MANHEIM, PA. – The St. Cloud State University wrestling team has had plenty to celebrate this 2020-21 season. The athletics department and a handful of wrestlers will need to make more room in their trophy cases after the National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) announcement, as 13 Huskies and the team earned Scholar All-America honors Monday afternoon.
Joseph Bianchini (Elk Grove Village, Ill. / Immaculate Conception), Devin Donovan (Wheaton, Ill. / Wheaton North), Devin FitzPatrick (Mahtomedi, Minn. / Mahtomedi), Kaleb Haase (Morton, Minn. / Redwood Valley), Jackson Held (Royalton, Minn. / Royalton), Cade Linn (Elysburg, Penn. / Southern Columbia Area), Cody Minor (Green Bay, Wis. / Ashwaubenon), Noah Ryan (Mantorville, Minn. / Kasson-Mantorville), Shaden Scheidt (Canton, S.D. / Canton), Brock Schlough (Menominee, Wis. / Boyceville), Kameron Teacher (Grove City, Ohio / Central Crossing), Blake Thomsen (Neola, Iowa / Underwood) and Garrett Vos (Bonifacius, Minn. / Waconia) were the 13 Huskies to earn Scholar All-America honors Monday afternoon, the most in recent history for St. Cloud State. In order to be eligible for the award, student-athletes must maintain a minimum 3.4 cumulative grade point average (GPA) during the academic year with a benchmark of 3.25 for those who qualified for the 2020-21 NCAA Division II Wrestling Championships. Due to COVID-19 protocols and impacts on the season, the dates of competition stipulation was removed from this year’s qualifications.
As a team, St. Cloud State once again ranked in the top-20 in the nation in team GPA. The Huskies posted a 3.158 GPA during the 2020-21 academic year to qualify as a NWCA Scholar All-America Team for the second time in the last three seasons. In the last 20 years, St. Cloud State has received NWCA Scholar All-America honors in 2000-01, 2006-07, 2007-08, 2008-09, 2009-10, 2010-2011, 2011-12, 2012-13, 2013-14, 2018-19 and 2020-21 according to available records. In total, eight teams from the NSIC earned Scholar All-America honors, with Augustana rankings fourth with a cumulative team GPA of 3.355.
The Huskies won their third consecutive national title back in March and their fifth in the last six years, making them the most dominant team in Division II in the last several seasons. Additionally, St. Cloud State saw seven wrestlers earn All-America honors, with three of those seven qualifying for the national championship match at their respective weight class. Teacher ended the Huskies individual championship drought, as he earned the national title at the 285 pound weight class and was named the NWCA’s Division II Wrestler of the Year on Monday, April 5.
In total, 345 Division II wrestlers were recognized as Scholar All-Americans, representing 46 institutions across the nation. Additionally, 68 wrestlers competed at this year’s National Championship, and 54 earned All-America honors. Additionally, Teacher was one of three wrestlers to win both a national title and be named a Scholar All-American, capping an already impressive senior campaign for the heavyweight.