St. Cloud State ranks among nation’s top DII academic teams

The St. Cloud State University wrestling team, which won its fourth NCAA Division II national championship in 2019, also ranked among the nation’s top academic teams with a 12th place standing in this year’s National Wrestling Coaches Association Division II All-Academic team rankings. The Huskies earned their elite status by posting a 3.1868 team grade point average in 2018-19.

The NWCA also honors individual athletes as Division II Scholar All-Americans. Those ranked individually included 212 student-athletes from 41 institutions. This group included 11 Scholar All-Americans from St. Cloud State University. The Huskies’ award winners were led by senior Brett Velasquez, who earned Scholar All-America honors for the fourth time in his career. The 2016 NCAA DII champion at 125-pounds, Velasquez earned All-America status for the Huskies four times during his sterling career.

In addition to Velasquez, SCSU student-athletes earning honors included: Jake Barzowski, Joseph Bianchini, Luke Clark, Kolton Eischens, Boone Giulio, Chance Helmick, Mason Phillips, Ttavis Swanson and Garrett Vos. Barzowski (157), Eischens (174) and Vos (133) all earned All-America for the Huskies at the NCAA championships and Helmick was an NCAA qualifier for SCSU at 184 pounds this season.

In order for a student-athlete to be nominated to the Division II All-Academic Team, he must have a minimum 3.5 cumulative grade point average on a 4.0 scale, with that benchmark at 3.25 for those who qualified for the 2019 NCAA Division II Wrestling Championships and 3.0 for those who earned All-American status for the 2019 season. The athlete must also have competed in a minimum of six dates of competition.

One of the nation’s dominant NCAA DII teams, St. Cloud State has won four NCAA team titles since 2015 (2015, 2016, 2018 and 2019) along with eight consecutive NSIC championships under the direction of head coach Steve Costanzo.

2019 NWCA DII All-Academic teams and individuals

TOP 20 TEAMS

TeamPlaceGPA
Maryville University13.5558
LIU Post23.4283
Colorado School of Mines33.428
University of Indianapolis43.3414
Newman University53.2931
Urbana University63.2766
Gannon73.2667
Ashland University83.2455
Mercyhurst93.2395
Lake Erie103.2095
Drury Wrestling113.1889
ST. CLOUD STATE123.1868
Chadron State133.1817
University of Mary143.1785
Colorado Mesa153.1634
Northern State University163.1612
University of Nebraska at Kearney173.1084
Seton Hill183.0899
West Liberty University193.0606
Central Missouri203.0378

NWCA DII Scholar All-Americans

WrestlerSchoolYrWgtMajor
Barzowski, JakeSt. Cloud StateRSo157Technology Management
Bianchini, JosephSt. Cloud StateFr141General Business
Clark, LukeSt. Cloud StateFr174General Studies
Eischens, KoltonSt. Cloud StateJr174Technology Management
Fitzpatrick, DevinSt. Cloud StateSo165Marketing
Giulio, BooneSt. Cloud StateFr157Criminal Justice
Helmick, ChanceSt. Cloud StateSr184Finance
Phillips, MasonSt. Cloud StateFr149Marketing
Swanson, TravisSt. Cloud StateSr141Mechanical Engineering
Velasquez, BrettSt. Cloud StateSr125Biomedical Sciences
Vos, GarrettSt. Cloud StateFr133Criminal Justice

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