SCSU’s O’Grady Named Super Region III Wrestler of the Year

Edmond, Okla. – St. Cloud State University senior wrestler Shamus O’Grady was named the 2012-13 Super Region III Wrestler of the Year.

Two seniors, a junior and a freshman have been selected as the regional representatives for the NCAA Division II Wrestler of the Year award that will be announced Wednesday by the NCAA Division II Wrestling Coaches Association.

Named as regional wrestlers of the year were senior 174-pounder Mike Williams of North Carolina-Pembroke in Super Region I, freshman 165-pounder Joey Davis of Notre Dame College in Super Region II, senior 184-pounder Shamus O’Grady of St. Cloud State in Super Region III and junior heavyweight Tyrell Fortune of Grand Canyon in Super Region IV.

Shamus O’Grady (184 lbs., Coon Rapids, Minn.) finished his career at St. Cloud State University with mark of 108-28 including a 40-1 record as a senior, which ties the school record for most wins in a season previously held by Tad Merritt. O’Grady was a four-time NCAA DII national qualifier, a four-time NCAA DII All-American (finishing sixth, fourth, fourth and first) and the 2013 NCAA DII National Champion at 184-pounds. He was a two-time Super Region 3 Champion and Outstanding Wrestler Award winner.

O’Grady was named the 2012-13 NSIC Wrestler of the Year. He was named NSIC All-Conference selection four years in a row including three of the four with first team honors. He will be named the Dean Weismann (Husky Wrestler of the Year) award winner for 2012-13. He capped off his career by being named the 2013 NCAA DII Outstanding Wrestler of the tournament.

O’Grady won an NCAA Division II Individual Wrestling title with a 12-2 major decision over Dallas Smith of Ouachita Baptist at 184-pounds and the Huskies finished as the NCAA Division II National Runner-Up at the 2013 NCAA Wrestling National Championships in Birmingham, Ala.

In the semi’s, O’Grady competed in the day’s marquee match-up against Travis McKillop of Pitt-Johnstown, who entered the match as D2’s leader in the Most Dominating Wrestler charts in 2012-13.

O’Grady advanced on the strength of a big 6-4 win over McKillop. O’Grady received notice as the tournament’s most outstanding wrestler for his efforts in Birmingham.

“Shamus is one of the best student-wrestlers that I have had the privilege to coach,” said Coach Costanzo.

“He has been an excellent leader, role model and team representative for our program. I have always been able to count on him for anything that will make our team better. His presence will be missed on and off the mat.”

O’Grady is the son of Dan and Synthia Klint and is a math education major at St. Cloud State University.

Career Highlights
· 2013 NCAA DII National Champion
· 2013 NCAA DII Outstanding Wrestler
· 4x NCAA DII All-American (1, 4, 4, 6)
· 2x Super Region 3 Champion
· 2x Super Region 3 Outstanding Wrestler
· 4x NSIC All-Conference Wrestler
· Led team to three NCAA DII Runner-Up Finishes
· Led team to two NWCA National Dual Championships
· Led team to three Super Region Championships
· Led team to two NSIC Conference titles
· Team Captain
· Career Record: 108-28

This will be the sixth year for the NCAA Division II Coaches Association to select a national wrestler of the year. Previous winners of the award were Nebraska-Kearney heavyweight Tervel Dlagnev (2008), Nebraska-Omaha 157-pounder Todd Meneely (2009), Pittsburgh-Johnstown 133-pounder Shane Valko (2010), Western State 197-pounder Donovan McMahill (2011) and Upper Iowa 133-pounder Trevor Franklin (2012).

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