His first two losses came to nine seed and eventual national champion Quentin Wright of Penn State (8-4 decision) and five seed Joe LeBlanc of Wyoming (11-9 decision).