Eischens, Overton, Pleski, and Teacher named team captains
The St. Cloud State University wrestling team, which recently earned a number two ranking in the NWCA DII Wrestling Coaches’ Association preseason poll, will kick-off its 2019-20 season with the annual Black/Red Classic intrasquad match on Friday, Nov. 1 in SCSU’s Halenbeck Hall.
This match will feature two squads selected from the Huskies’ 2019-20 roster and they will be led by honorary coaches Jarred Oftedahl (Team Black) and Lucas Munkelwitz (Team Red). Oftedahl and Munkelwitz both earned All-America honors during their SCSU wrestling careers with Oftedahl finishing fourth in the nation at 141-pounds in 2018 and Munkelwitz placing fourth at 197-pounds in 2012.
The intrasquad match serves as a key proving ground for the Huskies as they establish their dual match line-ups for the upcoming 2019-20 season. The Huskies will officially open their season on Nov. 9 with matches at the Northeast Duals in Troy, N.Y. SCSU will face several top opponents on their trip out east with matches slated against American International, #1 Pitt-Johnstown and Johnson & Wales.
SCSU has also named seniors Kolton Eischens, Tyree Overton, James Pleski and Cameron Teacher as team captains for the 2019-20 season.
Eischens is a two-time All-American for the Huskies at 174-pounds. He was ranked third in the nation in the NCAA DII preseason poll and is a graduate of nearby Pierz High School. Overton was a redshirt athlete at SCSU last year and a national qualifier for SCSU in 2018. He is a resident of Rock Island, Ill. and a graduate of Rock Island H.S. A resident of Stacy, Minn. and graduate of Forest Lake H.S., Pleski is a three-time All-American for SCSU. He has won 86 matches during his college tenure and has placed fourth twice (2019 and 2017) and second once (2018) at the NCAA finals for the Huskies. Teacher is a transfer to St. Cloud State this season from top NCAA DII rival Notre Dame (Ohio). A resident of Columbus, Ohio, Teacher was a three-time All-American at 285-pounds for Notre Dame (Ohio). He finished as the NCAA runner-up twice and third once during his tenure at Notre Dame (Ohio).
Here are the scheduled starters for the Black/Red Classic on Nov. 1:
Black – Brandon Bettancourt, RJr., Clovis, Calif.
Red – Robby Horsman, Fr., Kasson, Minn.
Black – #3 Garrett Vos, RSo. Bonifacius, Minn.
Red – Ashton Clark, Fr., Park Rapids, Minn.
Black – #11 Garrett Aldrich, RSo., Albert Lea, Minn.
Red – Joey Biachini, RFr., Elk Grove Village, Ill.
Black – #2 James Pleski, RSr, Stacy, Minn.
Red – Blake Legred, Fr., Bricelyn, Minn.
Black – #1 Jake Barzowski, RJr., Park Ridge, Ill.
Red – Colby Njos, Fr., Anoka, Minn.
Black – #4 Devin FitzPatrick, RJr, Mahtomedi, Minn.
Red – Jackson Held, Fr., Royalton, Minn.
Black – #3 Kolton Eischens, Sr, Pierz, MN
Red – Devin Donovan, RSo., Wheaton, Ill.
Black – #7 Tyree Overton, RSr., Rock Island, Ill.
Red – Grant Parrish, Fr., Kasson, Minn.
Black – Noah Ryan, RSo., Mantorville, Minn.
Red – Riley Vanik, RSo., Sugar Grove, Ill.
Black – Kameron Teacher, Sr., Columbus, Ohio
Red – Ezayah Oropeza, Fr., Burnsville, Minn.
Black: Nic Cantu, Fr., Albert Lea, Minn.
Red: Eric Halverson, RFr., Pewaukee, Wisc.
Admission to the Black/Red Classic is free and match program will be available at the gate on match day.
SCSU will be looking to continue its run of success that has seen the Huskies capture four NCAA Division II championships since 2015, eight consecutive NSIC championships since 2012 and six NCAA regional crowns since 2011. SCSU posted a perfect 20-0, 8-0 NSIC record in 2018-19 on its way to a second consecutive NCAA title, which also included a first-place finish at the 2019 NWCA DII National Duals. This marked SCSU’s second consecutive undefeated season and saw the Huskies extend their current undefeated streak in dual matches to 48.
The Huskies have not lost a dual match since a loss to Indianapolis on Jan. 14, 2017, and SCSU has not lost a dual match in NSIC action since a loss to Augustana on Jan. 27, 2011.
SCSU will be under the leadership once again of head coach Steve Costanzo, who begins his 14th season with the Huskies in 2019-20. He owns a 208-28 record during his tenure with the Huskies and also owns a 269-58-2 career record as a college coach in 20 seasons.