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St. Cloud State wins NCAA Division II national title

St. Cloud State won the NCAA Division II title (Photo/SCSU Athletics)

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa -- No. 1 St. Cloud State capped a perfect season by winning its third NCAA Division II national championship on Saturday in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. It's the program's third national title in the last four seasons.

The Huskies finished the tournament with 92.5 points, outdistancing defending national champ Notre Dame (Ohio) by 8.5 points.

Six St. Cloud State wrestlers became All-Americans, but none won titles. James Pleski (149), Larry Bomstad (157) and Vince Dietz (197) all finished runner-up.

All seven wrestlers competing for Notre Dame at the NCAA Division II Championships became All-Americans, with the highest finisher being runner-up Kameron Teacher (285).

Ashland and Pitt-Johnstown both crowned two national champions. Ashland's national champions were Bret Romanzak (157) and Luke Cramer (197), while Pitt-Johnstown's were Chris Eddins (141) and Cody Law (157).

Nick Becker (174) won his third NCAA Division II national title and finished his career at UW-Parkside with a perfect 89-0 record.

Finals Results:
125: Elijah Hale (Central Okla.) tech. fall Maleek Williams (Upper Iowa), 17-2
133: Josh Walker (Upper Iowa) dec. George Farmah (Minnesota St.), 1-0
141: Chris Eddins (Pitt.-Johnstown) dec. Darren Wynn (McKendree), 4-2
149: Daxton Gordon (California Baptist) dec. James Pleski (St. Cloud St.), 5-1 SV
157: Cody Law (Pitt.-Johnstown) dec. Larry Bomstad (St. Cloud St.), 6-3
165: Bret Romanzak (Ashland) dec. Christian Smith (California Baptist), 3-2
174: Nick Becker (UW-Parkside) dec. Nolan Kistler (California Baptist), 8-4
184: Noel Torres (Newman) dec. JaVaughn Perkins (Colorado St.-Pueblo), 3-1
197: Luke Cramer (Ashland) dec. Vince Dietz (St. Cloud St.), 5-1
285: Terrance Fanning (Wheeling Jesuit) dec. Kameron Teacher (Notre Dame), 8-2

Team Standings:
1. St. Cloud St. 92.5
2. Notre Dame (OH) 84
3. California Baptist 70.5
4. Upper Iowa 58
5. Ashland 55
6. Pitt.-Johnstown 54.5
7. McKendree 52
8. Neb.-Kearney 44.5
9. Central Okla. 36.5
10. Minnesota St. 30.5
11. Colorado St.-Pueblo 30
12. Newman 27.5
13. Wheeling Jesuit 25.5
14. Western St. 20.5
15. UNC Pembroke 19
16. Simon Fraser 15.5
17. Kutztown 13.5
18. Northern St. 12.5
19. King (TN) 12
20. Colorado Mesa 11.5
20. Ouachita Baptist 11.5
20. Shippensburg 11.5
23. LIU Post 11
23. West Liberty 11
25. Limestone 10.5

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