SCSU Adds Three More

St. Cloud, Minn. – St. Cloud State University head wrestling coach Steve Costanzo announced three more additions to an already strong 2021 recruiting class. Blake Cushing (Grand Island, NE), Isaac Grams (Bloomington, MN), and Matt Hogue (St. Peter, MN) all signed National Letters of Intents with the Huskies.

“These three individuals are highly decorated student-athletes,” Costanzo said. “We are very excited about their skill level, character, and academic abilities. They will make great additions to an already talented group of Huskies.”

The three stand-outs will join Augustus Donovan (Richland Center, WI), Anthony Herrera (Stansbury Park, UT), Tyson Meyer (Glenwood, MN), and Nicholas Novak (New Prague, MN) who all signed with SCSU earlier this month.

Blake Cushing | Grand Island, Neb. | Grand Island Senior High School – 125/133 pounds

  • 2020 USAW Pre-season Nationals: 3rd at 126-pounds
  • 77-10 high school record
  • NSAA Class A State Championships: 2020 (1st), 2019 (3rd)
  • NSAA Class A District Champion: 2020, 2019
  • Council Bluffs Wrestling Classic: 2019 (4th), 2018 (6th)
  • Honor Roll Student
  • Intended Major: Kinesiology
  • Parents: Clayton and Kori Cushing

Costanzo on Cushing:
“I am very excited about Blake! Blake is an individual who loves to compete and is always looking for the next tournament. He is a young man who wants to wrestle and compete with the best. Blake is going to have an outstanding career with Huskies wrestling.”

Isaac Grams | Bloomington, MN | Bloomington Kennedy High School – 174 pounds

  • 119-32 high school record
  • MSHSL 2A State Place Winner: 2020 (4th), 2019 (DNP)
  • MSHSL Section 5AA Champion: 2020
  • Bi-State Classic: 2019 (2nd), 2018 (7th)
  • Northern Plains FR: 2019 (4th)
  • Northern Plains GR: 2019 (2nd)
  • Honor Roll Student
  • Intended Major: Business Management
  • Parents: Tim and Michele Grams

Costanzo on Grams:
“Grams is another nice upper-weight pick-up for Huskies wrestling. He has a big frame and will see action anywhere from 174-197. Isaac has great leverage and when he learns how to use it at the college level he will be a force to be reckoned with.”

Matt Hogue | St. Peter, MN | Stillwater Area High School – 133/141 pounds

  • 2020 USAW Pre-season Nationals: 7th at 132-pounds
  • 94-17 high school record (last two seasons)
  • MSHSL 3A State Place Winner: 2020 (3rd), 2019 (5th)
  • 2020 MSHSL Section 3AAA Champion
  • Minnesota Christmas Tournament: 2019 (3rd), 2018 (8th)
  • 2018 InterMat Classic: 2nd
  • Recently enrolled in the United States Army
  • Honor Roll Student
  • Intended Major: Engineering
  • Parents: Roger and Lori

Costanzo on Hogue:
“Hogue comes to Huskies wrestling from one of the state’s perennial power-house programs. He is a go-getter and a physical wrestler who has the ability to knock off top-notch opponents. I really see Matt blossoming into a big-time wrestler for SCSU wrestling.”

SCSU finished the 2019-20 season as the nation’s number one ranked team. The Huskies won the 2020 NSIC championship, the 2020 NCAA DII regional title, and the 2020 NWCA DII National Duals. SCSU finished the year with a 16-0, 8-0 NSIC record. The Huskies have won NCAA DII national titles in 2015, 2016, 2018, and 2019, and they have won the NSIC championship in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020.

SCSU has currently won 64 consecutive dual meets under the leadership of head coach Steve Costanzo, who begins his 15th season at SCSU in 2020-21 with a 224-28 career record in the Granite City. SCSU has not lost a dual match since the 2016-17 season. Of note, the Huskies enter 2020-21 as the nation’s top-ranked NCAA DII team by the FloWrestling preseason DII poll.

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