St. Cloud State claims 2020 NCAA DII Regional championship

The St. Cloud State University wrestling team captured its fourth consecutive NCAA Division II regional championship and its seventh title since 2011 on Saturday, Feb. 29 in Sioux Falls, S.D.

The Huskies tallied 155.0 points to earn the team title while SCSU wrestlers claimed seven individual titles at the meet. In addition, St. Cloud State coach Steve Costanzo was named the NCAA Division II Super V Regional Coach of the Year.

St. Cloud State SCSU will be sending a total of nine wrestlers to the upcoming NCAA Division II championships as the Huskies look to bring back their third consecutive national title and fifth since 2015.

At the regional, SCSU gained a championship in the 133-pound bracket with a 3-2 victory by #2 Garrett Vos over #3 Justin Folley of Upper Iowa. Vos ended the tournament with a 3-0 record and will be making his second consecutive trip to the NCAA nationals.

At 141-pounds, SCSU’s Joey Bianchini won top honors with a 15-4 major decision over #9 Hunter Burnett of Augustana. Bianchini scored a 3-0 record at the regional and will be making his first trip to the NCAA finals on March 13-14.

SCSU’s #2 James Pleski gained his third consecutive NCAA regional crown with a thrilling 3-2 victory over #3 Kyle Rathman of Minnesota State, Mankato in the title bout. Pleski was 3-0 at the regional and is a three-time All-American for the Huskies.

The titles continued at 157-pounds with a first place finish by #2 Jake Barzowski, who scored a 4-2 win over #10 Braydon Huber of U-Mary. Barzowski was 3-0 in regional action and will be making his second consecutive trip to the NCAA finals.

At 165-pounds, #3 Devin FitzPatrick added a title to his resume with a 10-4 victory over #12 Shane Gantz of UW-Parkside. He was 3-0 at the NCAA regional and will also be making his second consecutive trip to the NCAA championships.

SCSU’s #4 Kolton Eischens placed first for the Huskies at 174-pounds as he charted a 10-0 major decisions over U-Mary’s #8 Phillip Springsteen. Eischens was 3-0 in regional play and is a two-time All-America award winner for the Huskies.

At 184-pounds #3 Tyree Overton gained bonus points with a 23-10 major decision over Minnesota State’s Trevor Turriff in the title bout. Overton posted a 3-0 record at the regional and will be making his second trip to the NCAA finals for SCSU.

In action at 197-pounds, Noah Ryan placed second after dropping a close 5-2 decision to #2 Nick Baumler of Upper Iowa in the title match. Ryan was 2-1 in regional action and will be making his first trip to the NCAA tournament in 2020.

At 285-pounds, SCSU’s #10 Ezayah Oropeza punched his ticket to the NCAA tournament with a third place finish and a 4-1 record in regional competition. In the bout for third place, Oropeza posted a fall at 1:58 against David Griffet of Minnesota State.

At 125-pounds, SCSU’s Brandon Betancourt placed fourth with a 2-2 record at the regional. In the third place match, Betancourt lost a 4-3 match against Trenton McManus of Minnesota State.

NCAA Division II Northern Regional Qualifier Results

The Huskies will next travel to the 2020 NCAA Division II wrestling championships, which will be held in Sioux Falls, S.D. at the Denny Sanford Premiere Center. For more details on tickets and other information regarding the NCAA championships, please visit: https://goaugie.com/sports/2020/1/10/2020-ncaa-wrestling-championship.aspx

Regional Team Scores:
SCSU 155.0
Upper Iowa 125.5
Augustana 96.5
Minnesota State 93.0
UW-Parkside 73.0
MSU Moorhead 60.5
Mary 55.0
Northern State 37.0
Minot State 20.0
Southwest Minnesota State 14.5

NCAA DII Super Regional V Results for St. Cloud St.:

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Brandon Betancourt (9-10) placed 4th and scored 9.5 team points.
Champ. Round 1 – Brandon Betancourt (St. Cloud St.) 9-10 received a bye () (Bye)
Quarterfinal – Brandon Betancourt (St. Cloud St.) 9-10 won by decision over Hunter Pfantz (Southwest Minn. St.) 17-7 (Dec 11-4)
Semifinal – Dean Arevalo (Minot St.) 23-3 won in sudden victory – 1 over Brandon Betancourt (St. Cloud St.) 9-10 (SV-1 7-5)
Cons. Semi – Brandon Betancourt (St. Cloud St.) 9-10 won by decision over Jared Hensley (Upper Iowa) 22-9 (Dec 3-2)
3rd Place Match – Trenton McManus (Minnesota St.) 16-10 won by decision over Brandon Betancourt (St. Cloud St.) 9-10 (Dec 4-3)

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Garrett Vos (17-0) placed 1st and scored 18.0 team points.
Champ. Round 1 – Garrett Vos (St. Cloud St.) 17-0 received a bye () (Bye)
Quarterfinal – Garrett Vos (St. Cloud St.) 17-0 won by fall over Lucas Hagel (Minnesota St.) 3-6 (Fall 1:56)
Semifinal – Garrett Vos (St. Cloud St.) 17-0 won by major decision over Jack Huffman (Augustana (SD)) 21-10 (MD 18-4)
1st Place Match – Garrett Vos (St. Cloud St.) 17-0 won by decision over Justin Folley (Upper Iowa) 24-2 (Dec 3-2)

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Joey Bianchini (20-1) placed 1st and scored 17.0 team points.
Champ. Round 1 – Joey Bianchini (St. Cloud St.) 20-1 received a bye () (Bye)
Quarterfinal – Joey Bianchini (St. Cloud St.) 20-1 won by major decision over Justin Sampson (Southwest Minn. St.) 10-11 (MD 13-4)
Semifinal – Joey Bianchini (St. Cloud St.) 20-1 won by decision over Pernevlon Sheppard (Wis.-Parkside ) 16-8 (Dec 6-0)
1st Place Match – Joey Bianchini (St. Cloud St.) 20-1 won by major decision over Hunter Burnett (Augustana (SD)) 27-9 (MD 15-4)

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James Pleski (20-3) placed 1st and scored 15.0 team points.
Champ. Round 1 – James Pleski (St. Cloud St.) 20-3 received a bye () (Bye)
Quarterfinal – James Pleski (St. Cloud St.) 20-3 won by decision over Robert Shields (Southwest Minn. St.) 16-15 (Dec 10-3)
Semifinal – James Pleski (St. Cloud St.) 20-3 won by decision over Zachary Scott (MSU Moorhead) 22-14 (Dec 8-2)
1st Place Match – James Pleski (St. Cloud St.) 20-3 won by decision over Kyle Rathman (Minnesota St.) 16-4 (Dec 3-2)

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Jake Barzowski (18-2) placed 1st and scored 16.0 team points.
Champ. Round 1 – Jake Barzowski (St. Cloud St.) 18-2 received a bye () (Bye)
Quarterfinal – Jake Barzowski (St. Cloud St.) 18-2 won by major decision over Subhan Umar (Wis.-Parkside ) 10-10 (MD 13-3)
Semifinal – Jake Barzowski (St. Cloud St.) 18-2 won by decision over Jacob Tvinnereim (Augustana (SD)) 21-16 (Dec 6-2)
1st Place Match – Jake Barzowski (St. Cloud St.) 18-2 won by decision over Braydon Huber (Mary) 27-5 (Dec 4-2)

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Devin Fitzpatrick (18-1) placed 1st and scored 15.0 team points.
Champ. Round 1 – Devin Fitzpatrick (St. Cloud St.) 18-1 received a bye () (Bye)
Quarterfinal – Devin Fitzpatrick (St. Cloud St.) 18-1 won by decision over Braydon Ortloff (MSU Moorhead) 12-9 (Dec 10-4)
Semifinal – Devin Fitzpatrick (St. Cloud St.) 18-1 won by decision over Bailey Neises (Augustana (SD)) 12-9 (Dec 4-0)
1st Place Match – Devin Fitzpatrick (St. Cloud St.) 18-1 won by decision over Shane Gantz (Wis.-Parkside ) 17-9 (Dec 10-4)

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Kolton Eischens (18-1) placed 1st and scored 20.5 team points.
Champ. Round 1 – Kolton Eischens (St. Cloud St.) 18-1 won by tech fall over Hayden Voxland (Southwest Minn. St.) 16-14 (TF-1.5 3:40 (19-1))
Quarterfinal – Kolton Eischens (St. Cloud St.) 18-1 won by fall over Joseph Lopez (Minot St.) 9-16 (Fall 0:42)
Semifinal – Kolton Eischens (St. Cloud St.) 18-1 won by major decision over Zach Johnston (Minnesota St.) 18-9 (MD 10-2)
1st Place Match – Kolton Eischens (St. Cloud St.) 18-1 won by major decision over Phillip Springsteen (Mary) 11-5 (MD 10-0)

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Tyree Overton (17-3) placed 1st and scored 17.5 team points.
Champ. Round 1 – Tyree Overton (St. Cloud St.) 17-3 received a bye () (Bye)
Quarterfinal – Tyree Overton (St. Cloud St.) 17-3 won by tech fall over Dustin Swisher (Minot St.) 5-14 (TF-1.5 7:00 (21-3))
Semifinal – Tyree Overton (St. Cloud St.) 17-3 won by decision over Kolby Kost (Augustana (SD)) 17-8 (Dec 11-5)
1st Place Match – Tyree Overton (St. Cloud St.) 17-3 won by major decision over Trevor Turriff (Minnesota St.) 18-6 (MD 23-10)

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Noah Ryan (18-4) placed 2nd and scored 13.0 team points.
Champ. Round 1 – Noah Ryan (St. Cloud St.) 18-4 received a bye () (Bye)
Quarterfinal – Noah Ryan (St. Cloud St.) 18-4 won by decision over Diego Gallegos (Northern St.) 19-12 (Dec 7-4)
Semifinal – Noah Ryan (St. Cloud St.) 18-4 won by decision over Rodsean Graham (Wis.-Parkside ) 15-16 (Dec 3-1)
1st Place Match – Nick Baumler (Upper Iowa) 29-2 won by decision over Noah Ryan (St. Cloud St.) 18-4 (Dec 5-2)

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Ezayah Oropeza (16-4) placed 3rd and scored 14.5 team points.
Champ. Round 1 – Ezayah Oropeza (St. Cloud St.) 16-4 won by major decision over Nate Lloyd (Wis.-Parkside ) 9-17 (MD 9-1)
Quarterfinal – Ezayah Oropeza (St. Cloud St.) 16-4 won by decision over Caleb Lefferdink (Northern St.) 13-14 (Dec 6-1)
Semifinal – Steven Hajas (Augustana (SD)) 16-10 won by decision over Ezayah Oropeza (St. Cloud St.) 16-4 (Dec 6-4)
Cons. Semi – Ezayah Oropeza (St. Cloud St.) 16-4 won in tie breaker – 1 over Dominic Tudor (Mary) 23-10 (TB-1 4-1)
3rd Place Match – Ezayah Oropeza (St. Cloud St.) 16-4 won by fall over David Griffet (Minnesota St.) 14-9 (Fall 1:58)

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