#1 St. Cloud State sends nine wrestlers to NCAA championships

The #1 ranked St. Cloud State University wrestling team will be sending a contingent of nine athletes to the upcoming 2020 NCAA Division II championships, which will be held at the Denny Sanford Premiere Center in Sioux Falls, S.D. on March 13-14.

The Huskies lead all NCAA DII teams with nine qualifiers headed to the championships this season. McKendree and Pitt-Johnstown both rank second on the qualifier list for 2020 with eight wrestlers apiece headed to Sioux Falls. SCSU is the top team out of the NSIC with its nine qualifier as Upper Iowa will be sending five, Southwest Minnesota State will be sending one, Minnesota State with four, MSU Moorhead with one, Mary with two and Augustana with three.

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SCSU’s 2020 NATIONAL QUALIFIERS:

133 pounds: Garrett Vos
Sophomore
Bonifacius, Minn./Waconia H.S.
Ranked #2 at 133-pounds…17-0 in 2019-20 with two falls…2020 NSIC All-Conference…2020 NCAA DII Super Region V champion at 133-pounds…earned All-America honors with a sixth-place finish at 2019 NCAA DII championships…39-5 career record with the Huskies

141 pounds: Joey Bianchini
Freshman
Elk Grove Village, Ill./Immaculate Conception H.S.
20-1 in 2019-20 with one fall…2020 NSIC All-Conference…2020 NCAA DII Super Region V champion at 141-pounds…will be making his first trip to NCAA championships in 2020.

149 pounds: James Pleski
Senior
Stacy, Minn./Forest Lake H.S.
Ranked #2 in nation at 149-pounds…19-3 in 2019-20…2020 NSIC All-Conference…2020 NCAA DII Super Region V champion at 149-pounds…a four-time NCAA qualifier and a 3X NCAA DII All-American at SCSU…NCAA championship resume includes a second-place finish in 2018 and fourth-place finishes in 2017 and 2019…owns a 105-18 record during his career at SCSU.

157 pounds: Jake Barzowski
Sophomore
Park Ridge, Ill./Notre Dame H.S.
Ranked #2 in nation at 157-pounds…18-2 in 2019-20 with two falls…2020 NSIC All-Conference…2020 NCAA DII Super Region V champion at 157-pounds…a two-time NCAA qualifier….placed third at 157-pounds at the 2019 NCAA DII championships to earn All-America honors…owns a 43-5 record during his career at SCSU.

165 pounds: Devin FitzPatrick
Sophomore
Mahtomedi, Minn./Mahtomedi H.S.
Ranked #3 in nation at 165-pounds…18-1 in 2019-20 with four falls…2020 NSIC All-Conference…2020 NCAA DII Super Region V champion at 165-pounds…a two-time NCAA qualifier….placed sixth at 165-pounds at the 2019 NCAA DII championships to gain All-America honors…owns a 44-7 record during his career at SCSU.

174 pounds: Kolton Eischens
Senior
Pierz, Minn./Pierz-Healy H.S.
Ranked #4 in nation at 174-pounds…18-1 in 2019-20 with eight falls…2020 NSIC All-Conference…2020 NCAA DII Super Region V champion at 174-pounds…a three-time NCAA qualifier….a two-time All-America award winner at SCSU…placed third at NCAA meet in 2019 and sixth in 2018 at 174-pounds…owns a 75-12 record during his career at SCSU…29 career falls.

184 pounds: Tyree Overton
Senior
Rock Island, Ill./Rock Island H.S.
Ranked #3 in nation at 184-pounds…17-3 in 2019-20 with three falls…2020 NSIC All-Conference…2020 NCAA DII Super Region V champion at 184-pounds…a two-time NCAA qualifier (2018 and 2020)…owns a 34-12 record during his career at SCSU.

197 pounds: Noah Ryan
Sophomore
Mantorville, Minn./Kasson-Mantorville H.S.
Ranked #8 in nation at 197-pounds…18-4 in 2019-20…2020 NSIC All-Conference…2020 NCAA DII Super Region V runner-up at 197-pounds…a first-time NCAA qualifer for the Huskies in 2020…owns a 36-9 record during his career at SCSU.

285 pounds: Ezayah Oropeza
Freshman
Burnsville, Minn./Rosemount H.S.
Ranked #10 in nation at 285-pounds…16-4 in 2019-20…2020 NSIC All-Conference…2020 NCAA DII Super Region V third place at 285-pounds…a first-time NCAA qualifer for the Huskies in 2020.

SCSU NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS FACT SHEET:

  • NCAA DIVISION II TEAM CHAMPIONSHIPS won by SCSU: 2019, 2018, 2016 and 2015
  • NCAA TOP 10 FINISHES by SCSU: 1975 – 10th – NCAA DII; 1976 – 8th- NCAA DII; 1983 – 7th – NCAA DII; 1984 – 9th – NCAA DII; 1986 – 8th – NCAA DII; 2003 – 9th – NCAA DII; 2009 – 8th – NCAA DII; 2010 – 7th – NCAA DII; 2011 – 2nd – NCAA DII; 2012 – 2nd – NCAA DII; 2013 – 2nd – NCAA DII; 2014 – 6th – NCAA DII; 2015 – 1st – NCAA DII; 2016 – 1st – NCAA DII; 2017 – 2nd – NCAA DII; 2018 – 1st NCAA DII and 2019 – 1st NCAA DII
  • Number of returning NCAA qualfiiers for the Huskies in 2020: 6 (Vos, Pleski, Barzowski, FitzPatrick, Eischens, and Overton)
  • Number of returning NCAA All-Americans for the Huskies in 2020: 5 (Vos, Pleski, Barzowski, FitzPatrick, and Eischens)
  • SCSU wrestlers ranked nationally in 2019-20: Vos (2nd at 133), Pleski (2nd at 149), Barzowski (2nd at 157), FitzPatrick (3rd at 165), Eischens (4th at 174), Overton (3rd at 184), Ryan (8th at 197) and Oropeza (10th at 285).
  • Number of NCAA DII/NAIA individual championships won by SCSU: 16. (1958 – Dick Anderson – NAIA; 1961 – Monte Sinner – NAIA; 1963 – Jim Hazewinkel – NAIA; 1963 – Grant Nelson – NAIA; 1963 – Gary Smith – NAIA; 1964 – Jim Hazewinkel – NAIA; 1964 – Gary Smith – NAIA; 1965 – Jim Hazewinkel – NAIA; 1967 – Jim Hazewinkel – NAIA; 1967 – Mike Rybak – NAIA; 1995 – Gene Hanemann – NCAA DII; 2011 – John Sundgren – NCAA DII; 2012 – Derek Skala – NCAA DII; 2013 – Shamus O’Grady – NCAA DII (O.W.); 2015 – Tim Prescott – NCAA DII; 2016 – Brett Velasquez – NCAA DII)

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