No. 5 Huskies Host MSU Moorhead in Dual Home Opener

ST. CLOUD, Minn. – No. 5 St. Cloud State Wrestling returns home to the Granite City to host Minnesota State Moorhead on Saturday, Dec. 9. The dual is scheduled to begin at 2:00 p.m. CT from Halenbeck Hall.

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.

Saturday’s dual will serve as Youth Day, as the Huskies welcome all young wrestling fans to come out to Halenbeck Hall to catch the action. Fans age 13 and under will receive free admission to the dual to cheer on the Huskies.

Watch MSU Moorhead at St. Cloud State

NEW NWCA RANKINGS
The National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) release its second Division-II Men’s Coaches Poll on Monday, Dec. 4, with the Huskies checking in at No. 5. Lander stayed atop the poll with 81 total points behind a poll-high seven ranked wrestlers. West Liberty stayed in the #2 spot with 71 points, with Indianapolis (65 points), Central Oklahoma (59 points), St. Cloud State (52 points) and UMary (52 points) rounding out the Top 5. Below is a look at the Huskies including in the individual rankings (top-12 for each weight class).

No. 1 – Nick Novak (157 pounds)
No. 3 – Anthony Herrera (165 pounds)
No. 3 – Dominic Murphy (197 pounds)
No. 11 – Alyeus Craig (141 pounds)
No. 11 – Colby Njos (149 pounds)
No. 11 – Bryce FitzPatrick (184 pounds)

HUSKIES DISMANTLE MINOT STATE TO OPEN NSIC COMPETITION
Four bonus victories including a fall by Bryce FitzPatrick lifted St. Cloud State its first NSIC victory of the season as they topped host Minot State 29-9 at the MSU Dome on Dec. 1. In addition to FitzPatrick’s fall at 184 pounds, No. 12 Alyeus Craig and top-ranked Nick Novak earned technical falls, while fourth-ranked Dominic Murphy picked up a major decision at 197 pounds to pace coach Steve Costanzo’s squad.

In the second bout of the dual, FitzPatrick earned a first period fall over Minot State’s Cayden White at the 2:14 mark of the period. White came out strong against FitzPatrick, scoring two first period takedowns for a 6-1 lead before FitzPatrick quickly reversed the second takedown to get White to his back for a pin and six-point victory.

Next up on the mat was Murphy with his major decision, using two third-period takedowns to cruise to a 13-1 victory over Cannon Potts and improve to 5-0 on the young season. At 141 pounds, Craig turned up the offense in the second and third period and finished off Ethan Wonser in a seven-minute technical fall. The Kansas native is now 5-0 on the season with three falls and two technical falls.

Returning national champion Nick Novak was steady and calculated in his 15-0 technical fall victory over Kelby Armstrong at 157 pounds. Novak scored takedowns in each period and like Craig, earned the technical fall with a riding time point after the match went the full seven minutes.

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.

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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