St. Cloud State 39 Northern State 0

ST. CLOUD, Minn. – The No. 3 St. Cloud State University wrestling team set a new school record for dual meet victories with a dominating 39-0 win over Northern State University Friday evening at Halenbeck Hall.The Huskies are now an impressive 16-2 this season and set a new bench mark for wins after the 1964-65 squad set the standard 45 years ago with 15 victories.

The Huskies earned five decisions, three major decisions and one fall that happened in the 174-pound match as Shamus O’Grady (21-7) recorded a quick pin just 1:03 into the match.

In the biggest matchup of the evening between No. 1 and No. 2 heavyweights in the county, Jake Kahnke made it clear he was the top-seeded wrestler with a 5-4 decision in the final match of the night.

Kahnke (20-1) was down 3-2 to start the final period, but made an escape three seconds into the period and earned the victory with a takedown at the 1:42 mark to help the Huskies record their second shutout of the season.

John Sundgren (8-2) earned a major decision victory with a 16-2 win in the 157-pound match and No. 2 ranked Tad Merritt (28-3) followed it with a major decision of his own in the 165-pound match in a 15-3 victory.

Michael Berg (15-11) posted the final major decision of the evening in the 184-pound match with a 12-3 win.

The Huskies will next host Northern the University of Mary at 2:00 p.m. Saturday afternoon at Halenbeck Hall. Both matches will be held in Halenbeck Hall and tickets can be purchased at the gate.  As always, all SCSU students are admitted FREE to all regular season home matches with a valid SCSU student ID.

St. Cloud State 39 Northern State 0
125 Dylan Wright (St. Cloud State ) For Surat, Corbin (Northern State )
133 Eric  Ellington (St. Cloud State ) DEC Ian Muirhead (Northern State ) 10-5
141 Gabriel Suarez (St. Cloud State ) DEC Benton Crow (Northern State ) 6-3
149 Jacob R. Horn (St. Cloud State ) DEC Beau Voegeli (Northern State ) 6-0
157 John Sundgren (St. Cloud State ) MD Blake Lundgren (Northern State ) 16-2
165 Tad Merritt (St. Cloud State ) MD Neil Sell (Northern State ) 15-3
174 Shamus O’Grady (St. Cloud State ) FALL Chad Gibson (Northern State )  (1:03)
184 Michael Berg (St. Cloud State ) MD Jeb Clay (Northern State ) 12-3
197 Lucas Munkelwitz (St. Cloud State ) DEC Brent Fosheim (Northern State ) 6-0
285 Jake  Kahnke (St. Cloud State ) DEC Matthew Meuleners (Northern State ) 5-4

Wartburg 28, Augsburg 5

MINNEAPOLIS — Orlando Ponce (JR, Hialeah, Fla./Hialeah-Miami Lakes HS) and Zach Molitor (SR, Cambridge, Minn./Cambridge-Isanti HS) claimed wins for Augsburg College, but top-ranked Wartburg College scored a 28-5 win in a battle of NCAA Division III wrestling powers on Friday night at Si Melby Hall.

2011 Wartburg at Augsburg

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Wartburg (19-1 overall), the top-ranked team in the latest NCAA Division III national poll, claimed victories in eight of the 10 bouts over Augsburg (7-5 overall), the defending national champions and current No. 3-ranked team nationally. The Knights’ triumph broke a four-match winning streak for the Auggies in the all-time series between the schools, which Augsburg leads 15-10.
Ponce, ranked No. 5 at 165 pounds, used four takedowns and 1:16 of riding time to score a 9-3 win over Wartburg’s Adam Weber (SR, Waterloo, Iowa/Don Bosco HS), improving to 20-5 on the season.

Molitor, ranked No. 2 at 174 pounds, claimed an escape and takedown in the third period to break a scoreless tie with Wartburg’s Ben Scott (JR, Adel, Iowa/ADM HS), scoring a 3-0 win to improve to 20-2 on the campaign. The win was Molitor’s 101st in his collegiate career (101-29) and 83rd as an Auggie (83-16).

Wartburg claimed wins in the three meetings of ranked wrestlers on Friday. In the opening match of the evening, top-ranked and defending national champion Byron Tate (JR, Clinton, Iowa) scored a 6-3 win over Augsburg’s No. 2-ranked and 2009 national champion Jared Massey (SR, Circle Pines, Minn./Centennial HS).

At 125, Wartburg’s No. 3-ranked Mark Kist (SR, Eagle Grove, Iowa) used an early takedown and a 1:03 riding time advantage to score a 4-2 win over Augsburg’s No. 5-ranked Josh Roberts (SO, Grand Forks, N.D./Central HS).

At 149, Wartburg’s Jacob Groth (SR, Marshalltown, Iowa), ranked No. 10, overcame a 3-0 deficit with a reversal, takedown and 1:35 of riding time to score a 7-5 win over Augsburg’s No. 3-ranked Tony Valek (JR, Belle Plaine, Minn./Scott West).

Top-ranked John Helgerson (SR, West Union, Iowa/North Fayette HS) claimed the lone pin of the evening with a second-period triumph at heavyweight, and No. 3-ranked Carrington Banks (SR, Stockbridge, Ga.) scored a major-decision win at 157 for the Knights.

Augsburg returns to action on Sunday (2/6) at 2 p.m. with another matchup with a national power, as No. 2-ranked Wisconsin-La Crosse visits Si Melby Hall.

Friday, February 4, 2011 – Si Melby Hall, Minneapolis, Minn.
Action begins at 197 pounds. Time of match: 1:55.
Officials: Byron Olson, Dan Roff.

No. 1 Wartburg (Iowa, 19-1) 28, No. 3 Augsburg (Minn., 7-5) 5
197 — No. 1 Byron Tate (WAR, 35-1) dec. No. 2 Jared Massey (AUG, 7-1) 6-3 (Wartburg 3-0).
HWT — 
No. 1 John Helgerson (WAR, 35-4) pinned Pat Fletcher (AUG, 14-4) 4:10 (Wartburg 9-0).
125 — 
No. 3 Mark Kist (WAR, 26-5) dec. No. 5 Josh Roberts (AUG, 16-6) 4-2 (Wartburg 12-0).
133 —
 No. 6 Mike Kremer (WAR, 20-5) dec. Boyd Suparat (AUG, 17-10) 11-6 (Wartburg 15-0).
141 —
 No. 5 Matt Kelly (WAR, 7-3) dec. Will Keeter (AUG, 19-14) 7-5 (Wartburg 18-0).
149 —
 No. 10 Jacob Groth (WAR, 23-9) dec. No. 3 Tony Valek (AUG, 24-4) 5-4 (Wartburg 21-0).
157 —
 No. 3 Carrington Banks (WAR, 24-2) maj. dec. Jon Priess (AUG, 12-17) 12-3 (Wartburg 25-0).
165 —
 No. 5 Orlando Ponce (AUG, 20-5) dec. Adam Weber (WAR, 7-4) 9-3 (Wartburg 25-3).
174 —
 No. 2 Zach Molitor (AUG, 20-2) dec. Ben Scott (WAR, 20-10) 3-0 (Wartburg 25-6).
184 —
 Todd Becker (WAR, 10-1) dec. No. 6 Brad Baus (AUG, 22-7) 3-1 (Wartburg 28-6).
End of match – Augsburg deducted 1 team point for unsportsmanlike conduct.

UN-Omaha 22 Minnesota State 12

Mankato, Minn. – The No. 8 Minnesota State Mavericks would find themselves on the losing end of a dual for the second consecutive time on Friday night as they dropped a 22-12 decision against the No. 1 University of Nebraska-Omaha.

Minnesota State got out to an early 9-3 lead after the night’s first three matches courtesy of wins by senior Andy Forstner and sophomore Robby Fisher. Forstner (No. 4, 125-lbs) set the tone early for the Mavericks as he pinned Cody Tyler at the 2:40 mark giving MSU an early 6-0 advantage.

Fisher (141-lbs) would earn the Mavericks second victory as he came out victorious against Tim Chavez after a wild and entertaining third period. Fisher would earn a one-point escape from Chavez at the 6:50 mark to draw within one-point before earning a two-point takedown with just seven seconds remaining in the match to capture the lead and seal the victory. Fisher would earn a point of riding time giving him the 10-8 win by decision and increase the Maverick lead to 9-3 after three matches.

However, the Mavericks were only able to win one of the night’s final seven matches as they would eventually fall 22-12 against the nations top-ranked wrestlers.

Junior Aaron Norgren (No. 6, 184-lbs) was the only other Maverick to record a win as he was able to break a 1-1 tie with a takedown of the No. 3 ranked Aaron Denson with just seven seconds remaining in the match. Norgren would hold on as the final seconds ticked off the clock giving him the 3-1 win by decision which marks his 20th win of the season.

Junior Pat Mahan lost his first match since being ranked seventh in the 197-lb weight class as he dropped a 2-1 decision against No. 4 Matt Baker in sudden victory.

The loss marks the second consecutive defeat against a ranked opponent for the Mavericks as they dropped a 21-10 dual against No. 2 Augustana on January 28. The Mavericks now hold an 8-4 overall record while Nebraska-Omaha improves to 8-1.

The Mavericks will close out the home portion of their schedule next Friday as they are slated to take on Southwest Minnesota State in their final home dual of the season. Action is scheduled to begin at 7:00 pm at Bresnan Arena.

UN-Omaha 22 Minnesota State 12
125: #4 Forstner (MSU) fall Tyler 2:40
133: Cox (UNO) dec Demo 7-2
141: Fisher (MSU) dec Chavez 10-8
149: #1 Dominguez (UNO) md Westphal
157: #1 Ivanov (UNO) dec Todd 3-1
165: Sigman (UNO) dec Eichmann 5-3
174: #3 Pankoke (UNO) dec #6 Becker 10-4
184: #6 Norgren (MSU) dec #3 Denson 3-1
197: #4 Baker (UNO) dec #7 Mahan 2-1 sv
Hwt: #7 Escamilla (UNO) dec Haynes 3-2

Augustana 27, Southwest Minnesota State 6

MARSHALL, Minn. – No. 2 Augustana won seven straight contests and jumped ahead to a 23-0 lead before defeating Southwest Minnesota State 27-6 Friday evening in Marshall, Minn.

The win was Augustana’s seventh straight and moves the Vikings to 13-1 (6-0 NSIC). SMSU falls to 4-3 (0-3 NSIC).

The Vikings are the lone team left in the NSIC with no conference losses.

At 125 pounds, Al Meger got action underway with a 13-1 major decision victory over Travis Borchert.

Jason Jeremiason needed an overtime period to get a 3-1 win via sudden victory over Justin Reinsma at 133 pounds.

No. 4 Jay Sherer brought Augustana’s lead to 10-0, defeating Ethan Hildebrandt 6-1 at 141 pounds.

At 149 pounds, No. 6-ranked Nate Herda lengthened the Vikings advantage to 13-0 with a 3-1 victory over Demond Carter. He also needed the overtime period to notch the victory.

No. 3 Marcus Edgington was victorious in his 157-pound tilt, while No. 4 Gavin Nelson used a 20-7 win by major decision at 165 pounds to stretch Augustana’s lead to 20-0.

Carl Serck, ranked No. 7 in Division II, checked in with a 9-6 victory over Zach Coates at 174 pounds.

The Mustangs picked up their first win of the dual 184 pound as CD Johnson beat Tom Davies 6-4.

No. 2 Ty Copsey answered for the Vikings with a 14-5 win by major decision against Martin Hagen at 197 pounds.

SMSU’s Brian Rodas closed the dual by defeating Lance Peters 3-1.

Augustana will host Upper Iowa next Friday at 7 p.m.

Augustana 27, Southwest Minnesota State 6
125: Al Meger (Augie) maj. dec. Travis Borchert (SMSU), 13-1 (Augustana leads 4-0)
133: Jason Jeremiason (Augie) dec. Justin Reinsma (SMSU) 3-1, SV1 (Augustana leads 7-0)
141: No. 4 Jay Sherer (Augie) dec. Ethan Hildebrandt (SMSU), 6-1 (Augustana leads 10-0)
149: No. 6 Nate Herda (Augie) dec. Demond Carter (SMSU) 3-1, SV1 (Augustana leads 13-0)
157: No. 3 Marcus Edgington (Augie) dec. Casey Field (SMSU), 8-4 (Augustana leads 16-0)
165: No. 4 Gavin Nelson (Augie) maj. dec. Billy Fate (SMSU), 20-7, (Augustana leads 20-0)
174: No. 7 Carl Serck (Augie) dec. Zach Coates (SMSU), 9-6 (Augustana leads 23-0)
184: CD Johnson (SMSU) dec. Tom Davies (SMSU), 6-4 (Augustana leads 23-3)
197: No. 2 Ty Copsey (Augie) maj. dec. Martin Hagen (SMSU), 14-5 (Augustana leads 27-3)
285: Brian Rodas (SMSU) dec. Lance Peters (Augie), 3-1 (Augustana leads 27-6)

SJU Hosts Annual North Country Open Saturday

The SJU wrestling team hosts its annual North Country Open this Saturday, Feb. 5. The meet is scheduled for 9 a.m. at the Donald McNeely Spectrum in Collegeville.

A LOOK AT THE JOHNNIES: No. 6 Saint John’s went 1-2 at the Minnesota Duals last Friday, Jan. 28, in Perham. The Johnnies opened the triangular with a 35-4 win over St. Olaf, but then dropped back-to-back duals to No. 7 Concordia-Moorhead (32-10) and No. 3 Augsburg (20-19).

Both the Oles and Johnnies forfeited the match at 125 pounds. In fact, SJU forfeited the weight-class in all three duals. SJU then started the dual with a 6-0 lead following St. Olaf’s forfeit at 133 pounds, before the Oles’ Ryan Timmerman earned an 11-2 major decision win. The rest was all Saint John’s, however. Senior Minga Batsukh (Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia/St. Benedict’s Prep, N.J.) posted a technical fall at 149, followed by a major decision from senior Drew Larson (Willmar, Minn.) and a 4-0 win from senior Matt Baarson (Brooklyn Park, Minn./Champlin Park) at 165. Junior Matt Pfarr (Le Sueur, Minn./Le Sueur-Henderson) pinned his opponent at 174, while junior Dustin Baxter (Fairbanks, Alaska/West Valley) and senior Tony Willaert (North Mankato, Minn./Lake Crystal-Wellcome Memorial) tallied back-to-back major decisions. Junior John Linn (Foley, Minn.) ended the dual with a 6-0 win at heavyweight.

Head coach Brandon Novak decided to rest all of his starters but one, including all five nationally-ranked wrestlers, in the Concordia dual. JuniorChad Henle (Spicer, Minn./New London-Spicer) cut the Johnnies’ deficit to 6-3 with an 8-5 upset win over No. 10 Daron Hohbein at 133 pounds. Following a last-second pin, freshman Ryan Arne (Orono, Minn.) recorded a 4-1 win at 149 pounds. Sophomore Chris Stevermer(Savage, Minn./Prior Lake) lost a heartbreaking 7-5 decision in overtime at 165. Freshman Nick Schuler (Roseville, Minn./Totino-Grace) won SJU’s final match with an eye-opening 8-0 major decision of No. 5 Ross Dankers at 174.

The forfeit at 125 proved to be pivotal in the Johnnies’ nightcap, a 20-19 loss to Augsburg. The Auggies jumped out to a 10-0 lead before SJU rolled to four consecutive victories and a 15-10 lead. Senior Chris Sandy (Spirit Lake, Iowa) pinned his opponent in 1:20 at 141, while Batsukh posted a 6-1 upset of No. 3 Tony Valek. Batsukh was ranked fourth nationally. Larson posted a 4-0 win at 157 and Baarson proved his No. 1 ranking with a 7-3 win over No. 5 Orlando Ponce at 165. Pfarr, ranked fourth nationally, dropped a 6-1 decision to No. 2 Zach Molitor. No. 6 Brad Baus gave the lead back to Augsburg, 16-15, with a close 3-1 win over No. 7 Baxter. Willaert gave the lead back to SJU, 19-16, with a major decision at 197. The Auggies’ Zach Molitor, ranked second nationally, did not wrestle at 197. Chad Johnson, ranked 10th, gave Augsburg the one-point win with a 9-0 major decision at heavyweight.

LAST YEAR’S OPEN: Baarson and Willaert each posted 4-0 records to win their respective weight classes at last year’s North Country Open. Over 200 wrestlers from 17 different schools participated in the tournament. Baarson, who entered the weekend ranked No. 10 nationally at 165 pounds, tallied 7-1 and 5-4 decisions to begin the meet before recording a 16-0 technical fall in the semifinals. He then defeated Augsburg’s Orlando Ponce, ranked No. 6, 2-1 in the championship match. The victory was Baarson’s second over Ponce in a two-week span. Willaert cruised through the 197-pound bracket with major decisions in all four of his matches to take the title. Senior John Vaith (Hastings, Minn.) went 4-2 to finish third at 157 pounds, while Henle posted a 5-2 mark to claim fourth place in his first action at 133 pounds. Batsukh and Pfarr did not compete.

THIS YEAR’S MEET: The year’s North Country open is expected to feature well over 200 wrestlers from 18 different schools.