Auggie men’s wrestlers win 12 of 15 over Rams

MINNEAPOLIS — Winning 12 of 15 bouts, including 10 by bonus-point margins, the Augsburg University men’s wrestling team had another strong effort in a non-scored dual meet against Cornell College on Sunday afternoon at Si Melby Hall.

Augsburg wrestlers claimed five pins and five major decisions among the 12 wins over Cornell. Augsburg entered the match ranked No. 9 in the latest National Wrestling Coaches Association Division III national rankings.

Solomon Nielsen (SR, Luverne, Minn./Luverne HS), ranked No. 2 nationally at 174 pounds, improved to 5-0 on the season with his fourth bonus-point win, a 3:56 pin of Colin Honderd. Nielsen now has 25 pins among his 83 wins (83-18) in his college career.

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High School Milestones – Saturday, February 27, 2021

  • 125th Win – Jacob Leibold, Royalton, 11th, 145 pounds
  • 100th Win – Javan Kaufman, Mounds View, 12th
  • 100th Win – Tanner Holt, East Ridge, 12th
  • 100th Win – Luke Ruter, New London-Spicer, 12th, 126 pounds
  • 50th Pin – Shane Noyes, Canby, 12th, Hwt
  • 50th Pin – Tate Lange, Holdingford, 12th, 170 pounds
  • 75th Win – Dain Mortenson, Dawson-Boyd/Lac qui Parle/Montevideo United, 11th, 152 pounds
  • 75th Win – Logen Weite, Staples-Motley, 12th, 152 pounds
  • 75th Win – Drew Bergstedt, Eastview, 11th, 132 pounds
  • 75th Win – Devin Carter, Tracy-Milroy-Balaton/Westbrook-Walnut Grove, 9th, 113 pounds
  • 60th Win – Zander Clausen, Dawson-Boyd/Lac qui Parle/Montevideo United, 10th, 132 pounds
  • 25th Pin – Lucas Schiell, Zumbrota-Mazeppa, 10th, 120 pounds
  • 25th Pin – Gabe Krick, Tracy-Milroy-Balaton/Westbrook-Walnut Grove, 12th, 152 pounds
  • 50th Win – Kale Drevlow, Osakis, 10th, 145 pounds
  • 50th Win – Spencer Johnson, Sartell-St. Stephen, 11th, 120 pounds

Huskies claim fifth consecutive regional title

ABERDEEN, S.D. – If anyone questioned the St. Cloud State University wrestling team’s dominance heading into the Super Region V Championship in Aberdeen, South Dakota, they need not anymore. After one of the most bizarre seasons in recent history, the Huskies once again stood atop the podium, earning their fifth consecutive NCAA Division II Championship with 116.5 points.

St. Cloud State was forced to share the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) Title in mid-February due to the COVID-19 shortened season, but the team left little doubt that it’s the best in the region. The Huskies saw seven wrestlers qualify for semifinal matches, with six of those seven reaching the finals. Additionally, Garrett Vos (Bonifacius, Minn. / Waconia), Joseph Bianchini (Elk Grove Village, Ill. / Immaculate Conception), Devin FitzPatrick (Mahtomedi, Minn. / Mahtomedi), Billy Pitzner (Jefferson, Wis. / Milton) and Kameron Teacher (Grove City, Ohio / Central Crossing) all need to make more room in their trophy cases, as they were crowned Regional Champions in their respective weight classes Saturday evening.

No. 1 Voss went 4-0 at 133 pounds, winning his second consecutive regional weight class with a 13-4 major decision win over Augustana’s Brandon Carroll. The junior will make his third consecutive trip to nationals with the win and improves his already impressive perfect season record to 9-0.

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SMSU’s Steffen wins four in a row to finish second and advance to the NCAA Championship

Ryan awaits word on wild card bid

ABERDEEN, S.D.- Southwest Minnesota State’s Caden Steffen finished third at 184 pounds, winning four straight matches, and has qualified for the NCAA Championships in St. Louis, Mo. SMSU’s Jackson Ryan also earned third place at 197 and awaits word from the NCAA on Monday if he has earned one of the region’s five wild card spots and earn a spot to the NCAA Championships.

It’s the fourth straight season SMSU has had a national qualifier. Ryan is expected to be one of the five wild cards from the the region. He entered the region tournament undefeated and was ranked No. 10 nationally.

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Carroll, Hajas Qualify For Division II National Championships

ABERDEEN, S.D. — The Augustana wrestling team put on a show at the NCAA Super Region 5 Tournament on Saturday afternoon and is sending two of its wrestlers to the NCAA DII Championships in St. Louis, Missouri. Senior Brandon Carroll (133 pounds) and sophomore Steven Hajas (285 pounds) will represent the Vikings in the America’s Center on March 12-13.

In addition, redshirt-freshman Cade Mueller is “under consideration” for nationals as one of at-least five at-large bids from Region 5. The NCAA will make the at-large announcement on Monday.

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Three Mavericks Win Individual Titles as Minnesota State Places Third at NCAA DII Super Region V Tournament

Aberdeen, S.D. — Led by a trio of individual titles, Minnesota State placed third in the team standings at the 2020-21 NCAA Division II Super Region V tournament held in Aberdeen, S.D., Saturday.

Senior Kyle Rathman (149 lbs.), junior Trevor Turriff (174 lbs.) and senior Trenton McManus (125 lbs.) all claimed first-place finishes for the Mavericks.

Rathman, a two-time All-American who entered the weekend rated second in NCAA Division II, started off with a bye before running the table with three straight victories. The Apple Valley, Minn., native who now stands 9-0 for the year, won by technical fall over Angel Rios (MSU Moorhead), and decisioned Wyatt Turnquist (Northern State) 7-4 before claiming the regional title with a 7-0 decision over St. Cloud State’s Garrett Aldrich.

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Jones Headed Back to Nationals After Runner-Up Finish at Super Region V Meet

ABERDEEN, S.D. — Minnesota State University Moorhead junior wrestler Cole Jones is headed back to the national tournament. Jones finished second at 125 pounds at the Super Region V tournament on Saturday in Aberdeen, S.D.

The top two finishers in each weight class qualified for nationals.

Jones, who missed 2019-20 recovering from an injury, was All-American at 125 in 2018-19. This will be his second trip to nationals.

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