The #1 ranked St. Cloud State University wrestling team (20-0, 7-0 NSIC) will complete its 2012-13 regular season with an important NSIC showdown against Minnesota State, Mankato (6-0 in NSIC action this season) on Thursday, Feb. 14 in Halenbeck Hall. The dual match against the Mavericks will start at 7 p.m.
This match has been designated as Military Appreciation Night at SCSU and all active miltary members and veterans will be admitted FREE to match along with a guest. The evening has also been designated as SCSU Faculty/Staff Appreciation Night with all St. Cloud State University faculty and staff members and a guest getting into the match for FREE.
As always, all SCSU students with a valid SCSU student ID card will be admitted FREE to the match. Just show your valid SCSU student ID card at the gate and you get in FREE to watch the best in NCAA Division II wrestling.
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SCSU WRESTLING NEWS AND NOTES
- The #1 ranked St. Cloud State University wrestling team continued its winning ways with a pair of NSIC victories last week. On Feb. 7, the Huskies charted a 38-3 victory over Northern State at Halenbeck Hall and they completed the week with a 20-14 win at #6 Upper Iowa on Feb. 10.
- The Huskies have now won 46 consecutive dual matches dating back to an 18-13 loss to Augustana on Jan. 27, 2011. SCSU is now 20-0 this season and the Huskies sit in first place in the NSIC with a 7-0 league record.
- SCSU will host Minnesota State on Feb. 14 in a battle for first place in the NSIC. The Mavericks will enter the match with a 6-0 record in NSIC play, so a victory by the Huskies on Feb. 14 would clinch a second consecutive NSIC crown for SCSU.
- SCSU senior Shamus O’Grady moved his season mark to 31-1 with a pair of wins this past week. He is ranked #1 in the nation at 184-pounds and his career record at SCSU stands at 99-18. He has not lost a match this season since the title bout at the Finn Grinaker Open on Nov. 17, 2012. O’Grady needs nine more victories this season to tie the team record for most wins a season, which was set by Tad Merritt at 40-2 in 2010-11.
- SCSU senior Jake Kahnke helped ice the Huskies’ win at Upper Iowa on Feb. 10 with a 3-1 sudden death victory over UIU’s Carl Broghammer at 285-pounds.
- A win for the Huskies on Feb. 14 would mark the 100th career win at SCSU for head coach Steve Costanzo. He is current record at SCSU is 99-23 over seven seasons.
- SCSU’s nationally ranked wrestlers include #4 Eric Forde at 125-pounds, #1 Andy Pokorny at 133-pounds, #8Clint Poster at 157-pounds, #1 Shamus O’Grady at 184-pounds and #2 Jacob Kahnke at 285.
- Eric Forde is 23-5 in 2012-13 at 125-pounds for the Huskies, while Clint Poster is 28-3 at 157-pounds for the Huskies.
- #1 ranked 133-pounder Andy Pokorny suffered just his second loss of the season on Feb. 10 against #2 Trevor Franklin at UIU. Pokorny now owns a 16-2 record for the Huskies this season.
- As the Huskies look ahead to the match against #10 Minnesota State, SCSU owns a three-match win streak against the Mavs. The last time the Huskies lost a match to MSU was on Feb. 19, 2009 with a 24-14 setback at Halenbeck Hall. Last year, the Huskies collected a 31-6 victory at MSU to clinch the NSIC crown. The last time this match was held in Halenbeck Hall, the Huskies charted a 25-9 victory over the Mavericks.
- Clint Poster paces the Huskies with 11 falls this season, while Shamus O’Grady has 10 for the Huskies. As a team, SCSU has 133 falls in 2012-13.
- A victory over MSU would allow the Huskies to tie the school record for most dual wins in a season. Last year, SCSU was 21-0 in dual meet action.
- A win over MSU would also allow the Huskies to tie the current NCAA Division II record of 47 consecutive dual match victories, which was set by Pittsburgh-Johnstown from Dec. 2, 1994-Nov. 20, 1996.
- SCSU will enjoy a few days after its match on Feb. 14 before heading down to the NCAA Division II Super Region 3 on Feb. 24 in Waterloo, Iowa. The Huskies are the two-time defending regional champ and have finished as the runner-up at the NCAA DII championships in 2012 and 2011.