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Minnesota National Guard Leader Recognized by Collegiate Community

Minnesota National Guard , Minn- St Cloud State University hosted a Military Appreciation Night at Halenbeck Hall Thursday, Sept 5, 2013, as wrestlers from SCSU and St John's University participated in a NCAA Division II match

"This was very exciting to be able to host a military appreciation night along with an event between the two schools," said Maj Jeff Nelson, enrollment officer with the Army Reserve Officers Training Corps Battalion

The event was sponsored by the ROTC 'Fighting Saints' Battalion of St John's, St Cloud and St Benedict's Universities The two teams were outfitted in Army and Marine digital camouflage uniforms to recognize the military service and sacrifice within their communities

"It's challenging being a student, athlete and ROTC cadet at the same time," said Teddy Erickson, a freshman cadet with St John's University "Being this busy teaches proper time management and how to accept the hard choices, it's worth it"

The uniforms worn by the wrestlers were auctioned off following the match with all proceeds going to Toys for Tots A silent auction organized by the ROTC cadets raised $1,885 by the end of the night

A presentation was made by SCSU Assistant Coach Shamus O'Grady to Col Dirk R Kloss, the commander of the 84th Troop Command, for his mentorship of future leaders and support of collegiate athletics Kloss, a St Cloud State alum, also met with cadets of the Fighting Saints Battalion to share his experiences and answer questions about his military career

"It was such an honor to be recognized in front of a great bunch of young, enthusiastic people," said Kloss

St Cloud State took control of the scoreboard right away in the match against St Johns, as freshman Tanner Johnshoy of Prior Lake, Minn, charted a pin at 3:43 against John Wells of St John's The points continued to roll in with a major decision victory by SCSU's number two wrestler Andy Pokorny at 133-pounds Pokorny posted a 15-1 win over SJU's Mike Pleski to give SCSU a 10-0 lead

Taylor Lewandowski increased the Huskies' lead to 26-0 with a 15-4 major decision against freshman Teddy Erickson of Annandale, Minn The win clinched SCSU's new Division II record of 48 consecutive dual wins

SCSU beat SJU 38-0 setting a new NCAA Division II record for most consecutive dual match victories

December 16, 2013
by Staff Sgt Anthony Housey
Camp Ripley Public Affairs



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