St. Cloud, Minn. - St. Cloud State head wrestling coach Steve Costanzo and his staff of assistant coaches has announced the newest class of Husky wrestlers. Seven talented young men signed Letters of Intent and are set to join the 2011 NCAA DII Runner-Up team for the 2011-12 season. In addition, seven additional student-athletes have been accepted into St. Cloud State University and they all intend to wrestle for the Huskies beginning in 2011-12.
This class features student-wrestlers from seven states that combined to win 41 state medals and 15 individual state championships during their prep careers.
“We are very pleased to announce this recruiting class that we have coming in,” Costanzo said. “We believe this class has all of the qualities that we are looking for to keep SCSU wrestling moving in the right direction. This class has academics, talent and the right attitude to keep the Huskies competitive with the top teams in the country. I applaud my coaching staff for seeking individuals that are committed and dedicated to the classroom and to the sport. That is exactly what this group exudes. ”
Isaiah Chip Erickson (Barronett, Wisc.), Trey Griffin (Lena, IL), Jay Hildreth (Council Bluffs, IA), Brady Johnshoy (Prior Lake, Minn.), Matt Nelson (Big Lake, Minn.), Andy Pokorny (Bennington, Neb.) and Caleb White (Neola, IA) have all signed letters of intent to wrestle for the Huskies. They join Eric Forde (Fargo, ND) and Clint Poster (Pierz, Minn.) as part of the incoming recruiting class for 2011-12. Forde and Poster signed letters of intent in November 2010.
In addition, Mason Bohm (Shawano, Wisc.), Eric Hood (Lake Crystal, Minn.), Jared Kust (Clintonville, Wisc.), Shaun Little (St. Michael, Minn.), Derek Swanson (Cambridge, Minn.), Cody Tibbetts (Lake Crystal, Minn.) and Elliot Zander (Fargo, ND) have all been accepted into the University and they intend to wrestle for Coach Costanzo beginning this fall.
Erickson is one of three Wisconsin natives in this year’s recruiting class. The two-time Wisconsin state champion wrapped up a stellar high school career with a second straight WIAA title in 2011. Erickson went 44-0 as a senior to win the crown for Cumberland High School. A year prior, he posted a 43-4 mark to claim his first state title and leaves CHS with 119 wins in the past three years. He is projected to compete at 149/157 – pounds for the Huskies.
Griffin comes to St. Cloud State from Lena-Winslow (Ill.) High School where he was a two-time state champion and three-time IHSA state place winner. Griffin leaves LWHS with a 145-15 career record. He was third in 2009 and won the 171-pound state title in 2010 with 39-0 mark. This year, Griffin won the 189-pound state title as a senior and concluded his season with a 38-1 record. He is projected to compete at 184-pounds for SCSU.
A 2011 graduate of Lewis Central High School (Iowa), Hildreth was a three-time IHSAA state place winner. He finished seventh in 2009, third in 2010 and second in 2011 at the Iowa High School State Championships. Hildreth amassed a career high school mark of 184-21 in four years. In addition, he claimed eighth place honors in the 2010 Junior National Greco Roman tournament to earn him All-American. He is projected to compete at 141/149 – pounds.
Johnshoy is a 2011 graduate of Prior Lake High School. He was a four-time state qualifier and a three-time MSHSL state place winner. He placed fifth in 2009, third in 2010 and second in 2011. He posted a career high school record of 152-39. On the Junior Freestyle and Greco Roman scene, he was a double champion at the Minnesota state tournament this past spring. Johnshoy is expected to compete at 133/141 – pounds this next fall.
Nelson comes to St. Cloud State with a lofty senior national ranking. The Minnesota product is the No. 14 ranked wrestler at 130-pounds by Wrestling USA Magazine. Nelson was a five-time Minnesota state place winner, four-time state finalist and a 2011 state champion at 130-pounds. Nelson compiled an impressive 208-31 career record. In addition to his Folkstyle accolades, he was a 2010 Junior National All-American in Freestyle by placing eighth. The first team Guillotine Academic All-State wrestler is projected to compete at 133/141 – pounds for the Huskies.
Pokorny was a three-time state champion, winning the 2007 Class C crown at 125 pounds after winning at 112 pounds in 2006 and 103 in 2005. A 2006 Junior Freestyle All-American, Pokorny was the fourth-ranked 112-pound wrestler in the nation by Wrestling USA, and was the No. 52 high school wrestler overall by Intermat. Off the mat, he graduated with a 4.0 GPA and scored 33 on his ACT. He was also a member of the National Honor Society. Pokorny spent the 2008 and 2009 seasons at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln where he was a member of the Husker wrestling team. During the 2010-11 campaign, Pokorny attended the University of Nebraska at Omaha, but did not compete. He is expected to compete at 133 – pounds for this fall for the Huskies.
White hails from Neola, Iowa where he attended Tri-Center High School. As a senior, he captured the 2011 IHSAA State Championship with an undefeated season, 37-0. As a four year letterwinner and starter, white also placed fourth in 2010 and fourth in 2009 at the state championships. He combined for an overall record of 124-13 his last three years. An accomplished freestyle and Greco roman wrestler, White was a double All-American at the 2009 Cadet Nationals placing eighth in freestyle and second in Greco roman. He will be competing at the 285 – pound weight class for SCSU.
Bohm is one of two Shawano High School graduates to join the 2011-12 Husky wrestling squad. Bohm was a three-time WIAA state qualifier and a two-time state runner-up. He amassed a career record of 146-29 including a 44-3 record during his senior campaign. Active in freestyle and Greco roman wrestling, Bohn is a two-time state place winner in freestyle and a state place winner in Greco Roman. He is projected to compete at the 125-pound weight class.
A four-year letterwinner and starter at Lake Crystal Wellcome Memorial High School, Hood qualified for the MSHSL state tournament as a senior. He was also a member of the Minnesota Cadet and Junior National teams in Greco roman. Hood had a career high school record of 101-50 and is projected to compete in the 149-pound weight class.
Kust is a 2011 graduate of Shawano High School. As a four-year letterwinner and starter, he collected a third, fourth and fifth place medal at the WIAA state championships. He was a 2009 Cadet National All-American in freestyle by placing sixth and has combined for a career record of 170-23 at the high school level. An excellent student, Kust is expected to compete in the 141-pound weight class.
A 2011 graduate of Saint Michael-Albertville, Little was a three-time MSHSL state qualifier. He wrapped up his senior campaign with a 39-3 record and a runner-up finish at state. He leaves STMA with a 101-32 record in his last three years. Little is projected to compete in the 197-pound weight class for the Huskies.
Swanson comes to St. Cloud State out of Cambridge-Isanti High School. He placed fifth at the 2011 MSHSL state tournament and had a record of 40-7 on the season. Swanson compiled a career mark 132-43 over his four-year career. He is projected to compete in the 165/174-pound weight class.
Tibbetts is a 2011 graduate of Lake Crystal Wellcome Memorial High School where he was a three-time MSHSL state qualifier in wrestling. He placed second in the state as a sophomore en-route to a 30-9 record at 152-pounds and then placed again as a senior finishing sixth with a record of 27-11 at 160-pounds. He amassed a four-year mark of 167-61 for his career. Tibbetts was a 2008 freestyle and Greco roman state wrestling champion and a 2009 runner-up in both styles. He is projected to wrestle in the 165-pound weight class for the Huskies.
Zander, another product of Fargo South High School, was a 2011 NDHSAA state qualifier in wrestling. He finished his senior year with a record of 27-12 at 171-pounds. He will be joining teammate Eric Forde who signed with the Huskies in November. Zander is projected to compete in the 174-pound weight class.
The Huskies finished the 2010-11 season with a school-record 19-2 dual match record. SCSU went on to claim first place honors at the 2011 NCAA Division II Super Region #3 and the Huskies placed second at the 2011 NCAA Division II championships. This marked the first time in team history the Huskies won an NCAA regional title and the second place finish at nationals is the best in team history.