Ponce Trained – In Wrestling and In Life

Before high school, Orlando Ponce wasn’t going down the best path. When introduced to wrestling, his path started going in a positive direction. After high school, when he thought wrestling was out of his life, Ponce began to go down some troubling roads again. Wrestling would get re-introduced into his life, and he has never looked back.

“My high school coach and the people who influenced me through wrestling,” Ponce said, “if not for them, I would be in a much different situation.”

Now, Ponce has devoted his life to influencing kids through his faith and through wrestling.

Ponce didn’t grow up in a wrestling hotbed.

“I was born in Nicaragua and was raised in South Florida. It was not a big wrestling community. I got a later start in wrestling. My brother started wrestling but dropped out of high school. He encouraged one of my other brothers to wrestle. This brother was a state champion and went on to wrestle for Lock Haven in Pennsylvania. I was a ninth-grader when he was a senior. My brother encouraged me to wrestle.”

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St. Cloud State wrestling golf outing canceled for 2020

The 2020 Huskies Wrestling 15th Annual Golf Classic tournament fundraiser, which was scheduled for Friday, August 28, has been canceled due to concerns over COVID-19.

An announcement on a future date is being determined. This was a very difficult decision for us, but we strongly believe this course of action is in the best interest of our friends, families, and our staff. The health and safety of our friends and families take precedence over anything else.

Until next time, please stay safe and healthy as we look forward to future Huskies Wrestling events!

Please reach out to us at sscostanzo@stcloudstate.edu for any questions and/or concerns.

College Recruiting: Fuenffinger transferring from Rochester CTC to Minnesota State

Francis Fuenffinger is transferring from Rochester Community and Technical College to Minnesota State University Mankato next season. He was a three-time state qualifier for Hibbing, graduating in 2019.

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St. Cloud State 2020-21 recruit class ranked #1 in the nation

St. Cloud State University head coach Steve Costanzo has announced the addition of nine student-wrestlers for the 2020-21 class, which includes Jared Head (Washington, Ill.), Cade Linn (Elysburg, Penn.), Corbin Okeson (Minot, N.D.), Gavin Osterhaus (Burnsville, Minn.), Jimmy Pierandozzi (Plainfield, Ill.), Tommy Russell (Brookfield, Ill.), Samuel Spencer (Huntley, Ill), Nolan Throne (Milan, Ill) and Holton Truax (Bertha, Minn.).

This past November, the Huskies had previously announced the additions of: Owen Bjerga (Staples, Minn.), Paxton Creese (Shakopee, Minn.), Bryce Fitzpatrick (Mahtomedi, Minn.), Caleb Haase (Morton, Minn.), Cody Minor (Green Bay, Wisc.), Shaeden Scheidt (Canton, S.D.), Blake Thomsen (Underwood, Iowa), and Daniel Valeria (Crystal Lake, Ill.).

SCSU was recently recognized by the The Open Mat has having the top rated recruit class among NCAA Division II programs for the upcoming 2020-21 season. The Huskies finished ahead of #2 West Liberty, #3 Central Oklahoma, #4 Fort Hays State and #5 Indianapolis in the poll. No other NSIC schools were ranked among the TOM’s top 10 poll this season. Complete TOM Recruit Poll Story

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Former SCSU wrestler makes unique challenge for this year’s Alumni Challenge

A unique challenge was brought forward by St. Cloud State University alumnus Dennis Moske in support of the ongoing SCSU Athletics Alumni Challenge and the effort to help the remodeling of the Halenbeck Strength and Conditioning Center.

Moske, currently the owner of a tree trimming company named Moske Tree Service, challenged alumni and fans of the Huskies wrestling program who are Minnesota residents to meet his $1,000 donation. If they did so, he would come out and trim one of their trees free of charge.

Moske also noted that for every $1,000 given to support the Huskies Alumni Challenge, he would increase the number of trees he would trim in his free service. When asked why he wanted to do this, Moske said that the wrestling program changed his life in so many ways and this is one way to help encourage others to give to the project and support the wrestling program. Continue reading at scsuhuskies.com