St. Cloud State 21 Upper Iowa 12

#3 St. Cloud State Charts Victory at #11 Upper Iowa

The #3 St. Cloud State University scored a 21-12 victory at #11 Upper Iowa University on Sunday, Feb. 13.  The victory improved SCSU’s record to 18-2 on the season and the Huskies will conclude their regular season on Thursday, Feb. 17 with a 7 p.m. home match against #8 Minnesota State at Halenbeck Hall in St. Cloud.

The match at UIU scored a win in the opening bout with a 6-1 decision by #2 Trevor Franklin over SCSU’s Dylan Wright at 125-pounds.  The Peacocks gained their second win of the afternoon with a 3-1 decision by #1 ranked Kyle Pedretti over SCSU’s Eric Ellington at 133-pounds.

The Huskies kicked it into gear at 141-pounds with a 12-6 victory by #8 Gabe Suarez over UIU’s Blake Hilmer.  At 149-pounds, SCSU Jacob R. Horn posted a big 14-4 major decision over UIU’s Colby Kriegel to give the Huskies’ their first lead of the match.

At 157-pounds, #2 ranked John Sundgren of SCSU collected a 15-0 major decision at 3:40 of his match against UIU’s Winston Robbins.  At 165-pounds, #2 Tad Merritt helped push SCSU’s lead to 15-6 with a 7-3 victory over UIU’s Bryce Lumzy.

The Huskies’ run was halted at 174-pounds as UIU’s Mark Mueller posted a 3-2 victory over #8 Shamus O’Grady of SCSU.  Upper Iowa added its final win of the match with a 3-1 victory by Wade Gobin over SCSU’s Mic Berg at 184-pounds.

Up 15-12, SCSU got back on track at 197-pounds with a 3-2 win by #6 Lucas Munkelwitz over UIU’s #8 Carl Broghammer.

The285-pound match was the highlight match of the afternoon as it pitted two of the nation’s top four wrestlers in SCSU’s Jake Kahnke (#1 NCAA) and UIU’s Zach Rosol (#4 NCAA). Both wrestlers fought off strong takedown attempts in a scoreless first period.   The match moved to the final period without a score, but Kahnke put two minutes of ride time on the board. The Husky heavyweight scored a reversal and a takedown in the final period and claimed a 6-2 victory.

With the win, St. Cloud State took the NSIC dual by a final score of 21-12.

St. Cloud State 21 Upper Iowa 12
125: Trevor Franklin (UI) DEC Wright, Dylan (SCS) 6-1
133: Kyle Pedretti (UI) DEC Ellington, Eric (SCS) 3-1
141: Suarez, Gabriel (SCS) DEC Blake Hilmer (UI) 12-6
149: Horn, Jacob R. (SCS) MD Colby Kriegel (UI) 14-4
157: Sundgren, John (SCS) TF5 Winston Robbins (UI) 15-0 3:40
165: Merritt, Tad (SCS) DEC Bryce Lumzy (UI) 7-3
174: Mark Mueller (UI) DEC O’Grady, Shamus (SCS) 3-2
184: Wade Gobin (UI) SV Berg, Michael (SCS) 3-1
197: Munkelwitz, Lucas (SCS) DEC Carl Broghammer (UI) 3-2
285: Kahnke, Jake (SCS) DEC Zach Rosol (UI) 6-2

Minnesota 18 Penn State 18

Gophers Tie No. 3 Penn State 18-18

February 13, 2011

MINNEAPOLIS — The No. 5 Minnesota wrestling team remained unbeaten in the Big Ten after tying No. 3 Penn State 18-18 on Sunday afternoon at the Sports Pavilion. The Gophers recorded wins via decisions by Zach Sanders and Mike Thorn and also tallied key major decisions by Cody Yohn, Kevin Steinhaus and Sonny Yohn to overcome a 12-6 deficit at half time and keep the Gophers unbeaten in their last seven duals.

2011 Penn State at Minnesota

Penn State-Minnesota Post-Meet Interviews –

Sanders, a two-time All-American ranked fifth in the nation at 125 lbs., scrounged a 10-8 decision over No. 11 Brad Pataky in the dual opener before Penn State’s Andrew Long – ranked No. 7 – tallied a 14-4 major decision over David Thorn in the 133 lbs. match. The Nittany Lions’ first lead would be short lived however when No.2 Mike Thorn edged No. 7 Andrew Alton with a 4-1 decision – giving Minnesota a 6-4 advantage.  Penn State would reply with a pair of wins in the next two matches to take a 12-6 lead into the half. At 149 lbs, No. 5 Frank Molinaro snuck by Minnesota’s Danny Zilverberg to pick up a 6-5 decision before No. 3 David Taylor scored a 16-1 technical fall on Matt Mincey in the 157 lbs. match.

Minnesota would match Penn State’s success in the second half when the Gophers would outscore their conference opponent 12-6 thanks to three major decisions in the heavier weight classes. No. 11 Cody Yohn scored an 8-0 major decision over Jake Kemerer in the 165 lbs. match, and No. 8 Kevin Steinhaus followed a 12-5 decision in Penn State’s favor at 174 lbs. with another major decision for the Gophers – this time outscoring No. 13 Quentin Wright 10-1 to put the Gophers down by just one point at 14-15.

All-American and fourth-ranked Sonny Yohn then came up big for Minnesota in his return to the mat. Yohn, who had been out of action since late December, put the Gophers up 18-15 when the Alamosa, Colo. native scored a 10-2 major decision over Nick Ruggear at 197 lbs. At heavyweight, No. 6 Cameron Wade of Penn State would earn a 2-0 decision over No. 8 Tony Nelson to close out the dual and secure an 18-18 tie. The even slate extends the Gophers’ unbeaten streak against the Nittany Lions to ten-straight meetings while Penn State has never won a dual against the Gophers in Minneapolis.

Minnesota closes out the regular season next Sunday against No. 2 Iowa at Williams Arena. Tickets are still available for the 2 p.m. dual The Big Ten Network will broadcast the dual on same-day tape delay.

No. 3 Penn State at No. 5 Minnesota
Sunday, February 13, 2011
Minneapolis, Minn. (Sports Pavilion)

Minnesota 18 Penn State 18
125: #5 Zach Sanders (MINN) dec. #11 Brad Pataky (PSU) 10-8
133: #9 Andrew Long (PSU) maj. David Thorn (MINN) 14-4
141: #2 Mike Thorn (MINN) dec. #7 Andrew Alton (PSU) 4-1
149: #5 Frank Molinaro (PSU) dec. Danny Zilverberg (MINN) 6-5
157: #3 David Taylor (PSU) tech. Matt Mincey (MINN) 16-1; 3:37
165: #11 Cody Yohn (MINN) maj. Jake Kemerer (PSU) 8-0
174: #2 Ed Ruth (PSU) dec. #13 Scott Glasser (MINN) 12-5
184: #8 Kevin Steinhaus (MINN) maj. #13 Quentin Wright (PSU) 10-1
197: #4 Sonny Yohn (MINN) maj. Nick Ruggear (PSU) 10-2
285: #6 Cameron Wade (PSU) dec. #8 Tony Nelson (MINN) 2-0

Forde’s Story Far From Over

MOORHEAD, Minn. – Each senior on the Minnesota State University Moorhead wrestling team has their own unique story or lasting impression. For Evan Forde, his lasting impression as a leader and teammate is already well known. His legacy as a Dragons wrestler, however, still has one more chapter left.

Forde is a local product of Fargo, N.D. and the pride of the Fargo South High School Bruins. Before his arrival at MSUM, the Forde name was a well-known part of wrestling in the Fargo-Moorhead area. Evan’s father, Lynn, is the coach of the Bruins wrestling team and was a member of the North Dakota State Bison wrestling team along with Evan’s uncles Bruce Forde and Randy Forde.

Forde was a successful wrestler at Fargo South, placing three times in the state tournament as high as second. Upon his arrival, Forde made an instant mark on the conference, posting a 15-14 record.

Forde has been the Dragons’ captain for the past two seasons, in large part due to his leadership and intensity. For Forde, there is added pressure that comes with being a captain and having the experience of a senior in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference.

“When I was younger, I had to just worry about myself and be ready to wrestle on my own,” Forde said. “Now there is more pressure to have the whole team ready, along with yourself.”

Forde has doesn’t hide the fact that his record since the spring semester has began has been frustrating. Rather, he expects to win the close matches with his experience. The frustration has turned into added motivation to prove how strong of a wrestler he is with his collegiate career nearly at its end.

“The biggest thing is finishing off these last few duals strong,” Forde said. “I’m getting to that point where I’m watching a lot of film on the guys I have wrestled and get to where I’m ready to peak.”

A large part of Forde’s approach is to never give excuses for coming up short. To never blame any struggles on the road being too tough. For Evan, the same applies to the competition the Dragons face year in and year out.

“Having a tough schedule helps us because by wrestling all this tough competition during the year, that’s going to help better prepare you for the post season,” Forde said. “In the end, having a tough schedule and a poor record is better than an easy schedule and a good record.”

It’s not too often you can go to an NCAA Division-II dual and see a wrestler sometimes out yell his coach. But come to a Dragons’ dual and that very well could be the case. Forde does his best to hide the coach with in, but his competitive drive often gets the best of him.

“I don’t pay attention to it but that is what I’m known for,” Forde said. “I can get a little into it but that’s because I want my teammates to win as badly as I want myself to win. It can be more frustrating watching teammates lose because it’s out of your control.” Evan’s voice is usually silent when he wrestles, but his father Lynn is there to kill any silence.

“That’s still the voice I can easily pick out from the crowd, Forde said. “I hear every word he says and I still get good advice from him. He has basically been my coach my whole life.” The lessons Lynn taught Evan extend beyond the mat as well.

“My motto has been to try and live life with no regrets and he has really supported me through that,” Forde said. “If you put 100 percent effort into what you’re doing than no matter what the outcome you can be proud of what you done.” It’s fairly easy for Forde to realize what it’s going to be like when this is all gone.

“You miss the feel of competition a lot, it’s why we are all in this, Forde said. “But I will miss the camaraderie and that team aspect. I know that we (seniors Tallen Wald, Jon Swart, Brady Schneeberger and Evan) can all look back on our struggles together and see how we got through it as teammates. To finish strong with these guys would mean a lot to me.”

Finishing strong begins with the John Sterner Endowment Dual, which means more to Forde than one would begin to think.

“There is tradition here in this wrestling program and the Endowment Dual is a tribute to that tradition,” Forde said. “It’s not just about raising money it’s about putting on a good show for all of those people who support us.” Forde has full control over how much longer he will wrestle; assuring no timetable can end his career.

“That’s why this sport is so great,” Forde said. “If your team isn’t doing so well there is still not limit to how far you can go. I want my team to do well but the only way to help them is by taking care of myself.” With the national tournament nearly a month away, it’s Forde’s chance to leave his mark on Dragons’ wrestling.

“I’ve been in this sport my whole life and I got one month left to see what I can do.”

NJCAA North Central District Qualifier

NJCAA North Central District Qualifier –

February 13, 2011 at Grand Rapids, MN (Itasca Hosts)

at Itasca Community College

NJCAA North Central District Qualifier
1. Iowa Central 130.0
2. Iowa Lakes 116.5
3. Ellsworth 109.0
4. North Iowa Area 84
5. Ridgewater 78.5
6. Itasca 67.5
7. Rochester 64.5

Coach of the Year: Tim Setala, Itasca Community College


NJCAA National Tournament Qualifiers
1. Josh Heinzer, Iowa Central
2. Andrew Brackins, Iowa Lakes
3. Sharkey Slyter, Ellsworth
4. Lonny Booshu, Ridgewater
1. Brandon Wright, Iowa Central
2. Andrew Wrede, Ellsworth
3. Cody Singletary, Iowa Lakes
4. Nate Friederich, Ridgewater
5. Wismit Moinius, North Iowa Area
1. Wilson Metellus, Ellworth
2. Casey Williams, Itasca
3. Seth Stender, Iowa Central
4. Aaron Niles, Rochester
5. Javior Portillo, Ridgewater
6. Kirk Sallis, North Iowa Area
1. Victor Dejesus, Iowa Lakes
2. Sam Schad, Rochester
3. Ryan Davis, Iowa Central
4. Mariano Portillo, Ridgewater
5. Kevin Lewis, Iowa Central
6. Kyle Dellamo, Ellsworth
1. Quinten Haynes, North Iowa Area
2. Conner Monk, Itasca
3. Brock Storm, Iowa Lakes
4. Ryan Krause, Ridgewater
1. Dan McGillivray, Iowa Lakes
2. Jason Trushcheff, Iowa Central
3. Theo Jensen-Innis, Rochester
4. Isaiah Tantum, North Iowa Area
5. Trevor Krueger, Ridgewater
6. Blake Menard, Itasca
1. Carl Foreside, Iowa Central
2. Marciano Ali, Ellsworth
3. Travis Peralta, Ridgewater
4. Emilio Gonzales, North Iowa Area
5. Peter McPhail, Rochester
1. Blaine Conner, Iowa Lakes
2. Kolton Kersten, Iowa Central
3. Billy Dean, Ridgewater
1. Nick Pica, Iowa Central
2. Vinny Campanile, Ellsworth
3. Cully Butterfield, Itasca
4. Jim Doyle, Iowa Lakes
5. Weston Hawkins, North Iowa Area
1. Seth McGregor, Iowa Central
2. Matt Wyss, Iowa Lakes
3. Quintin Moore, Ellsworth

SJU Finishes Third at UWEC Invite


EAU CLAIRE, Wis. – Saint John’s claimed first and/or second in four weights to finish third out of 15 teams at the Wisconsin-Eau Claire Invitational held Saturday, Feb. 12.

Augsburg won the tournament with four wins and a total of 138 points. Wisconsin-Parkside claimed second with 100.5, followed by SJU (79), Wisconsin-Stevens Point (59.5) and Wisconsin-Whitewater (45.5).

Senior Chris Sandy (Spirit Lake, Iowa) cruised through the 141-pound bracket with two pins and back-to-back technical falls, including a 16-0 decision over Augsburg’s Will Keeter in the championship match.

Junior Dustin Baxter (Fairbanks, Alaska/West Valley), ranked seventh nationally at 184, went 3-0 before double-forfeiting against teammate Mitch Hagen (Sunburg, Minn./Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg) in the championship match. Baxter avenged his 3-1 loss to No. 6 Brad Baus of Augsburg on Jan. 28 with a 6-3 victory in the semifinals. Hagen, meanwhile, went 3-0 with wins over No. 10 Greg Rhodes of Wabash (Ind.) and top-seeded Todd Becker of Wartburg (Iowa).

Junior Matt Pfarr (Le Sueur, Minn./Le Sueur-Henderson), ranked fourth nationally at 174, posted a 3-0 record before falling to Luke Rynish of Wisconsin-Parkside, the top-ranked wrestler in Division II, 7-3.

Senior Tony Willaert (North Mankato, Minn./Lake Crystal-Wellcome Memorial) collected two pins and a technical fall before falling to No. 2 Jared Massey of Augsburg, 7-2 in the championship bout.

Senior Drew Larson (Willmar, Minn.) lost to Parkside’s Dillon Bera, the eventual runner-up, in the semifinals. He and teammate Brandon Seppelt (Foley, Minn.) double-forfeited the fifth-place match.

The Johnnies return to the mat in two weeks at the 2011 NCAA Great Lakes Regional, hosted by Lakeland College (Wis.). The meet is scheduled for 9 a.m. in Sheboygan, Wis.