Guillotine Grapevine Podcast: St. Cloud State head coach Steve Costanzo

St. Cloud State captured its third NCAA Division II wrestling championship in Cedar Rapids, Iowa on March 8-9. On the latest episode of The Guillotine Grapevine, Huskies head wrestling coach Steve Costanzo joins the program to talk about his team’s rise to prominence in Division II and what went into the third championship in four years for St. Cloud State.

The Huskies had six All-Americans and return eight of its 10 qualifiers from 2018. What’s been the philosophy for Costanzo in his team’s titles and the 130 wins in the last 135 duals?

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Scott’s Trip to Nationals Highlights Season for Dragon Wrestlers

MOORHEAD, Minn. – The Minnesota State University Moorhead wrestling team finished the 2017-18 season by sending an athlete to the national tournament for the eighth straight season. Junior Zach Scott finished fourth at the Super Region 3 tournament, which secured his spot at the national tournament.

Head coach Kris Nelson has sent a wrestler to the national tournament every season that he has been at MSUM.

The season started with a 52-0 win over Northland Community and Technical College. After competing at the Bison Open, the Dragons lost a close dual to crosstown rival Concordia 22-18. After competing at the UNK Open and hosting the Dragon Open, the Dragons lost to the No. 2 team in Division 3 Augsburg 35-9. Continue reading

Gable Steveson Selected as Mr. Wrestler MN 2018

Apple Valley senior, Gable Steveson, has been selected as the Minnesota Wrestling Coaches Association’s Mr. Wrestler MN for 2018. Steveson just wrapped up his fourth straight undefeated season with his fourth straight Class AAA State Title. The Eagle wrestler has not lost a high school match since the state finals of his 8th-grade year. That is a span of 173 consecutive wins. He finished his MN prep career with an astonishing record of 212-3. Continue reading

Gross named Hodge finalist

South Dakota State University’s Seth Gross was named Monday as one of four finalists for the Dan Hodge Trophy, which is awarded annually to the nation’s top wrestler.

A native of Apple Valley, Minnesota, Gross capped his junior season by winning the 133-pound individual national title at the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships last weekend in Cleveland, Ohio. Gross finished the year with a 29-1 overall record in which he recorded 12 pins and seven technical falls. A two-time NCAA finalist, Gross has compiled an 89-17 career record in his three seasons at SDSU. Continue reading