SCSU Wrestling Adds Wilson and Reiner to Coaching Staff

St. Cloud State University Director of Athletics Dr. Morris Kurtz has announced the hiring of Brady Wilson as an assistant coach for the Husky wrestling program, which captured runner-up honors at the 2011 NCAA Division II wrestling championships. The Huskies will also add Tyson Reiner as a graduate assistant wrestling coach to the program in 2011-12.

A 2009 graduate of Minnesota State University, Wilson served as a graduate assistant coach at his alma mater in 2010-11 and he received a graduate degree in sports management from Minnesota State University in 2011.

Wilson brings a wealth of collegiate wrestling experience to the St. Cloud State wrestling room. At Minnesota State, Wilson was a four-time All-American, a four-time conference champion and a four-time NCAA regional champion during his collegiate wrestling career. At the NCAA Division II championships, Wilson earned top five finishes at 285-pounds in all four seasons of his career, including a second place finish in 2010.

He set a record at Minnesota State with 143 wins during his career and he was named MSU’s Athlete of the Year and Student-Athlete of the Year in 2010.

A 2005 graduate of Faribault High School in Faribault, Minn., Wilson earned MSHSL state champion honors in 2005 while posting a 109-30 career record as a prep athlete. At Faribault High School, Wilson also gained NHSCA, Greco Juniors and Fila Freestyle All-America accolades.

Last year at Minnesota State, Wilson helped lead the Mavericks to a 10th place finish at the 2011 NCAA Division II championships. He coached three All-American and six national qualifiers during the 2010-11 season in Mankato.

“I’ve had the privilege to know Brady (Wilson) over the years as a competitor and as a coach,” said Coach Steve Costanzo. “He is an excellent choice to fill the role as head assistant wrestling coach and will help build our young men into life champions on and off the mat. I look forward to working with him and I am confident that he is a great fit for our program.”

Reiner joins the SCSU staff after serving as an assistant wrestling coach at Wartburg College during the 2010-11 season. Reiner helped lead Wartburg to a NCAA Division III team title last winter along with first place finishes in the Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference and the NWCA/Cliff Keen Division III National Duals. Wartburg saw seven of its athletes earn top seven finishes at the NCAA championships in 2011, including two national individual champions.

A 2010 graduate of the University of Northern Iowa, Reiner wrestled for the Panthers from 2005 to 2010. A two-time team captain and three-year starter at UNI, Reiner earned one Western Wrestling Confernece crown and was a two-time NCAA Division I national qualifier in college.

A native of Mitchell, S.D., Reiner claimed two South Dakota state high school titles and was a two-time state runner-up as a prep wrestler. He was also a two-time high school All-America award winner.

“Tyson has earned the respect of his peers as an outstanding leader in and out of the wrestling room,” said Costanzo. “He has proven experience as a winner and will be invaluable to the Husky wrestling program in our quest to retain a top quality program.”

In 2010-11, SCSU enjoyed one of its best seasons in team history. The Huskies 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. Senior wrestler John Sundgren won a national title at 157-pounds for the Huskies.

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.

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