The St. Cloud State University wrestling team (4-0, 1-0 NSIC) claimed the number one spot in the latest NWCA Division II Wrestling Coaches Association top 25 poll, which was released on Wednesday, Nov. 27.
The Huskies earned 99 points in the national poll, while McKendree and Nebraska Kearney both placed in second with 72 points. Pitt-Johnstown, which opened the season with the preseason #1 ranking in the poll moved to number four in this week’s poll with 65 points. Earlier this season, the Huskies posted an impressive 31-6 victory over Pitt-Johnstown at the 2019 Northeast Duals on Nov. 9.
The remainder of the top 10 list was completed by Notre Dame of Ohio (55), Upper Iowa (46), Ashland (43), Lindenwood (41), Minnesota State (41) and West Liberty (38).
Individually, the Huskies had eight wrestlers ranked nationally in the latest poll. The group is led by Jake Barzowski, who maintained his number national ranking at 157-pounds for the Huskies. A returning All-American, Barzowski is a resident of Park Ridge, Ill. and he owns a perfect 4-0 record.
SCSU also had two wrestlers ranked number two in the nation this week with James Pleski (Stacy, Minn./Forest Lake H.S.) ranked second in the national polls at 149-pounds and Devin FitzPatrick ranked second in the nation at 165-pounds for the Huskies. A three-time All-American at SCSU, Pleski currently owns a 3-1 record this season with his lone loss coming against #1 ranked Chirs Eddins of Pitt-Johnstown in 2019-20. A returning All-American, FitzPatrick is 4-0 this season at 165-pounds for SCSU.
A trio of Huskies are ranked #3 in the nation this week. At 133-pounds, Garrett Vos is ranked third in the national polls. He is 4-0 this season for the Huskies and is one of SCSU’s returning All-America wrestlers this season after placing at the 2019 NCAA DII championships. At 174-pounds, two-time All-American Kolton Eischens is ranked #3 this winter. He stands at 3-0 this season for the Huskies. SCSU’s third #3 grappler is Tyree Overton, who is ranked third nationally at 184-pounds. An All-American for SCSU in 2018, Overton is 3-0 for the Huskies in 2019-20.
At 141-pounds, SCSU’s Garrett Aldrich (Albert Lea, Minn.) is currently ranked seventh with a record of 4-0 and rookie Ezayah Oropeza (Burnsville, Minn./Rosemount H.S.) made his national poll debut at 285-pounds this week with a #11 ranking in the poll. Oropeza is 4-0 in 2019-20 for SCSU.
The Huskies will continue their 2019-20 season on Dec. 7 with a trip to the Bueva Vista Open in Storm Lake, Iowa.
SCSU has won NCAA DII championships in 2019, 2018, 2016 and 2015. The Huskies have won NSIC championships in 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013 and 2012. One of the nation’s premiere DII programs, St. Cloud State has also won NWCA DII National Dual titles in 2019, 2018, 2017, 2013 and 2012 along with NCAA DII Super Regional team titles in 2019, 2018, 2017, 2013, 2012 and 2011.