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).
|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.|
2010-11 NSIC ALL-CONFERENCE SECOND TEAM
|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.