The #1 ranked St. Cloud State University wrestling team (17-1, 8-0 NSIC) added another title to its rich legacy with a first place finish at the 2017 NCAA Division II Super 3 Region tournament, which was held on Feb. 24-25 in Moorhead, Minn.
The Huskies tallied a total of 147.0 points to win the team title, while McKendree placed second with 121.0 points. Maryville (102.0), Augustana (92.5) and MSU-Mankato (74.0) completed the top five teams in the standings. The completed results are listed below.
The two-time defending national champions, SCSU will be sending a solid contingent of nine wrestlers to the upcoming NCAA Division II championships, which will be held in Birmingham, Ala. on March 10-11. SCSU wrestlers who have qualified for the trip to Alabama include defending 125-pound national champion Brett Velasquez, Mike Rhone (133), Jarred Oftedahl (141), James Pleski (149), Larry Bomstad (157), Gabe Fogarty (165), Clayton Jennissen (174), Uthman Rabiu (184) and Austin Goergen (285).
This marks the fourth trip to the NCAA finals for Goergen and Fogarty, while Jennissen has qualified for the NCAA’s three times. Velasquez, Rhone, Bomstad and Rabiu will be making their second NCAA appearances.
In action at 125-pounds at the regional, Velasquez earned the Huskies’ lone championship with a perfect 4-0 record in regional action. On the final day of action, Velasquez gained a 13-10 win over Jaret Singh of Maryville in the semi’s and then nabbed an 8-0 major decision win over Augie’s Brandon Carroll in the title bout.
Second place finishers for the Huskies at the Regional included Larry Bomstad at 157-pounds and Clayton Jennissen at 174-pounds. Bomstad gained a 16-10 decision over Dylan Herman of Mankato in the semi’s before losing on a fall to Ryan Strope of McKendree in the title bout. Jennissen opened his day on Feb. 25 with a 4-2 sudden death victory over Augie’s Lukas Poloncic before falling in the finals to top-ranked Adam Cooling of MSU, Mankato by a score of 3-1.
SCSU wrestlers who gained third place finishes at the tournament included Mike Rhone at 133, Jarred Oftedahl at 141, James Pleski at 149, Gabe Fogarty at 165 and Austin Goergen at 285. Uthman Rabiu placed fourth at 184 for SCSU and Vince Dietz was fifth at 197.
Rhone finished with a 4-1 record and scored a 4-3 win over Hunter Harlanson of Lindenwood in the bout for third place to punch his ticket to nationals. At 141, Oftedahl was 4-1 in tournament play and earned his bid with a 9-3 win over Jordan Roths of Upper Iowa in the bout for third place.
At 149, Pleski gained his first trip to the NCAA finals with a 4-1 record. In the bout for third place, Pleski scored a 4-2 sudden death win over Isaiah Kemper of McKendree in the third place bout. Fogarty, a three-time All-American for the Huskies, was 4-1 in tournament action. In the match for third, Fogarty advance to the nationals with an injury forfeit.
At 184-pounds, Rabiu was 3-2 and placed fourth in the tournament. At 197, Dietz was 3-2 in tournament action and was the fifth place finisher in the weight division.
Three-time All-American, Goergen completed his tournament run with a 4-1 record. He had three falls in the tournament and placed third with an 8-0 major win over Logan Hopp of Upper Iowa. His lone loss of the season occurred in the semi’s with a 6-4 sudden death loss to Donnell Walker of Maryville.
2017 NCAA Division II Northern Regional Qualifier Results
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