St. Cloud State University redshirt sophomore Vince Dietz has been selected as the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Wrestler of the Week for the week of Nov. 28-Dec. 4. A resident of Homer Glen, Ill. and a graduate of Lockport Township H.S., Dietz wrestles for the #1 nationally ranked Huskies at 197-pounds.
Dietz gained the honors by placing third in the 197-pound bracket at the elite University of Northern Iowa Open in Cedar Falls, Iowa on Dec. 3. Dietz finished the day with a 3-1 record for the Huskies.
In the quarterfinals, won by fall over Jeremy Rodman of NCAA DI Northern Iowa with a time of 1:41. In his consolation victories, Dietz won by a tech fall over South Dakota State’s Nolan Funk and he placed third with an 8-0 major decision over Joe Teague of Iowa State University.
Of note, Dietz’ lone loss at the tournament was in the semifinals against Missouri’s J’den Cox, who won a bronze medal at the 2016 Summer Olympics for team USA.
Dietz also helped the Huskies open their 2016-17 NSIC season on the upswing with a 15-2 major decision win over Southwest Minnesota State’s Jackson Ryan at 197-pounds on Dec. 1 in Marshall, Minn. SCSU went on to win the dual match against SMSU by a tally of 36-3. Of note, SCSU has now won 45 consecutive dual matches in NSIC dual match competition.
The Huskies will next host the annual Holiday Inn/Husky Open at the Halenbeck Hall Fieldhouse on Dec. 10. The action gets underway at 9 a.m. and the tournament features many of the region’s top collegiate wrestlers and programs. Tickets are available at the gate.