ABERDEEN, S. D. – It is hard to believe that roughly 365 days have passed since the St. Cloud State University wrestling team won the 2019-20 Super Region V Championships in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Technically, it’s been 363 days since the Huskies saw nine wrestlers qualify for the NCAA Championships, only to see their national championship hopes dashed by the COVID-19 pandemic. On Saturday, St. Cloud State is back and ready to compete in the 2020-21 Super Region V Championship, this time in Aberdeen, South Dakota.
The Huskies completed yet another undefeated season on Thursday, February 11 and heads into the Super Region V Championship as the presumptive favorite to win the team title. St. Cloud State additionally is expected to send a litany of wrestlers to the NCAA Championships in mid-March, as six Huskies wrestlers were ranked in the top-12 in the most recent National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) poll.
The Super Region V Championship serves as a qualifier for the upcoming 2020-21 NCAA Division II wrestling championships, which is set to take place March 12-13 in St. Louis, Missouri. At this time, Northern State is allowing fans at a 25% capacity at all events in Wachs Arena. Fans must adhere to the NSU Athletics COVID-19 Protocols. Individuals for the regional tournament will be broken up into multiple tiers.
Admission for the event will be $10 for adults and $5 for students/children. There are no all-session tickets and no pass lists for the Super Regional Championship. Northern State Athletics will host a ticket pre-sale event on Friday, February 26 from 5-8 p.m. in the Barnett Center main lobby. All those attending the pre-sale event are asked to enter via the main North Entrance, purchase their tickets, and immediately leave the facility to avoid overcrowding and assist with social distancing. Those unable to attend the pre-sale event will be able to purchase tickets at the door, beginning at 11 a.m. on Saturday, February 27. Northern State will sell a maximum of 1,500 tickets to the event, in accordance with local, campus, and NCAA guidelines.
Here are the five things to know before Saturday’s Super Region V Championship:
4 – St. Cloud State has won four consecutive NCAA Regional Titles dating back to 2017 and additionally won titles in 2011, 2012 and 2013. In the years they did not win, the Huskies finished as the runner-up, but winning was not exactly a question last season. In 2019-20, St. Cloud State won the team regional title in dominating fashion, as nine of 10 individuals qualified for the NCAA Championships.
4 – Four Huskies are back and expected to defend their 2020 Super Region V titles. Garrett Vos (Bonifacius, Minn. / Waconia) is back to defend his title at 133 pounds after earning a 3-2 win over Upper Iowa’s Justin Foley last season. Joseph Bianchini (Elk Grove Village, Ill. / Immaculate Conception) will defend his title at 141, while Jake Barzowski (Niles, Ill. / Notre Dame) and Devin FitzPatrick (Mahtomedi, Minn. / Mahtomedi) look to close their outstanding St. Cloud State careers with regional titles at 157 and 165 pounds.
6 – Six Huskies were individually ranked in the most recent NWCA poll. Voss and Kameron Teacher (Columbus, Ohio / Central Crossing) enter the Super Region V Championship as the No. 1 ranked wrestlers in their respective weight classes (Voss at 133, Teacher at 285). Bianchini held his No. 4 ranking at 141, while FitzPatrick fell to No. 6 at 165 pounds. Both Billy Pitzner (Jefferson, Wis. / Milton) and Noah Ryan (Mantorville, Minn. / Kasson-Mantorville) were ranked No. 8 at 184 and 197 pounds respectively.
5 – Five St. Cloud State wrestlers earned All-Conference honors from the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) Thursday afternoon. Voss, Bianchini, Pitzner, and Teacher all earned First Team honors while FitzPatrick was named Second Team All-Conference. It marks the 11th consecutive year at least four Huskies have earned All-Conference honors.
1.000 – Five different St. Cloud State wrestlers completed perfect seasons during the 2020-21 season. Bianchini, Pitzner and Teacher posted 5-0 records during the regular season and enter the Super Region V Championship with 5-0 records. Voss went 4-0, as one of his matches was cancelled due to forfeit, and Riley Vanik (Sugargove, Ill. / Kaneland) is 3-0 in matches this season.