Live Chat With Mike Thorn Set For Noon Wednesday

MINNEAPOLIS — Want an inside look at the life of an All-American wrestler? Join Minnesota redshirt senior Mike Thorn for a live chat this Wednesday from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. to find out what it takes to wrestle at one of the top programs in college wrestling.

The St. Michael, Minn. native will take questions from fans throughout the chat and talk about this weekend’s upcoming battle between the No. 5 Gophers and No. 2 Iowa.  Minnesota will host its Big Ten rival on Sunday at 2 p.m. at Williams Arena. The Big Ten Network will broadcast the dual later that night at 8:30 p.m.

Thorn, ranked second at 141 lbs. by InterMat, will have another challenge on Sunday when he meets Iowa’s Montell Marion – ranked third in the weight class – on the mat. Thorn is 32-2 on the year and leads all Big Ten wrestlers in wins.

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MSU-Moorhead 22 Dickinson State 13

Dragons Finish Off Bluehawks 22-13

MOORHEAD, Minn. – The No. 20 ranked Minnesota State University Moorhead Dragons wrestling team finished their non-conference schedule with a dual against the No. 14 NAIA Dickinson State Bluehawks at Alex Nemzek Fieldhouse on Monday. The Dragons’ strong start held its own as the Bluehawks ran out of time, falling to the Dragons by a final of 22-13.

No. 3 ranked 125-pounder Corey Ulmer started off the dual with a rematch against the Bluehawks’ Sergio Martinez. Ulmer got on the offense early with a takedown a minute into the dual. Ulmer escaped right away in the second and returned with a takedown midway through the second period.

Ulmer matched Martinez’ takedowns with a pair of escapes and finished with 2:48 of riding time for an 8-4 decision to give the Dragons a 3-0 lead. Redshirt Senior Evan Forde kept the momentum going strong for the Dragons, taking on Kevin Hansen at 133 pounds.

Forde gained a pair of takedowns along with a two-point near fall midway through the opening period. With time running out in the second, Forde took down Hansen once again to give himself an 8-1 lead. Forde put away Hansen for good in the third with a pair of takedowns. Forde’s last takedown proved to be crucial as he gained a pin fall with only 12 seconds remaining for a pin fall win, putting the Dragons up 9-0.

After the Bluehawks gained their first win on the night at 141 pounds between Adam Orton and Connor MacGregor who was wrestling in place of No. 3Brady Schneeberger, the Dragons’ lead was cut to 9-4.

Tyler Steinwand regained control of the dual for the Dragons at 149 pounds, facing off against Jordan Ewen. Steinwand opened up the match trading a trio of takedowns with Ewen’s escapes to give himself a 6-3 lead heading into the final period. In the third Steinwand gained two more points with an escape and a penalty point to secure an 8-3 decision, putting the Dragons lead up to eight at 12-4.

No. 7 ranked 157-pounder Tallen Wald opened up the Dragons lead further when he took on Brad Steele, the Bluehawks normal 149-pounder. Wald started the match with a takedown 37 seconds into the period, gaining a two-point near fall with 43 seconds remaining.

In the second period, Wald reversed Steele and gained a two-point near fall, giving him an 8-0 lead. In the third, Wald secured the major decision, taking down Steele for the last time en route to an 11-1 win.

Tyler Kivel kept things going for the Dragons, taking on Nick Zumwalt at 165 pounds. Kivel countered Zumwalt’s takedown with an escape in both the first and second periods. In the third, Kivel fell behind 3-2 after Zumwalt escaped to begin the period. With time running out on Kivel, the 165-pounder took down Zumwalt and nearly pinned him, gaining a near fall to win by a final of 6-3.

In the 197-pound match, Brian Woelfel met with George Hargrove with the Dragons up 19-10. Hargrove took down Woelfel to begin the match but Woelfel countered with a takedown in the first period, posting a second escape in the second to tie up Hargove 2-2 entering the third.

With the match coming to an end and Woelfel trailing 3-2 following a Hargrove escape, Hargove was penalized for fleeing, sending the match into sudden victory overtime with the dual on the line. In the second overtime period, both wrestlers gained escapes to be even up at 4-4. In the third overtime, Hargrove brought the Bluehawks with in range of the Dragons with a late takedown to bring cut the Dragons’ lead to 19-13.

With the Bluehawks needing a pin fall to tie the Dragons, senior heavyweight Jon Swart took on Cody Jamgaard. Jamgaard opened up the match with a takedown 52 seconds into the match while Swart escaped eight seconds later to cut Jamgaard’s lead in half 2-1.

After a scoreless second period, Swart chose the down position looking to even up the score. Swart escaped 15 seconds into the third with the score tied 2-2. Midway through the third, Swart jumped ahead with a pair of takedowns that secured the win by a final of 6-3. The decision gave the Dragons a 22-13 win to close out their non-conference schedule.

The Dragons move up to 7-8 while improving their home record to 4-2. The Dragons finish up with their conference schedule on Thursday night when they take on the Upper Iowa Peacocks at 7 p.m. inside Alex Nemzek Fieldhouse. The dual with be the Dragons’ senior night where they will honor senior’sEvan Forde (133 pounds), Brady Schneeberger (141 pounds), Tallen Wald (157 pounds) and Jon Swart (heavyweight).

February 14, 2011

MSU-Moorhead 22 Dickinson State 13
125: Corey Ulmer (MSU) DEC Sergio Martinez (DS) 8-4
133: Evan  Forde (MSU) FALL Kevin Hansen (DS)  6:68
141: Adam Orton (DS) MD Connor MacGregor (MSU) 13-3
149: Tyler Steinwand (MSU) DEC Jordan Ewen (DS) 8-3
157: Tallen Wald (MSU) MD Brad Steele (DS) 11-1
165: Tyler Kivel (MSU) DEC Nick Zumwalt (DS) 6-3
174: Brady Burgess (DS) DEC Trent Sovde (MSU) 5-2
184: Steven Urquizo (DS) DEC Jacob Mclean (MSU) 9-3
197: George Hargrove (DS) DEC Brian Woelfel (MSU) 6-4
285: Jon Swart (MSU) DEC Cody Jamgaard (DS) 6-3

Mavericks Close Out Regular Season Against No. 3 Huskies

What’s Next: The No. 8 Minnesota State Mavericks (9-4, 5-1 NSIC) close out the regular season Thursday as they travel to St. Cloud State to take on the No. 3 ranked Huskies (18-2, 5-1 NSIC). The dual is scheduled to start at 7:00 pm and will decide who finishes second in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference. No. 2 Augustana (14-1, 7-0 NSIC) wrapped up the regular season conference title last week with its win over Upper Iowa.

Scouting the Huskies: St. Cloud State enters Thursday’s dual 18-2 overall and 5-1 in NSIC action. Like the Mavericks, the Huskies lone conference loss came at the hands of No. 2 Augustana. The Huskies dropped an 18-13 decision to Augustana on January 27. St. Cloud State currently has seven individually ranked wrestlers led by the top-ranked heavyweight Jacob Kahnke (20-1). Ranked No. 2 in their respective weight classes are John Sundgren (157-lbs, 8-2) and Tad Merritt (165-lbs, 29-3). Remaining ranked Huskies include: Lucas Munkelwitz (197-lbs, 16-5), Jacob Horn (149-lbs, 15-8), Gabe Suarez (141-lbs, 20-7) and Shamus O’Grady (174-lbs, 23-6).
Inside the Series: Thursday’s dual marks the 40th meeting between the two schools as the Mavericks hold a 22-15-2 advantage in the all-time series.
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 No. 8 Mavericks wrapped up the home portion of their schedule last week as they improved to 9-4 overall and 5-1 in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference with a 31-6 win over Southwest Minnesota State…The Mavericks won eight of the night’s ten matches including wins by the team’s two seniors, Andy Forstner (No. 4, 125-lbs) and Ben Becker (No. 6, 174-lbs)…The last home dual for the two seniors resulted in a win by fall for Forstner (:34) and a 12-2 win by major decision for Becker…The Mavericks complete their regular season on Thursday, Feb. 17 as they travel to St. Cloud State to take on the No. 3 Huskies…Junior Aaron Norgren is the only Maverick with 20 or more wins…Norgren stands at 21-8 overall and 12-1 in dual matches…Two Mavericks have 19-wins as freshman Brendan Eichmann owns a 19-15 overall record while junior Tel Todd maintains a 10-11 record…Norgren has won 11 of his last 12 matches including a current streak of five in a row.
About the Coach: Head coach Jim Makovsky (Valley City State ’89) is in his 18th season at MSU. Makovsky, who holds a 220-78-3 overall record at MSU, has coached collegiate wrestling for 21 years and possesses a 243-97-5 career record.Next Up:

The Mavericks will next be in action on Sunday, February 27 as they compete in the NCAA Division II Regional in Sioux Falls, S.D.

No. 2 Vikings entertain No. 1 Nebraska-Omaha in dual finale on Wednesday


This week: No. 2 Augustana (14-1) will conclude dual action for the season on Wednesday when it hosts No. 1 Nebraska-Omaha (11-1) at 7 p.m.

Last time out: Augustana secured its first Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference wrestling title with a 29-8 victory over No. 11 Upper Iowa last Friday night in Sioux Falls.  The Vikings won eight of 10 matches to throttle the Peacocks.

Top-teams tilt: The buzz around Wednesday’s dual with Nebraska-Omaha exists for two main reasons.  First, it’s a classic No. 1 vs. No. 2 matchup that will likely determine who takes the top spot in the final NCAA Division II rankings.  Second, Augustana has a chance to deliver a dose of payback to UNO, which beat the Vikings 17-15 in January at the NWCA National Duals.  That defeat marked Augustana’s only loss of the season.

We meet again:  The Vikings are 2-0 this season when facing a team for the second time.  Augustana has defeated both Minnesota State and St. Cloud State twice in 2010-11.  Wednesday’s contest with Nebraska-Omaha is also a second meeting.  To read about the last time the two teams faced off, click here.

A chance at history:  A win on Wednesday against Nebraska-Omaha would be historic.  A victory over the Mavericks would give the Vikings their 15th dual win of the season, beating the previous record of 14.  Augustana also reached 14 wins during the 2004-05 season–also under the guidance of head coach Jason Reitmeier.

Conference title:  The conference crown picked up by the Vikings last Friday was their first in the NSIC and their third overall. Augustana finished 7-0 in NSIC competition. The Vikings won the North Central Conference in 1981 and 2005–the latter also under head coach Jason Reitmeier.

Nationally ranked opponents:  Wednesday will be Augustana’s sixth contest this season against a nationally ranked opponent.  The Vikings are 5-1 against nationally ranked teams and 3-0 against them at home.  Augustana has beat both No. 7/No. 8 Minnesota State and No. 2/No. 3 St. Cloud State twice and No. 11 Upper Iowa once.

Home improvement: 
 Augustana hasn’t lost at home since the 2008-09 season.  The Vikings finished 4-0 at home last season and are currently 6-0 in the Elmen this season.  The last time Augustana lost at home was on Feb. 6, 2009, when St. Cloud State topped the Vikings 17-16.

Northern Sun honors:  The Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference announced Monday that 133-pounder Jason Jeremiason is its Wrestler of the Week.  Jeremiason knocked off top-ranked Kyle Pedretti of Upper Iowa on Friday night, helping Augustana to a 28-9 victory over the Peacocks. The win secured the NSIC title for the Vikings, who finished conference dual action with a perfect 7-0 mark. Jeremiason used a pair of takedowns and more than two minutes of riding time to notch the 5-1 win. His victory pushed the Viking lead to 12-3.  The Vikings have had four Wrestler of the Week honorees this season.

Date Wrestler
Nov. 29 Cody Lensing
Jan. 10 Jason Jeremiason
Jan. 31 Ty Copsey
Feb. 14 Jason Jeremiason

By the numbers:  Augustana’s 14-1 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 444-106 this season.

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 OR Sean Derry
197 Ty Copsey
285 Lance Peters

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.

NSIC names Jeremiason Wrestler of the Week for second time


BURNSVILLE, Minn. – The Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference announced Monday that Augustana’s Jason Jeremiason has been named Wrestler of the Week for his performance in the No. 2 Vikings’ win over No. 11 Upper Iowa last Friday. This marks the second time this season Jeremiason has earned the honor.

Jason JeremiasonJeremiason, a junior 133-pounder from Marshall, Minn., knocked off top-ranked Kyle Pedretti of UIU on Friday night, helping Augustana to a 28-9 victory over the Peacocks. The win secured the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference title for the Vikings, who finished conference dual action with a perfect 7-0 mark. Jeremiason used a pair of takedowns and more than two minutes of riding time to notch the 5-1 win. His victory pushed the Viking lead to 12-3.

Jeremiason, who also earned Wrestler of the Week accolades on Jan. 10, is now 17-3 on the season.

Augustana has had four Wrestler of the Week recipients this season. Cody Lensing picked up the honor on Nov. 29, Jeremiason on Jan. 10 and Ty Copsey on Jan. 31.

No. 2 Augustana (14-1) will conclude dual action for the season on Wednesday when it hosts No. 1 Nebraska-Omaha (11-1) at 7 p.m.

North Dakota State 44 Dickinson State 3

Bison Roll Over Dickinson State, 44-3

FARGO, N.D. – North Dakota State won nine straight bouts, including five by fall, en route to a 44-3 win over Dickinson State in wrestling in front of 294 fans at the Bison Sports Arena on Sunday, Feb. 13. NDSU improves to 9-4 overall with the victory. The Bison have outscored their opponents 87-10 in their last two duals.

No. 19 Trent Sprenkle got the Bison off to a strong start at 125 pounds with a 20-4 technical fall over Sergio Martinez. Sprenkle tallied six takedowns and two three-point near falls in the win.

At 133, Justin Solberg tallied the first of five pins for the home side, earning a first period pin of Kevin Hanson in 2:17. Earning his first career start at home, Geoff Martin dominated Adam Orton at 141 pounds. In the first two periods, Martin notched six takedowns and two three-point near falls before pinning Orton 27 seconds into the third period.

Andrey Patselov returned to the mat for the Bison at 149 pounds after missing two months of the season with an injury. He earned three takedowns in a 7-4 decision win over Jordan Ewen to extend NDSU’s lead to 20-0.

The Bison claimed the next two bouts by fall. At 157 pounds, Vince Salminen picked up his 10th pin of the season, taking down Kyle Johnson in 3:24. Steven Monk followed up at 165 pounds with a pin of Nick Zumwalt in 4:32.

Tyler Wells competed against Dickinson’s Brady Burgess at 174 pounds. Wells tied the match at 1-1 with an escape with 59 seconds to go in the match before notching the match-winning takedown with only 12 seconds remaining to claim a 3-1 win.

At 184 pounds, Kenny Moenkedick used a strong third period with a takedown and two-point near fall to defeat Steven Urquizo, 6-5. Drew Ross notched his second straight first period pin at 197 pounds, sticking Kenneth Finlayson in only 1:22.

In the final bout of the day, Dickinson State’s George Hargrove defeated Will Johnson, 8-3.

The Bison will host Utah Valley Saturday, Feb. 19 at 7 p.m. in the regular season finale. The match will also be the final home dual for seniors Vince Salminen, Kenny Moenkedick, Geoff Martin and Andrey Patselov.

North Dakota State 44 Dickinson State 3
125: No. 19 Trent Sprenkle (NDSU) tech. fall Sergio Martinez, 20-4 (3:26)
133: Justin Solberg (NDSU) fall Kevin Hanson, 2:17
141: Geoff Martin (NDSU) fall Adam Orton, 5:27
149: Andrey Patselov (NDSU) dec. Jordan Ewen, 7-4
157: No. 18 Vince Salminen (NDSU) fall Kyle Johnson, 3:24
165: Steven Monk (NDSU) fall Nick Zumwalt, 4:32
174: Tyler Wells (NDSU) dec. Brady Burgess, 3-1
184: Kenny Moenkedick (NDSU) dec. Steven Urquizo, 6-5
197: Drew Ross (NDSU) fall Kenneth Finlayson, 1:22
285: George Hargrove (DSU) dec. Will Johnson, 8-3