St. Cloud State takes fourth place at 2022 NCAA championships

St. Cloud State University wrestling completed its 2021-22 season with a fourth-place finish at the 2022 NCAA Division II championships, which were held at Chaifetz Arena in St. Louis on March 11-12.

The three-time defending national champions in 2018, 2019, and 2021, St. Cloud State charted 67.0 points to place fourth, while Nebraska Kearney won the team title this year with 127.0 points. Central Oklahoma (86.0 points) and West Liberty (75.5 points) rounded out the top four finishers and Adams State was fifth with 65.0 points.

A perennial national powerhouse in NCAA Division II wrestling, St. Cloud State has won NCAA team titles in 2021, 2019, 2018, 2016, and 2015. The Huskies have also posted nine top-five team finishes at the NCAA tournament since 2011 under the direction of head coach Steve Costanzo.

SCSU was led by senior Garrett Vos with a second-place finish in the 133-pound bracket at the 2022 NCAA tournament. Vos scored a 4-1 record at the NCAA tournament, which included a 7-3 win in the semi-finals against Majid Corbett of Limestone. In the title bout, Vos lost on a fall at 2:25 against Jonathan Andreatta of Adams State.

Vos becomes the 11th Husky to earn All-America honors four times during his career and the first SCSU wrestler to four-peat as an All-American since James Pleski earned four awards from 2017 to 2020. This marked the second consecutive season that Vos has finished as the NCAA runner-up at 133-pounds.

In addition, SCSU’s Teacher and Joey Bianchini gained third place victories on March 12.

At 285 pounds, Teacher placed third with a 4-2 decision against Weston Hunt of Colorado Mines. To open his day on Saturday, Teacher lost a 3-1 match in sudden victory against Andrew Dunn of Kutztown in the tourney semifinals. He then battled back a 12-3 major decision victory over Joey Herrington of Nebraska Kearney, which punched his ticket to the third-place bout. Of note, Teacher was the NCAA champion at 285 pounds in 2021.

At 141 pounds, Bianchini fell in the semi-finals by a 4-3 score against Zeth Brower of Lander. In the consolation bracket, Bianchini charged back with a 12-0 major decision victory over Nick James of Nebraska Kearney before claiming third place with a 6-5 win over Tyler Warner of West Liberty. For Bianchini, this marked the second consecutive season that he has finished among the top three in the 141-pound bracket at the NCAA DII tournament.

In action at 157 pounds, Anthony Hererra capped a solid debut in the NCAA DII tournament with a fifth-place finish. Hererra opened his day with a 5-4 loss to Baltazar Gonzalez of American International. He followed that with a 3-2 loss to Ryan Wheeler of Colorado Mesa, before ending his season on a high note with a 6-1 win over Noah Tarr of Davis-Elkins in the fifth-place match.

SCSU’s other Saturday wrestler was Noah Ryan at 197-pounds. Ryan started things with a victory over Logan Kemp of West Liberty with a fall at 6:54. He then lost an 8-3 match against Nicholas Mason of Tiffin and then finished his day with a 6-4 loss in sudden victory to Gino Sita of Alderson Broaddus in the fifth-place match.

Teacher, Vos, Bianchini, Hererra, and Ryan all earned All-America status for their work at the NCAA Division II tournament in 2022. As mentioned before, Vos is a four-time All-American at SCSU. Ryan and Bianchini gained their third All-America awards at SCSU and Teacher is a two-time All-American for the Huskies. A two-time NJCAA All-American before his transfer to SCSU, Hererra earned his first All-America award with SCSU this season.

Top 10 Final Team Standings:

  1. Nebraska Kearney – 127.0
  2. Central Oklahoma – 86.0
  3. West Liberty – 75.5
  4. ST. CLOUD STATE – 67.0
  5. Adams State – 65.0
  6. Indianapolis – 48.5
  7. Minnesota State – 39.0
  8. Colorado Mesa – 31.0
  9. McKendree – 30.5
  10. Gannon – 30.0

Listed below are the complete tournament results for the Huskies:

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Champ. Round 1 – Cody Fatzinger (Western Colorado) decision over Paxton Creese (St. Cloud State): Dec 9-8
Cons. Round 1 – Paxton Creese (St. Cloud State) decision over Manuel Leija (Davenport): Dec 9-4
Cons. Round 2 – Dawson Collins (Colorado Mesa) decision over Paxton Creese (St. Cloud State): Dec 5-3

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Prelim – Garrett Vos (St. Cloud State) decision over Tanner Hitchcock (Lindenwood): Dec 4-0
Champ. Round 1 – Garrett Vos (St. Cloud State) decision over Bryce Allison (Tiffin): Dec 14-9
Quarterfinal – Garrett Vos (St. Cloud State) decision over Wesley Dawkins (Nebraska-Kearney): Dec 8-1
Semifinal – Garrett Vos (St. Cloud State) decision over Majid Corbett (Limestone): Dec 7-3
1st Place Match – Jonathan Andreatta (Adams State) fall over Garrett Vos (St. Cloud State): Fall 2:25

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Champ. Round 1 – Joey Bianchini (St. Cloud State) major decision over Joel Cawoski (Seton Hill): MD 16-4
Quarterfinal – Joey Bianchini (St. Cloud State) major decision over John Carayiannis (Belmont Abbey): MD 10-2)
Semifinal – Zeth Brower (Lander ) decision over Joey Bianchini (St. Cloud State): Dec 4-3
Cons. Semi – Joey Bianchini (St. Cloud State) major decision over Nick James (Nebraska-Kearney): MD 12-0
3rd Place Match – Joey Bianchini (St. Cloud State) decision over Tyler Warner (West Liberty): Dec 6-5)

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Champ. Round 1 – Darick Lapaglia (Central Missouri) decision over Nick Novak (St. Cloud State): Dec 2-1
Cons. Round 1 – Nick Novak (St. Cloud State) decision over Jordan Watters (West Liberty): Dec 7-0)
Cons. Round 2 – Josh Laubach (Alderson Broaddus) decision over Nick Novak (St. Cloud State): Dec 9-3

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Champ. Round 1 – Anthony Herrera (St. Cloud State) decision over Tyler Swiderski (Lake Erie): Dec 9-3
Quarterfinal – Anthony Herrera (St. Cloud State) decision over Braydon Huber (Mary): (Dec 3-2
Semifinal – Baltazar Gonzalez (American International) decision over Anthony Herrera (St. Cloud State): Dec 5-4
Cons. Semi – Ryan Wheeler (Colorado Mesa) decision over Anthony Herrera (St. Cloud State) Dec 3-2
5th Place Match – Anthony Herrera (St. Cloud State) decision over Noah Tarr (Davis & Elkins): Dec 6-1

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Champ. Round 1 – Noah Ryan (St. Cloud State) decision over Tereus Henry (Fort Hays State): Dec 4-3
Quarterfinal – Cole Huss (Northern State) won in sudden victory – 1 over Noah Ryan (St. Cloud State): SV-1 6-4
Cons. Round 2 – Noah Ryan (St. Cloud State) decision over Darius Parker (Lander ): Dec 4-2
Cons. Round 3 – Noah Ryan (St. Cloud State) fall over Logan Kemp (West Liberty): Fall 6:54
Cons. Semi – Nicholas Mason (Tiffin) decision over Noah Ryan (St. Cloud State): Dec 8-3
5th Place Match – Gino Sita (Alderson Broaddus) sudden victory – 1 over Noah Ryan (St. Cloud State): SV-1 6-4

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Champ. Round 1 – Kameron Teacher (St. Cloud State) fall over Cameron Coffman (Lander ): Fall 0:36
Quarterfinal – Kameron Teacher (St. Cloud State) decision over Ian Kuehl (McKendree): Dec 8-4
Semifinal – Andrew Dunn (Kutztown) won in sudden victory – 1 over Kameron Teacher (St. Cloud State): SV-1 3-1
Cons. Semi – Kameron Teacher (St. Cloud State) major dec. over Lee Herrington (Nebraska-Kearney): MD 12-3
3rd Place Match – Kameron Teacher (St. Cloud State) decision over Weston Hunt (Colorado Mines): Dec 4-2

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