The #1 ranked St. Cloud State University wrestling team (17-0, 5-0 NSIC) will face two nationally ranked opponents this week. On Thursday, Feb. 7, the Huskies will travel to #15/22 Upper Iowa University (7-5, 4-2 NSIC) for a 7 p.m. match in Fayette, Iowa. SCSU will complete its weekend with a 2 p.m. home match against #10 Minnesota State University, Mankato (8-1, 6-0 NSIC) on Saturday, Feb. 9 in Halenbeck Hall.
The match on Feb. 9 has been designated as Prep Day with tickets for all youth up to grade 12 priced at just $1.00. Fans can purchase tickets for the match at the gate on the day of the dual. The match has also been designated as SCSU Senior Day.
The 2018-19 SCSU seniors will be saluted as the Huskies participate in their final regular season home dual match of the season. Those seniors slated to be honored include Vince Dietz, Chance Helmick, Lawrence Phillips, Ryan Rodorgio, Travis Swanson, Taner Trembley, Brett Velasquez and manager Katelyn Walsh.
This group of seniors has played a huge role in the success of the program over the past four seasons. The accomplishments include NCAA titles in 2016 and 2018 along with NSIC titles in 2016, 2017 and 2018. The Huskies have posted a 69-2 dual match record over the past four seasons. In addition, SCSU has won NCAA DII regional titles in 2017 and 2018 and NWCA DII National Duals titles in 2017, 2018 and 2019.
HUSKIES WRESTLING HEADLINES:
- The St. Cloud State wrestling team received a #1 ranking in both the Tournament and Dual meet NWCA Division II polls, which were released on Feb. 4. SCSU received 102 points in tournament poll, while Nebraska-Kearney was second with 69 points in the tournament poll. In the dual rankings, SCSU posted 150 points with its 17-0 record. Notre Dame (Ohio) was ranked second with 144 points in the dual rankings.
- Individually, SCSU had wrestlers ranked in all 10 weight brackets in the last poll. At 125-pounds, Brett Velasquez was ranked second and Garrett Vos was ranked 11th at 133-pounds. At 141-pounds, Garrett Aldrich was ranked seventh and James Pleski moved up to the #2 spot at 149-pounds. At 157-pounds, SCSU’s Jake Barzowski was ranked sixth and Devin FitzPatrick was ranked 11th at 165. At 174-pounds, SCSU’s Kolton Eischens was ranked second and Chance Helmick moved into the polls with a #4 ranking at 184 this week. At 197-pounds, Vince Dietz maintained his #1 ranking at 197-pounds. At 285-pounds, Zach Muller returned to the top 12 with a #11 ranking in the latest poll for the Huskies.
- Opponents to watch for the Huskies this week will be #6 ranked Justin Foley from Upper Iowa and #7 ranked George Farmah from MSU at 133. At 149-pounds, MSU’s Kyle Rathman is ranked #3 behind SCSU’s #2 Pleski. Upper Iowa’s Brock Benitz is ranked #10 at 165-pounds, while MSU’s Zach Johnston is ranked #4 at 174-pounds. At 184-pounds, Upper Iowa’s Dalton Hahn is rated #11 and UIU’s Nick Baumler is ranked #10 at 197.
- SCSU improved to 17-0, 5-0 NSIC with a 32-6 victory at Minnesota State, Moorhead on Jan. 31. Travis Swanson gained a pin against MSUM’s Mason Schulz at 1:12 to pace the Huskies in the victory.
- The Huskies have now won 45 consecutive dual matches dating back to Jan. 14, 2017. The Huskies have also won 58 consecutive NSIC dual matches dating back to an 18-13 loss to Augustana on Jan. 27, 2011. Since that loss, SCSU has won seven consecutive NSIC titles in 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013 and 2012.
- On the topic of Travis Swanson, he also won top honors in the 141-pound bracket at the UW-Eau Claire Open on Feb. 2. At the UWEC tourney, Swanson opened the tournament with a 17-0 tech fall victory over Augsburg’s Mike Hayes. In the quarterfinals, Swanson gained a 16-1 tech fall win over UWEC’s Hunter Pierce. In the semi’s, Swanson added a 12-6 victory over Jeremy Schoenherr of DI rival Wisconsin. To cap the trip, Swanson posted a 10-7 win over DIII All-American David Flynn from Augsburg in the bout for first place.
- Senior power! SCSU seniors have played a major role in the ongoing success of the program. Here is a rundown of the career records of our 2018-19 seniors: Vince Dietz: 104-16; Lawrence Phillips: 43-9 (Phillips has missed the 2018-19 season due to an injury); Ryan Rodorigo: 64-41; Travis Swanson: 52-21; Taner Trembley: 40-17; Brett Velasquez: 94-11. Of note, Dietz was a runner-up at the 2018 NCAA championships in the 197-pound bracket that earned him his first All-American awad. Velasquez won the 2016 NCAA DII championship at 125-pounds during his freshman season. He also placed third at 125-pounds in 2017 and fourth at the NCAA finals in 2018. Velasquez has won three NCAA Regional titles at 125-pounds during his collegiate career and Dietz was a regional champ at 197-pounds in 2018.
- A model student-athlete, Velasquez is a two-time All-NSIC Academic award winner and received a prestigious Google Cloud Academic All-America award in 2018.
- Coach Steve Costanzo is in his 13th season with the Huskies and currently owns a 205-28 career record here in the Granite City.