No. 5 St. Cloud State Wrestling Closes Regular Season with No. 14 Augustana and No. 13 UMary

Huskies can clinch 12th NSIC title in 13 seasons with wins in both duals

ST. CLOUD, Minn. – No. 5 St. Cloud State Wrestling (12-1, 7-0 NSIC) will finish its regular season this weekend with a pair of Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference duals (NSIC) this weekend. First, the Huskies will travel south to Sioux Falls, S.D., to face No. 14 Augustana (13-5, 7-1 NSIC) on Friday, Feb. 16, before returning home for its regular-season finale against No. 13 UMary (10-4, 5-2 NSIC) on Sunday, Feb. 18.

Friday’s dual is scheduled to start at 7:00 p.m. CT while Sunday’s dual will begin at 2:00 p.m. CT at Halenbeck Hall.

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

SENIOR DAY
Sunday’s dual will serve as the Huskies Senior Day as the Huskies plan to recognize ten student-athletes ahead of the dual. Come to Halenbeck early to support these Huskies on their final home dual!

  • Ashton Clark
  • Kaleb Haase
  • Jared Head
  • Anthony Herrera
  • Kaleb Horn
  • Phillip Kue
  • Blake Legred
  • Colby Njos
  • Shaeden Scheidt
  • Daniel Valeria

HUSKIES SEEK CONFERENCE TITLE
With two dual wins this weekend, the Huskies will clinch its 12th NSIC regular season championship in the last 13 seasons and 17th overall conference title. It would also mark the 12th undefeated conference record for the Huskies under head coach Steve Costanzo. The Huskies have won 103 of its last 104 conference duals dating back to Jan. 30, 2011, with its only loss coming last season to UW-Parkside, a 20-19 loss by criteria on Jan. 12, 2023.

HUSKIES GRAB CONTROL OF NSIC WITH DISMANTLING OF UW-PARKSIDE
St. Cloud State completely dominated No. 4 Parkside and moved into first place in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) standings with a 27-6 win on Feb. 10 in Kenosha, Wis. The Huskies won eight of 10 matches in the dual, including two of three bouts in ranked vs. ranked matches. Redshirt senior 133-pounder Caleb Meekins (Livonia, Mich.) and redshirt sophomore 141-pounder Alyeus Craig (Wichita, Kan.) provided the momentum SCSU needed to grab control of the dual with back-to-back upsets right before intermission.

With the win, SCSU now sits in sole possession of first place in the NSIC standings at 7-0, ahead of Parkside (7-1) and Augustana (6-1). The Huskies now have two regular season duals remaining as the hunt for their 12th NSIC regular season championship under head coach Steve Costanzo and 17th overall regular season conference title. SCSU is now 10-2-1 all-time against Parkside, avenging its 20-19 loss by criteria on Jan. 12, 2023, which snapped SCSU’s 53-match home win streak and 88-match NSIC win streak.

NOVAK NAMED NSIC WRESTLER OF THE WEEK
St. Cloud State junior 157-pounder Nick Novak (New Prague, Minn.) was named Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) Wrestler of the Week, as announced on Jan. 29. Novak earned a pair of wins in dual competition last week to extend his perfect junior season, helping SCSU beat two ranked opponents and improve to 6-0 on the season in NSIC competition.

Novak opened the week with a 5-2 win over No. 4-ranked Devin Bahr of Northern State, leading the way for a 25-13 win over the 18th-ranked Wolves. The Husky junior then finished his week with a 16-1 technical fall (4:46) over Sean Howk in a 44-3 win over the No. 25-ranked Mustangs. The wins were SCSU’s 17th consecutive dual win against both squads, extending a win streak that dates back to head coach Steve Costanzo’s first season in St. Cloud.

With the two victories, Novak improved to 15-0 on the season with bonus point victories in nine bouts (73.5 percent). The returning NCAA Champion at 157 pounds has one fall, one major decision, and a team-leading seven technical falls on the season.

HUSKIES ROLL THROUGH RANKED OPPONENTS
St. Cloud State remained perfect in conference duals with its fourth and fifth consecutive dual wins, beating No. 18 Northern State, 23-15, on Jan. 25 and a dismantling of No. 25 Southwest Minnesota State, 44-3. Northern State pulled within three points of the Huskies following a win in the dual’s eighth match, but redshirt junior 184-pounder Bryce FitzPatrick (Mahtomedi, Minn.) stopped any momentum the Wolves had with a first-period pin to seal the victory for SCSU. Against SMSU, the Huskies won nine of 10 matches and earned bonus points in eight victories to move to 6-0 in NSIC duals.

The wins were the 17th consecutive victories for the Huskies against both programs dating back to the 2006-07 season, head coach Steve Costanzo’s first season at the helm of St. Cloud State.

NWCA RANKINGS
The National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) released its fourth Division-II Men’s Coaches Poll on Jan. 22, with the Huskies checking in at No. 5 with 52 points. Central Oklahoma now holds the No. 1 spot all alone with 93 points, while Lander checks in at No. 2 with 71 points. Rounding out the top five is West Liberty at No. 3 (55 points), UW-Parkside (54 points), and SCSU (52 points). 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. 4 – Dominic Murphy (197 pounds)
No. 7 – Conor Knopick (125 pounds)
No. 8 – Colby Njos (149 pounds)
No. 10 – Anthony Herrera (165 pounds)
No. 10 – Bryce FitzPatrick (184 pounds)
No. 12 – Alyeus Craig (141 pounds)

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