Coach Costanzo wins 200th career match at SCSU

#1 Huskies collect three more wins to improve to 14-0 in 2018-19

The #1 St. Cloud State University wrestling team (14-0, 2-0 NSIC) extended its dual match winning streak to 43 consecutive victories with three wins at the 2019 Ranger Duals in Kenosha, Wisc. on Jan. 12.

The day was highlighted by head coach Steve Costanzo winning his 200th career match at St. Cloud State University. The Huskies’ opened the day with a 36-3 win over #5 ranked McKendree, which was Costanzo’s 200th career win at SCSU. He currently owns a 202-28 record at SCSU since he joined the staff as head coach in 2006-07.

On the topic of Costanzo, the Huskies have only lost seven dual matches since 2010-11. SCSU has won seven NSIC titles under the leadership of Costanzo, and the Huskies have won three NCAA DII national titles in 2015, 2016 and 2018. SCSU has not lost an NSIC dual match since Jan. 27, 2011, and the Huskies currently own a 55 match win streak in NSIC dual match competition.

SCSU continued its day in Kenosha with a 25-9 win over host Wisconsin-Parkside. To complete the road trip to Wisconsin, St. Cloud State scored a 34-6 victory over #18 Indianapolis.

On the day, #3 ranked James Pleski scored three wins for the Huskies a 149-pounds and #7 ranked Jake Barzowski went 3-0 at 157-pounds for SCSU. At 197-pounds, #1 ranked Vince Dietz added three more wins and moved his season record to a perfect 19-0, while #3 Kolton Eischen posted a 3-0 record for the Huskies at 174-pounds.

In matches of note, #1 Brett Velasquez charted a 3-2 win over #5 Marcus Povlick of McKendree at 125-pounds, and Brandon Briggs posted a 6-4 win over #9 Charles McNeal of McKendree at 133. #3 James Pleski scored a 7-5 win over #12 Isaiah Kemper of McKendree at 149-pounds and a 5-3 win over #8 Kyle Barkovich of Indianapolis. At 157-pounds, Barzowski added a 6-3 decision over #10 ranked Nate Smalling of McKendree.

At 184-pounds, Chance Helmick capped a strong showing in Kenosha with a 14-6 major decision against #11 ranked James Lehman of UWP. At 197-pounds, Dietz posted a 6-3 win over #10 ranked Ryan Vasbinder of McKendree and a 2:36 pin against #12 ranked Brian Wagner of Indianapolis.

SCSU Wrestling Alumni Day has been set for Jan. 19, when the Huskies take on Mary. A pre-match breakfast will take place at the East Side VFW in St. Cloud and a post-match social will be held at Howie’s Sports Bar and Grill in St. Cloud. All former SCSU wrestlers are invited to participate in this event. Please call 320-308-2996 or e-mail for more details on this special day at SCSU.

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Match #1

Saint Cloud State defeated McKendree 36-3
125 – Brett Velasquez (SCSU) over Marcus Povlick (McKendree) Dec 3-2
133 – Brandon Briggs (SCSU) over Charles McNeal (McKendree) Dec 6-4
141 – Travis Swanson (SCSU) over Riley Beard (McKendree) Fall 1:57
149 – James Pleski (SCSU) over Isaiah Kemper (McKendree) TB-1 7-5
157 – Jake Barzowski (SCSU) over Nate Smalling (McKendree) Dec 6-3
165 – Devin Fitzpatrick (SCSU) over Chris Gillesse (McKendree) Fall 2:03
174 – Kolton Eischens (SCSU) over Nick Foster (McKendree) Dec 5-2
184 – Dan Fillipek (McKendree) over William Pitzner (SCSU) Dec 5-2
197 – Vince Dietz (SCSU) over Ryan Vasbinder (McKendree) Dec 6-3
285 – Zachary Muller (SCSU) over Vinnie Scalelta (McKendree) Fall 3:50

Match #2

Saint Cloud State defeated University of Wisconsin-Parkside 25-9
125 – Joe Arroyo (UW-P) over Brett Velasquez (SCSU) Dec 8-6
133 – Airk Furseth (UW-P) over Brandon Briggs (SCSU) Dec 8-4
141 – Nathan Smith (UW-P) over Garrett Aldrich (SCSU) Dec 5-2
149 – James Pleski (SCSU) over Nathan Hensley (UW-P) Maj 19-7
157 – Jake Barzowski (SCSU) over Christian Robertson (UW-P) Maj 11-3
165 – Devin Fitzpatrick (SCSU) over Shane Gantz (UW-P) Dec 10-5
174 – Kolton Eischens (SCSU) over Connor Price (UW-P) Dec 10-8
184 – Chance Helmick (SCSU) over James Lehman (UW-P) Maj 14-6
197 – Vince Dietz (SCSU) over Job Ayala (UW-P) Maj 12-3
285 – Noah Ryan (SCSU) over Joseph Foret (UW-P) Dec 5-3

Match #3

Saint Cloud State defeated Indianapolis 34-6
125 – Brett Velasquez (SCSU) over D.J. Smith (Indianapolis) TF 15-0
133 – Ana Abduljelil (Indianapolis) over Brandon Briggs (SCSU) Dec 4-1
141 – Travis Swanson (SCSU) over Angelo Robles (Indianapolis) Dec 7-3
149 – James Pleski (SCSU) over Kyle Barkovich (Indianapolis) Dec 5-3
157 – Jake Barzowski (SCSU) over Blaze Lowery (Indianapolis) Dec 12-8
165 – Shelden Struble (Indianapolis) over Devin Donovan (SCSU) Dec 2-1
174 – Kolton Eischens (SCSU) over Zach Fry (Indianapolis) Dec 2-1
184 – Chance Helmick (SCSU) over Jack Michel (Indianapolis) TF 16-0
197 – Vince Dietz (SCSU) over Brian Wagner (Indianapolis) Fall 2:36
285 – Zachary Muller (SCSU) over Jack Williams (Indianapolis) Fall 1:10

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