Black and Red Classic welcomes in 2021-22 Huskies Wrestling season

ST. CLOUD, Minn. – No. 1 St. Cloud State Wrestling enjoyed a terrific evening at the 2021 Black and Red Classic in Halenbeck Hall, featuring 11 bouts and a 32-6 win by Team Black. Kameron Teacher and Paxton Creese each recorded pins while Billy Pitzner and Noah Ryan each scored major decisions, giving the Black team four bonus-point wins. The Huskies celebrated 2020-21 St. Cloud State Male Athlete of the Year Devin FitzPatrick, 2020-21 NWCA National Wrestler of the Year Kameron Teacher, unveiled their 2021 NCAA Championship Banner and presented 2021 Championship Rings to their 2020-21 roster.

At 157, No. 3 Colby Njos and Jake Barzowski provided fans with a thrilling match in a grueling physical battle between the pair of All-Americans. The two fought hard throughout the bout, with Njos scoring the first point by earning an early escape in the second. Leading 1-0 entering the third period, Njos locked in the additional riding time point with 12 seconds to go, sealing a close 2-0 decision.

• Exhibition: Owen Bjerga over Tyson Meyer, 6-4
• 125: Paxton Creese pins Nic Cantu at 6:14
• 133: Daniel Valeria over Nate Rocheleau, 9-4
• 141: Cameron Riggs over No. 1 Joseph Bianchini, 6-4
• 149: Nicholas Novak over Blake Legred, 8-1
• 157: No. 3 Colby Njos over Jake Barzowski, 2-0
• 165: Anthony Herrera over Jared Head, 8-4
• 174: Dominic Murphy over Tyson Meyer, 4-1
• 184: No. 8 Billy Pitzner by major decision over Cade Linn, 15-4
• 197: No. 5 Noah Ryan by major decision over Isaac Grams, 10-2
• HWT: No. 2 Kameron Teacher pins Kaleb Haase at 5:14

St. Cloud State Wrestling Head Coach Steve Costanzo
“Tonight was a great night. There were a lot of good matches, and there were some surprises, which is good. It was a great atmosphere to have our fans here watching us wrestle. Our guys have to compete for everything they get – nothing is given to them, everything is earned. We still have a long ways to go and plenty to work on to get to where we want to be.”

The Huskies begin the regular season with the Finn Grinaker Open on Saturday, November 6 in Moorhead, Minnesota.

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