No. 2 SCSU Wrestling unanimous pick to win NSIC in Preseason Coaches’ Poll

11-time defending Northern Sun Champion has won 88 consecutive conference duals

BURNSVILLE, Minn. – No. 2 St. Cloud State Wrestling has been unanimously selected to win the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference in the 2022 NSIC Preseason Coaches’ Poll, earning all nine available first-place votes.

The Huskies have won the last 11 NSIC Championships while winning 88 consecutive conference duals dating back to 2011. Incredibly, St. Cloud State has not lost a home conference dual since February 14, 2010.

“With new faces in our lineup and some possible weight changes from our veteran wrestlers, we are excited for the challenge,” said head coach Steve Costanzo, “I am really excited to put the post-COVID era in the past and focus on what’s really important – the overall well-being of our student-athletes. This should be a very exciting season of collegiate wrestling for the Huskies.”

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Turriff named NSIC Outstanding Senior of the Year for Wrestling

BURNSVILLE, Minn. – Minnesota State’s Trevor Turriff was voted by the league coaches as the NSIC Outstanding Senior of the Year in wrestling. A native of De Pere, Wisconsin, Turriff is a red-shirt senior majoring in business while holding a 3.79 cumulative grade point average.

The “NSIC Outstanding Senior of the Year Award” is presented to an NSIC Wrestling student-athlete who participates at their institution for four years and is academically superior while making a positive contribution to their team and the University. The NSIC Outstanding Senior of the Year award was initiated in 2020-21 to honor an outstanding senior that exemplifies the attributes of the model NSIC student-athlete.

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Reitmeier Named NSIC Wrestling Coach of the Year

BURNSVILLE, Minn.– Augustana wrestling head coach Jason Reitmeier has been named the NSIC Coach of the Year, announced by the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference on Thursday morning.

Reitmeier led the Vikings to the most conference wins in his coaching career this season. In the conference, the Vikings finished 8-1 and were runners-up in the NSIC. The Vikings then finished second at the NCAA Division II Region V Championships.

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No. 1 Joey Bianchini named NSIC Wrestler of the Week

St. Cloud, Minn. – No. 1 Joseph Bianchini has been named NSIC Wrestler of the Week following his tremendous effort at the North Country Open, dominating the Gold Division on his way to becoming one of 12 Open Champs. Bianchini pinned Cade Willis (Augsburg), Ryan Watts (NDSU) and Cade Lundeen (Concordia-Moorhead) in his first three matches, then earned a 10-4 decision over No. 2 (DIII) Sam Stuhl of Augsburg in the Finals to earn a North Country Open Title.

“Joey wrestled fantastic on Sunday,” said head coach Steve Costanzo. “I was very impressed with his attack ratio and his ability to go for the pin. He continues to make great strides day-after-day on a consistent basis.”

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