Huskies picked to win NSIC, Fitzpatrick dubbed Preseason Wrestler of the Year

BURNSVILLE, MINN. – The St. Cloud State University wrestling team is pretty used to coming out on top. Tuesday’s Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) Preseason Poll was no exception. The Huskies were once again picked to finish atop the conference standings, while senior Devin FitzPatrick (Mahtomedi, Minn. / Mahtomedi) was selected as the NSIC’s Preseason Wrestler of the Year, the conference announced Tuesday morning.

St. Cloud State was the unanimous selection to win the conference, as the team earned all nine first place votes (coaches cannot vote for their own team) to finish atop the poll with 81. Upper Iowa received the other lone vote for first place, as the Peacocks finished behind the Huskies in the rankings with 68 points, and Augustana was voted third with 66 points.

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Huskies earn number one ranking in preseason DII national poll

The defending national champion St. Cloud State University wrestling team received the number one ranking in the NWCA Division II wrestling coaches preseason poll for the upcoming 2018-19 season.

The Huskies scored 92 points in the poll with eight individually ranked wrestlers, while Nebraska-Kearney was second in the poll with 69 points and five ranked wrestlers and Notre Dame of Ohio was third with 67 points and five ranked wrestlers. The top 10 was completed by McKendree (59 pts), Wheeling Jesuit (48 pts), Upper Iowa (45 pts.), Pitt-Johnstown (45 pts.), Minnesota State (43 pts.), Western Colorado (38 pts.) and Newberry (33 pts.).

Individually, the Huskies led all DII teams with eight ranked wrestlers led by #1 ranked James Pleski at 149-pounds and #1 ranked Vince Dietz at 197-pounds. A junior, Pleski is a two-time All-American and finished second at 149-pounds for the Huskies in 2018. A senior, Dietz earned All-America notice for the Huskies after placing second at 197-pounds for SCSU in 2018 at the NCAA DII championships.

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