No. 5 St. Cloud State Gears up for NCAA Super Region V Tournament

Huskies look for eighth consecutive NCAA Regional Championship

St. Cloud, Minn.- No. 4 St. Cloud State Wrestling begins the 2024 postseason with the NCAA Super Region V Tournament on Saturday, March 2, at the Minot State University Dome in Minot, North Dakota. Session 1 is scheduled to begin at 10:00 A.M. CT.

The top 3 placers at each weight will advance to the 2024 NCAA Championships in Wichita, Kansas. SCSU has advanced at least six wrestlers to the National Tournament in 16 of head coach Steve Costanzo’s 17 years at the helm. The Huskies have won seven straight Super Region V Championships and ten total under Costanzo’s watch, placing top-two in 15 of the past 16 tournaments.

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Redshirt sophomore Connor Knopick will be making his Super Region debut for the Huskies on Saturday. Knopick is ranked No. 7 in the 125-pound class and has an 11-3 record for St. Cloud State this year. Six of those wins have been bonus wins for Knopick, with three major decisions, one technical fall, and two pins.

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Redshirt senior Caleb Meekins returns to the Super Region with hopes of winning a second consecutive title. Last season, Meekins earned a fall victory over Teegan Block in the opening round and then accumulated a 6-2 decision victory over James Davis to advance to the Super Region Finals. Meekins was awarded the championship by injury default against Reece Barnhardt. The senior has produced a record of 13-6 for SCSU this year with nine bonus point victories (one major decision, four technical falls, and four pins).

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Redshirt sophomore Alyeus Craig will return to the Super Region after placing fourth a year ago. Craig lost his opening matchup by a decision but battled his way back to make the third-place game. The sophomore has a record of 13-4 this season with 11 bonus point wins. Craig has accumulated five major decision victories, two technical falls, and four pins.

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Redshirt junior Colby Njos will make his Super Region debut for the Huskies. Njos is ranked No. 9 in the 149 class and has a record of 12-2 this season. Six of those victories have been bonus point wins for Njos, who earned one major decision, two technical falls, and three pins.

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Junior Nick Novak will look to defend his Super Region Championship from a year ago. Novak captured three bonus point victories on his way to the championship round, where he defeated Devin Bahr 4-1 in the final. Novak is the No. 1 wrestler in the 157-pound class and has a perfect 18-0 record for the Huskies this season. Novak has accumulated ten bonus point wins with one major decision, eight technical falls, and one pin.

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Graduate student Anthony Herrera will return to the Super Region after finishing second a year ago. Herrera earned two decision victories on his way to the final where he was defeated by Shane Gantz. Herrera is the No. 12 wrestler in the 165-pound class with a 13-3 record for SCSU this season. The graduate student has accumulated eight bonus point victories with three major decisions, three technical falls, and two pins.

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Freshman Cole Glazier will make his Super Region debut for the Huskies in his inaugural season. Glazier is the No. 7 wrestler in the 174-pound class with a record of 23-1 this season. The freshman has captured 18 bonus point victories with six major decisions, six technical falls, and six pins.

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Redshirt junior Bryce Fitzpatrick will return to the Super Region after finishing in fifth place last season. Fitzpatrick earned two-fall victories, one in the fifth-place match and a decision victory a season ago. This year, Fitzpatrick is the No. 8 wrestler in the 184-pound class with a record of 11-2 and has captured nine bonus point victories. The junior has accumulated three technical falls and six pins.

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Redshirt senior Dominic Murphy will look to defend his Super Region Championship from a year ago. Murphy earned three decision victories to win last year’s Super Region Championship. This season, Murphy is the No. 4 wrestler in the 197-pound class with a record of 14-3. Seven of those victories have been bonus point wins as Murphy has accumulated four major decisions and three technical falls.

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Sophomore Elijah Novak will represent the Huskies in the heavyweight class and return to the Super Region after he finished sixth last season. Novak has a record of 9-6 this season with three bonus point wins, all coming from pins.

LAST TIME OUT
Last Sunday, the Huskies closed out their regular season at Halenbeck Hall with a dual match against No. 13 UMary. SCSU fell into a quick 10-0 hole after dropping the first three matches, but 141-pounder Alyeus Craig put the Huskies on the board with a 12-0 major decision victory over Kaden DeCoteau. That proved to be the turning point for St. Cloud State as they would win the next five matches as redshirt junior 149-pounder Colby Njos, junior 157-pounder Nick Novak, graduate 165-pounder Anthony Herrera, and freshman 174-pounder Cole Glazier, all came away victorious. Njos, Herrera, and Glazier would all win by major decision, while Novak and Glazier recorded wins over ranked opponents. Novak defeated No. 11 Braydon Huber 7-0, while Glazier beat No. 8 Max Bruss 13-4. Redshirt senior 197-pounder Dominic Murphy put the finishing touches on the match as he defeated No. 6 ranked Matt Kaylor 13-3 and ultimately clinched the NSIC Regular Season Championship for the Huskies as they defeated UMary 23-13. St. Cloud State has won 12 of the last 13 NSIC Championships and finished the season with a 14-1 record and a perfect 9-0 in conference dual matches.

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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