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St. Cloud State wins Mid-Atlantic Duals

No. 5 St. Cloud State at Mid-Atlantic Duals

ASHLAND, Ohio -- St. Cloud State (5-0, 0-0 NSIC) captured the championship at the 2014 Mid-Atlantic Duals on Sunday. The Huskies earned the top spot at the eight-team tournament by posting a trio of victories against Gannon, Indianapolis and host Ashland.

The Huskies opened the day with a 33-6 victory against No. 20 Gannon, which marked SCSU's 50th consecutive dual-match win. SCSU started the day with a 3-1 win by Tanner Johnshoy at 125 pounds against Gannon's Matt Turek. Zach Stewart then added a 5-2 decision at 133 pounds and Mike Rhone gained his first win as a Husky with a 7-3 decision at 141 pounds.

SCSU sealed the victory with wins a pin by Clint Poster at 157 pounds and another pin by Ryan Zumwalt at 165 pounds. The Huskies' Clayton Jennissen scored a major decision win at 174 pounds to make it 25-3 before Chris Brassell (197) and Austin Goergen (285) ended the match with a pair of major decision wins for the Huskies.

In the semifinals, SCSU posted an exciting 27-15 win against No. 8 Indianapolis. The Huskies kept things close in the lower weights as Andy Pokorny collected a 15-0 technical fall at 133 pounds and Poster added a key 11-3 major decision at 157 pounds to make it 15-9 in favor of Indy.

SCSU started its impressive comeback in the dual win with a pin by Jennissen at 174 pounds. The Huskies continued its late-match roll at 184 pounds with a 3-2 win by Dylan Braun that made it 18-15 in favor of SCSU. At 197 pounds, Brassell posted a 3-2 decision and then Goergen iced the result with a big pin at 285 pounds to make the final team score 27-15.

In the championship dual, the Huskies rolled to a 36-6 victory against No. 16 Ashland. Johnshoy started the ball rolling with a pin at 125 pounds for the Huskies, which was followed by Pokorny's 5-3 win in overtime against No. 3 Mike Labry of Ashland.

Matt Nelson scored a decision win for SCSU at 141 pounds and Jay Hildreth gained a forfeit win at 149 pounds. Poster made it a perfect 3-0 record on the day with his win at 157 pounds and Zumwalt won at 165 pounds to make the score 24-0.

The Huskies finished the trip to Ohio with a forfeit win by Brassell at 197 pounds and another pin at 285 for Goergen.

No. 8 Indianapolis at Mid-Atlantic Duals

ASHLAND, Ohio -- The Greyhounds opened the 2014 portion of its schedule with a 2-1 day at Ashland's Mid-Atlantic Duals on Sunday. Indianapolis posted wins against Shippensburg and East Stroudsburg, while the Greyhounds fell in a tight match with No. 5 St. Cloud State.

In its first tilt of the day, the Greyhounds (3-3) took a 31-6 win against Shippensburg, with UIndy taking wins in eight of the 10 bouts of the match. Both Justin Kieffer (14-1) and Shelby Mappes (9-7) recorded pins in the victory, while Josh Kieffer (8-2) won via a major decision in the team win.

Versus the Huskies in the second match of the day, UIndy took wins in four of the first six bouts, but couldn't hold onto its early lead by surrendering the final four bouts to SCSU to lose the dual 27-15. Two of the final four bouts were decided by just one point in favor of St. Cloud State, while two of UIndy's wins came in overtime. Justin Kieffer highlighted the match with his second pin of the day, a stick in 4:37 of No. 2 Matt Nelson at 141.

The Greyhounds closed out the day with a 36-9 decision against East Stroudsburg, who is receiving votes in the Division II Wrestling Coaches Poll. Alex Johns (15-1) opened the matchup with a pin in 3:14 of Anthony Marino, with UIndy taking wins in the first five bouts of the dual. Sheldon Struble (9-8) also pinned his opponent at 157, in in 2:49, while the Greyhounds collected wins at 174, 197 and 285 to close out the win.

No. 2 Nebraska-Kearney at Central Missouri Duals

WARRENSBURG, Mo. -- Second-ranked Nebraska-Kearney recorded a pair of easy wins on Sunday afternoon at the Comfort Inn/Central Missouri Duals in Warrensburg.

UNK first beat Mary 41-6 and then defeated Minot State 31-13. Both of those schools are located in North Dakota and members of the NSIC (Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference).

The Lopers, who bested Midland 36-6 Friday night in Fremont, were also supposed to dual NAIA opponent Baker. However, they couldn't make the trip to Missouri due to weather conditions.

Returning to the mats after a long layoff, senior heavyweight Kelsey Empting  had one of UNK's four bonus point victories in the win against the Mary Marauders.

Sophomore Ryan Bauer (133 lbs.) also had a fall in the less than two minutes with Connor Bolling recording an 18-2 tech fall at 125 lbs.

Against the MSU Beavers, Kansas junior Tyler Anderson had a fall at 5:38 to win at 149 lbs. with top-ranked Romero Cotton (Hutchinson, Kans.) posting a 16-4 major decision at 197 lbs.