ST. CLOUD, Minn. – Brett Velasquez of St. Cloud State University was named the 2017-18 NSIC Elite 18 Award winner for wrestling. Velasquez is the second Husky to earn the NSIC Elite 18 Award as he joins Alexie Portz, who won last year for women’s tennis.
Velasquez is a junior majoring in biomedical sciences. The Bennington, Nebraska native is a first-team All-NSIC wrestler at 125 pounds. He went 7-0 in NSIC dual action this season, owns a 22-2 overall record with three falls. Velasquez, who currently ranks No. 4 in the nation at 125 pounds, was the 2016 NCAA Division II National Champion. He has helped the Huskies to their seventh straight NSIC regular season titles and two consecutive NWCA DII National Dual titles.
As part of the NSIC 25th Anniversary celebration, the NSIC Elite 18 Award was instituted to recognize the true essence of the student-athlete by honoring the individual who has reached the pinnacle of competition at the NSIC Championship level in his or her sport, while also achieving the highest academic standard among his or her peers. The NSIC Elite 18 award is presented to the student-athlete with the highest cumulative grade-point average participating at the finals site for each of the NSIC’s 18 Championships.
- Academically the student-athlete has achieved at least a sophomore status as defined by his or her own institution.
- Athletically the student-athlete is in his or her second year of competition at his or her current institution.
- Athletically the student-athlete is an active member on the roster and a member of the designated squad size for the sport at the championship site.
- A student-athlete may win the award only once per academic year even if she or he participates in more than one sport.
- Grade point average is based on the cumulative grade point average at the time of nomination as calculated by each institution. Grade point average calculations will be based on a 4.00 scale and will be reported to two decimal places.
- In the event of a tie based on grade point average, the award is presented to the student-athlete with the highest total number of credit hours earned.
- If a tie still exists after looking at the total number of credit hours earned, all student-athletes who are tied shall be presented with the NSIC Elite 18 Award.