St. Cloud State’s Sundgren Named NSIC Wrestler of the Year

Constanzo Named NSIC Coach of the Year

St. Cloud State University senior John Sundgren (Blaine) has been voted by the league coaches as the 2010-11 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Wrestler of the Year.  He was joined in the NSIC spotlight by SCSU head coach Steve Costanzo, who was named the 2010-11 NSIC Coach of the Year.

Sundgren went 16-3 on the season and won the NCAA Division II National Championship at 157 pounds. He shut out Dillion Bera (26-8) of the University of Wisconsin-Parkside in a 4-0 decision in the championship round to claim the first SCSU wrestling national title since Gene Hanemann took the podium in 1995.

Before Hanemann, the last Husky wrestler to win a national title was Mike Rybak in 1967 (NAIA championships). Sundgren excelled during the national tournament winning his first match by fall, this second match 9-5 and his semifinal match 5-2. In the national championship match he revenged a loss to Bera from the NCAA Super Region #3 Championship two weeks earlier. Sundgren is the first SCSU wrestler to gain NSIC Wrestler of the Year honors.

Costanzo was also voted by his peers as the 2010-11 NSIC Wrestling Coach of the Year.   St. Cloud State enjoyed one of its best seasons in team history as they placed second in the nation at the 2011 NCAA Division II championships, won the 2011 NCAA Division II Super Region #3 title and set a team record with a 19-2 dual meet record in 2010-11.

The second place national finish was the highest national tournament finish for the Huskies in team history, and the Huskies also posted a solid third place finish at the elite NWCA National Duals in 2011. Coach Costanzo was also named the 2011 NCAA Division II Coach of the Year. His overall record at SCSU currently stands at 58-23.

SCSU athletes named to the 2010-11 All-NSIC First Team this winter included Sundgren, junior Eric Ellington (133), junior Tad Merritt (165), sophomore Shamus O’Grady (174) and sophomore Jake Kahnke (285).  Huskies earning All-NSIC Second Team notice this winter included senior Gabe Suarez (141) and junior Jacob D. Horn (149).

Name Wt. Yr. School Hometown
Trevor Franklin 125 So. Upper Iowa South New Berlin, N.Y.
Eric Ellington 133 Jr. St. Cloud State Fairview Heights, Ill.
Jay Sherer 141 Sr. Augustana Columbus, Neb.
Nate Herda 149 So. Augustana Rock Rapids, Iowa
John Sundgren 157 R-Sr. St. Cloud State Blaine, Minn.
Tad Merritt 165 R-Jr. St. Cloud State Canby, Minn.
Shamus O’Grady 174 R-So. St. Cloud State Coon Rapids, Minn.
Aaron Norgren 184 Jr. Minnesota State Good Thunder, Minn.
Ty Copsey 197 Sr. Augustana Glenwood, Iowa
Jake Kahnke 285 R-So St. Cloud State Shakopee, Minn.


Name Wt. Yr. School Hometown
Al Meger 125 Sr. Augustana Owatonna, Minn.
*Andy Forstner 125 Sr. Minnesota State Madelia, Minn.
*Corey Ulmer 125 R-Jr. MSU Moorhead Wishek, N.D.
Jason Jeremiason 133 Jr. Augustana Marshall, Minn.
*Kyle Pedretti 133 R-Jr. Upper Iowa Monona, Iowa
Gabriel Suarez 141 R-Sr. St. Cloud State Las Vegas, Nev.
Jacob Horn 149 R-Jr. St. Cloud State Ephrata, Wash.
Marcus Edgington 157 Jr. Augustana Sioux City, Iowa
Gavin Nelson 165 Sr. Augustana Missouri Valley, Iowa
Ben Becker 174 Sr. Minnesota State Fort Dodge, Iowa
*Mark Mueller 174 Sr. Upper Iowa Postville, Iowa
Brady Anderson 184 So. U-Mary Hamilton, Mont.
*Mitch Schultz 184 R-So. Upper Iowa Postville, Iowa
Pat Mahan 197 Jr. Minnesota State Owatonna, Minn.
*Carl Broghammer 197 R-Fr. Upper Iowa Manchester, Iowa
Matthew Meuleners 285 R-So. Northern State Norwood Young America, Minn.

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.