The National Wrestling Media Association has announced its annual award winners for the 2017-18 season, and the list includes KVSC’s John Peterson, who was named the NWMA’s Broadcaster of the Year.
For the past six years, the radio and internet voice of St. Cloud State Husky wrestling has been Peterson. A Minnesota native, Peterson has provided the soundtrack for three of St. Cloud State’s NCAA Division II Championships as well as regular-season duals both on KVSC 88.1 FM and the station’s online streaming outlet. Peterson has also been the voice for NCAA.com Division II Championship broadcasts.
He’s been a broadcast voice for the Minnesota State High School League wrestling championships for Prep45 and The Clash for Flowrestling in 2015. The last three seasons, Peterson has been a matside voice for the NCAA Division I wrestling championships. This is the second time a representative of St. Cloud State has won an NWMA award. SCSU’s Tom Nelson was previously named as a NWMA Sports Information Director of the Year.
Peterson also provides social media coverage for the SCSU wrestling team along with conducting interviews for the scsuhuskies.com website and hosting the team’s Husky Grappler video show throughout the season.
“Peterson plays an important role in promoting the Huskies and the sport of wrestling,” Nelson said. “His top-quality coverage has helped our fans follow the Huskies at home and on the road…he is truly one of the best in the business.”
The NWMA is the national professional organization for journalists who cover the sport of amateur wrestling. This includes reporters, editors, publishers, webmasters, photographers, broadcasters, athletic communications professionals and other media professionals who share an interest and involvement in the sport. The organization was founded in 1989. Awards will be presented to those in attendance at the 2018 Men’s Freestyle World Cup April 7 in Iowa City.
“Between the membership and the officers, we were presented with a solid group of nominees and we’re pleased to recognize these individuals not just for a job well done, but for a job well done in covering a sport that’s near and dear to everyone within the organization,” said NWMA President Jason Bryant.
“Each year, making selections is becoming tougher and tougher due to the talented field of nominees. What’s also made this more enjoyable is we’ve been able to find more avenues to recognize people who have done a tremendous job in their pocket of the wrestling world,” said Bryant.