NCAA-leading nine Huskies ranked in first NWCA Regular Season Poll

ST. CLOUD, Minn. – An NCAA DII leading nine wrestlers have been ranked at their classes in the first regular-season National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) poll of 2021-22. Reigning National Champion St. Cloud State moved to No. 2 in the polls, just one point behind Central Oklahoma. Joseph Bianchini remains the No. 1 wrestler at 141 pounds, Kameron Teacher holds his No. 2 rank at heavyweight, 157-pounder Colby Njos stays at No. 3 and Noah Ryan keeps his No. 5 nod at 197. Garrett Vos moved to No. 6 at 133 while Billy Pitzner stands at No. 9 at 184. No. 8 Devin Donovan, No. 10 Jake Barzowski, and No. 10 Dominic Murphy each made their debuts in the polls at 165, 149, and 174 respectively.

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NWCA NCAA DII Rankings – December 3, 2021

The Bronchos, who came in at #4 in the Preseason Edition of the poll, were last ranked #1 Oct. 23, 2007, after finishing as the 2007 NCAA Division II National Champions the previous season. They sit atop the first 2021-22 regular season poll behind seven ranked wrestlers, including two number ones in defending National Champion Heath Gray at 184, and returning National Finalist Dalton Abney at 197.

Central Oklahoma edged out three-time defending National Champions, St. Cloud State, by just one point, amassing 85 points to the Huskies’ 84. Nebraska-Kearney (74 points), West Liberty (70 points), and Lindenwood (57 points) round out the top five teams.

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University of Mary 41 Concordia-Moorhead 0

Lost On The High Seas

FRAZEE, Minn. — It was a long night for Concordia in their dual meet with the University of Mary at Frazee High School.

The Cobbers dropped all 10 individual matches and lost 41-0 to the Division II Marauders.

The loss slips Concordia’s dual-meet record to 1-2 on the season, while Mary wins its first dual of the season. The two teams are now even at 5-5 in the overall series between the schools.

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Loras 23, Augsburg 17

MINNEAPOLIS — The No. 4-ranked Augsburg University men’s wrestling team won five of the last six bouts of the match, but it was not enough to overcome a 19-0 deficit to top-ranked Loras College, as the Duhawks claimed a 23-17 dual-meet win over the Auggies on Thursday night.

Augsburg, ranked No. 4 in the latest National Wrestling Coaches Association Division III national rankings, trailed 19-0 after the first four bouts of the dual, as No. 1-ranked Loras picked up a major decision and two pins. Augsburg claimed two major decisions among its five wins in the last six bouts, but a major-decision win for the Duhawks at 184 pounds clinched the match victory.

The Auggie comeback started at 157 pounds, as Tyler Shilson (JR, Maple Grove, Minn./Centennial HS) was dominant in a 17-4, major-decision win over Loras’ Zeke Smith. Improving to 7-0 on the season, Shilson built a 6-3 lead after two periods, then used a takedown and a pair of four-point near-falls to clinch the major decision.

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Jackrabbits Head To Las Vegas

The South Dakota State wrestling team will take on some of the top wrestlers in the country this weekend as a group of Jackrabbits will compete at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational.

More than 70 ranked wrestlers are entered in the two-day tournament, which runs Friday and Saturday at the Las Vegas Convention Center, beginning at 9 a.m. Pacific Time (11 a.m. Central) each day. Live video coverage (subscription) and brackets will be available online through FloWrestling.org.

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No. 1 St. Cloud State battles three nationally-recognized opponents at Carolina Clash this weekend

St. Cloud, Minn. – No. 1 St. Cloud State Wrestling travels to Greenwood, South Carolina this weekend for the inaugural Carolina Clash Duals on Saturday, December 4. The Huskies begin their competition against No. 5 West Liberty at 11:00 a.m. CT, followed by No. 19 UNC-Pembroke at 12:30 p.m., then close the Clash with host RV Lander at 2:00 p.m.

Video streaming will not be available for the Clash, but fans can follow along on TrackWrestling with match-by-match coverage provided on Twitter via @SCSUHUSKIES_WR.

SCSU has only faced UNC-Pembroke in a dual prior to the Carolina Clash, handling the Braves 40-7 on January 12, 2013, at the National Duals then opening the 2017 Newberry Duals with a 44-3 win that featured five Huskies pins. Jake Barzowski pinned his Pembroke opponent in the latter dual while wrestling as the Huskies’ 149-pounder.

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SJU Hosts Ridgewater Friday, Travels Sunday to Moorhead

Saint John’s wrestling competes twice this weekend, beginning with a 7:30 p.m. home dual against Ridgewater on Friday, Dec. 3, in Sexton Arena. The Johnnies travel northwest for MSU-Moorhead’s Dragon Open at 10 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 5.

A LOOK AT THE JOHNNIES: Four Saint John’s wrestlers claimed top-four finishes at Wisconsin-Eau Claire’s 8-Man Battle back on Nov. 20.

Sophomore Ben Gilbertson (Sauk Rapids, Minn./Sauk Rapids-Rice) finished third with a 2-1 record at 184 pounds. He started his day with a pin, but suffered a 5-2 decision in the semifinal. He bounced back with a major decision (14-3) over freshman Nate Langer (St. Paul, Minn./Eastview) in the third-place match.

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