St. Cloud State clobbers MSU-Mankato
Huskies earn first conference title since 1977-78 season
MANKATO, Minn. -- Top-ranked St. Cloud State completed its perfect dual-match season with a big 31-6 win at Minnesota State-Mankato on Thursday. The victory moved SCSU's record to 21-0, 7-0 NSIC on the season.
The match was SCSU's final dual match of the 2011-12 campaign and it also marks the first time in team history (since 1949-50) that the Huskies have finished with a perfect dual-match season record.
The victory also helped the Huskies claim the 2012 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference title, which marks the first time since 1977-78 that the Huskies have won a conference title.
SCSU's evening in Mankato opened with a 17-3 major decision victory by No. 4 Andy Pokorny against MSU's Brian Reisenauer. SCSU then stretched its lead to 10-0 with a pinfall victory at 4:00 of the third period by Jay Hildreth over MSU's Drew Lexvold at 141 pounds.
At 149 pounds, SCSU's Jacob D. Horn picked up a takedown in the extra session to score an 8-6 overtime win against MSU's Jesse Westphal to help SCSU increase its total to 13-0.
The Mavericks broke the shutout at 157 pounds as Tel Todd posted a 2-1 win against SCSU's Josh Howk. SCSU got right back on track at 165 pounds with an 18-4 major decision win by No. 1 Tad Merritt against MSU's Cody Quinn. The victory pushed the Husky lead to 17-3.
At 174 pounds, SCSU's No. 3 Shamus O'Grady improved to 9-0 on the season with a 5-2 win over MSU's Brendan Eichmann to give SCSU a 20-3 lead. At 184 pounds, SCSU's No. 3 Derek Skala chalked up a 10-4 win against MSU's Brandon Peterson.
The wins kept rolling in for the Huskies at 19 -pounds with a 14-4 major decision by No. 3 Lucas Munkelwtiz against MSU's Derek Hahn. The victory provided SCSU with a 27-3 edge in the contest. At 285 pounds No. 1 Jake Kahnke iced the decision with a 10-0 major decision win against Nate Haynes of MSU.
The evening was completed with a 12-8 victory by MSU's David Demo against SCSU's Dylan Wright at 125 pounds, which completed the scoring at 31-6 in favor of SCSU.