Eight Huskies Receive Academic All-District Recognition

Wrestlers Herrera and Novak recognized

GREENWOOD, Ind. – Eight St. Cloud State student-athletes have been named to the 2023-24 Academic All-District® At-Large teams, selected by College Sports Communicators (CSC), including four from women’s hockey, two from men’s hockey and two from wrestling.

The Academic All-District® At-Large teams, selected by College Sports Communicators, recognize the nation’s top student-athletes for their combined performances in competition and in the classroom. The CSC Academic All-America® program separately recognizes honorees in four divisions — NCAA Division I, NCAA Division II, NCAA Division III and NAIA.

To be eligible for the CSC Academic All-District® At-Large teams, a student-athlete must have a 3.50 cumulative GPA or higher in both undergraduate and graduate studies (if applicable), be in at least their second year of competition at the collegiate level and meet athletic participation criteria that is unique to their sport. For men’s and women’s hockey, nominees must have competed in 90% of the team’s total games played or have started 66% of the team’s total games. For wrestling, nominees must have been in the lineup for a minimum of 70% of matches which were team-scoring events.

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Six Johnnies Earn CSC At-Large Academic All-District Honors

Wrestler Ben Gilbertson among honorees

COLLEGEVILLE, Minn. – Six Saint John’s student-athletes were named to the College Sports Communicators (CSC) Academic All-District at-large team on Tuesday, June 25.

The six Johnnies honored were junior hockey forward Matt DeRosa (Alpharetta, Ga.), junior hockey defenseman Danny Eckerline (Orono, Minn.), senior wrestler Ben Gilbertson (Sauk Rapids, Minn./Sauk Rapids-Rice), senior golfer Nate Loxtercamp (Richmond, Minn./Melrose Area), senior hockey defenseman Jack Olsen (Lakeville, Minn.) and junior hockey forward Jackson Sabo (Rosemount, Minn.).

Each institution may nominate up to six student-athletes for Academic All-District recognition in the at-large category, which includes men’s fencing, golf, gymnastics, ice hockey, lacrosse, rifle, skiing, volleyball, water polo and wrestling.

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Dragon’s Mogen Honored on CSC Academic All-District At-Large Team

AUSTIN, Texas — Four student-athletes from MSUM have landed on the College Sports Communicators (CSC) Academic All-District Team as part of the organization’s at-large program. Wrestler Gunnar Mogen was among the Dragons honored.

Mogen, a junior from Velva, N.D., has accrued a 3.94 GPA as a biology (health and medical sciences) major at MSUM. It is the first CSC Academic All-District honor for Mogen.

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Gophers Hand Out Awards at Team Banquet

MINNEAPOLIS — The Minnesota wrestling team honored its 2023-24 squad at its recent awards banquet.

Senior Isaiah Salazar took home four awards to lead the team, including being named the J Robinson Outstanding Wrestler. It’s the first time in team history that the honor has been named after the former Gophers coach who led the program to three national titles and six Big Ten championships. Salazar was also named winner of the Verne Gagne Leadership Award.

Salazar is coming off a senior season that saw him win the Big Ten title at 184 pounds and become an All-American for the first time in his career with a sixth-place finish at the NCAA Championships. Salazar is the first Gopher at 184 to be an All-American since 2014. He’s just the fifth Gopher ever to win a conference title at the weight and the first to do so since 2012.

A Greeley, Colo., native, Salazar ended the year with a 24-4 record, including a streak of 18 straight wins from early December to the semifinals at NCAAs. During the streak, Salazar outscored opponents 155-23 and held opponents to three points or fewer in all but one match. In fact, he gave up two points or fewer in 14 of the 18 matches.

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NDSU Finalizes Staff With Addition of Malcom

FARGO, N.D. – North Dakota State head wrestling coach Obenson Blanc announced the hiring of Matt Malcom to finalize the NDSU wrestling coaching staff on Tuesday, June 18.

Malcom joins the Bison after serving as the head coach and a teacher at Bellevue East High School for two years after wrapping up a decorated collegiate career as a two-time national champion and a five-time All-American at Nebraska-Kearney.

“Matt fits well into our coaching staff as he brings a wealth of experience and success as a multiple-time NCAA champion into our wrestling room,” said Blanc. “He compliments our staff well as a middleweight coach, where we have a lot of talented student-athletes on the roster and in our recruiting classes.”

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