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Sunday, March 10, 2013

Luke Weber, senior diver and three-meter national champion, hails from North Mankato

Luke Weber, senior diver and three-meter national champion, hails from North Mankato.

Luke Weber, senior diver and three-meter national champion, hails from North Mankato Jacob Kahnke, senior from Shakopee and four-time All-American, took third at 285-pounds  

Husky Athletics made its mark at the NCAA D-II Winter Championships March 6-9 in Birmingham, Ala.

  • Husky Wrestling is the national runner-up, with seven All-Americans
  • Shamus O'Grady, Coon Rapids, is the 184-pound national wrestling champion
  • Husky Swim and Dive earned 11 All-American nods
  • Luke Weber, North Mankato, is the three-meter diving national champion

Husky Wrestling missed a national title by three points, losing to defending national champion, University of Nebraska-Kearny. Coach Steve Costanzo has led the Huskies to three consecutive second-place finishes at the national meet. Read the scsuhuskies.com story about the team.

O'Grady, a senior math education major, went 4-0, winning the title bout 12-2 against Dallas Smith of Ouachita Baptist, Arkadelphia, Ark. O'Grady's 40-1 season record ties a school mark. He was named the Outstanding Wrestler at the championships.

Seniors Andy Pokorny, a chemistry major from Bennington, Neb., and Jacob D. Horn, a construction management major from Ephrata, Wash., were national runners-up at 133-pounds and 149-pounds, respectively.

Weber, a senior pre-chiropractic major, posted a score of 563.80 for the national title and became the third male diver in school history to win a national championship. He earned a 71.40 mark on this third dive. Read the scsuhuskies.com story. View a video interview with Weber that includes diving highlights.

The Husky Swim and Dive men finished 12th. The women finished 16th. Read the sscuhuskies.com story.

Among Coach Jeff Hegle's top achievers are Kellyn Craig, who won fourth in the 200-meter breaststroke, and Alex Bryson, who took fourth in the 1500-meter freestyle. She is a sophomore from Denver, Colo. He is sophomore from Appleton, Wis.

Visit scsuhuskies.com for details about other St. Cloud State student athletes who enjoyed success in Birmingham.

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