Guillotine Grapevine Podcast: Minnesota State-Mankato head coach Jim Makovsky

With over 30 years of coaching experience, the last 26 at Minnesota State in Mankato, it was inevitable Jim Makovsky would reach 300 victories. Now standing at 302 career coaching victories, with 279 of them in Mankato, Makovsky talks about what led him to a career in coaching from his time at Valley City State, how he quit his job, proposed to his wife and pulled all his money out of the bank – on the same day.

A music aficionado, the interview almost got derailed early talking about Minnesota concert venues. A likable and ethical coach, Makovsky talks about the challenges and benefits of choosing Division II and Minnesota State-Mankato as a student-athlete. He also tells the story behind how he ended up giving back a half-point at the 2008 NCAA Division II championships due to a scoring error he found, and what the ramifications of that move actually were.

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Guillotine Grapevine Podcast: St. Cloud State head coach Steve Costanzo

St. Cloud State captured its third NCAA Division II wrestling championship in Cedar Rapids, Iowa on March 8-9. On the latest episode of The Guillotine Grapevine, Huskies head wrestling coach Steve Costanzo joins the program to talk about his team’s rise to prominence in Division II and what went into the third championship in four years for St. Cloud State.

The Huskies had six All-Americans and return eight of its 10 qualifiers from 2018. What’s been the philosophy for Costanzo in his team’s titles and the 130 wins in the last 135 duals?

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Guillotine Grapevine Podcast: Rochester’s Randy Rager, Augsburg’s Chad Johnson and Southwest Minnesota State’s Jesse Nelson at the Auggie Open

gg-21We’ll head over to Augsburg College and talk with Augsburg assistant coach Chad Johnson, Southwest Minnesota State’s Jesse Nelson and Rochester’s Randy Rager on Episode 21 of The Guillotine Grapevine.

We’ll also start the show with a quick rundown of the weekend’s action at Augsburg and the University of Minnesota, but this episode showcases Division II, Division III and the Junior College wrestling scene in Minnesota.

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GG13: Steve Costanzo, head coach of the back-to-back National Champion St. Cloud State Huskies

scsu-13St. Cloud State captured its second straight NCAA Division II Wrestling Championship last month in Sioux Falls, S.D. On Episode 13 of The Guillotine Grapevine, we’ll talk with St. Cloud State head wrestling coach Steve Costanzo about the performance.

St. Cloud State brought seven wrestlers to Sioux Falls and all seven placed, giving the Huskies an eight-point gap over second-place Notre Dame College. Brett Velasquez emerged as the lone individual champion, but the story there is much more than meets the eye. Velasquez had to beat returning Division II champion Tim Prescott in a wrestle-off twice just to earn the starting spot prior to the regional championship.

We’ll go weight-by-weight and also talk about the impact of St. Cloud State dropping six sports and limiting roster sizes will have on the wrestling program.

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GG03: Steve Costanzo looking to lead St. Cloud State to back-to-back Division II titles

Episode 3 of the Guillotine Grapevine heads up to Halenbeck Hall in St. Cloud as we visit with St. Cloud State head wrestling coach Steve Costanzo.

Costanzo guided the Huskies to the school’s first national championship last season at the NCAA Division II Wrestling Championships. Prior to coming to St. Cloud State, Costanzo guided Dana College to the NAIA championship.

Costanzo finds familiar faces in the way as he looks to earn back-to-back titles. They include his college coach, Mike Denney at Maryville and Nebraska-Kearney head coach Marc Bauer, also a Nebraska-Omaha alum. Continue reading