SCSU inks four student-athletes

St. Cloud, Minn. – St. Cloud State University head wrestling coach Steve Costanzo has announced the Huskies wrestling team’s 2021 recruiting class Wednesday with the addition of three high school standouts and one junior college standout.

The signees, who plan to enroll at SCSU next fall include Augustus Donovan, Anthony Herrera, Tyson Meyer, Nicholas Novak. “We look forward to bringing in these fine student-athletes to the Huskies wrestling program,” Costanzo said. “These young men are all outstanding students in the classroom and have displayed a lot of potential on the mat. We look forward to helping these individuals reach their full potential.”

Augustus Donovan | Richland Center, Wisc. | Richland Center High School – 157 pounds

  • 83-42 high school record
  • 2020 WIAA D2 State Qualifier
  • 2020 WIAA D2 Section: 3rd
  • 2020 First Team All-Conference
  • National Honor Society
  • Intended Major: Biology
  • Parents: Dirk and Tara Donovan

Costanzo on Donovan:
“Gus is a very driven young man in the classroom and on the wrestling mat. He continues making progress year-after-year. We feel with his attitude, he will make for a great addition to our program.”

Anthony Herrera | Stansbury Park, UT | Stansbury Park High School/Western Wyoming C.C. – 157/165 pounds

  • 2020 NJCAA All-American: 4th
  • 2020 NJCAA Record: 25-8
  • 2020 NJCAA Academic All-American
  • 2020 NJCAA Region Outstanding Wrestler
  • 150-34 high school state record
  • UHSAA State Championships: 2018 (1st), 2017 (3rd), 2016 (5th)
  • Intended Major: Criminal Justice
  • Parents: Jeff and Kim Herrera

Costanzo on Herrera:
“Herrera is a tough, hard-nosed kid and is coached by one of my former wrestlers Art Castillo at WWCC. Anthony will bring immediate veteran experience to our room next season and will be a difference-maker in our program.”

Tyson Meyer | Glenwood, Minn. | Minnewaska Area High School – 184/197 pounds

  • 191-30 high school record
  • WrestlingUSA Magazine: #17 @ 182-pounds
  • MSHSL 1A State Champion: 2020, 2019
  • MSHSL Section 5A Champion: 2020, 2019, 2018
  • Big Bear Tournament: 2019 (1st), 2018 (1st), 2017 (4th)
  • 2018 NHSCA National Championships: 3rd
  • National Honor Society
  • Intended Major: Business
  • Parents: Cole and Mindy Meyer

Costanzo on Meyer:
“I am extremely excited to get Tyson on board. We have been looking at him to be a Huskies wrestler since his freshman year in high school. He is one of the top high school wrestlers in the state and we look forward to helping him reach his full potential.”

Nicholas Novak | New Prague, Minn. | New Prague High School – 141/149 pounds

  • 139-16 high school record (last three-years)
  • WrestlingUSA Magazine: #23 @ 145-pounds
  • 2020 USA Wrestling National Champion
  • MSHSL State Place Winner: 2020 (2nd), 2019 (4th), 2018 (6th)
  • 2019 USA Wrestling National Champion
  • 2019 Bi-State Classic: 3rd
  • Rumble on the Red: 2019 (2nd), 2018 (2nd), 2017 (2nd)
  • Honor Roll Student: 2020, 2019, 2018
  • Intended Major: Engineering
  • Parents: Dan and Julie Novak

Costanzo on Novak:
“Nick is another great pick-up for Huskies wrestling. We consider him to not only be one of the best senior recruits out of the state of Minnesota this year, but nationally. I am very excited to get him in to our room next year.”

One of the nation’s premiere NCAA Division II wrestling programs, St. Cloud State has won NCAA DII national titles in 2015, 2016, 2018 and 2019. SCSU finished the 2019-20 campaign with a 16-0, 8-0 NSIC record. The Huskies won the 2020 NCAA DII Super 5 Regional, the 2020 NWCA DII National Duals championship and claimed their ninth consecutive NSIC championship. SCSU was the nation’s top ranked team heading into the 2020 NCAA DII championships and had qualified nine wrestlers for nationals before the season was ended early due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

SCSU is slated to begin its six-match 2021 NSIC schedule on Jan. 7, 2021 with a dual match at University of Mary.

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