St. Cloud State 27, Upper Iowa 9

Huskies win seven of 10 bouts with a fall and a forfeit in 27-9 road victory

FAYETTE, Iowa. – No. 5 St. Cloud State Wrestling won seven of 10 matches with a forfeit and a fall to earn a 27-9 win over No. 10 Upper Iowa in Fayette on Thursday evening. The Huskies won four matches decided by two points or less, grinding out a tough win at Dorman Gymnasium.

The Huskies opened the match at heavyweight, where Elijah Novak dropped a tight 2-0 decision to No. 10 Zach Ryg. Paxton Creese brought the team score even at three with a 5-3 decision over Colby Lopez at 125, dominating early in the match to put together a lead.

Caleb Meekins made a big statement at 133, dragging down Kaden Anderlik twice early in their bout and controlling on top. The Huskies’ 133-pounder found his way to a cow catcher midway through the second, flattening Anderlik for the fall at 3:27.

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Road test for No. 5 Huskies awaits at No. 10 Upper Iowa

St. Cloud State looks to jump Peacocks in NSIC standings on Thursday evening

ST. CLOUD, Minn. – No. 5 St. Cloud State Wrestling continues their five dual road stand on Thursday with a match against No. 10 Upper Iowa. The Huskies and Peacocks will begin at 7:00 p.m. CT in Fayette at the Dorman Memorial Gymnasium, squaring off in a battle between the second and third-place teams in the current NSIC standings.

SIZING UP THE PEACOCKS
Wrestling their final season in the NSIC, Heath Grimm’s Upper Iowa squad enters the dual 9-3 with a 5-1 record in Northern Sun competition. The Peacocks’ lone conference loss came at the hands of No. 14 Mary, while the team features four ranked wrestlers in No. 4 Tate Murty (141), No. 2 Chase Luensman (165), No. 8 Dalton Hahn (197) and No. 10 Zach Ryg (HWT).

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St. Cloud State 30, No. 20 Northern State 3

St. Cloud State wins nine of 10 matches with two ranked victories

ABERDEEN, S.D. – Two ranked Wolves went down as No. 5 St. Cloud State cruised to a 30-3 win over No. 20 Northern State at Wachs Arena on Saturday afternoon. The Huskies won the first six matches and dropped just one bout – a tight sudden-victory loss – in a dominant win over their conference foe.

Six Huskies earned the riding time point as SCSU piled up 24 takedowns, giving up just three to Northern State. The Huskies added six nearfalls on the afternoon.

No. 7 Paxton Creese started things off strong at 125, winning a 10-2 major decision over Landen Fischer. The Huskies’ 125-pounder opened the first with a pair of takedowns, adding another in the second and third plus the riding time and his escape for the bonus-point win.

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St. Cloud State 34, MSU Moorhead 6

No. 5 St. Cloud State rolls to 34-6 win in Moorhead; Four bonus point wins key Huskies outburst over MSUM

MOORHEAD, Minn. – No. 5 St. Cloud State Wrestling won eight of 10 matches with a forfeit and four bonus point wins to flatten Minnesota State-Moorhead 34-6 on Friday evening at Nemzek Fieldhouse in Moorhead. After dropping their first bout by decision, the Huskies rattled off eight straight wins to improve to 3-1 in NSIC dual competition.

SCSU won the takedown battle 17-2 and piled up four four-point nearfalls.

The Dragons earned their first win of the match in the first bout at 125 as Ashton Clark dropped a tight 4-3 decision to Clayson Mele. Caleb Meekins made sure the lead wouldn’t last long in his bout at 133, shooting in for a cradle of Thomas Carillo to stick him just 14 seconds in.

Riding the momentum provided by Meekins’ fall, No. 11 Alyeus Craig provided a vintage effort at 141 to earn a 9-1 major decision over Hunter Hayes. Craig scored three takedowns and a reversal, adding the riding time point as he dominated on top.

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No. 5 Huskies travel to MSUM, No. 20 Northern State for conference bouts

St. Cloud State Wrestling continues NSIC competition with two key road duals

ST. CLOUD, Minn. – No. 5 St. Cloud State Wrestling begins a long road stretch this weekend with a pair of duals at MSU-Moorhead and No. 20 Northern State, visiting the Dragons on Friday at 7:00 p.m. CT with a 2:00 p.m. CT first bout against the Wolves on Saturday. The Huskies wrestle their next five duals on the road before closing conference competition against SMSU at home in mid-February.

SIZING UP THE DRAGONS
Minnesota State University-Moorhead enters the weekend 1-6 with an 0-5 conference record. The Dragons snapped a year-plus losing streak in their first dual of the season with a 23-16 win over Jamestown but have scuffled since, scoring no more than 15 team points in a dual while dropping their last six. MSUM features a blend of young grapplers and veterans, wrestling two seniors and five juniors with three underclassmen occupying starting spots. Head coach Kris Nelson is in his 14th season leading the Dragons and has spent nearly his entire coaching career with a Huskies conference rival, serving nine seasons as an assistant for North Dakota State with two of those years competing in the North Central Conference.

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Six Huskies earn titles at North Country Open

St. Cloud State Wrestling enjoys strong performances at Saint John’s

COLLEGEVILLE, Minn. – No. 5 St. Cloud State Wrestling earned six titles at the North Country Open in Collegeville on Sunday. 20 Huskies in total earned top six finishes, 14 placed in the top three and nine were finalists.

In the Gold Division, Blake Legred went 3-0 at 157 with two decisions over DI wrestlers to earn the Huskies’ first title of the day. Legred did not give up a point in his three matches, outscoring his opponents 9-0. Bryce FitzPatrick made it two SCSU titles in the upper division, winning the 184 class with a 3-0 performance. The Mahtomedi product recorded falls in under a minute in each of his first two matches before winning a 4-1 decision in the Finals.

Four Huskies earned titles in the Silver Division. Aoci Bernard and Luke Studer earned co-champion finishes at 149, with Bernard going 2-0 and scoring a major decision. Studer enjoyed a 3-0 performance featuring three bonus point wins: one major, one tech and a fall. Owen Herbst won the 165-pound class thanks to a 4-0 day, scoring a major decision and a fall with three wins over NSIC opponents. Sebastian Zamorano closed out the day with a title at 174, recording one tech fall and outscoring his opponents by a 32-12 margin.

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