Mar 222012
 

Meuleners named Wrestler of the Year; Costanzo named Coach of the Year

NSIC Wrestler of the Year
Matt Meuleners (285lbs, R-Jr., Norwood Young America, Minn. / Central HS
Northern State University

Meuleners was voted by the league coaches as the NSIC Wrestler of the Year after he won his second straight NCAA Division II national championship. Meuleners defeated St. Cloud State’s Jacob Kahnke in the championship match, scoring the match’s only takedown in the sudden victory overtime period to secure the win. With that win, his 32nd of the season, Meuleners becomes only the second two-time national champion in NSU wrestling history and the only one to do it in Division II.
He finished the season with a 32-2 record and won his last 26 matches. He won the Super Region #3 Championship was a first team DII All-Academic selection and is now a three-time All-American.

NSIC Rookie of the Year
Blake Sorensen (165lbs, Fr., Denver, Iowa / Denver HS)
Upper Iowa University

Sorensen was voted by the league coaches as the 2011-12 NSIC Rookie of the Year. Sorensen was the runner-up at 165 pounds at the NCAA Super Region #3 Championships, losing only to SCSU’s Tad Merritt (the NCAA’s Most Dominate Wrestler in 2012). He finished with a 21-12 record and won his class at the Brute Adidas Open and was third at the Loras Open. A national qualifier, Sorensen went 1-2 at the National Championships.

NSIC Coach of the Year
Steve Costanzo
6th Season
St. Cloud State University

St. Cloud State Head Coach Steve Costanzo was voted by his peers for the second consecutive season as the NSIC Wrestling Coach of the Year. St. Cloud State enjoyed its best seasons in team history as they placed second in the nation for the second straight year at the 2012 NCAA Division II championships; won the 2012 NCAA Division II Super Region #3 title and set a team record with a 21-0 dual meet record in 2011-12. The second place national finish tied for the highest national tournament finish for the Huskies in team history, and the Huskies took top honors for the first time at the elite NWCA National Duals in 2012. Coach Costanzo’s overall record at SCSU currently stands at 79-23.

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2011-12 NSIC ALL-CONFERENCE FIRST TEAM

Name Wt. Yr. School Hometown
Corey Ulmer 125 Sr. MSU Moorhead Ashley, N.D.
Trevor Franklin 133 Sr. Upper Iowa South New Berlin, N.Y.
Trevor Johnson 141 So. U-Mary Bismarck, N.D.
Nate Herda 149 Jr. Augustana Rock Rapids, Iowa
Winston Robbins 157 Sr. Upper Iowa Broadview, Ill.
Tad Merritt 165 Sr. St. Cloud State Canby, Minn.
Shamus O’Grady 174 Jr. St. Cloud State Coon Rapids, Minn.
Mitch Schultz 184 Jr. Upper Iowa Postville, Iowa
Lucas Munkelwitz 197 Sr. St. Cloud State Forest Lake, Minn.
Matthew Meuleners 285 Jr. Northern State Norwood Young America, Minn.

2011-12 NSIC ALL-CONFERENCE SECOND TEAM

Name Wt. Yr. School Hometown
Cody Lensing 125 Sr. Augustana Mounds View, Minn.
*David Demo 125 So. Minnesota State Bozeman, Mont.
Jason Jeremiason 133 Sr. Augustana Marshall, Minn.
*Andrew Pokorny 133 Jr. St. Cloud State Bennington, Neb.
*Justin Reinsma 133 So. SMSU Slayton, Minn.
Chism Fink 141 Sr. Augustana Harrisburg, S.D.
Jacob Horn 149 R-Sr. St. Cloud State Ephrata, Wash.
Jacob Bennett 157 Jr. MSU Moorhead Apache Junction, Ariz.
Blake Sorenson 165 Fr. Upper Iowa Denver, Iowa
*Taylor Nagel 165 Sr. U-Mary Victor, Mont.
*Cody Quinn 165 Fr. Minnesota State Covington, Wash.
Carl Serek 174 Sr. Augustana Hudson, S.D.
Derek Skala 184 Sr. St. Cloud State Owatonna, Minn.
Sean Derry 197 So. Augustana Omaha, Neb.
Jake Kahnke 285 R-Jr. St. Cloud State Shakopee, Minn.
*Zach Rosol 285 Sr. Upper Iowa Nashua, Iowa

 

NSIC All-Conference Criteria
The highest place-winner at the NCAA Regional Tournament from each weight class shall be named all-conference first team. The runner up will be named all-conference second team.
*Also, any wrestler that earns NCAA All-American honors will also be recognized as second team all-conference.


2012 NCAA ALL-AMERICANS
125 – Cody Lensing Sr., Augustana – 2nd Place
133 – Jason Jeremiason, Sr., Augustana – 5th Place
141- Chism Fink, Sr., Augustana – 4th Place
141 – Trevor Johnson, So., U-Mary – 6th Place
165 – Taylor Nagel, Sr., U-Mary – 5th  Place
125 – David Demo, So., Minnesota State – 7th Place
165 – Cody Quinn, Fr., Minnesota State – 7th Place
285 – Matt Meuleners, Jr., Northern State – 1st Place
133 – Justin Reinsma, So., SMSU – 7th Place
133 – Andrew Pokorny, Jr., St. Cloud State – 2nd Place
165 – Tad Merritt, Sr., St. Cloud State – 3rd Place
174 – Shamus O’Grady, Jr., St. Cloud State – 4th Place
184 – Derek Skala, Sr., St. Cloud State – 1st Place
197 – Lucas Munkelwitz, Sr., St. Cloud State – 4th Place
285 – Jake Kahnke, Jr., St. Cloud State – 2nd Place
133 – Trevor Franklin, Jr., Upper Iowa – 1st Place
184 – Mitch Schultz, Jr., Upper Iowa – 5th Place
285 – Zach Rosol, Sr., Upper Iowa – 5th Place

The NSIC boasts 18 of the 80 All-American wrestlers in the nation.

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