The No. 1-ranked St. Cloud State University wrestling team (7-0, 2-0 NSIC) broke its own NCAA Division II record for consecutive dual wins on Friday, Jan. 10 with a solid 30-4 decision over Maryville University. The match was SCSU's first match of the day at the 2020 NWCA Division II National Duals tournament, which is being held this weekend in Louisville, Kentucky.
The victory was SCSU's 55th consecutive win, which breaks the old NCAA DII record of 54 consecutive wins set by the Huskies from Jan. 30, 2011 to Jan. 12, 2014. SCSU's current win streak dates back to a 22-17 loss to Indianapolis on Jan. 14, 2017. Since that time, SCSU has charted two consecutive undefeated seasons under the leadership of head coach Steve Costanzo, and the Huskies currently own a 7-0 record in 2019-20.
St. Cloud State will now advance in the NWCA Duals bracket with a quarterfinal showdown against No. 7 ranked Tiffin University on Friday, Jan. 10 at 2 p.m. (CT) on Freedom Hall's Mat 7 in Louisville, Kentucky.
In the match against Maryville, SCSU trailed 4-0 after a major decision loss at 125-pounds. That set proved to be the lone loss for the Huskies as they reeled off nine consecutive wins to gain the 30-4 triumph.
At 133 pounds, No. 2 ranked Garrett Vos opened the run with an 8-2 win over Maryville's Alex Waggoner. At 141-pounds, SCSU's Joey Biachini posted an 11-3 major decision to give SCSU its first lead at 7-4.
At 149 pounds, No. 2 James Pleski battled back to earn a 4-3 decision over Maryville's Tyler Stegall and then No. 1 ranked Jake Barzowski scored a 9-6 decision over Maryville's Tanner Sparks at 157 pounds.
The wins continued with a big 9-6 decision tally by No. 3 Devin FitzPatrick over Maryville's No. 9 ranked Tyler Harrington at 165 pounds. At 174-pounds, SCSU's No. 2 Kolton Eischens added bonus points with a 13-4 major decision win over Maryville's Matt Pratt. The dual ward clinched at 184 pounds as Billy Pitzner posted a 7-4 win over MU's Bailey Kelly to give the Huskies a 24-4 lead.
To ice the result, SCSU's No. 12 Noah Ryan scored an 8-3 win at 197-pounds and No. 9 ranked Ezayah Oropeza posted a 5-0 win at 285 pounds to make the final 30-4. The complete match results are listed below.
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125 Tyler Kreith (Maryville) over Robby Horsman (St. Cloud State) Maj 10-1
133 Garrett Vos (St. Cloud State) over Alex Waggoner (Maryville) Dec 8-2
141 Joey Bianchini (St. Cloud State) over Tristan Barr (Maryville) Maj 11-3
149 James Pleski (St. Cloud State) over Tyler Stegall (Maryville) Dec 4-3
157 Jake Barzowski (St. Cloud State) over Tanner Sparks (Maryville) Dec 9-6
165 Devin Fitzpatrick (St. Cloud State) over Tyler Harrington (Maryville) Maj 13-4
174 Kolton Eischens (St. Cloud State) over Matt Pratt (Maryville) Maj 13-0
184 Billy Pitzner (St. Cloud State) over Bailey Kelly (Maryville) Dec 7-4
197 Noah Ryan (St. Cloud State) over John Anderson (Maryville) Dec 8-3
285 Ezayah Oropeza (St. Cloud State) over Logan Radik (Maryville) Dec 5-0