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Four St. Cloud State wrestlers win regional titles

The No. 2 St. Cloud State University wrestling team claimed four individual championships and placed second as a team at the 2016 NCAA Division II Super 3 Regional, which wrapped up action at the Elmen Center in Sioux Falls, S.D. on Sunday, Feb. 28. The Huskies were led by senior Clint Poster, who won the title at 165-pounds and was also named the NCAA Division II Super 3 Regional's Most Outstanding Wrestler.

The Huskies completed the two-day tournament with 145.5 points, while Maryville won the title with 151.5 points. The complete team results are listed below:

Maryville 151.5
St. Cloud State 145.5
Upper Iowa 97.0
McKendree 79.0
Minnesota State 78.5
Lindenwood 74.0
Southwest Minnesota State 39.5
Northern State 37.5
Augustana 36.0
Ouachita Baptist 25.5
Minnesota State Moorhead 25.0
Mary 23.5
Central Missouri 12.0
Truman State 9.0
Minot State 2.5

SCSU individuals to gain first place finishes in the regional include Brett Velasquez at 125-pounds, Jay Hildreth at 149-pounds, Clint Poster at 165-pounds and Austin Goergen at 285-pounds. The Huskies will also send seven wrestlers to the NCAA finals on March 11-12.

At 125-pounds, redshirt freshman Brett Velasquez brought home a regional crown with his 11-9 victory over Maleek Williams of Upper Iowa in the title bout. Velasquez started his day in the semi's with a 5-4 victory over Maryville's Jared Singh.

In the 133-pound bracket, Jared Oftedahl made a deep run in the wrestlebacks on Feb. 28. He opened the day with a 3:54 fall against Tate Barnhardt of Mary. He then lost by a fall to Matt Paulus of Upper Iowa in the consolation semi's. In the fourth place bracket, Oftedahl ended his tournament with a 1:14 fall against Hunter Haralason of Lindenwood.

At 141-pounds, Matt Nelson started his day with an 8-3 win over Brandon Charbonneau of Augustana in the wrestlebacks. He continued his day with a 5-4 win over Alphonso Vruno of Minnesota State. In the third place match, Nelson lost a 20-8 decision against Darren Wynn of McKendree.

No. 5 Jay Hildreth enjoyed a strong showing at the regional with a first place finish at 149-pounds. Hildreth started his day in the bracket semi's with a 2-1 win over Mech Spraggins of McKendree. In the title bout, Hildreth brought home the gold with a 5-4 victory over Maryville's John Hagerty.

Clint Poster won his second consecutive regional title, and his first title at 165-pounds, with a huge 17-0 tech fall win at 5:59 over Lindenwood's No. 8 Kyle Jolas. He opened the day on Sunday with a 13-1 victory over No. 5 Dimitri Willis of Maryville. Poster now owns a 39-1 record this season. He posted a fall, a major decision win, an injury default win and a tech fall win at the regional. Poster will now advance to nationals for the fourth consecutive season.

At 174-pounds, Clayton Jennissen gained his ticket to the nationals with a second place finish. He opened the day with a 3-2 win over No. 7 Adam Cooling of Minnesota State. In the title bout, Jennissen lost a 3-1 match against No. 2 ranked Zeb Wahle of Maryville.

In action at 184-pounds, SCSU's No. 8 Uthman Rabiu placed second and also gained a ticket to the upcoming NCAA finals. He started his day with a 5-3 OT win over O'Dell Lee and then lost a 4-2 showdown in the title bout against No. 4 Aero Amo of Augustana.

At 197-pounds, V.J. Giulio opened his day on Feb. 28 with a 5-3 loss to Northern State's Joe Gomez. In the wrestlebacks, Giulio then lost a 3-2 decision to Ryan Parmley of Upper Iowa. In the fourth place bracket, Giulio finished with a :46 fall against Minnesota State's Darick Vancura.

To end the tournament, SCSU's No. 5 Austin Goergen brought home another regional crown with a 3-0 victory over Malcom Allen of Minnesota State in the title bout. Goergen started his day with a key 5-2 victory over Maryville's No. 6 Donnell Walker.

Goergen now owns a 36-1 record this season and will be making his third trip to the NCAA nationals.

The defending NCAA Division II champions, St. Cloud State will bring seven wrestlers to the upcoming NCAA finals on March 11-12 in Sioux Falls, S.D.

The list of wrestlers headed to the NCAA finals includes Velasquez (125), Nelson (141), Hildreth (149), Poster (165), Jennissen (174), Rabiu (184) and Goergen (285).

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