St. Cloud State Wrestling Announces 2019-20 Team Award Winners

The St. Cloud State University wrestling, which completed its season as the nation’s number one ranked NCAA DII team at 16-0, 8-0 NSIC, has announced its team award winners for the 2019-20 season.

The list was led by SCSU seniors  Kolton Eischens  (Pierz, Minn./H.S.) and  James Pleski  (Stacy, Minn./Forest Lake H.S.), who received the team’s Dean Weisman Award, which is presented annually to the team’s top wrestler.

Pleski capped a stellar collegiate career in 2019-20 as a team leader for the #1 ranked St. Cloud State wrestling team.  Pleski charted a 19-3 record during his senior campaign, which included an NCAA Division II Super 5 Regional title at 149-pounds and a fourth consecutive bid to the 2020 NCAA DII championships.  One of only 10 wrestlers in the history of SCSU’s program to earn All-America honors four times during his collegiate career, Pleski served as a team captain this season.  A four-time All-NSIC recipient, Pleski was ranked #2 in the nation this season at 149-pounds and finished his collegiate career at SCSU with an impressive 105-18 overall record.

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NDSU 10th in NWCA Top 30 All-Academic Team Standings, Four Wrestlers Scholar All-Americans

MANHEIM, Pa. — North Dakota State University was ranked No. 10 in the 2020 National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) Division I Top 30 All-Academic team standings announced Thursday, April 30, while NDSU 197-pound senior Cordell Eaton headlined a group of four Bison named to the NWCA Scholar All-American individual list.

Eaton, a redshirt senior Long Grove, Iowa, would have made his first NCAA appearance. He won the 197-pound true sixth place match to earn the AQ at the Big 12 championship. Eaton went 4-2 at the Big 12 tournament and stands at 15-12 overall. He is a two-time NWCA Scholar All-American and was named the Big 12 Conference Wrestling Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

Dylan Droegemueller, a redshirt freshman from Champlin, Minn., would have made his first trip to the NCAA tournament. He had a 3-2 record and battled through the 141 loser’s bracket to place fourth at the Big 12 championship. Droegemueller has a 15-10 record with five major decisions, three pins, and a tech fall.

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St. Cloud State to cancel summer youth wrestling camps due to COVID-19 crisis

The 2020 St. Cloud State University Huskies Summer Wrestling Camps have been canceled due to concerns over COVID-19.

“We will be resuming the SCSU wrestling summer camps in 2021 and an announcement on the dates is being determined,” SCSU head coach Steve Costanzo said. “This was a very difficult decision for us, but we strongly believe this course of action is in the best interest of our campers, their families, and our staff. The health and safety of our campers and families takes precedence over anything else.”

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Huskies’ Bianchini named NWCA Division II Rookie of the Year

St. Cloud State University redshirt freshman Joseph Bianchini (Elk Grove Village, Ill./Immaculate Conception H.S.) has been named as the National Wrestling Coaches Association Division II Rookie Wrestler of the Year for the 2019-20 season. He was joined in the NWCA honors court by Central Oklahoma’s Heath Gray, who was named the NWCA DII Wrestler of the Year.

“We are proud to honor two very deserving athletes on their outstanding achievements during the 2020 season. They were each selected from a group of highly decorated athletes and should be proud of the manner in which they represented their institutions,” said Mike Moyer, NWCA Executive Director.

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2020-21 High School Wrestling Rules Changes address weigh-in procedures, hair-length restrictions

INDIANAPOLIS, IN — As the result of a concerted effort to accommodate the growing number of female wrestlers, the 2020-21 high school wrestling rules changes are headlined by significant adjustments to weigh-in protocol and appropriate hair-length requirements.

The National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Wrestling Rules Committee met April 5-6 and recommended 11 rules changes to take effect next school year. In accordance with current health safety guidelines, the rules meeting was held in an online format. All rules revisions recommended by the Wrestling Rules Committee were approved by the NFHS Board of Directors.

“These rule changes are some of the most prolific modifications in the history of high school wrestling,” said Elliot Hopkins, NFHS director of sports and student services and liaison to the Wrestling Rules Committee. “The rules committee made necessary, drastic changes to attract more young people to our sport without sacrificing the health and safety of the participants.”

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