St. Cloud State honors team award winners for 2016-17

The St. Cloud State University wrestling team completed its 2016-17 season with its annual team awards banquet on April 21. The event was held at the St. Cloud Holiday Inn and Suites and it recognized another season of outstanding accomplishments and success for the Huskies.

One of the nation’s elite NCAA Division II programs over the past decade, St. Cloud State charted a second place finish at the 2017 NCAA Division II championships. The Huskies were 17-1 overall and won their sixth consecutive NSIC championship in 2016-17 with a perfect 8-0 record. SCSU won the 2017 NWCA Division II National Duals and later captured the top spot at the 2017 NCAA Division II Super 3 Region tournament under the leadership of Coach Steve Costanzo.

The award banquet was highlighted by the induction of former SCSU wrestling standout Nate Toedter (class of 1989) into the Huskies’ Jack Gause Wrestling Hall of Fame, and Dennis Moske (class of 1977) was honored with an SCSU Alumni Achievement Award. Continue reading at

National Wrestling Hall of Fame, Minnesota Chapter Inducts 8

On Saturday, April 22nd the NWHOF Minnesota Chapter held their 15th annual ceremony and inducted eight distinguished members who have contributed significantly to Minnesota Wrestling. The Awards Ceremony was held at the Holiday Inn Austin, Minn., with over 250 in attendance.

Inducted in 2017 were Outstanding American Dr. Perry Malcolm, Medal of Courage Winner Jerry Byers, and Lifetime Service Honorees Steve Bechtold, Jerry Cleveland, Bill Demaray, Jack Eustice, Eugene Hildebrandt, and Gary Smith. Continue reading

Toops steps down as Moorhead wrestling coach to coach Pierz

MOORHEAD—Skip Toops announced he will be leaving as Moorhead wrestling coach to be a physical education teacher and head wrestling coach at Pierz.

When Toops took over Moorhead wrestling six seasons ago the Spuds had not won a section title since 1981. Toops led the Spuds to three straight Class 3A, Section 8 titles, three fifth-place finishes at state and coached two individual state champions in Chase Morlock and Sam Grove.

He coached in four individual state title matches, as Morlock and Grove both made it to the state championship mat twice. Continue reading at