#1 St. Cloud State wrestling claims 2019 NCAA DII Region V crown

The #1 St. Cloud State University wrestling team claimed its third consecutive NCAA Division II regional championship with a first place finish at the 2019 NCAA DII Super V Regional tournament on Saturday, Feb. 23 in Moorhead, Minn.

The Huskies have won NCAA regional titles in 2019, 2018, 2017, 2013, 2012 and 2011 under the direction of head coach Steve Costanzo.

SCSU earned the title with 161 points, while Minnesota State was second with 86 points and Upper Iowa was third at 75. UW-Parkside (71), Augustana (61), MSU Moorhead (59.5), Mary (59), Northern State (57), Southwest Minnesota State (52.5) and Minot State (44) completed the tournament field.

Individually, SCSU won eight weight bracket titles and will be sending nine wrestlers to the upcoming NCAA Division II championships on March 7-8 in Cleveland, Ohio.

SCSU senior Brett Velasquez won his fourth consecutive regional title at 125-pounds, while Garrett Vos (133), Travis Swanson (141), James Pleski (149), Devin FitzPatrick (165), Kolton Eischens (174), Chance Helmick (184) and Vince Dietz (197) all won regional crowns and Jake Barzowski (157) also placed second for SCSU.

2019 NCAA Division II Northern Regional Qualifier Results

Listed below are the complete SCSU results from the regional tournament:

125
Brett Velasquez (20-3) placed 1st and scored 16.0 team points.
Champ. Round 1 – Brett Velasquez (St. Cloud St.) 20-3 received a bye () (Bye)
Quarterfinal – Brett Velasquez (St. Cloud St.) 20-3 won by decision over Dayne Morton (Northern St.) 1-2 (Dec 4-2)
Semifinal – Brett Velasquez (St. Cloud St.) 20-3 won by major decision over Joe Arroyo (Wis.-Parkside ) 25-14 (MD 12-4)
1st Place Match – Brett Velasquez (St. Cloud St.) 20-3 won by decision over Maleek Williams (Upper Iowa) 21-10 (Dec 10-5)

133
Garrett Vos (18-2) placed 1st and scored 16.0 team points.
Champ. Round 1 – Garrett Vos (St. Cloud St.) 18-2 received a bye () (Bye)
Quarterfinal – Garrett Vos (St. Cloud St.) 18-2 won by decision over Airk Furseth (Wis.-Parkside ) 25-6 (Dec 5-4)
Semifinal – Garrett Vos (St. Cloud St.) 18-2 won by major decision over Tate Barnhardt (Mary) 22-5 (MD 13-5)
1st Place Match – Garrett Vos (St. Cloud St.) 18-2 won by decision over Justin Folley (Upper Iowa) 28-7 (Dec 19-14)

141
Travis Swanson (24-4) placed 1st and scored 19.0 team points.
Champ. Round 1 – Travis Swanson (St. Cloud St.) 24-4 received a bye () (Bye)
Quarterfinal – Travis Swanson (St. Cloud St.) 24-4 won by fall over Jordan Biehn (Southwest Minn. St.) 4-13 (Fall 2:25)
Semifinal – Travis Swanson (St. Cloud St.) 24-4 won by fall over Ryan Schmalen (Upper Iowa) 13-17 (Fall 2:10)
1st Place Match – Travis Swanson (St. Cloud St.) 24-4 won by decision over Louie Sanders (Minnesota St.) 14-5 (Dec 6-0)

149
James Pleski (25-1) placed 1st and scored 15.0 team points.
Champ. Round 1 – James Pleski (St. Cloud St.) 25-1 received a bye () (Bye)
Quarterfinal – James Pleski (St. Cloud St.) 25-1 won by decision over Pernevlon Shepperd (Wis.-Parkside ) 5-6 (Dec 4-2)
Semifinal – James Pleski (St. Cloud St.) 25-1 won by decision over Max Bruss (Mary) 25-12 (Dec 6-5)
1st Place Match – James Pleski (St. Cloud St.) 25-1 won by decision over Kyle Rathman (Minnesota St.) 16-3 (Dec 3-2)

157
Jake Barzowski (20-2) placed 2nd and scored 14.0 team points.
Champ. Round 1 – Jake Barzowski (St. Cloud St.) 20-2 received a bye () (Bye)
Quarterfinal – Jake Barzowski (St. Cloud St.) 20-2 won by major decision over Devin Steidler (Mary) 16-12 (MD 15-6)
Semifinal – Jake Barzowski (St. Cloud St.) 20-2 won by decision over Seth Elwood (Minnesota St.) 11-7 (Dec 5-2)
1st Place Match – Cortez Arredondo (Southwest Minn. St.) 25-5 won in sudden victory – 1 over Jake Barzowski (St. Cloud St.) 20-2 (SV-1 6-4)

165
Devin Fitzpatrick (23-3) placed 1st and scored 16.0 team points.
Champ. Round 1 – Devin Fitzpatrick (St. Cloud St.) 23-3 received a bye () (Bye)
Quarterfinal – Devin Fitzpatrick (St. Cloud St.) 23-3 won by decision over Billy Holtan (Northern St.) 2-3 (Dec 7-4)
Semifinal – Devin Fitzpatrick (St. Cloud St.) 23-3 won by major decision over Logan Saltou (Minnesota St.) 18-7 (MD 12-4)
1st Place Match – Devin Fitzpatrick (St. Cloud St.) 23-3 won by decision over Brock Benitz (Upper Iowa) 15-5 (Dec 6-5)

174
Kolton Eischens (22-2) placed 1st and scored 21.0 team points.
Champ. Round 1 – Kolton Eischens (St. Cloud St.) 22-2 received a bye () (Bye)
Quarterfinal – Kolton Eischens (St. Cloud St.) 22-2 won by fall over Anthony Raupp (Minot St.) 0-2 (Fall 1:40)
Semifinal – Kolton Eischens (St. Cloud St.) 22-2 won by fall over Zach Johnston (Minnesota St.) 14-6 (Fall 3:57)
1st Place Match – Kolton Eischens (St. Cloud St.) 22-2 won by fall over Connor Price (Wis.-Parkside ) 17-7 (Fall 0:50)

184
Chance Helmick (14-0) placed 1st and scored 18.0 team points.
Champ. Round 1 – Chance Helmick (St. Cloud St.) 14-0 received a bye () (Bye)
Quarterfinal – Chance Helmick (St. Cloud St.) 14-0 won by fall over Keegan Berry (Minot St.) 0-2 (Fall 1:36)
Semifinal – Chance Helmick (St. Cloud St.) 14-0 won by major decision over James Lehman (Wis.-Parkside ) 23-8 (MD 17-6)
1st Place Match – Chance Helmick (St. Cloud St.) 14-0 won by decision over Kaden Campbell (Northern St.) 2-1 (Dec 7-3)

197
Vince Dietz (28-0) placed 1st and scored 17.0 team points.
Champ. Round 1 – Vince Dietz (St. Cloud St.) 28-0 received a bye () (Bye)
Quarterfinal – Vince Dietz (St. Cloud St.) 28-0 won by fall over Mitchell Kotschevar (MSU Moorhead) 8-17 (Fall 2:14)
Semifinal – Vince Dietz (St. Cloud St.) 28-0 won by decision over Cole Hennen (Southwest Minn. St.) 14-12 (Dec 3-0)
1st Place Match – Vince Dietz (St. Cloud St.) 28-0 won by decision over Nick Baumler (Upper Iowa) 21-7 (Dec 2-1)

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Noah Ryan (18-5) placed 5th and scored 9.0 team points.
Champ. Round 1 – Noah Ryan (St. Cloud St.) 18-5 received a bye () (Bye)
Quarterfinal – Noah Ryan (St. Cloud St.) 18-5 won by major decision over Max Villnow (Minnesota St.) 14-13 (MD 17-6)
Semifinal – Jordan Will (Minot St.) 3-0 won by decision over Noah Ryan (St. Cloud St.) 18-5 (Dec 4-3)
Cons. Semi – Triston Westerlund (Upper Iowa) 14-5 won in sudden victory – 1 over Noah Ryan (St. Cloud St.) 18-5 (SV-1 5-3)
5th Place Match – Noah Ryan (St. Cloud St.) 18-5 won by decision over Harrison Townsend (Northern St.) 1-3 (Dec 6-5)

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