No. 4 St. Cloud State Wrestling to Battle No. 25 Minot State in NSIC Opener

Huskies take the mat against Beavers at 7:00 p.m. CT on Friday

ST. CLOUD, Minn. – No. 4 St. Cloud State Wrestling heads north to Minot, N.D., to open its Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) dual scheduled on Friday, Dec. 1 when the Huskies face No. 25 Minot State. The dual is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. CT at the Minot State Dome.

The dual will be streamed live for free on NSIC Network, while live results will be available through TrackWrestling. Links to both coverage options will be available at the St. Cloud State Wrestling schedule page.

NOVAK WRESTLES AT NWCA ALL-STAR CLASSIC
St. Cloud State junior 157-pounder Nick Novak (New Prague, Minn.) was selected to compete in the National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) All-Star Classic presented by Cliff Keen on Nov. 21. Novak, the reigning NCAA Division-II National Champion at 157 pounds wrestled returning NCAA Division-III National Champion Nolan Hertel of UW-LaCrosse, where Hertel managed a 3-1 win in TB-2 in the exhibition match.

Novak was the first St. Cloud State wrestler to ever compete in the prestigious event, which began in 1967 and was a staple of the college season until 2017. After a four-year hiatus, the All-Star Classic made its return in 2022 in Austin, Texas due, in large part, to the support of the National Wrestling Coaches Association. This year’s meet took place at Rec Hall on the campus of Penn State.

DOMINANT START TO DUAL SCHEDULE
The Huskies opened its 2023-23 dual season with a pair of dominant wins on Nov. 16 at the Drury Duals in Springfield, Mo., winning 37-11 over (RV) Central Missouri and 46-5 over Drury. The Huskies went a combined 16-4 in the two duals with 15 bonus point victories, including eight falls, four technical falls and three major decisions.

In the first match, the Mules jumped out to an 8-0 lead with major decision wins in the opening two matches before the Huskies rattled off seven consecutive victories to seize the match. No. 12 Alyeus Craig started the run at 141 pounds with a second period fall (3:40) over Derek Torza and the Huskies were rolling from then on-out. Craig’s pin was the first of four in the match for the Huskies, as No. 4 Anthony Herrera (165), Bryce Dagel (174) and Bryce FitzPatrick (184) went back-to-back-to-back with pins in the second half of the match. Herrera provided a ranked win in his matchup, as he beat No. 8 John Ridle in the first period (2:44).

In SCSU’s second match of the day, the Huskies went 9-1 with eight victories coming way by bonus points. Alyeus Craig picked up his second fall of the day with a first period (2:04) win over Brandon Borlinghaus at 141 pounds. Nolan Throne kept it going with another first period fall over Trevor Christian (2:30) at 149 pounds. James Burks (174) and Elijah Novak (HWT) also scored six points in the match for the Huskies with falls over Ethan Smith (4:42) and Thomas Massengale (4:56), respectively.

FIRST IN PRESEASON POLL
St. Cloud State was selected to finish first in the NSIC Preseason Coaches Poll, while returning NCAA Champion junior 157-pounder Nick Novak was named the NSIC Preseason Wrestler of the Year, as selected by the league’s coaches. Novak went a perfect 27-0 while earning both Super Region V and NCAA Championships at 157 pounds. He added a 10-0 dual record to earn First Team All-NSIC honors while recording eight major decisions, three technical falls and two pins in his sophomore season.

The Huskies begin the season ranked No. 4 in the NWCA Coaches Poll, while six wrestlers were ranked in the top-12, led by Novak at No. 1 at 157 pounds. Anthony Herrera (165 pounds) and Dominic Murphy (197 pounds) checked in at No. 4 in their respective weight classes, while Colby Njos rakned at No. 7 in 149 pounds. At 133 pounds, Caleb Meekins checks in at No. 9 while Alyeus Craig ranked at No. 12 at 141 pounds.

Information regarding single dual and season tickets can be found at scsutickets.com. For all the latest on St. Cloud State Wrestling, stay tuned to SCSUHuskies.com and follow the team on X (Twitter), Instagram, and Facebook.

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