St. Cloud State thrashes Minn. St.-Mankato; Western State wins RMAC
MANKATO, Minn. -- Third-ranked St. Cloud State scored a big 36-6 victory at Minnesota State-Mankato on Thursday. The victory improves SCSU's season mark to 18-1 overall and it also gives the Huskies a perfect 7-0 record in the always rugged Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference.
Once again, SCSU controlled the tempo of the match in the early going as Joel Salomon started the night off with a pin at 2:07 for the Huskies at 125-pounds. SCSU extended its margin to 12-0 with a pin at 133-pounds by Zach Stewart (12-1) at 2:20.
At 141-pounds, No. 5 ranked Matt Nelson added to his season totals with a solid 8-1 decision to make the scored 15-0. The pins continued at 149-pounds, as SCSU's Jay Hildreth added six points with a fall at 2:23 to make it 21-0.
In one of the closest matches of the evening, No. 6 Clint Poster outlasted MSU's Adam Cooling to gain a 3-1 win at 157-pounds for the Huskies. Poster is now 25-6 on the season. SCSU lost decisions at 165-pounds and 174-pounds, before Dylon Braun got the Huskies back on track with an 8-2 win at 184-pounds to make the score 27-6.
At 197-pounds, SCSU's Chris Brassell scored a 2-0 decision and No. 3 Austin Goergen added to his season totals with a 4:21 pin at 285-pounds. Goergen is now 26-4 with a team-leading 14 pins on the season.
No. 10 Western State 27, No. 17 Colorado Mesa 15
GUNNISON, Colo. -- Thursday night's wrestling dual against Colorado Mesa, will surely go down as one of the greatest Western State dual victories. In front of a rowdy home crowd, the No. 10 Mountaineers defeated the No. 17 Mavericks 27-15, winning the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Dual Title.
"Over all the years, I've never been in this type of atmosphere," Head Coach Miles Van Hee said. "I'm super proud of our fans and our students for supporting us tonight. They were the 11th man."
From start to finish, the nearly 500 in attendance electrified the Mountaineer grapplers. However, it was the final match that really capped off the night.
As cheers of "Stoot" came pouring down onto the mat from the Western student section, senior Lane Stuht (Sr., Loveland, Colo.) went face-to-face with CMU's Jordan Passehl. The Mavericks needed a pin to tie the Mountaineers at 21 points.
After a scoreless first period, Stuht chose bottom, looking to earn an escape point in the second. However, Passehl clung to Stuht and continually thwarted the All-American football player's attempts to get free. With time running out in the second, Stuht completed a reversal in one fluid motion and stuck Passehl into the mat earning a pin with 0.5 seconds remaining on the clock.
Pandemonium ensued as nearly half the student body stormed the mat, tackling Stuht.
"It felt amazing," Stuht said. "To not only win my match but to win my final dual in Paul Wright Gym that way was awesome."
Right from the start, these two RMAC schools were at each other's throats. Western's 125 pounder, Dammion Heard (Fr., Fort Worth, Texas) and CMU's Erick Vargas were unable to determine a winner after regulation. CMU got out to a 3-0 lead after Vargas scored in the first overtime.
The Mountaineers (10-2, 7-1 RMAC) came charging back, rejuvenating the crowd with two straight pins. Zach Shank (RFr., Olathe, Colo.) earned a 2:46 pin at 133 pounds, followed by Corbin Bennetts' (RSo., Buena Vista, Colo.) 3:42 pin at 141 pounds.
The Mavericks (10-5, 4-3 RMAC) slowly made their comeback, winning the next matches by decisions. CMU took a 15-12 lead after the 174 pound match.
CMU forfeited 184 pounds, putting Western back on top 18-15 with two matches remaining.
Sam Mangum (Jr., McAllen, Texas) outshined the Mavericks' 197 pounder, Francisco Retana as Mangum pulled off an 8-4 decision.
"What a great day to be a Mountaineer," Van Hee said following the dual.