Eight St. Cloud State University wrestlers have received NWCA All-America Division II honors for the recently completed 2019-20 season.
SCSU wrestlers honored this year include sophomore Garrett Vos (Bonifacius, Minn./Waconia H.S.) at 133-pounds, freshman Joey Bianchini (Elk Grove Village, Ill./Immaculate Conception H.S.) at 141-pounds, senior James Pleski (Stacy, Minn./Forest Lake H.S.) at 149-pounds, junior Jake Barzowski (Park Ridge, Ill./Notre Dame H.S.) at 157-pounds, junior Devin FitzPatrick (Mahtomedi, Minn./H.S.) at 165-pounds, senior Kolton Eischens (Pierz, Minn./Healy H.S.) at 174-pounds, senior Tyree Overton (Rock Island, Ill./Rock Island H.S.) at 184-pounds and sophomore Noah Ryan (Mantorville, Minn./Kasson-Mantorville H.S.) at 197-pounds.
Each year the NWCA recognizes the outstanding work of the DII Student-athletes by naming the All-Americans based on their achievements in the national championship, however, this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic the championships were canceled. All-American honors were based on each wrestler’s overall body of work through the super-regional tournaments and up to the national championships.
”With the cancellation of the national tournament the NWCA Division II leadership group thought it was still very appropriate to name All-Americans this year. The leadership group did a great job of weighing different options and polling the membership. We are happy that we can make the most out of an incredibly unfortunate situation. Although this is not the same as having a national tournament, these individuals should be recognized for their amazing season results and super-regional tournaments. Congratulations to the 2020 All-Americans and National Qualifiers,” said Jason Warthan, NWCA Division II President & University of Indianapolis Head Coach.
This marked the second consecutive season that Vos has earned All-America honors for the Huskies at 133-pounds. Vos claimed first place honors in the 133-pound bracket at the 2020 NCAA DII regional and completed his 2019-20 campaign with an undefeated 17-0 record.
Bianchini earned his first All-America award for the Huskies in 2019-20. The NSIC Rookie of the Year, Bianchini won the 141-pound title at the NCAA DII regional and posted a 20-1 record in 2019-20. He is a business major at SCSU.
Pleski becomes just the 10th SCSU wrestler to capture All-America honors four times during his college career. Pleski posted a 19-3 overall record and placed first in the 149-pound bracket at the 2020 NCAA DII Regional. In four seasons with the Huskies, Pleski finished as the NCAA runner-up in 2018 and placed fourth at the NCAA championships twice. His career record at SCSU was 105-18.
At 157-pounds, Barzowski gained All-America honors for the second time in 2019-20. A national qualifier for the Huskies, Barzowski is a special education major at SCSU. He won the 2020 NCAA DII Super 5 regional title at 157-pounds and finished the year with an 18-2 record.
FitzPatrick also earned his second consecutive All-America award in 2019-20 for SCSU. FitzPatrick charted an 18-1 record for the Huskies in 2019-20. The NCAA DII regional champ at 165-pounds, FitzPatrick is a marketing major at SCSU.
A three-time All-American and CoSIDA Academic All-America award winner in 2019, Eischens was named the 2020 NSIC Wrestler of the Year. He placed first at the NCAA DII Regional at 174-pounds and posted an 18-1 record in 2019-20. He is a technology management major at SCSU. In his three season with the Huskies, Eischens posted a 75-12 record that included a fourth place finish at the NCAA championships in 2019 and a sixth place finish in 2018.
A two-time national qualifier, Overton was 17-3 for the Huskies in 2019-20 and placed first in the 184-pound division at the 2020 NCAA DII Regional. The group is completed by Ryan, who earned his first All-America award for the Huskies at 197-pounds. He finished the season with an 18-4 record and was the runner-up at 197-pounds at the NCAA Regional meet.
SCSU ended its season with a number one ranking in the final NCAA Division II national poll. The Huskies posted a 16-0, 8-0 NSIC record in 2019-20, which included a first place team finish at the 2020 NCAA DII Super 5 Regional. SCSU won the 2020 NWCA DII National Duals title and also claimed its ninth consecutive NSIC championship under the direction of head coach Steve Costanzo. The Huskies qualified nine wrestlers for the 2020 NCAA DII championships, which were canceled due to the COVID-19 crisis.