St. Cloud, Minn. – St. Cloud State head wrestling coach Steve Costanzo and his staff of assistant coaches has announced the newest class of Huskies student-wrestlers. Seven student-wrestlers have signed letters of intent and will join the SCSU wrestling team for 2015-16. This group includes Alexander Jimenez (El Paso, Tex.), Brandon Briggs (Capron, Ill.), Chavez Farris (Ferndale, Mich.), James Pleski (Forest Lake, Minn.), Jordan Aquino (American Canyon, Calif.), Lucas Westrich (Lakeville, Minn.) and Mark Voss (Monticello, Minn.).
“This is a very well balanced class of newcomers that we will be welcoming into the Huskies wrestling family,” said Costanzo. “We continue to look for the right fit for our program and all of these young men fit that mold. I look forward to the opportunity to work with all of them and be a part of their journey.”
Cory Flaata (Cottage Grove, Minn.), John Daniel (Centennial, Colo.), John Roddick (Sparta, Wisc.) Ryan Rodorigo (Lake Stevens, Wash.) and Sam McPhail (Pine Island, Minn.) all signed acceptance of admissions letters to attend St. Cloud, State University in the fall.
The addition of these student-athletes will join a crew of early Huskies wrestling commitments from the fall: Cornelious Elliott (Indianapolis, Ind.) and Quinten Berres (Kimball, Minn.).
“We are very excited about this class,” said Assistant Coach Brady Wilson. “Their character and academic achievements are very impressive. I look forward to working with them on and off the mat.”
Franklin High School senior and El Paso, Tex. native, Jimenez, will join the Huskies after winning the Class 6A UIL State Championship at 195-pounds. Jimenez went 30-1 en route to his first state title in 2015. Jimenez, a two-time state entrant placed third in the 2013 UIL State Championships. In 2013, he placed fifth at the prestigious USA Wrestling Pre-Season nationals in Cedar Falls, IA. Jimenez had a career mark of 115-16. He is the son of Alexander Jimenez and Truide Torres.
Briggs, hails from Capron, Ill. and North Boone High School where he was a four-time IHSA 1A state finalist. He won state titles respectfully in 2012 at 106-pounds and in 2013 at 113-pounds. Briggs finished as the runner-up in 2014 at 113-pounds and 2015 at 126-pounds. He claimed unanimous All-Conference honors in all four years of his high school career. Briggs left a cumulative mark of 139-10. He is the son of Josh and Christina Briggs.
Farris, a Ferndale, Mich. native and 2012 graduate of Ferndale High School, compiled a mark of 43-2 in his senior season at 171-pounds. In 2012, he finished as the MHSAA Division 2 State Runner-Up for the Eagles and was a three-time all-state selection on the mats. He attended Lake Erie College in Ohio from 2012 – 2014 where he was a 2014 NCAA DII National Qualifier at 184-pounds. Farris transferred to Minnesota West Community College for the 2014-15 campaign and was a NJCAA National Qualifier for the Bluejays. He is the son of Donald Carr and Cecilia Farris.
Forest Lake High School senior and Stacy, Minn. native, Pleski, will join the Huskies after a stellar career for the Rangers. Pleski captured the MSHSL Class 3A state title this past winter at 145-pounds and concluded the season with a 42-2 record. He also placed third in 2014 and fourth in 2012 at the MSHSL State Championships respectfully. Pleski accumulated a 176-40 career record dating back to his eighth grade year. He is currently ranked 25th in the nation at 145-pounds by Wrestling USA Magazine. James is the son of Troy and Melanie Pleski.
Aquino, was a standout for Vacaville High School in Vacaville, Calif. The Bulldog senior claimed his first state medal at the 2015 CIF State Championships at 106-pounds. During his senior season, he claimed championships at the Monticello Empire League, Sac-Joaquin Section and Masters. In all, Aquino had a senior year mark of a 51-5 record. He claimed third place at the NHSCA Senior National Championships this past April earning him All-American honors at 113-pounds. Aquino had a career high school record of 148-35, is the 12th ranked wrestler in the country by Wrestling USA Magazine and the 6th ranked wrestler in the country by Win Magazine. Jordan is the son of Francis and Michelle Aquino.
Lakeville North High School standout, Westrich, compiled a 195-55 (121 by fall) career mark while placing in three MSHSL Class 3A state tournament appearances. He was a two-time state finalist and runner-up at 160-pounds in 2015 and 2014. In 2013, he placed fourth at 160-pounds. He was a four-time MSHSL state qualifier while competing for the Panthers. Westrich, placed sixth in the 2012 USA Wrestling Nationals to earn All-American honors. He is the son of Matt and Aubrey Westrich.
Voss, a transfer from North Dakota State University, won the 2014 MSHSL Class AAA state championship at 145 pounds for Saint Michael-Albertville High School. He finished his career with 165-33 record while compiling a 46-2 record as a senior, 45-6 as a junior, 40-10 as a sophomore and 34-15 as a freshman. Voss was a MSHSL state runner-up at 132 pounds in both 2012 and 2013 for the Knights and finished fifth in 119 weight class at the 2011 MSHSL state tournament. He was the winner of six individual USA Wrestling Northern Plains Regional or Minnesota State Junior or Cadet Freestyle titles during his career. Voss was a second place finisher in the USA Wrestling National Folkstyle Tournament in 2012. Mark is the son of Fredrick and Kathryn Voss.
Park High School senior and Cottage Grove native, Flaata, will join the Huskies after finishing sixth in the 2015 MSHSL state tournament at 170-pounds with a 38-7 mark. Cory compiled 130 victories in his four-year varsity career, putting him third on the Wolfpack’s all-time list. He earned all-conference in the Suburban East three times and was all-state and all-academic four times. He is the son of Dale and Kim Flaata.
Pine Island High School graduate, McPhail, will join the Huskies wrestling program this Fall. He was a 2014 MSHSL Class A State Qualifier as a senior when he went 35-3 on the season at 160-pounds. In 2013, he placed fifth in the MSHSL Class A Championships at 152-pounds and finished the season with a 39-5 record. McPhail is one four brothers with over 600 career high school wins in the state of Minnesota. His brother Ben, is a recent Huskies wrestling graduate. Sam is the son of Don and Ruth McPhail.
Daniel hails from Centennial, Colo., Arapahoe High School, where he was a two-time CHSAA Class 5A state place winner. He placed fourth this past year as a senior at 132-pounds and finished the season 38-7. As a junior, Daniel placed fifth at 126-pounds en route to a 33-6 mark. He finished his career with 98 wins. John is the son of Matt and Keri Daniel.
Roddick, a standout for Sparta High School in Sparta, Wisc. finished his senior campaign with a 47-5 mark at 126-pounds for the Spartans. He was a four-time WIAA Division 2 state qualifier and placed three times. Roddick placed third in 2015, fifth in 2014 and third in 2013 WIAA State Championships. He claimed four Region titles, three Conference titles and a Section Championship. He accumulated a 171-41 record for his career. Roddick was selected as a finalist for the 2015 WIAA prestigious Scholar Athlete Award – one of 32 in the state out of 800 nominated from 400 schools. John is the son of Mike and Kerry Roddick.
Lake Stevens, Wash., native Rodorigo will join the Huskies this fall after serving four years in the U.S. Coast Guard from 2011-15. Rodorigo, a four-time WIAA 4A state place finisher helped lead Lake Stevens High School to the 2008, 2009 and 2011 WIAA 4A state title. Along the way during his career, he placed seventh in 2008, third in 2009, fifth in 2010 and third in 2011. Ryan is the son of Curtis and Christine Rodorigo.
The St. Cloud State University wrestling team captured the 2015 NCAA Division II national championship in St. Louis, Mo. This marked the first national team championship for the Huskies and the seventh consecutive season that SCSU has finished among the nation’s top eight teams at the championships.
The Huskies finished the 2014-15 season with a 17-2 overall record and won their fourth consecutive Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference title with an 8-0 record.