BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — St. Cloud State completed the first day of competition at the 2013 NCAA Division II Wrestling Championships in top order at the Cross Plex. The Huskies tallied 60.5 points on Day 1 and sit in first place ahead of second-place Notre Dame (Ohio) (58.0) and Nebraska-Kearney (57.0).
The Huskies had seven of their nine wrestlers make it through the first day of competition and five of those wrestlers will be wrestling in the championship semifinals on Saturday.
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At 133-pounds, senior Andy Pokorny collected two wins to advance to the semis along with freshman Matt Nelson, who gained two opening-round wins at 141 pounds. Senior Jacob D. Horn clinched All-America status with his two wins at 149 pounds.
Clint Poster will be competiting in the semis at 157 pounds after winning his first two matches and the group is completed by Shamus O’Grady, who picked up two opening-round wins at 184 pounds.
The Huskies’ Gabe Fogarty opened his day at 165 pounds with a victory before moving into the consolation bracket with a loss in the second round. He then advanced to Saturday with a big tech fall win at 165 pounds against Robert Shade of UNC Pembroke.
At 285 pounds, senior Jacob Kahnke gained a first-round victory against Niko Bogojevic of CSU Pueblo before losing in the quarterfinals to Ziad Haddad of Kutztown in a 7-1 decision. Kahnke punched his ticket for action on Saturday with a 6-3 win against James Malechek of UW-Parkside in the wrestlebacks.
SCSU’s Eric Forde suffered a first-round loss at 125 pounds before picking up a win in the wrestlebacks. His trip to the NCAA meet ended with a second-round wrestleback loss to Matt Turek of Gannon. At 174 pounds, Kurt Salmen lost in the first round to Pat Martinez of Nebraska-Kearney and suffered a 7-1 setback against Kelly Henderson of Central Oklahoma.