St. Cloud State 19, UN-Omaha 18

#3 St. Cloud State Stuns #1 Nebraska Omaha, 19-18

The No. 1 UN-Omaha wrestling team was upset by No. 3 St. Cloud State on Friday night, 19-18, after a quick turn of events in the night’s final match at the Sapp Fieldhouse.

With UNO leading 18-13 heading into the 133-pound final match, it looked like the Mavs were in position to win, as Trent Cox was in control over St. Cloud State’s Eric Ellington. Cox scored an early takedown and an escape to take a 3-0 lead, then rode Ellington for 2:43. But Ellington quickly turned the table, flipping Cox and earning the quick pin at 3:42, giving the Huskies the come-from-behind 19-18 win.

The victory moved SCSU’s record to 13-1 on the season, as the Huskies will travel to Southwest Minnesota State on Jan. 22 for a 7 p.m. dual match in Marshall.  The loss dropped UNO to 5-1 on the year in duals, and snapped UNO’s 13-match win streak. It also marked UNO’s first dual loss since Jan. 22, 2010, when Augsburg defeated UNO, 18-12, and first dual loss at home since a 22-15 loss to Division I Northern Iowa on Feb. 21, 2008.

The Mavs jumped out to a 9-0 lead, thanks to a draw that allowed UNO to throw its three top-ranked wrestlers onto the mat to start the dual.

Top-ranked Mario Morgan got the Mavs on the scoreboard to begin the dual at 141 pounds with a 4-0 victory over the Huskies’ Gabe Suarez.  At 149 pounds, No. 1 Esai Dominguez took a 6-5 lead over No. 4 Jacob D. Horn with a takedown late in the second period, then held off Horn in the third period for the win.

UNO’s third top-ranked wrestler, George Ivanov, recorded a takedown with eight seconds left in the match, then released No. 5 John Sundgren for a one-point escape to claim a 7-6 win and give UNO a 9-0 lead. Ivanov recorded three takedowns in the final period to take control of the match. Ivanov is 6-0 in dual matches this season.

SCSU got on the board at 165-pounds with a 13-5 major decision win by #2 ranked Tad Merritt over UNO’s Nathan Sigman.  UNO returned with a 9-3 win by Ryan Pankoke over #7 Shamus O’Grady at 174-pounds.  UNO added another win at 184-pounds with a 4-0 victory by #3 Aaron Denson over SCSU’s Mic Berg.  The final UNO win of the day was a close 3-2 decision by #8 Matt Baker over SCSU’s Luke Munkelwitz at 197-pounds.  The win gave the Mavs an 18-4 margin in the match.

At 285-pounds, SCSU’s #1 Jake Kahnke carded a big 5-3 decision over #8 ranked Taylor Escamilla to make it 18-7.  The Huskies and Zach Stewart took full advantage of a forfeit at 125-pounds that provided six important points for the Huskies.

The forfeit set the table for Ellington’s late round heroics at 133-pounds for the Huskies.

St. Cloud State 19, UN-Omaha 18
141 – No. 1 Mario Morgan (UNO) by dec. over Gabe Suarez (SCSU), 4-0 (UNO 3-0)
149 – No. 1 Esai Dominguez (UNO) by dec. over No. 4 Jacob D. Horn (SCSU), 6-5 (UNO 6-0)
157 – No. 1 George Ivanov (UNO) by dec. over No. 5 John Sundgren (SCSU), 7-6 (UNO 9-0)
165 – No. 2 Tad Merritt (SCSU) by major dec. over Nathan Sigman (UNO), 13-5 (UNO 9-4)
174 – No. 3 Ryan Pankoke (UNO) by dec. over No. 7 Shamus O’Grady (SCSU), 9-3 (UNO 12-4)
184 – No. 3 Aaron Denson (UNO) by dec. over Mic Berg (SCSU), 4-0 (UNO 15-4)
197 – No. 8 Matt Baker (UNO) by dec. over Luke Munkelwitz (SCSU), 3-2 (UNO 18-4)
285 – No. 1 Jacob Kahnke (SCSU) by dec. over No. 8 Taylor Escamilla (UNO), 5-3 (UNO 18-7)
125 – Zach Stewart (SCSU) by forfeit (UNO 18-13)
133 – Eric Ellington (SCSU) by fall over Trent Cox (UNO), 3:42 (SCSU 19-18)

#3 St. Cloud State to Face #1 Nebraska Omaha on Jan. 21

The Matches:
Jan. 21 – #3 SCSU at #1 Nebraska Omaha, 7 p.m.
Jan. 22 – #3 SCSU at Southwest Minnesota State, 7 p.m.

Huskies Headliners:

  • #3 St. Cloud State University (12-1) will battle #1 ranked Nebraska Omaha at 7 p.m. on Jan. 21 in Omaha, Neb. SCSU will complete the weekend with a trip to Southwest Minnesota State at 7 p.m. on Jan. 22.
  • WATCH ON THE WEB! The upcoming match at #1 Nebraska Omaha on Jan. 21 will be available for free viewing on the web at this location: http://live.upstreamnetworks.com/16345-70149
  • The Huskies were ranked #3 in the latest DII Coaches’ Poll behind Nebraska Omaha. Here is a rundown of SCSU’s nationally ranked wrestlers in 2010-11: Jacob D. Horn (#4 at 149-pounds), John Sundgren (#5 at 157-pounds), Tad Merritt (#2 at 165-pounds), Shamus O’Grady (#7 at 174-pounds), and Jake Kahnke (#1 at 285-pounds). The poll was released on Jan. 19.
  • St. Cloud State posted a 37-6 win at UW-Eau Claire on Jan. 15, and the Huskies also gained a 24-12 win at #6 St. John’s University on Jan. 14. Luke Munkelwitz enjoyed a strong weekend for the Huskies with a major decision win over UW-EC’s Luke Ortscheid and a 10-3 win over #10 ranked Tony Willaert of SJU at 197-pounds. Munkelwitz is now 12-3 on the season for the Huskies.
  • Junior Tad Merritt continues to lead the Huskies this season with 23 victories (23-3) and 11 pins. Merritt is ranked #2 in the nation. Of note, SCSU has 76 pins as a team this season.
  • SCSU is 280-154 in individual matches this season. The team individual match winning rate is an impressive 64.5% this winter.
  • At 285-pounds, Jake Kahnke held on to his #1 ranking this winter with a win against SJU. Kahnke now owns a 16-1 record this year. He is slated to meet up with #8 ranked Taylor Escamilla at the UNO dual on Jan. 21.
  • SCSU has 13 wrestlers with double-digit win totals this winter. Merritt leads the group with 23 wins, while Shamus O’Grady (174-pounds) has 19 wins this winter and Jacob D. Horn (149-pounds) has 17 wins in 2010-11.
  • Mark Jan. 30 on your calendars as the Huskies will return to Halenbeck Hall on that date for a 2 p.m. date against Minnesota State, Moorhead. The match has been designated as SCSU Wrestling Alumni Day with a special alumni reception to follow the match. Interested Alumni should contact Coach Costanzo at 320-308-2996 for more information on this event.
  • SCSU placed 3rd at the 2011 NWCA Division II National Duals on Jan. 8-9. The third place finish is the best in team history for the Huskies at the DII National Duals.
  • The St. Cloud State University wrestling team (14-7, 5-2 NSIC/3rd) captured 7th place at the 2010 NCAA Division II wrestling championships on March 12-13, in Omaha, Neb. This marks the Huskies best NCAA finish since capturing 7th place in 1983. This also marked the best finish for the Huskies at the NCAA tournament since Steve Costanzo took over as head coach in 2006-07. This marked the 8th time since 1975 that SCSU has charted a top-10 place at the NCAA championships. The 7th place finish is the best ever for the Huskies at the NCAA DII level. SCSU placed eighth at the nationals in 2009, 1986 and 1976. SCSU also placed third at nationals during the 1963 and 1965 seasons as an NAIA affiliate.
  • The Huskies qualified 8 wrestlers for the NCAA championships in 2010. SCSU wrestlers earning All-America status at the meet were Jacob Kahnke (4th place at 285), Tad Merritt (5th place at 165), Shamus O’Grady (6th place at 174) and Gabe Suarez (8th place at 141). This marked the first All-America finish for Kahnke, O’Grady and Suarez, while Merritt is now a two-time All-America award winner for the Huskies. The four All-Americans ties a team record for the Huskies, as SCSU also brought home four NCAA All-America honors in 1983 and 1975.
  • The Huskies will have two major targets on the wrestling room wall this season. First up is the 2011 NCAA Regional championships on Feb. 27 in Sioux Falls, S.D. This tournament serves as a qualifier for the other big date – March 11-12, which is the 2011 NCAA DII championships.

SCSU Wrestling Ranked #3 in the Nation

Kahnke Earns Top Spot at 285-pounds

EDMOND, Okla. — The St. Cloud State University wrestling team (12-1) was ranked third in the nation in the latest NWCA Division II National Coaches’ poll, which was released on Jan. 19. This marks the first time this season that SCSU was not ranked among the nation’s top two NCAA Division II teams in the national poll.

The two-time defending national champion Nebraska Omaha, who edged Augustana (S.D.) 17-15 in the finals of the NWCA Division II National Duals on Jan. 9 in Cedar Falls, Iowa, received all eight first-place votes in balloting of coaches from around the country to top the poll with 160 points. UNO has been No. 1 in every poll the past two-plus seasons.

Augustana had 152 points and moved from third to second after its runner-up finish in the National Duals, switching places with St. Cloud State (Minn.). Newberry (S.C.) came in fourth in the rankings and Central Oklahoma was fifth.

In the individual rankings, SCSU sophomore Jake Kahnke (Shakopee/Prior Lake H.S.) was ranked first in the nation among 285-pound wrestlers for the second consecutive poll. Kahnke is 16-1 this season for the Huskies at 285.

Junior Tad Merritt (Canby) continued to hold a #2 ranking for the Huskies at 165-pounds in this poll. Merritt is 22-3 this winter with 11 pins to his credit.

Other Huskies to earn national rankings include Jacob D. Horn (Ephrata, Wash.) with a fourth place ranking at 149-pounds (his debut in the national rankings this year) and senior John Sundgren (Blaine), who was ranked 5th in the poll at 157-pounds. SCSU sophomore Shamus O’Grady (Coon Rapids) was ranked 7th in the nation at 174-pounds.

This will be a big week for the Huskies as they will travel to #1 ranked Nebraska Omaha on Jan. 21 for a 7 p.m. match. SCSU will finish the road swing with a visit to Southwest Minnesota State on Jan. 22 for a 7 p.m. dual against the Mustangs.

The top 20 poll, with points and the teams’ last ranking following by the top-eight rankings at each weight:

NCAA Division II Team Rankings
Rank  School (State) Points Last Ranking
1. Nebraska-Omaha  160 1st
2. Augustana (S.D.)  152 3rd
3. St. Cloud State (Minn.)  144 2nd
4. Newberry (S.C.) 136 5th
5. Central Oklahoma  128 9th
6. North Carolina-Pembroke 119 13th
7. Minnesota State  111 7th
8. San Francisco State (Calif.)  101 20th
9. Western State (Colo.)  88 4th
10. Upper Iowa  81 11th
11. Nebraska-Kearney  71 8th
12. Pittsburgh-Johnstown (Pa.)  63 6th
13. Grand Canyon (Ariz.)  62 10th
14. Gannon (Pa.) 55 NR
15. Findlay (Ohio)  51 14th
16. Wisconsin-Parkside  43 12th
17. Ashland (Ohio) 34 18th
18. Adams State (Colo.)  27 17th
19. Fort Hays State (Kan.)  22 16th
20. Minnesota State-Moorhead 14 NR

Others receiving votes: Central Missouri, Colorado School of Mines, Colorado State-Pueblo, Kutztown (Pa.) and West Liberty (W.Va.).

NCAA Division II Individual Rankings
125 Pounds
1. Russell Weakley, North Carolina-Pembroke
2. Andy Forstner, Minnesota State
3. Trevor Franklin, Upper Iowa
4. Josh Smith, Nebraska-Kearney
5. Connor McDonald, Newberry (S.C.)
6. Corey Ulmer, Minnesota State-Moorhead
7. Kyle O’Brien, Western State (Colo.)
8. Pierre Bondoc, San Francisco State (Calif.)
133 Pounds
1. Kyle Pedretti, Upper Iowa
2. Todd Wilcox, Grand Canyon (Ariz.)
3. Ryan Link, Pittsburgh-Johnstown
4. Cody Zimmerman, Wisconsin-Parkside
5. B.J. Young, Newberry (S.C.)
6. Michael Magaha, Limestone (S.C.)
7. Trison Graham, Central Oklahoma
8. Aldon Isenberg, Fort Hays State (Kan.)
141 Pounds
1. Mario Morgan, Nebraska-Omaha
2. Naveed Bagheri, San Francisco State (Calif.)
3. Brady Schneeberger, Minnesota State-Moorhead
4. Jay Sherer, Augustana (S.D.)
5. Andre Harrison, Fort Hays State (Kan.)
6. Dalton Jensen, Nebraska-Kearney
7. Kenny Jordan, Adams State (Colo.)
8. A.J. Milanek, Gannon (Pa.)
149 Pounds
1. Esai Dominguez, Nebraska-Omaha
2. T.J. Hepburn, Nebraska-Kearney
3. Nick Walpole, Indianapolis (Ind.)
4. Jacob Horn, St. Cloud State (Minn.)
5. Dale Debacco, Newberry (S.C.)
6. Josh Hensley, Adams State (Colo.)
7. Matthew Thomas, San Francisco State (Calif.)
8. Nate Herda, Augustana (S.D.)
157 Pounds
1. George Ivanov, Nebraska-Omaha
2. Marcus Edgington, Augustana (S.D.)
3. Dillon Bera, Wisconsin-Parkside
4. Seth Phalen, West Liberty (W.Va.)
5. John Sundgren, St. Cloud State (Minn.)
6. Sean Byrnes, Newberry (S.C.)
7. Cory Dauphin, Central Oklahoma
8. Justin Morris, Western State (Colo.)
165 Pounds
1. Mike Williams, North Carolina-Pembroke
2. Tad Merritt, St. Cloud State (Minn.)
3. Michael Lybarger, Findlay (Ohio)
4. Jake Varilek, Belmont Abbey (N.C.)
5. Joey Wilson, Nebraska-Kearney
6. Gavin Nelson, Augustana (S.D.)
7. Travis Budke, Fort Hays State (Kan.)
8. Derrick Adkins, Central Oklahoma
174 Pounds
1. Luke Rynish, Wisconsin-Parkside
2. Tony Petrella, Gannon (Pa.)
3. Ryan Pankoke, Nebraska-Omaha
4. Victor Carazo, Grand Canyon (Ariz.)
5. Tim Darling, Kutztown (Pa.)
6. Carl Serck, Augustana (S.D.)
7. Shamus O’Grady, St. Cloud State (Minn.)
8. Ben Becker, Minnesota State
184 Pounds
1. Bryant Blanton, Newberry (S.C.)
2. Charlie Pipher, Western State (Colo.)
3. Aaron Denson, Nebraska-Omaha
4. Cale Cornemann, Northern State (S.D.)
5. Aaron Norgren, Minnesota State
6. Mitch Schultz, Upper Iowa
7. Tanner Keck, Central Oklahoma
8. Casey Bradley, Limestone (S.C.)
197 Pounds
1. Donovan McMahill, Western State (Colo.)
2. Ty Copsey, Augustana (S.D.)
3. Mitch Knapp, West Liberty (W.Va.)
4. Luke McPeek, Adams State (Colo.)
5. Jarrett Edison, Central Oklahoma
6. Carl Broghammer, Upper Iowa
7. Daniel Stevenson, Findlay (Ohio)
8. Matt Baker, Nebraska-Omaha
285 Pounds
1. Jacob Kahnke, St. Cloud State (Minn.)
2. Matt Meuleners, Northern State (S.D.)
3. Charlie Alexander, Western State (Colo.)
4. Ben Hohensee, Nebraska-Kearney
5. Zach Rosol, Upper Iowa
6. Jacob Southwick, Ashland (Ohio)
7. Matt Clum, Findlay (Ohio)
8. Taylor Escamilla, Nebraska-Omaha

St. Cloud State 37 UW-Eau Claire 6

#2 St. Cloud State Gains 37-6 Win at UW-EC

Eau Claire, Wis. – The #2 ranked St. Cloud State University wrestling team (12-1) earned its third consecutive victory with a big 37-6 win at Wisconsin-Eau Claire on Jan. 15.

The Huskies earned points at 125-points with a forfeit by UW-Eau Claire to gain a 6-0 lead. At 133-pounds, SCSU’s Dylan Wright carded a fall at 4:21 over UW-EC’s Steve Fisher. SCSU also gained a pin fall win at 141-pounds by Westy Hanson with a fall at 5:33 against UW-EC’s Brian Reier.

At 149-pounds, #7 Gabe Suarez posted a pin against UW-EC’s Josh Bauer at 3:40. The Huskies picked up a 9-0 major decision victory at 157-pounds by Jake Horn over UW-EC’s Levi Polus.

SCSU’s continued its run at 165-pounds with a 6-1 win by Josh Joriman over UW-EC’s Ricky Gonzales. At 174-pounds, SCSU’s #6 Shamus O’Grady rolled to a 17-2 technical fall win over UW-EC’s Keith Dawson.

The Huskies’ lone loss was a pin fall win by UW-EC’s Will Christ over SCSU’s 184-pounder Mic Berg at 4:19. SCSU charged back with 10-0 major decision victory Luke Munkelwitz over Luke Ortscheid at 197-pounds. To end the scoring, SCSU’s Chris Brassel charted a 9-4 win over UW-EC’s Joe Pitch at 285-pounds.

SCSU will continue its season on Jan. 21 with a trip to #1 ranked Nebraska-Omaha at 7 p.m. SCSU will finish its weekend of wrestling with a Jan. 22 match at 7 p.m. at NSIC rival Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall, Minn.

St. Cloud State 37, UW-Eau Claire 6
125: Forfeit
133: Dylan Wright (SCS) def. Steven Fisher (UWEC): Fall, 4:21
141: Westy Hanson (SCS) def. Brian Reier (UWEC): Fall, 5:33
149: #7 Gabe Suarez (SCS) def. Josh Bauer (UWEC): Fall, 3:40
157: Jacob Horn (SCS) def. Levi Polus (UWEC): Major Decision, 9-0
165: Josh Joriman (SCS) def. Ricky Gonzales (UWEC): Decision, 6-1
174: #6 Shamus O’Grady (SCS) def. Keith Dawson (UWEC): Technical Fall, 17-2
184: Will Christ (UWEC) def. #5 Mic Berg (SCS): Fall, 4:19
197: Luke Munkelwitz (SCS) def. Luke Ortscheid (UWEC): Major Decision, 10-0
285: Chris Brassell (SCS) def. Joe Pitch (UWEC): Decision, 9-4

Records
UW-Eau Claire is now 3-8 overall
St. Cloud State is now 12-1 overall

St. Cloud State 24 Saint John’s 12

#2 St. Cloud State Topples #6 St. John’s, 24-12

Collegeville, Minn. – In a battle of two of the nation’s top collegiate wrestling programs at the NCAA Division II and NCAA Division III levels, St. Cloud State University (ranked #2 in the latest NCAA Division II poll) scored a convincing 24-12 win over at St. John’s University (ranked #6 in the latest NCAA Division III poll) on Friday, Jan. 14, in Collegeville, Minn.

The victory moves SCSU’s record to 11-1 on the season, as the Huskies will complete their weekend on the road with a 7 p.m. match at NCAA Division III rival Wisconsin-Eau Claire on Jan. 15.

The Huskies set the tempo early in the match with a big 20-5 technical fall victory by Zach Stewart over SJU’s Scott Padrnos at 125-pounds. At 133-pounds, SJU’s Chad Henle posted a 5-2 win over SCSU’s Eric Ellington as the Huskies maintained a 5-3 lead in the team scores.

At 141-pounds, #7 Gabe Suarez added extra points for SCSU with a 16-7 major decision win over SJU’s Chris Sandy to push the score to 9-3 in favor of SCSU. In a hotly contested match at 149-pounds, #4 ranked Minga Batsukh of SJU gained an 11-8 win over SCSU’s Jacob D. Horn.

The Huskies got back on the winning track at 157-pounds thanks to a 7-2 win by #6 John Sundgren over SJU’s Drew Larson. At 165-pounds, #2 Tad Merritt to dominate this year with a 12-3 major decision win over SJU’s Chris Stevermer. The victory gave SCSU a 16-6 edge in the match.

At 174-pounds, #4 Matt Pfarr of SJU scored a 6-5 thriller against SCSU’s #6 Shamus O’Grady. SJU’s #7 Dustin Baxter also earned a win at 184-pounds with a 7-2 decision over SCSU’s #5 Mic Berg – which made the tally 16-12.

The final outcome was iced at 197-pounds as crafty veteran Lucas Munkelwitz rolled to a 10-3 win for the Huskies against SJU’s Tony Willaert. The win by Munkelwitz pushed SCSU’s team total to 19-12, which pushed the match out of SJU’s reach.

Just to make things certain, SCSU’s #1 Jacob Kahnke topped the evening with a 23-8 technical fall over SJU’s John Linn at 285-pounds.

SCSU fans should plan now to attend the next home match at Halenbeck Hall. The Huskies will host Minnesota State Moorhead at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 30. Tickets for the match may be purchased at the gate. All SCSU students with a valid student ID card will be admitted FREE to all regular season home matches in 2010-11. So come on down to Halenbeck Hall and catch some great NCAA wrestling action.

The complete results of the match are listed below:

St. Cloud State 24, Saint John’s 12
125 – Zach Stewart (SCSU) tech. fall Scott Padrnos (SJU), 20-5 [0-5]
133 – Chad Henle (SJU) dec. Eric Ellington (SCSU), 5-2 [3-5]
141 – Gabe Suarez (No. 7, SCSU) major dec. Chris Sandy (SJU), 16-7 [3-9]
149 – Minga Batsukh (No. 4, SJU) dec. Jacob D. Horn (SCSU), 11-8 [6-9]
157 – John Sundgren (No. 6, SCSU) dec. Drew Larson (SJU), 7-2 [6-12]
165 – #2 Tad Merritt (No. 2, SCSU) maj. dec. Chris Stevermer (SJU) 12-3
174 – Matt Pfarr (No. 4, SJU) dec. Shamus O’Grady (No. 6, SCSU), 6-5 [9-16]
184 – Dustin Baxter (No. 7, SJU) dec. Mic Berg (No. 5, SCSU), 7-2 [12-16]
197 – Luke Munkelwitz (SCSU) dec. Tony Willaert (No. 10, SJU), 10-3 [12-19]
Hwt – Jake Kahnke (No. 1, SCSU) tech. fall John Linn (SJU), 23-8 [12-24]

#2 St. Cloud State to face St. John’s and UW-Eau Claire

The Matches:
Jan. 14 – #2 St. Cloud State at St. John’s, 7:30 p.m. (Listen on WBHR AM 660)
Jan. 15 – #2 St. Cloud State at UW-Eau Claire, 7 p.m.

HUSKIES HEADLINERS:

  • #2 St. Cloud State University (10-1) will be on the road this weekend for matches against two NCAA Division III rivals.  On Jan. 14, the Huskies will travel to #3 ranked St. John’s University for a 7:30 p.m. match in Collegeville.  On Jan. 15, the Huskies will have a 7 p.m. at Wisconsin-Eau Claire in Eau Claire, Wis.
  • On the Radio! The upcoming match between SCSU and SJU will be broadcast live on WBHR AM 660 with Mark Lewandowski, Jeff Mergen and Maury Meyer making the call.  The WBHR website is www.660wbhr.com
  • The Huskies were ranked #2 in the latest DII Coaches’ Poll behind Nebraska Omaha. Here is a rundown of SCSU’s nationally ranked wrestlers in 2010-11:  Gabe Suarez (#7 at 141-pounds), John Sundgren (#6 at 157-pounds), Tad Merritt (#2 at 165-pounds),  Shamus O’Grady (#6 at 174-pounds), Mic Berg (#5 at 184-pounds) and Jake Kahnke (#1 at 285-pounds).  The poll was released on Jan. 4.
  • St. Cloud State captured third place at the 2011 NWCA Division II Duals on Jan. 8-9 in Cedar Falls, Iowa.  The Huskies opened the tournament with a 32-6 win over Limestone and then charted a 27-9 win over #13 North Carolina-Pembroke on Jan. 8.  In action on day 2 of the tournament, the Huskies lost a tough 18-15 decision aganst #3 Augustana.  This match featured matches lost by the Huskies in OT.  SCSU rebounded in the match for third place with a convincing 25-9 win over #5 Newberry.  Of note, UN-Omaha won the tournament title with a 17-15 victory over Augustana in the title dual match.
  • Jacob D. Horn enjoyed a strong outing at the NWCA’s.  He posted a 3-0 record a t 149-pounds and this included a 7-5 win over #3 ranked Nate Herda of Augustana and a 9-4 win over #5 ranked Dale DeBacco.  Horn is 17-5 this season and came into the NWCA tournament unranked at 149-pounds.
  • At 285-pounds, #1 ranked Jake Kahnke did not let down at the NWCA Duals.  He charted a 3-0 record that included wins over Augustana, UNC-Pembroke and Newberry.  Kahnke is 15-1 in 2010-11 for SCSU.
  • #2 ranked Tad Merritt hit the 20-win plateau for the third consecutive season.  He is now 22-3 this year at 165-pounds and this total includes 11 pins.  Merritt now has 88 career wins as a Husky, and he is on track to make a run at career win record owner Dustin Darveaux (142 wins from 1999-03).
  • The St. Cloud State University wrestling team (14-7, 5-2 NSIC/3rd) captured 7th place at the 2010 NCAA Division II wrestling championships on March 12-13, in Omaha, Neb.  This marks the Huskies best NCAA finish since capturing 7th place in 1983.  This also marked the best finish for the Huskies at the NCAA tournament since Steve Costanzo took over as head coach in 2006-07.  This marked the 8th time since 1975 that SCSU has charted a top-10 place at the NCAA championships.  The 7th place finish is the best ever for the Huskies at the NCAA DII level. SCSU placed eighth at the nationals in 2009, 1986 and 1976.  SCSU also placed third at nationals during the 1963 and 1965 seasons as an NAIA affiliate.
  • The Huskies qualified 8 wrestlers for the NCAA championships in 2010.  SCSU wrestlers earning All-America status at the meet were Jacob Kahnke (4th place at 285), Tad Merritt (5th place at 165), Shamus O’Grady (6th place at 174) and Gabe Suarez (8th place at 141).  This marked the first All-America finish for Kahnke, O’Grady and Suarez, while Merritt is now a two-time All-America award winner for the Huskies.  The four All-Americans ties a team record for the Huskies, as SCSU also brought home four NCAA All-America honors in 1983 and 1975.
  • The Huskies will have two major targets on the wrestling room wall this season.  First up is the 2011 NCAA Regional championships on Feb. 27 in Sioux Falls, S.D.  This tournament serves as a qualifier for the other big date – March 11-12, which is the 2011 NCAA DII championships in Kearney, Neb.

#2 St. Cloud State Takes 3rd Place at NWCA National Duals

Cedar Falls, Iowa – The #2 St. Cloud State University wrestling team (10-1) captured third place at the 2010 NWCA Division II National Duals on Sunday, Jan. 9 in Cedar Falls, Iowa. The Huskies gained the third place finish with a 25-9 win over Newberry in the match for third place.

In the big win over Newberry, Gabe Suarez posted a 3-1 win at 141-pounds. The Huskies continued their run to third with a win by Jacob D. Horn at 149-pounds and a 5-0 win by John Sundgren at 157-pounds.

SCSU added a major decision at 165-pounds by Tad Merritt, and Shamus O’Grady added important points with a pin at 174-pounds. To finish the match, Lucas Munkelwitz posted a 3-1 win at 197-pounds and then Jake Kahnke iced the match with a 7-0 win at 285-pounds.

The Huskies gained a spot in the third place match after they dropped a close 18-15 match against NSIC rival Augustana in the semi-finals of the tournament. Augie rolled to wins at 125-, 133- and 141-pounds before Jacob D. Horn posted a 7-5 win at 149-pounds over AC’s Nate Herda.

Tad Merritt charted a 3:30 pin over Gavin Nelson of Augustana at 165-pounds, and Mic Berg notched a 9-3 win at 184-pounds. To finish the match, Jake Kahnke scored a 6-3 win over Lance Peters of AC at 285-pounds.

SCSU now owns a 10-1 record this season, and the Huskies will continue the season on Jan. 14 with a 7:30 p.m. date at St. John’s in Collegeville. On Jan. 15, SCSU will travel to UW-Eau Claire for a 7 p.m. match. Of note, Nebraska-Omaha won the title at the NWCA Duals with a 17-15 victory over Augustana.

3rd Place – St. Cloud State 25, Newberry 9
125 – John McDonald (NEW) def. Zach Stewart (SCSU) 6-4
133 – William Young (NEW) def. Eric Ellington (SCSU) 8-4
141 – Gabe Suarez (SCSU) def. Deral Brown (NEW) 3-1
149 – Jacob D. Horn (SCSU) def. Dale DeBacco (NEW) 9-4
157 – John Sundgren (SCSU) def. Sean Byrnes (NEW) 5-0
165 – Tad Merritt (SCSU) major dec. Braden Carter (NEW) 13-0
174 – Shamus O’Grady (SCSU) fall Josh Whitelock (NEW) :41
184 – Bryant Blanton (NEW) def. Mic Berg (SCSU) 3-2
197 – Lucas Munkelwitz (SCSU) def. Zach Anderson (NEW) 3-1
285 – Jake Kahnke (SCSU) def. Corey Anderson (NEW) 7-0

Semifinal Match – Augustana 18, St. Cloud State 15
125 – Alex Meger (AUG) def. Zach Stewart (SCSU) 9-4
133 -Jason Jeremiason (AUG) def. Eric Ellington (SCSU) 3-1
141 -Jay Sherer (AUG) def. Gabe Suarez (SCSU) 6-4
149 – Jacob D. Horn (SCSU) def. Nate Herda (AUG) 7-5
157 – Marcus Eddington (AUG) def. John Sundgren (SCSU) 4-1
165 – Tad Merritt (SCSU) fall Gavin Nelson (AUG) 3:30
174 – Carl Serck (AUG) def. Shamus O’Grady (SCSU) 6-4
184 – Mic Berg (SCSU) def. Tom Davies (AUG) 9-3
197 – Tyler Copsey (AUG) def. Lucas Munkelwitz (SCSU) 3-2 (tie breaker)
285 – Jake Kahnke (SCSU) def. Lance Peters (AUG) 6-3