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Husky Wrestling leads at nat'ls

Saturday, March 9, 2013

All-American Andy Pokorny is a chemistry major from Bennington, Neb.

All-American Andy Pokorny is a chemistry major from Bennington, Neb.

All-American Jacob D. Horn wrestles March 9 to help Husky Wrestling in its quest for an NCAA D-II national title All-American Andy Pokorny is a chemistry major from Bennington, Neb. All-American Shamus O'Grady needs two wins to tie the school record for wins in a season  

After one day of competition in Birmingham, Ala., No. 1 ranked Husky Wrestling leads the NCAA Division II Wrestling Championships, thanks to sterling performances by seven student-athletes.

Read the scsuhuskies.com story from the March 8. Read the NCAA.com story.

Seven of nine Husky wrestlers survived the first day of competition. Five will wrestle in the March 9 semifinals. Wrestling begins 10 a.m. CST. Fans can follow live at www.trackwrestling.com and listen to the audio stream on www.kvsc.org.

A win Saturday would give St. Cloud State its first NCAA team title.

St. Cloud State has 60.5 points. In second-pace is Notre Dame College, South Euclid, Ohio, with 58.5 points. Third is University of Nebraska-Kearny at 57.0 points.

Winning two matches each Friday, earning All-American honors and advancing to the semifinals are:

  • Senior Jacob D. Horn, a construction management major from Ephrata, Wash., at 149-pounds
  • Senior Andy Pokorny, a chemistry major from Bennington, Neb., at 133-pounds
  • Senior Shamus O'Grady, a math education major from Coon Rapids, at 184-pounds
  • First-year Matt Nelson, a psychology major from Big Lake, at 141-pounds
  • First-year Clint Poster, a entrepreneurship major from Pierz, at 157-pounds

Under Coach Steve Costanzo, Husky wrestlers have earned 57 All-America nods.

Competing in the consolation bracket are:

  • First-year Gabe Fogarty, a psychology major from Jordan, at 165-pounds
  • Senior Jacob Kahnke, a recreation and sports management major from Shakopee, at 285-pounds

Senior Kurt Salmen dropped a pair of decisions at 174-pounds and was eliminated from competition. The physical education major hails from Dassel.

Sophomore Eric Forde, a 125-pound Fargo native who has not yet declared a major, went 1-2 in three bouts and was eliminated from competition.

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