Greg Schwartz Memorial Wrestling Camp Awards

The 28th Annual Greg Schwartz Memorial Wrestling Camp at Morris, Minn. wrapped up on June 20th. This year’s camp attracted 72 wrestlers from Border West, MAHACA, Minnewaska, Benson, Rocori, Osakis, Paynesville, Sisseton, Ortonville, and Granite Falls. Camp clinicians included Hunter Burnett, Keaten Schorr, Roger Kish, Cam Sykora, Bruce Moe, and Kris Nelson.

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St. Cloud State honors its 2018-19 team award winners

The national champion St. Cloud State University wrestling team honored its 2018-19 team award winners at the Huskies’ annual awards banquet on Friday, April 19 in St. Cloud, Minn.

The award list was led by senior 197-pounder Vince Dietz, who received the team’s Dean Weisman Wrestler of the Year Award for 2018-19. Dietz was the runner-up at 197-pounds at the 2019 NCAA DII championships and also gained first place at the NCAA DII Regional meet this season. He had a 31-1 record, which included 11 falls.

Former SCSU All-American Tad Merritt ’12 and NCAA champion John Sundgren ’11 were both inducted into the SCSU Wrestling Hall of Fame this year, while Josh Joriman ’13 earned the Huskies’ Alumni Achievement Award.

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2019 MWCA All-State Academic Wrestling Team Named

The 2019 edition of the MWCA All-State Academic Wrestling Team is a group of great wrestlers that consists of 22 seniors and six juniors. “The MWCA gives this award to the state’s best wrestlers who also excel in the classroom. These young wrestlers are not only dedicated on the mat but also exemplify what it means to be a student-athlete. Coaches should be striving to develop young adults like the wrestlers recognized for the award,” commented Joe Puncochar, MWCA All-State Academic Chairperson.

On this year’s team, four student-athletes carry a perfect 4.0 GPA: Ben Lunn of Shakopee, Sebas Swiggum of Apple Valley, Kellen Schauer of Grand Rapids, and Garson Schorr of Kasson-Mantorville. Overall, this year’s squad carried a 3.59 combined GPA. These student-athletes are not only getting it done on the mat, but they are also getting it done in the classroom! The 28 selected to be recognized were among 134 applicants statewide. The dedicated coaches of the MWCA has increased the number of nominations over each of the past three seasons.

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SCSU wrestling presents team awards on April 20

The St. Cloud State University wrestling team saluted its student-athletes at the Huskies annual team awards banquet on Friday, April 20. The event was held at the Holiday Inn and Suites in St. Cloud, Minn.

Former SCSU wrestling standout and All-American Dave Frisch was named as the newest member of the SCSU Wrestling Jack Gause Hall of Fame. He was a member of the wrestling team at SCSU from 1974-76. He gained All-America status in 1976 and has worked as a college wrestling referee for over 30 years. In 2003, Frisch was named the USA Wrestling Magazine Official of the Year.

Jeff Mergen was also named this year’s Alumni Achievement Award winner. A member of the SCSU wrestling team from 1966-71, Mergen went on to serve as the head wrestling coach at Cold Spring ROCORI High School from 1981 to 1999. In 1999, Mergen was named the MSHSL 2A Coach of the Year and he also served for 21 years with the U.S. Army Reserves.

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