St. Cloud State wrestling adds recruits for 2017-18

St. Cloud State University wrestling head coach Steve Costanzo and his staff of assistant coaches have announced the latest additions to the Huskies’ wrestling program.

Seven student-athletes have signed National Letters of Intent and will join the SCSU wrestling team for 2017-18: Garrett Aldrich (Albert Lea, Minn.), Devin Donovan (Wheaton Ill.), Shiquan Hall (Homestead, Fla.), Tyree Overton (Rock Island, Ill.), Tanner Pasvogel (Arlington, Minn.), Theodore Pierce (St. Francis, Minn.) and Riley Vanik (Sugar Grove, Ill.).

“This is an excellent class of student-athletes,” said Costanzo.  “The recruiting class represents a group of fine young men who are great matches for St. Cloud State University and hold the right personal values that match the Huskies wrestling culture. We are extremely excited about their talents and the contributions they are going to make to the success of this program.”

In addition, Kolton Eischens (Pierz, Minn.), Tyler Hugg (St. Cloud, Minn./Granite City Baptist/Tech H.S.), Sakai Kelly (West St. Paul, Minn.) and Adam McSorley, Jr. (Hastings, Minn.) all signed acceptance of admissions letters to attend St. Cloud State University in the fall.

scsulogoThe addition of these student-athletes will join a crew of early Huskies wrestling commitments from the fall: Josh Barzowski (Park Ridge, Ill.), Max McGowan (Woodridge, Ill.), Zach Muller (Woodridge, Ill.), Billy Pitzner (Jefferson, Wisc.), Brady Reigstad (Kandiyohi, Minn.), Noah Ryan (Mantorville, Minn.) and Garrett Vos (Waconia, Minn.).

Albert Lea High School graduate, Aldrich, finished his senior season placing third at the 2017 2A MSHSL State Championships at 145-pounds. In addition, he is a past three-time MSHSL 2A State Champion winning the following titles at 132-pounds in 2016, 120-pounds in 2015 and 106-pounds in 2014.  He accumulated a four-year mark of 165-20.  Aldrich is the son of Curt and Robyn Aldrich.

Donovan, hails from Wheaton North High School in Wheaton, Ill.  He placed third at the 2017 IHSA 3A State Championships at 160-pounds with a record of 44-3, and he placed sixth at the IHSA 3A State Championships at 160-pounds in 2016 with a record of 34-8.  In addition, Donovan was crowned as the champion at the prestigious 2016 Al Dvorak Memorial Invite at 160-pounds.  He combined for a 78-11 record in his final two seasons. He is the son of Greg and Jennifer Donovan.

South Dade High School and St. Thomas Aquinas High School graduate, Hall, earned two FHSAA 3A state titles in 2012 at 120-pounds and in 2010 at 103-pounds.  He placed third in the 2011 FHSAA Championships at 112-pounds. A transfer from North Iowa Area Community College, Hall earned the 2016 NJCAA National Championship at 133-pounds and placed fourth at the 2015 NJCAA’s at 133-pounds for the Trojans.  He is the son of Curtis Dewberry and Yolanda Sands Dewberry.

Overton, a 2015 Rock Island High School graduate, earned a career high school mark of 73-22. A transfer from Lincoln College, Overton placed third at the 2017 NJCAA National Championships at 174-pounds.  In addition, he placed eighth at the 2016 NJCAA National Championships earning All-American honors in both seasons.  A two-time NJCAA Academic All-American, he is the son of Steve Overton and Heather Martin.

Sibley East High School senior and Arlington, Minn. native Pasvogel, earned the 2017 MSHSL 1A State Championship at 132-pounds this past winter. He is a four-time MSHSL state medalist placing fourth in 2016 at 120-pounds, second in 2015 at 113-pounds and third in 2014 at 106-pounds. He had a career mark of 178-53.  He is the brother of former Huskies wrestling great Tyler Pasvogel and the son of Burt and Lisa Pasvogel.

Pierce, a St. Francis High School senior, placed fifth at the 2017 MSHSL 3A State Championships last winter at 145-pounds. He placed third at the 2016 MSHSL 2A State Championships at 138-pounds.  He also qualified for the 2015 and 2014 MSHSL Championships at 120-pounds and 113-pounds respectively.  He amassed a four-year career mark of 134-31. He is the son of Billy and Jenny Pierce.

Hailing from Sugar Grove, Ill., Vanik, a high school senior at Kaneland High School finished his season with a third-place finish at the 2017 IHSAA 2A State Championships. A projected 184-pounder for the Huskies, Vanik placed seventh at the 2016 USAW Pre-Season Nationals to earn All-American honors. He had a four-year career mark of 142-41.  He is the son of Tom & Stephanie Vanik.

Eischens, a product from nearby Pierz High School, Pierz, Minn. He is three-time MSHSL 1A state medalist and four-time state qualifier. He placed third at 152-pounds in 2016, fifth at 152-pounds in 2015, second at 145-pounds in 2014 and was a state qualifier in 2012 at 106-pounds for the Pioneers.  Eichens, accumulated a career mark of 195-35 including 97 wins by fall. A transfer from Itasca Community College, he wrestled for former Huskies wrestling great Nick Wilkes and sported an 18-5 record this past season. He is the son of Steen and Robyn Eichens.

Hugg, a senior at Granite City Baptist Academy in St. Cloud, competed for nearby St. Cloud Tech High School under legendary coach Bob Boeck. He was the 2017 MSHSL 3A State Runner-up at 195-pounds for the Tigers.  He was a MSHSL state qualifier in 2016 and 2015 at 195-pounds. Hugg had a three-year mark of 104-17.  He is the son of Jeff and Tresa Hugg.

Henry Sibley High School senior, Kelly, will join the Huskies wrestling squad in the fall. He is a three-time MSHSL state qualifier and a two-time state place winner. Kelly finished his senior campaign with a sixth place finish at the 2016 MSHSL 2A State Championships at 160-pounds. In addition, he placed fifth at the 2015 MSHSL 2A State Championships at 152-pounds. He amassed a career mark of 126-39.  Kelly is the son of Christopher Kelly and Bobbie Jean Nowak.

A senior at Hastings High School, McSorley finished his senior campaign with a third-place finish at the 2017 MSHSL 3A 132-pound State Championships. In addition, he was a third place finisher at the 2016 MSHSL State Championships at 126-pounds and a 2015 MSHSL state qualifier at 120-pounds. McSorley had a career mark of 155-30. He is the son of Adam McSorley, Sr. and Jennifer Schichel.           

“The incoming class is going to have a great impact on our team next season,” said Coach Brady Wilson. “The coaching staff is excited to get started and see them make their mark on our program in their first year!”

One of the nation’s elite NCAA Division II programs over the past decade, St. Cloud State charted a second place finish at the 2017 NCAA Division II championships.  The Huskies were 17-1 overall and won their sixth consecutive NSIC championship in 2016-17 with a perfect 8-0 record.  SCSU won the 2017 NWCA Division II National Duals and later captured the top spot at the 2017 NCAA Division II Super 3 Region tournament.

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