No. 1 UNO falls to St. Cloud State
Huskies get pin in final match to secure one-point victory
St. Cloud State Athletics
OMAHA, Neb. -- No. 3 St. Cloud State upset No. 1 Nebraska-Omaha 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 against 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 to 13-1 on the season and dropped UNO to 5-1 in duals. It also snapped UNO's 13-match win streak, marking its first dual loss since Jan. 22, 2010, when Augsburg won 18-12. It was also the 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 against 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 on 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 No. 2-ranked Tad Merritt against UNO's Nathan Sigman. UNO returned with a 9-3 win by Ryan Pankoke against No. 7 Shamus O'Grady at 174 pounds. UNO added another win at 184 pounds with a 4-0 victory by No. 3 Aaron Denson over SCSU's Mic Berg. The final UNO win of the day was a close 3-2 decision by No. 8 Matt Baker against SCSU's Luke Munkelwitz at 197 pounds. The win gave the Mavs an 18-4 margin in the match.
At 285 pounds, SCSU's top-ranked Jake Kahnke carded a big 5-3 decision against No. 8 Taylor Escamilla to make it 18-7. Zach Stewart grabbed 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.