Wolfpack Duals

January 8, 2011 at Raleigh, NC

North Dakota State 45, Mercyhurst 6
125 – Trent Sprenkle (NDS) pinned T.J. Stanton at 3:48
133 – Justin Solberg (NDS) pinned Levi Smeltzer at 5:28
141 – Trevor Johnson (NDS) dec. Tony D’Urso, 4-1
149 – Mark Erickson (NDS) pinned Shane Foster at 2:51
157 – Vince Salminen (NDS) dec. Jordan Shields, 4-1
165 – Steve Monk (NDS) pinned Clint Schaefer at 1:53
174 – Mac Stoll (NDS) won by forfeit
184 – Ken Moenkedick (NDS) dec. Londele Cox, 6-0
197 – Drew Ross (NDS) pinned Michael Pollard at 2:40
Hwt – Nathan Sharp (MC) won by forfeit

North Dakota State 49, Campbell 6
125 – Trent Sprenkle (NDS) pinned Tanner Biedelspach at 3:34
133 – Justin Solberg (NDS) dec. Gabriel Gardner, 5-1
141 – Trevor Johnson (NDS) major dec. Brad Merriman, 15-2
149 – Mark Erickson (NDS) pinned Darien Peele at 3:40
157 – Vince Salminen (NDS) pinned Jake Fose at 3:44
165 – Tyler Johnson (NDS) pinned Joel Caudill at 1:05
174 – Mac Stoll (NDS) pinned Justin Sparrow at 2:53
184 – Ken Moenkedick (NDS) pinned Peter Comis at 2:59
197 – Drew Ross (NDS) pinned John Merickel at 1:23
Hwt – Parker Burns (CU) won by forfeit

North Dakota State 46, Anderson 6
125 – Trent Sprenkle (NDS) pinned Andrew Rankin at 4:35
133 – Justin Solberg (NDS) major dec. Joseph Perry, 9-0
141 – Geoff Martin (NDS) technical fall Ian Harper, 27-12
149 – Mark Erikson (NDS) major dec. Dalton Harper, 11-3
157 – Vince Salminen (NDS) pinned Nick Giulietti at 1:30
165 – Tyler Wells (NDS) pinned Brian Onofrio at 3:38
174 – Mac Stoll (NDS) dec. Trevor Sanford, 9-6
184 – Ken Moenkedick (NDS) pinned Sean O’Connell at 2:22
197 – Drew Ross (NDS) injury default Zoi Oulette at 1:34
Hwt – Chase Duke (AU) won by forfeit

North Dakota State 27, North Carolina State 18
125 – Trent Sprenkle (NDS) technical fall Pedram Rahmatabadi, 26-11 (4 pts)
133 – Justin Solberg (NDS) major dec. Conor Hovis, 11-0
141 – Trevor Johnson (NDS) won by forfeit
149 – Darrion Caldwell (NCS) pinned Mark Erickson at 0:45
157 – Colton Palmer (NCS) dec. Vince Salminen, 13-6
165 – Steven Monk (NDS) pinned Colin Genthert at 2:54
174 – Quinton Godley (NCS) dec. Mac Stoll, 3-2
184 – Ken Moenkedick (NDS) major dec. Nijel Jones, 11-3
197 – Drew Ross (NDS) dec. KaRonne Jones, 10-4
Hwt – Eloheim Pamla (NCS) won by forfeit

Johnnies Set for National Stage This Weekend

The SJU wrestling team, ranked third nationally, returns to action at the prestigious NWCA/Cliff Keen Division III National Duals this Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 8-9. The Johnnies are scheduled to face No. 26 Johnson & Wales (R.I.) at 11 a.m. in the first round of the dual tournament held at the UNI Dome in Cedar Falls, Iowa. –  Tournament Website | Bracket

A LOOK AT THE JOHNNIES: SJU returns to competition for the first time since going 3-1 at the Vegas Duals Dec. 20. The Johnnies posted a 44-3 win over the University of Chicago, and sandwiched an 18-13 loss to then-No. 27 Olivet (Mich.) with tough wins over then-No. 1 Wartburg (21-15) and then-No. 3 Coe (18-17). SJU slid one spot to No. 3 in the latest Brute-Adidas National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) Division III team rankings released Jan. 4. Other teams ranked from the NCAA Great Lakes Region include Augsburg (No. 1), which jumped five spots from sixth to the top ranking, Concordia-Moorhead (No. 7), Elmhurst (No. 22) and North Central (No. 27).

Six of the Johnnies’ starting 10 were ranked individually: senior Minga Batsukh (7-0 record; Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia/St. Benedict’s Prep, N.J.), No. 3 at 149 pounds; senior Matt Baarson (10-2 record; Brooklyn Park, Minn./Champlin Park), No. 4 at 165; senior Chris Sandy (10-2 record; Spirit Lake, Iowa), No. 5 at 141; junior Dustin Baxter (9-1 record; Fairbanks, Alaska/West Valley), No. 8 at 184; junior Chad Henle (10-2 record; Spicer, Minn./New London-Spicer), No. 8 at 133; and senior Tony Willaert (6-5 record, 5-3 at 197; North Mankato, Minn./Lake Crystal-Wellcome Memorial), No. 10 at 197.

BATSUKH THE BULLY: The bump up to 149 pounds from 141, a weight class in which he has won each of the last two national championships, seems to be a smooth transition thus far for senior Minga Batsukh, who went 3-0 in Las Vegas. Of his seven victories, he boasts three pins, one technical fall, two major decisions and just one straight decision.

BRACKET OPPONENTS: The Johnson & Wales dual will feature an All-American matchup at 184 between SJU’s Dustin Baxter and No. 6 Brennan Ward, the Wildcats’ lone nationally-ranked wrestler. Ward has won 14 consecutive matches since losing his season opener Nov. 6. He went 10-1 at 197 pounds before cutting down to 184 and posting four pins at the Gator Duals Dec. 19.

The Johnnies will face either No. 6 Ithaca (N.Y.) or No. 19 Wilkes (Pa.). Ithaca boasts five ranked wrestlers, including the fifth-ranked grapplers at 133 and 149. The Bombers are also strong at heavyweight (No. 4 Matt Mahon), 174 (No. 6 David Priest) and 157 (No. 7 Derek Brenon). Wilkes’ Anthony Dattolo is ranked eighth at 149 pounds.

The other cluster of four teams on the bottom end of the bracket features No. 2 Wartburg, No. 7 Concordia-Moorhead, No. 13 Dubuque (Iowa) and No. 28 Heidelberg (Ohio).

LAST YEAR: Saint John’s went 2-1 in the first day of last year’s National Duals. The Johnnies suffered a 22-15 loss to No. 12 Delaware Valley in the opening round before defeating Dubuque (Iowa) 19-18 and North Central (Ill.) 15-15 (won by tie-breaker criteria, most near-fall points). SJU forfeited the match at 125 in both duals the following day and fell then-No. 9 Concordia-Moorhead (22-13) and then-No. 16 Cornell of Iowa (25-20). Matt Baarson recorded a perfect 5-0 record in the tournament at 165 pounds.

Auggies back in top spot in national rankings

MINNEAPOLIS — The 11-time national champion Augsburg College wrestling team has returned to the No. 1 spot in the latest National Wrestling Coaches Association Division III national rankings, and will be the top-ranked team in this weekend’s NWCA/Cliff Keen Division III National Duals, presented by Hibiclens and The Marines, in Cedar Falls, Iowa.

Augsburg will attempt to become the first school to win three straight titles in the 10-year history of the NWCA Division III National Duals. Action begins on Saturday at 9 a.m., as Augsburg faces No. 29-ranked Luther (Iowa), and will face either No. 10-ranked Wisconsin-Stevens Point or No. 12-ranked Cornell (Iowa) on Saturday at 1 p.m. Action will continue both Saturday and Sunday at the UNI-Dome, with the Division III championship match slated for Sunday at 3 p.m.

All 16 teams in the Division III field are ranked in the top 30 in the latest Division III national poll, with the top seven ranked teams all represented in the field.

Since the NWCA began the Division III National Duals in 2002, the trophy has rested at either Augsburg or Wartburg (Iowa). Augsburg has won the title five times (2002, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2010), while Wartburg has won the crown four times (2003, 2004, 2006, 2008).

Augsburg is 32-4 in NWCA Division III National Duals competition since 2002. Augsburg also appeared in five NWCA National Duals competitions prior to the 2002 season, when the defending Division III national champion was invited to compete with Division I squads. Augsburg is 37-13 all-time in NWCA National Duals competition. In its 36 Division III National Duals meets, Augsburg has outscored its competition by a 1,109-336 margin, an average score of 30.8 to 9.3.

After winning its 11th NCAA Division III national title last March, the Auggies opened the 2010-11 campaign in the top spot in the NWCA Brute/Adidas Division III national rankings. But after a 25-6 loss to Augustana (S.D.) on Nov. 24, the Auggies slipped to the No. 6 spot in the rankings in the third and fourth polls of the season.

However, with the return to the Auggie lineup of three All-Americans who will compete in the second semester — 165-pounder Orlando Ponce (SR, Hialeah, Fla./Hialeah-Miami Lakes HS), 174-pounder Zach Molitor (SR, Cambridge, Minn./Cambridge-Isanti HS) and 197-pounder Jared Massey(SR, Circle Pines, Minn./Centennial HS) — and an outstanding performance at the Florida Citrus Open on Dec. 29-30, the Auggies have returned to the top spot in the national polls.

Eight individuals are ranked in the top 10 in their weight classes, including three wrestlers at No. 2 — 149-pounder Tony Valek (JR, Belle Plaine, Minn./Scott West), Ponce at 165 and Molitor at 174. Massey is ranked No. 3 at 197. Josh Roberts (SO, Grand Forks, N.D./Grand Forks Central HS) is ranked No. 5 at 125, Brad Baus (JR, Mukwonago, Wis.) is ranked No. 7 at 184, Cody Hansen (SO, Albert Lea, Minn.) is ranked No. 8 at 184 and Chad Johnson (FY, Ferryville, Wis./DeSoto HS) is ranked No. 8 at heavyweight.

Gophers Set to Compete at National Duals

MINNEAPOLIS — The No. 5 Golden Gophers (6-1 overall, 0-0 Big Ten) will once again compete at the 2011 NWCA/Cliff Keen National Duals this weekend in Cedar Falls, Iowa. Sixteen Division I teams will compete at this weekend’s tournament including 13 nationally ranked teams. No. 5 Minnesota opens the National Duals as the fourth seed against Northern Illinois on Saturday at 9 a.m. CST. Other opening-round duals include Ohio State against top seeded Cornell, the No. 1 team in Division I wrestling; Northern Iowa against eighth seeded Missouri; fifth seed Boise State taking on Iowa State; three seed Wisconsin against South Dakota State; American against six seed Oregon State; the seven seed Virginia Tech against Central Michigan and finally Purdue against No. 2 seed Oklahoma State. A complete Division I bracket is attached.

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Last Time Out
Minnesota closed out 2010 with a fifth-place finish at the Southern Scuffle in Greensboro, N.C. Six Gophers placed at the event to give Minnesota 126.5 points. Cornell and Penn State tied for the team title with 151.5 points each. Mike Thorn and Zach Sanders each posted runner-up finishes to pace Minnesota while Kevin Steinhaus and Tony Nelson both won the consolation brackets of their respective weight classes.

Next Up
A week after competing at the 2011 NWCA/Cliff Keen National Duals, the Gophers return home for just their second home dual of the season on Friday, January 16. Minnesota hosts Big Ten rival Indiana at 7:00 p.m. at the Sports Pavilion in Minneapolis. Tickets information is available atmygophersports.com or by calling 1-800-UGOPHER.

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