St. Cloud State University head wrestling coach Steve Costanzo and his staff of assistant coaches has announced the latest additions to the Huskies’ wrestling program. Four student-athletes have signed National Letters of Intent and will join the SCSU wrestling team for 2018-19. This group includes Brandon Betancourt (Clovis, Calif.), Joseph Bianchini (Elk Grove Village, Ill.), Ben Naddy (Henning, Minn.) and Elijah Osit (Oak Park, Ill.).
“Once again we feel we have done very well with our recruiting class,” Costanzo said. “Of course, time will tell. They will be needed to continue to take this program to the highest level and I can’t wait to watch them compete.”
The Huskies will also welcome Tanner Eischens (Detroit Lakes, Minn.), Eric Halverson (Pewaukee, Wisc.), Sam Naddy (Henning, Minn.) and Colton Weiland (Crookston, Minn.) all signed acceptance of admissions letters to attend St. Cloud State University in the fall.
The addition of these student-athletes will join a crew of early Huskies wrestling commitments from the fall: Kyle Betourne (St. Cloud, Minn.), Luke Clark (Dresser, Wisc.), Boone Giulio (American Falls, Idaho), Chance Helmick (Hickman, Neb.), Gannon Hughes (Oswego, Ill.), Jacob Mandt (Chatfield, Minn.), Cameron Riggs (North Platte, Neb.), Josh Velasquez (Bennington, Neb.) and Holden Youngs (Monticello, Minn.).
Brandon Betancourt hails from Clovis (Calif.) High School via Fresno City College. In 2016, he placed fourth in the CIF State Championships at 106-pounds and led his team to a runner-up finish in the one-class system. He placed sixth in the 2016 Flo National Championships at 106-pounds to earn All-American honors. Betancourt attended community college at Fresno City College, where he led his team to the 2017 North Region and CCCAA State Championship title. As a Ram, he finished his career with a 2017 CCCAA State Championship at 125-pounds. He is the son of Sophia and Rene Betancourt.
A grad of Immaculate Conception Catholic Prep High School, Joseph Bianchini, earned a berth in three Illinois High School Association 1A state finals. He went on to win back-to-back state titles in 2018 at 138-pounds and 2017 at 113-pounds. In addition, he placed second at the 2016 1A State championships at 106-pounds. He went on to earn the 2017 USAW National Championship at 132-pounds this past fall. Bianchini, an outstanding student academically, had a three-year mark of 120-6. He is the son of Susie and Tony Bianchini.
Ben Naddy, a senior at Henning Public High School, went on to win the 2018 1A MSHSL State Championship at 113-pounds this past season for the Ottertail Central Bulldogs. A four-time MSHSL state participant, he also placed fifth in the 2017 2A State Championships at 113-pounds and third in the 2016 2A State Championships at 106-pounds. An excellent student in the classroom, Naddy finished his career with a record of 148-13. He is the son of Sandy and Scott Naddy.
Elijah Osit, a senior at Oak Park-River Forest High School, is a 2018 IHSA 3A state qualifier at 195-pounds. He was a 2018 IHSA 3A Regional Champion and Runner-up at the 3A Sectional Championships. Osit finished his senior season with a 25-5 mark and helped lead his team to a 2018 IHSA Class 3A Dual team Runner-up finish. He is the son of Samantha and Jamell Smart.
Frazee High School standout, Tanner Eischens, will look to join the Huskies wrestling program in the fall. Eischens earned two berths to the 1A MSHSL Championships in 2018 (160-pounds) and 2017 (145-pounds). He was crowned Section 8A and HOL Conference Tournament Champion this past season. In addition, he earned a championship at the prestigious 2017 Paul Bunyan Tournament. He finished his last two season with a mark of 72-18 and is the son of Scott Eischens and Liz Stone.
Eric Halverson, a high school stand-out from Pewaukee High School, finished his senior season with a record of 49-6 and a third-place finish at the WIAA DI Championships at 138-pounds. A three-time WIAA DI state qualifier, Halverson went on to win three WIAA DI Region Championships and two WIAA DI Section titles. He accumulated a career mark of 158-44, including earning four scholar-athlete certificates. He is the son of Ann and Robert Halverson.
Sam Naddy, will join his younger brother Ben in the fall 2018 and wrestle for the Huskies. He is a transfer from Itasca Community College where he wrestled and competed for former SCSU All-American Nick Wilkes. Naddy was a 2018 NJCAA National Qualifier at 149-pounds for the Vikings and placed second at the North District Tournament. As a member of the Ottertail Central High School squad, Naddy placed sixth in 2016 MSHSL 2A Championships at 138-pounds with a 35-6 mark. He is the son of Sandy and Scott Naddy.
A product from Crookston High School, Colton Weiland will continue his wrestling and academics at SCSU. Coached by former Huskies stand-out Westy Hanson, Weiland was a two-time MSHSL 1A State Qualifier at 138-pounds. Weiland completed a record of 72-16 in his final two seasons with Crookston. He finished his career as a two-time MSHSL Section 8A Champion. Colton is the son of Melissa and Ben Weiland.
“The incoming class is going to have a great impact on our team,” said Wilson. “The coaching staff is excited to get started and see them make their mark in our program!”
The Huskies claimed its third NCAA championship in 2018 and also won the NCAA DII Super 3 Regional and the NSIC championship in 2018. The Huskies posted a 19-0 record and won their seventh consecutive NSIC crown this winter along with a top finish at the 2018 NWCA DII National Duals under the leadership of head coach Steve Costanzo and head assistant coach Brady Wilson.
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