Caledonia grappler wins first place at international tournament

Submitted   St. Cloud State University grappler Austin Goergen (center) gained first place honors at his weight class during the John Peterson International Tournament held in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.

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St. Cloud State University grappler Austin Goergen (center) gained first place honors at his weight class during the John Peterson International Tournament held in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.

St. Cloud State University wrestler Austin Goergen (Caledonia), who will begin his sophomore season with the Huskies in 2014-15, gained first place honors in his weight division at this year’s John Peterson International Tournament that was recently held in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.

This marked the sixth year that the tournament has been held in Mongolia and it is sponsored by Athletes in Action. The tournament features athletes and club teams from Mongolia, Russia and East Asia. After the tournament is completed in the city of Ulaanbaatar, the athletes travel to a multi-nation training camp for one week. The camp features many of the top Mongolian wrestlers and over 100 athletes.

Submitted  Goergen, a Caledonia native, in action during the matches.

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Goergen, a Caledonia native, in action during the matches.

Goergen is the second St. Cloud State University athlete to travel to Mongolia for the tournament. In 2012, Shamus O’Grady attended the tournament and camp prior to his national championship year at St. Cloud State in 2012-13.

At the 2014 NCAA Division II championships, Goergen earned All-America honors with a sixth place finish in the 285-pound bracket. Goergen was 35-8 during his freshman season with the Huskies and he also set a new team record with 19 falls to his credit this year.

Of note, Goergen was accompanied at the tournament by St. Cloud State volunteer assistant wrestling coach John Peterson. An Athletes in Action coordinator, Peterson won a silver medal for Team USA in wrestling at the 1972 Olympics and a gold medal for Team USA in 1976. The tournament in AIA Mongolian is named in his honor.

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