St. Cloud State redshirt sophomore wrestler Brett Velasquez (Bennington, Neb.) has been selected to the Division II College Sports Information Directors Association Academic All-District 7 First Team.
A two-time All-American, Velasquez won the NCAA DII championship at 125-pounds in 2016 and placed third at 125-pounds in 2017 for the Huskies. Velasquez completed the 2016-17 season with a 25-3 record and won first place honors in the 125-pound bracket at the 2016 Husky Open and the 2017 NCAA Division II Super 3 Region tournament.
Velasquez was a driving forced behind the Huskies’ runner-up finish at the 2017 NCAA Division II championships. He also helped SCSU gain a first place finish at the NCAA DII Super 3 Region tournament and the 2017 NWCA DII National Duals.
The Academic All-District Teams are voted on by members of CoSIDA and divided into eight geographic districts across the country. Velasquez was a member of the NCAA Division II District 7 Men’s At-Large Team, which includes schools in Minnesota, South Dakota, North Dakota, Missouri and Oklahoma.
The Academic All-District At-Large Teams honor student-athletes in the sports of women’s beach volleyball, bowling, women’s crew/rowing, men’s and women’s fencing, men’s and women’s golf, men’s and women’s gymnastics, men’s and women’s ice hockey, men’s and women’s lacrosse, men’s and women’s rifle, men’s and women’s skiing, men’s and women’s swimming & diving, men’s and women’s tennis, men’s volleyball, men’s and women’s water polo, and men’s wrestling.
Velasquez is now eligible for the CoSIDA Academic All-America ballot, which will be voted on later this month. The Academic All-America Division II At-Large Teams will be announced Thursday, June 8. To be eligible for Academic All-America® consideration, a student-athlete must be a starter or key reserve, have participated in at least 50 percent of the team’s games, maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at his/her current institution and be nominated by his/her sports information director.