Kahnke's win secures Huskies' DII Duals crown; Wartburg captures DIII title
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- Fourth-ranked St. Cloud State (11-0, 1-0 NSIC) continued its impressive run by claiming first place at the 2013 NWCA DIvision II National Duals.
The Huskies earned their consecutive NWCA National Duals crown with a 17-15 win against No. 7 Notre Dame (Ohio) in the championship match at the Prairie Capital Center. SCSU earned its berth in the title bout with a 27-9 victory against No. 17 UW-Parkside in the semifinal round match on Saturday morning.
Of note, SCSU stayed in the winners bracket thanks to a 40-7 win versus UNC-Pembroke and a 29-12 victory against No. 5 Upper Iowa in the opening day of action on Friday.
In the championship match, SCSU trailed Notre Dame by one point before a 3-0 victory by senior Jacob Kahnke at 285 pounds against Notre Dame's Orlando Scales provided the needed three points to secure the two-point win and the tournament title.
The match opened well for the Huskies as Eric Forde gained a 2-1 decision against NDC's Johnny Papesh. Andy Pokorny padded the Huskies' lead with a 14-3 major decision victory against NDC's Marty Carlson at 133 pounds.
NDC's Maurice Miller put his squad on the board with a 7-3 win at 141 pounds versus SCSU's Matt Nelson. Senior Jacob D. Horn added three key points at 149 pounds with a 3-0 victory against NDC's Jonaton Rivera.
Notre Dame gained wins at 157 pounds and 165 pounds to tie the score at 10, before NDC gained a 13-10 lead with a victory at 174 pounds. The Huskies gained critical points at 184 pounds with a 12-3 major decision win by Shamus O'Grady against NDC's Charles Mason.
The lead changed hands once more at 197 pounds, as Notre Dame earned a decision to make it 15-14 heading into the decisive bout at 285 pounds.
The win versus Notre Dame marks the Huskies' 37th consecutive dual-match victory, as SCSU has not lost in dual meet action since the 2010-11 season. SCSU also owns a nine-match win streak at the NWCA Division II Duals dating back to 2011.
Wartburg captures DIII Duals crown
Top-ranked Wartburg (10-0 overall) won its seventh overall and third consecutive NWCA National Dual Championship with its 24-10 victory against No. 2 Elmhurst on Sunday.
For the first time since the event's inception, it was not Wartburg and Augsburg in the finals.
The Knights were paced by strong outings from Kenneth Anderson and Gilberto Camacho in the opening two bouts.
Wartburg's Ryan Fank put on the finishes touches with a 6-0 decision against Elmhurst's Jack Lewis in the final bout of the championship match.