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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Gopher Wrestling Holds Annual Banquet

The Minnesota wrestling team’s season came to a ceremonial close on Sunday evening in Roseville at the annual team banquet. Boosters, fans, coaches and student-athletes gathered for dinner and a program that featured season highlights, individual team awards, recognition of letterwinners and speeches from ten departing seniors.

Following a highlight video to kick off the event, the Gopher coaching staff handed out a collection of awards to Gophers wrestlers that honored a variety of accomplishments ranging from academic, to attitude, to athletic achievement. A full list of the award winners appears below.

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SCSU’s John Peterson named National Wrestling Media Association Broadcaster of the Year

The National Wrestling Media Association has announced its annual award winners for the 2017-18 season, and the list includes KVSC’s John Peterson, who was named the NWMA’s Broadcaster of the Year.

For the past six years, the radio and internet voice of St. Cloud State Husky wrestling has been Peterson. A Minnesota native, Peterson has provided the soundtrack for three of St. Cloud State’s NCAA Division II Championships as well as regular-season duals both on KVSC 88.1 FM and the station’s online streaming outlet. Peterson has also been the voice for Division II Championship broadcasts.

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National Wrestling Media Association announces annual wrestling journalism awards

New Brighton, Minnesota — The National Wrestling Media Association has announced its annual award winners for the 2017-18 season.

The NWMA is the national professional organization for journalists who cover the sport of amateur wrestling. This includes reporters, editors, publishers, webmasters, photographers, broadcasters, athletic communications professionals and other media professionals who share an interest and involvement in the sport. The organization was founded in 1989. Awards will be presented to those in attendance at the 2018 Men’s Freestyle World Cup April 7 in Iowa City.

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2018 MWCA All-State Academic Wrestling Team Named

The 2018 edition of the MWCA All-State Academic Wrestling Team is a Senior-dominated group that truly represents what is great about the youth of our sport. “The focus of this award is to reward some of our state’s most dedicated wrestlers for their work in the classroom; student-athletes that have shown prowess on the mat, and also in the classroom are what coaches should be looking for in their development of young adults. These wrestlers certainly represent that ideal very well!” commented Joe Puncochar, MWCA All-State Academic Chairperson.

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