St. Cloud State’s Velasquez receives NCAA postgraduate scholarship

St. Cloud State University’s Brett Velasquez, who finished his collegiate wrestling career in 2018-19, was recently awarded a prestigious NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship. He was one of just 21 NCAA men student-athletes to receive the award for winter sports in 2019.

The NCAA awards up to 126 postgraduate scholarships annually. The scholarships are awarded to student-athletes who excel academically and athletically and who are at least in their final year of intercollegiate athletics competition.

The one-time non-renewable scholarships of $10,000 are awarded three times a year corresponding to each sport season (fall, winter and spring). Each sports season there are 21 scholarships available for men and 21 scholarships available for women for use in an accredited graduate program.

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St. Cloud State’s Eischens and Velasquez named to Academic All-District Team

St. Cloud State University wrestlers junior Kolton Eischens (Pierz, Minn./Healy H.S.) and senior Brett Velasquez (Bennington, Neb./H.S.) have both been named to the 2018-19 Google Cloud NCAA Division II Men’s Academic All-District 7 At-Large First Team. Eischens and Velasquez are the only two student-athletes from the always rugged Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference to receive recognition on this year’s 2018-19 Google Cloud NCAA Division II Men’s Academic All-District 7 At-Large Team.

The 2018-19 Google Cloud Academic All-District® Men’s At-Large Team, selected by CoSIDA, recognizes the nation’s top student-athletes for their combined performances in the athletic realm and in the classroom. The Google Cloud Academic All-America® program separately recognizes outstanding student-athletes in four divisions — NCAA Division I, NCAA Division II, NCAA Division III and NAIA. First-team Academic All-District® honorees advance to the Google Cloud Academic All-America® ballot. First-, second- and third team (if applicable) Academic All-America® honorees will be announced in June.

The At-Large Team includes student-athletes in the sports of wrestling, swimming and diving, tennis, golf, ice hockey, rifle, skiing, fencing, lacrosse, volleyball, gymnastics and water polo.

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The Guillotine 2019 Academic All-State Wrestlers

The 2019 edition of The Guillotine Academic All-State honorees features 30 first-team members, 30 second-team members, 31 third-team members, and 42 honorable mention wrestlers.

One hundred thirty-five total wrestlers, representing 70 teams, were submitted this season. Points were tallied based on current varsity wins, current state tournament placement, and cumulative high school GPA. Each of the first team wrestlers receives two certificates and a letter of recognition.

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Bison’s Eaton Named to 2019 NWCA Scholar All-American List

MANHEIM, Pa. – North Dakota State University 197-pounder Cordell Eaton was named to the 2019 National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) Division I Scholar All-American list released Thursday. Eaton is one of 142 wrestlers nationally to receive the award.

Eaton, a redshirt junior from Long Grove, Iowa, maintains a 3.786 GPA majoring in agricultural and biosystems engineering. He is a three-time selection to the Academic All-Big 12 Wrestling first team.

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NWCA Announces Division 1 Scholar All-American Awards

Manheim, PA – The National Wrestling Coaches Association on Thursday released their Division I Scholar All-American Award winners which had the Drexel Dragons in the top spot with a 3.6263 GPA after finishing in 8th a season ago. The Individual awards were lead by The Ohio State University who had seven wrestler’s garner All-American status.

The individual awards included 39 athletes who brought home NCAA All-American honors from Pittsburgh with eleven finalists. Highlighting the team were five NCAA Champions including a trio of Nittany Lions; Anthony Cassar, Bo Nickal, and Jason Nolf, as well as Anthony Ashnault (Rutgers) and Spencer Lee (Iowa). Nickal, Nolf, and Ashnault were also Hodge Trophy Finalists with Nickal winning the award. In total 142 wrestlers received 2019 honors.

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St. Cloud State ranks among nation’s top DII academic teams

The St. Cloud State University wrestling team, which won its fourth NCAA Division II national championship in 2019, also ranked among the nation’s top academic teams with a 12th place standing in this year’s National Wrestling Coaches Association Division II All-Academic team rankings. The Huskies earned their elite status by posting a 3.1868 team grade point average in 2018-19.

The NWCA also honors individual athletes as Division II Scholar All-Americans. Those ranked individually included 212 student-athletes from 41 institutions. This group included 11 Scholar All-Americans from St. Cloud State University. The Huskies’ award winners were led by senior Brett Velasquez, who earned Scholar All-America honors for the fourth time in his career. The 2016 NCAA DII champion at 125-pounds, Velasquez earned All-America status for the Huskies four times during his sterling career.

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