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

St. Cloud State Ranked #2 in the Nation

Jacob Kahnke Earns #1 Ranking at 285-pounds

The St. Cloud State University wrestling team (7-0) maintained its second place ranking in the latest NCAA Division II Coaches poll, which was released on Jan. 4.  The Huskies posted 153 points in the poll and also gained one first place vote in the poll.

Nebraska-Omaha stayed atop the poll with 159 points and also had eight first place votes.  Augustana (S.D.) remained third with 140 points, followed by Western State (Colo.) and Newberry (S.C.).  Rounding out the top 10 is Pittsburgh-Johnstown (Pa.), Minnesota State, Nebraska-Kearney, Central Oklahoma and Grand Canyon (Ariz.).

Individually, St. Cloud State sophomore Jacob Kahnke earned a first place ranking for the first time this season at 285-pounds.  In the previous poll, Kahnke was ranked #2 in the poll and this marks the first time this season that a Husky has gained top honors in the Division II poll.

At 141-pounds, senior Gabe Suarez was ranked 7th in the nation, while senior John Sundgren earned a #6 ranking at 157-pounds for the Huskies.  At 165-pounds, junior Tad Merritt remained at the #2 spot in the poll this week, while NSIC Wrestler of the Week sophomore Shamus O’Grady was ranked #6 in the poll at 174-pounds.  At 184-pounds, Mic Berg joined the poll for the first time this season with a 5th place ranking.

Sixteen teams (including SCSU) will compete in the NWCA Division II National Duals, which open Saturday morning and run through Sunday afternoon at the UNI Dome on the Northern Iowa campus.  Joining Nebraska-Omaha in the field  will be No. 2 St. Cloud, No. 3 Augustana, No. 4 Western State, No. 5 Newberry, No. 7 Minnesota State, No. 9 Central Oklahoma, No. 10 Grand Canyon, No. 11 Upper Iowa, No. 12 Wisconsin-Parkside, No. 13 North Carolina-Pembroke, No. 14 Findlay and No. 20 San Francisco State along with Central Missouri, Limestone (S.C.) and Minnesota State-Moorhead.


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

Rank        School (State)    Points      Last Rankin
1.    Nebraska-Omaha          159         1st
2.    St. Cloud State         153         2nd
3.    Augustana (S.D.)       140         3rd
4.    Western State (Colo.)   131         4th
5.    Newberry (S.C.)         129         5th
6.    Pittsburgh-Johnstown    106         9th
7.    Minnesota State         105         6th
8.    Nebraska-Kearney       100         8th
9.    Central Oklahoma       99          12th
10.   Grand Canyon (Ariz.)    97          11th
11.   Upper Iowa             88          10th
12.   Wisconsin-Parkside      70          13th
13.   North Carolina-Pembroke 64          20th
14.   Findlay (Ohio)          61          7th
T15.  West Liberty (W. Va.)   43          14th
T15.  Fort Hays State (Kan.) 43          15th
17.   Adams State (Colo.)     29          16th
18.   Ashland (Ohio)          27          17th
19.   East Stroudsburg (Pa.)  14          18th
20.   San Francisco State     10          19th

Others receiving votes: Belmont Abbey (N.C.), Colorado State-Pueblo, Gannon (Pa.), Minnesota State-Moorhead, Southwest Minnesota.

NCAA Division II Individual Rankings

125 Pounds
1.    Andy Forstner, Minnesota State
2.    Russell Weakley, North Carolina-Pembroke
3.    Trevor Franklin, Upper Iowa
4.    Alex Meger, Augustana (S.D.)
5.    Josh Smith, Nebraska-Kearney
6.    Connor McDonald, Newberry (S.C.)
7.    Alex Johns, Indianapolis (Ind.)
8.    Ben Sergent, Findlay (Ohio)

133 Pounds
1.    Kyle Pedretti, Upper Iowa
2.    Todd Wilcox, Grand Canyon (Ariz.)
3.    Ryan Link, Pittsburgh-Johnstown
4.    Aldon Isenberg, Fort Hays State (Kan.)
5.    B.J. Young, Newberry (S.C.)
6.    Michael Magaha, Limestone (S.C.)
7.    Cody Gillenwater, Central Missouri
8.    Trison Graham, Central Oklahoma

141 Pounds
1.    Jay Sherer, Augustana (S.D.)
2.    Mario Morgan, Nebraska-Omaha
3.    Andre Harrison, Fort Hays State (Kan.)
4.    Dalton Jensen, Nebraska-Kearney
5.    Naveed Bagheri, San Francisco State (Calif.)
6.    Jimmy Savala, Chadron State (Neb.)
7.    Gabe Suarez, St. Cloud State (Minn.)
8.    Deral Brown, Newberry (S.C.)

149 Pounds
1.    Esai Dominguez, Nebraska-Omaha
2.    T.J. Hepburn, Nebraska-Kearney
3.    Nate Herda, Augustana (S.D.)
4.    Jeremy Espinoza, Findlay (Ohio)
5.    Dale Debacco, Newberry (S.C.)
6.    Josh Hensley, Adams State (Colo.)
7.    Mitchell Means, Fort Hays State (Kan.)
8.    Jesse Snider, Colorado Mines

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.    Sean Byrnes, Newberry (S.C.)
6.    John Sundgren, St. Cloud State (Minn.)
7.    Cory Dauphin, Central Oklahoma
8.    Justin Morris, Western State (Colo.)

165 Pounds
1.    Josh Shields, Mercyhurst (Pa.)
2.    Tad Merritt, St. Cloud State (Minn.)
3.    Jake Varilek, Belmont Abbey (N.C.)
4.    Derrick Adkins, Central Oklahoma
5.    Joey Wilson, Nebraska-Kearney
6.    Matt Gille, Wisconsin-Parkside
7.    Gavin Nelson, Augustana (S.D.)
8.    Justin Grant, Colorado State-Pueblo

174 Pounds
1.    Luke Rynish, Wisconsin-Parkside
2.    Anthony Petrella, Gannon (Pa.)
3.    Ryan Pankoke, Nebraska-Omaha
4.    Victor Carazo, Grand Canyon (Ariz.)
5.    Tim Darling, Kutztown (Pa.)
6.    Shamus O’Grady, St. Cloud State (Minn.)
7.    Ben Becker, Minnesota State
8.    Mason True, Findlay (Ohio)

184 Pounds
1.    Bryant Blanton, Newberry (S.C.)
2.    Charlie Pipher, Western State (Colo.)
3.    Aaron Norgren, Minnesota State
4.    Aaron Denson, Nebraska-Omaha
5.    Mic Berg, St. Cloud State (Minn.)
6.    Brady Anderson, Mary (N.D.)
7.    Ryan Becerra, Grand Canyon (Ariz.)
8.    Tanner Keck, Central Oklahoma

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.    Frank Morgan, King (Tenn.)
8.    Daniel Stevenson, Findlay (Ohio)

285 Pounds
1.    Jacob Kahnke, St. Cloud State (Minn.)
2.    Charlie Alexander, Western State (Colo.)
3.    Ben Hohensee, Nebraska-Kearney
4.    Matt Meuleners, Northern State (S.D.)
5.    Taylor Escamilla, Nebraska-Omaha
6.    J.D. Ramsey, West Liberty (W.Va.)
7.    Chris Dempsey, Pittsburgh-Johnstown (Pa.)
8.    Brian Rodas, Southwest Minnesota

#2 St. Cloud State Headed to 2011 NWCA Dual Tournament on Jan. 8-9

O’Grady Named NSIC W.O.W./Kahnke Ranked #1 in Nation!

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SCSU Update

  • #2 St. Cloud State University (7-0) will travel to the 2011 NWCA Division II Duals in Cedar Falls, Iowa on Jan. 8-9. The tournament will be hosted by the University of Northern Iowa and it will feature the nation’s top DII wrestling programs, including: Augustana, Central Oklahoma, Central Missouri, Findlay, Grand Canyon Univ, Limestone, MSU- Mankato, MSU-Moorhead, Newberry, San Francisco St, St. Could State, UNC – Pembroke, Nebraska Omaha, UW – Parkside, Upper Iowa and Western State.
  • 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.
  • Shamus O’Grady became the 3rd SCSU wrestler to earn NSIC Wrestler of the Week notice in 2010-11. On Jan. 3, O’Grady was named the NSIC Wrestler of the Week for his 4-0 record at the Grand Canyon Duals. O’Grady had two falls, a technical fall and a forfeit win at the tournament. He now owns a 15-2 record and is ranked #5 in the latest DII poll at 174.
  • #2 ranked Tad Merritt went 4-0 at the GC Duals. A highlight for Merritt was a 6-4 win over #4 ranked Joey Wilson of UN-Kearney. In the same dual match, #2 Jake Kahnke added a 6-1 win over #4 ranked Ben Hohnesee of UNK. Kahnke was 3-0 at the GC Duals this year. Kahnke is now 12-1 on the season, while Merritt owns a 19-2 record this winter.
  • At 125-pounds, Zach Stewart was 4-0 in action at the GC Duals. Stewart is 11-2 this season for the Huskies. #6 John Sundgren was 2-0 at 157-pounds at the GC Duals, while Jacob D. Horn added a pair of wins at 157-pounds for SCSU in Phoenix. Of note, these were the first two matches of the season for Sundgren.
  • At the GC Duals, the Huskies were impressive with a 34-9 win over Chadron State, a 37-6 win over Mesa State and a 52-0 win over Kutztown. SCSU also gained a 26-9 win over #8 Nebraska-Kearney. The 52 points scored vs. Kutztown is just two points off of the team record of 54 points in a dual, which was set in a 54-0 win over Southwest Minnesota State in 1976-77.
  • 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.

St. Cloud State’s O’Grady Earns NSIC Wrestler of the Week Award

St. Cloud State University sophomore Shamus O’Grady (Coon Rapids) was named as the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference wrestler of the week on Jan. 3.  O’Grady earned the award thanks to his 4-0 record at the Grand Canyon Duals on Jan. 1 in Phoenix, Ariz.

Shamus O'GradyO’Grady helped guide the #2 ranked Huskies to a perfect 4-0 record at the Grand Canyon Duals, which included wins over Chadron State, Mesa State, #8 Nebraska-Kearney and Kutztown.

O’Grady was 4-0 on the day, which included two pins, one win by a technical fall and one win by a forfeit. O’Grady now owns a 15-2 record this winter. O’Grady pinned Trent Zempel of Chadron State at 4:55; he then won by tech fall over Zak Slotten of Mesa State 20-3; he followed that up with a pin over Drew Comito of #8 Nebraska-Kearney at 1:49 and then won by forfeit in the dual against Kutztown.

This marks the third time this season that a St. Cloud State University wrestler has gained NSIC Wrestler of the Week honors.

The Huskies (7-0) will return to action on Jan. 8-9 with a  trip to the NWCA Division II National Duals in Cedar Falls, Iowa.  This elite meet will pit the Huskies against the nation’s top NCAA Division II teams in a dual tournament format.  Teams slated to participate in the 2011 tournament are Augustana, Central Oklahoma, Central Missouri, Findlay, Grand Canyon Univ,  Limestone, MSU- Mankato, MSU-Moorhead, Newberry, San Fancisco St, St. Could State, UNC – Pembroke, Nebraska Omaha, UW – Parkside, Upper Iowa and Western State.