Huskies Return to NSIC Action Against Sioux Falls

ST. CLOUD, Minn. – No. 6 St. Cloud State Wrestling returns to NSIC action this weekend when the Huskies head to Sioux Falls, S.D., to face Sioux Falls on Saturday, Jan. 13. The match is scheduled to start at 2:00 p.m. CT.

The dual will be streamed for free on the NSIC Network, with live results available through TrackWrestling.

PROBABLES VS. SIOUX FALLS
125: Archer Heelan or Conor Knopick (SCSU) vs. Paul Garcia (USF)
133: Sam Spencer or Caleb Mekkins (SCSU) vs. Beau Klingensmith (USF)
141: No. 12 Alyeus Craig (SCSU) vs. Beau Beavers (USF)
149: Nolan Throne or No. 8 Colby Njos (SCSU) vs. Cooper Sanders (USF)
157: No. 1 Nick Novak or Blake Legred (SCSU) vs. Jagger Tyler (USF)
165: No. 7 Anthony Herrera or Ethan Hendrickson (SCSU) vs. Lincoln Fink (USF)
174: Bryce Dagel or Jude Link (SCSU) vs. Ashtin Johnson (USF)
184: No. 11 Bryce FitzPatrick or Tyson Meyer (SCSU) vs. Daevon Vereen (USF)
197: No. 3 Dominic Murphy (SCSU) vs. Isaiah Laguna (USF)
HWT: Elijah Novak or Donnie Hidden (SCSU) vs. Rocky Wiedman (USF)

HUSKIES FINISH THIRD AT NWCA NATIONAL DUALS
In its last time out, St. Cloud State went 3-1 at the 2024 National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) Division-II National Duals in Cedar Falls to finish in third place. The Huskies defeated (RV) Newberry (28-9) and No. 15 Mary (26-9) before falling to No. 1 Central Oklahoma (24-10) in the semifinal match. In the third-place bout, SCSU rebounded to beat No. 3 Lander, 24-16.

With the third-place finish, the Huskies have now finished in the top three at the NWCA National Duals for the 13th consecutive tournament dating back to 2011 (no tournament in 2021 due to the pandemic). Since 2011, the Huskies have finished first seven times (2012, 2013, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2023), second twice (2016, 2022) and third now four times (2011, 2014, 2015, 2024).

NWCA RANKINGS
The National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) released its third Division-II Men’s Coaches Poll on Dec. 22, with the Huskies checking in at No. 6 with 49 points. Central Oklahoma and West Liberty shared the No. 1 spot with 69 points each, while Lander checked in at No. 3 (59 points), with UW-Parkside (51 points) and Lake Erie (50 points) at No. 4 and 5, respectively. 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 – Dominic Murphy (197 pounds)
No. 7 – Anthony Herrera (165 pounds)
No. 8 – Colby Njos (149 pounds)
No. 11 – Bryce FitzPatrick (184 pounds)
No. 12 – Alyeus Craig (141 pounds)

SCSU COOLS DOWN THE DRAGONS
St. Cloud State Wrestling (4-0, 2-0 NSIC) dominated Minnesota State Moorhead (1-1, 0-1), 48-0 in its home-opening dual of the 2023-24 season on Dec. 9 at Halenbeck Hall. The Huskies swept all 10 matches and earned bonus points in nine victories, including one by fall and seven by technical fall. The 48-0 win was the largest margin of victory for the Huskies over the Dragons and the most points scored in a dual since the Huskies beat Southwest Minnesota State by the same score on Feb. 16, 2023.

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.

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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