Novak Named NWCA Wrestler of the Year for Second Consecutive Season

Novak earned second All-America honor after finishing runner-up at 157 pounds

MANHEIM, Pa. – St. Cloud State Wrestling junior 157-pounder Nick Novak (New Prague, Minn.) was named the National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) Super Region 5 Wrestler of the Year, as announced by the organization on Wednesday. Novak was awarded the region’s top honor for the second consecutive season after also winning the award following his national championship performance in 2022-23.

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Costanzo Named NSIC Coach of the Year, Novak Named NSIC Wrestler of the Year

Costanzo named league’s top coach for 10th time, Novak earns honor for second straight year

BURNSVILLE, Minn. – The Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) recognized St. Cloud State Wrestling head coach Steve Costanzo and junior 157-pounder Nick Novak (New Prague, Minn.) in the league’s end-of-season awards, as announced on Thursday. Costanzo was named the league’s head coach of the year, while Novak was named the wrestler of the year for the second straight season.

Costanzo was named the league’s coach of the year for the 10th time after leading the Huskies to its ninth consecutive top-five finish at the 2024 NCAA Championships with a fifth-place finish. Six Huskies captured top-eight finishes for All-America recognition, bringing Costanzo’s 18-year total to 93 All-Americans. SCSU capture the NSIC regular season title following a perfect 9-0 mark in conference duals, marking the 17th NSIC title in program history and 12th in the last 13 seasons.

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Novak Named NSIC Wrestler of the Week

Novak defeated No. 4 Devin Bahr (NSU), improved to 15-0 on the season

BURNSVILLE, Minn. – St. Cloud State Wrestling junior 157-pounder Nick Novak (New Prague, Minn.) was named Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) Wrestler of the Week, as announced on Monday. Novak earned a pair of wins in dual competition last week to extend his perfect junior season, helping SCSU beat two ranked opponents and improve to 6-0 on the season in NSIC competition.

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Novak Selected for NWCA All-Star Classic

Novak, the returning NCAA D-II National Champion at 157 pounds, will wrestle 2023 NCAA D-III National Champion

ST. CLOUD, Minn. – St. Cloud State Wrestling junior 157-pounder Nick Novak (New Prague, Minn.) has been selected to compete in the National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) All-Star Classic presented by Cliff Keen, as announced by the organization. Novak will travel to the campus of Penn State University for the event, which is scheduled to take place Tuesday, Nov. 21 at 6:00 p.m. CT.

Novak is the first St. Cloud State wrestler to ever be selected for this event.

The prestigious event began in 1967 and was a staple of the college season until 2017. After a four-year hiatus, the All-Star Classic made its return in 2022 in Austin, Texas due, in large part, to the support of the National Wrestling Coaches Association. This year’s meet will take place at Rec Hall on the campus of Penn State.

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Nick Novak named NWCA Super Region V Wrestler of the Year

NCAA Champion at 157 pounds becomes finalist for NWCA DII Wrestler of the Year

MANHEIM, Pa. – St. Cloud State Wrestling true sophomore and reigning NCAA Champion 157-pounder Nick Novak has been named the 2023 National Wrestling Coaches Association Super Region V Wrestler of the Year as announced by the NWCA on Thursday morning. Novak now becomes a finalist for the NWCA DII National Wrestler of the Year, which will be announced in the coming weeks.

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Nick Novak named 2023 NSIC Wrestler of the Year

NCAA Champion at 157 pounds went 27-0 while earning Super Region V title and First Team All-NSIC honors

BURNSVILLE, Minn. – St. Cloud State Wrestling true sophomore and reigning NCAA Champion 157-pounder Nick Novak has been named the 2023 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Wrestler of the Year following a historic second season with the Huskies.

Novak went a perfect 27-0 while earning both Super Region V and NCAA Championships at 157 pounds. The New Prague, Minnesota native added a 10-0 dual record to earn First Team All-NSIC honors while recording eight major decisions, three tech falls, and two pins over the course of his sophomore season. A force at his new weight class after moving up in December following an injury at the Huskies’ middleweights, Novak went 5-0 against ranked opponents, including three straight ranked wins over No. 2 Gabe Johnson, No. 12 Ben Durocher and No. 10 Miles Fitzgerald in early January. Novak’s key decision over Johnson was one of the most influential bouts in the 2023 NWCA National Duals Championship match as the Huskies earned the title with a thrilling 19-16 victory over No. 1 Central Oklahoma.

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Nick Novak named NSIC Wrestler of the Week

Huskies 157-pounder goes 4-0 with two wins over NCAA Qualifiers to earn first career honor

BURNSVILLE, Minn. – St. Cloud State sophomore 157-pounder Nick Novak has been named NSIC Wrestler of the Week by the conference office following his 4-0 weekend at the 2023 NWCA National Duals. The weekly honor is the first of Novak’s collegiate career.

Novak served a critical role in St. Cloud State’s National Duals Championship, going 4-0 at 157. The New Prague, Minnesota product earned three of his wins against All-Conference opponents, two against NCAA Qualifiers and two against wrestlers nationally ranked by the NWCA.

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