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No. 1 St. Cloud State clinches NSIC crown with win at Augustana

The No. 1 St. Cloud State University wrestling team added another chapter to its legacy of success with its 30-6 victory at Augustana University in Sioux Falls, S.D. on Thursday, Feb. 16.

The victory helped the Huskies claim the outright Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference championship for the sixth consecutive season with a perfect 8-0 record. The win also pushed SCSU's overall season record to 17-1, while Augustana falls to 12-7, 6-2 NSIC.

The Huskies have now won NSIC titles in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017. The Huskies have won 52 consecutive NSIC dual matches and they have not lost a dual meet since a setback against Augustana during 2010-11 season.

SCSU made a quick statement in its dual match at Augustana by winning the first seven matches of the night to gain the upper hand. At 125-pounds, No. 5 Brett Velasqez posted a 12-4 major decision win over AU's Brandon Caroll. The wins kept rolling in as SCSU's Mike Rhone scored a 2-1 win at 133 and Jarred Oftedahl scored an 8-2 win over Austin Jordan at 141 pounds.

In action at 149-pounds, SCSU's No. 10 James Pleski scored a 10-2 major decision win over Bailey Neises of Augustana. At 157-pounds, No. 9 Larry Bomstad gained a 12-1 major decision over Augie's Tyler Nation.

SCSU extended its leads with an 8-2 win by No. 10 Gabe Fogarty at 165-pounds and a 9-4 decision victory by No. 4 Clayton Jennissen at 174-pounds.

The first setback of the evening for the Huskies was at 184-pounds, as Augustana's No. 5 Aero Amo scored a 6-4 win over SCSU's No. 6 Uthman Rabiu. At 197-pounds, AU's Ben Goodwin posted a 6-3 win over SCSU's No. 5 Vince Dietz.

The Huskies got back into the win column at 285-pounds with a pin by No. 1 Austin Goergen at 2:24 against Augustana's Michael Lowman. This was Goergen's 14 pin of the season and his SCSU record 65th career pin. Goergen will enter the upcoming regional with a perfect 23-0 record this season for the Huskies.

SCSU will continue its 2016-17 season with a trip to the NCAA Division II Super 3 Regional in Moorhead, Minn. on Feb. 24-25. This tournament serves as the qualifying meet for the upcoming 2017 NCAA Division II Championships. Complete results for the match at Augustana are listed below:

Results:
125: #5 Brett Velasquez (SCS) over Brandon Carroll (AUSD) (MD 12-4)
133: Mike Rhone (SCS) over Brandon Charbonneau (AUSD) (TB-1 2-1)
141: Jarred Oftedahl (SCS) over Austin Jordan (AUSD) (Dec 8-2)
149: #10 James Pleski (SCS) over Bailey Neises (AUSD) (MD 10-2)
157: #9 Larry Bomstad (SCS) over Tyler Nation (AUSD) (MD 12-1)
165: #10 Gabe Fogarty (SCS) over Mitchell Rechtzigel (AUSD) (Dec 8-2)
174: #4 Clayton Jennissen (SCS) over Lukas Poloncic (AUSD) (Dec 9-4)
184: #5 Aero Amo (AUSD) over #6 Uthman Rabiu (SCS) (Dec 6-4)
197: Ben Goodwin (AUSD) over #5 Vince Dietz (SCS) (Dec 6-3)
285: #1 Austin Goergen (SCS) over Michael Lowman (AUSD) (Fall 2:24)

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