Teacher, Costanzo earn top NSIC honors

ST. CLOUD, MINN. – In the wonkiness of a year that was 2020-21, there was one thing that remained constant: the St. Cloud State University wrestling team. The Huskies continuously proved their dominance and greatness throughout their shortened season, winning their 10th consecutive Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) title and third straight NCAA Championship. On Friday, two individuals were recognized as the top in the conference, as Kameron Teacher (Grove City, Ohio / Central Crossing) was named the NSIC Wrestler of the Year and Steve Costanzo the NSIC Coach of the Year.

Teacher is the third consecutive Husky to be named the NSIC Wrestler of the Year, and he did so after dominating on the mat all season long. A four-time All-American at 285 pounds, Teacher made his long awaited debut for St. Cloud State and posted a perfect 13-0 record in 2020-21. He was crowned the NCAA Champion at 285 pounds on March 20 after earning a key 6-5 decision victory Western Hunt in the championship bout and clinched the Huskies third consecutive national championship in the process. He is the first St. Clodu State wrestler to win an individual national championship since Brett Velasquez did so in 2015-16.

However, Teacher didn’t just impress at the national tournament in March. The senior captain was crowned the NCAA Super Region V Champion in late February and was the No. 1 ranked heavyweight throughout the regular and post seasons. Additionally, Teacher earned First Team All-Conference honors after leading the team in points earned and bonus points at the end of the regular season, with 21 points earned thanks to three major decision wins and two wins by pin. Teacher went 5-0 in NSIC dual matches this season.

Costanzo won his third consecutive and ninth total NSIC Coach of the Year honor after once again leading St. Cloud State to both a conference and national title in 2020-21. The verteran head coach guided the Huskies through one of the most unprecedented seasons in program history as though nothing was different, as the team won its tenth consecutive NSIC Championship with an undefeated dual match record of 5-0. Additionally, St. Cloud State claimed its fifth consecutive Super Region V Title as a team, with five wrestlers winning regional titles at their respective weight classes.

Costanzo additionally continued to make history and break records, as the Huskies extended their NCAA Division II record to 69 consecutive dual match victories, which now spans five complete seasons. With Costanzo at the held, St. Cloud State also claimed its third consecutive national championship on March 20 and fifth in the last six opportunities.

NSIC Wrestler of the Year
Kameron Teacher (285, R-Sr., Grove City, Ohio / Central Crossing HS)
St. Cloud State University

  • NCAA National Champion at 285 pounds
  • His National Championship win also gave St. Cloud State its third straight team National Championship
  • Completed season with a perfect 13-0 record
  • NCAA DII Super Region V Champion
  • Four-time NCAA DII All-American
  • All-NSIC First Team Member

NSIC Rookie of the Year
Zach Ryg (197, R-Fr., Plymouth, Iowa / Central Springs HS)
Upper Iowa University

  • 2020-21 All American after a third place finish at 197 pounds
  • 2020-21 Super Regional Champion
  • All NSIC First Team member
  • Finished season with a 12-1 record
  • Won first 10 matches of season before losing in the NCAA semi-finals to the eventual NCAA Champion

NSIC Coach of the Year
Steve Costanzo (15th Season)
St. Cloud State University

  • Led the Huskies to their tenth consecutive NSIC championship
  • Led SCSU to an undefeated dual season at 5-0 in the NSIC
  • SCSU placed first at the 2020-21 NCAA DII Regional championships
  • Coached five individual regional title winners and sent eight wrestlers to the NCAA championships
  • SCSU owns an NCAA DII record 69 dual match win streak dating back to a loss to Indianapolis on Jan. 14, 2017

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