Turriff Earns NSIC Elite 18 Award

Mankato, Minn. — Minnesota State’s Trevor Turriff was named the 2020-21 NSIC Elite 18 Award winner for wrestling.

Turriff joins Carah Drees (2021- WBB), Alex Goettl (2019 – FB), Amber Kral (2019 – SB), Maggie Knier (S&D 2017-18, 2018-19 & 2019-20) and Erica Ellstrom (S&D 2016-17) as NSIC Elite 18 Award winners from Minnesota State.

As part of the NSIC 25th Anniversary celebration, the NSIC Elite 18 Award was instituted to recognize the true essence of the student-athlete by honoring the individual who has reached the pinnacle of competition at the NSIC Championship level in his or her sport, while also achieving the highest academic standard among his or her peers. The NSIC Elite 18 award is presented to the student-athlete with the highest cumulative grade-point from the regular season championship team or an All-NSIC performer.

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Hunter Burnett Named NSIC Wrestler Of The Week

BURNSVILLE, Minn. — One day after defeating the No. 1-ranked wrestler in the country, sophomore Hunter Burnett has been named the NSIC Wrestler of the Week the conference announced Monday afternoon.

Ranked No. 9 himself, Burnett took the mat in the 149-pound bout in Sunday’s dual with No. 1 St. Cloud State. Across from him stood the Huskies’ Jake Barzowski, who currently ranks No. 1 in the 157 pound weight class.

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St. Cloud State Picked In NSIC Preseason Coaches’ Poll

BURNSVILLE, Minn. – St. Cloud State, the nine-time defending NSIC Champions, was the unanimous choice to win the league in the NSIC Preseason Wrestling Coaches’ Poll. The Huskies had 81 points and all nine first-place votes (coaches cannot vote for their own team) to rank 13 points ahead of Upper Iowa, which was second with 68 points and the other first-place vote. Augustana was third with 66 points while Minnesota State was fourth with 61 points. The University of Wisconsin-Parkside, which joined the NSIC this season as an associated member, ranked fifth with 45 points.

St. Cloud State’s Devin Fitzpatrick was voted by the league coaches as the preseason wrestler of the year. Fitzpatrick, a two-time All-American, is the reigning two-time NCAA DII Super Region V Champion at 165 pounds and a two-time All-NSIC selection.

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St. Cloud State’s Bianchini, Costanzo, and Eischens earn NSIC Awards

The St. Cloud State University wrestling team made a clean sweep of the 2019-20 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference awards as the Huskies claimed the league’s top three honors. SCSU senior Kolton Eischens (Pierz, Minn./Healy H.S.) was named the 2019-20 NSIC Co-Wrestler of the Year, freshman Joey Bianchini (Elk Grove Village, Ill./Immaculate Conception H.S.) was named the NSIC Rookie of the Year and SCSU’s Steve Costanzo was named the NSIC Coach of the Year.

A senior for Pierz, Minn. and a graduate of Healy H.S., Eischens posted an 18-1 record with eight falls for the Huskies in 2019-20 at 174-pounds. He ended the season ranked #2 in the nation at 174-pounds and captured first place honors at the 2020 NCAA DII Super Region V championships in the 174-pound bracket. A two-time All-American for the Huskies (4th in 2019 and 6th in 2018), Eischens was one of nine SCSU wrestlers that qualified for the 2020 NCAA DII championships that were canceled due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

A three-time All-NSIC award recipient, CoSIDA Academic All-American, and an Academic All-NSIC award winner during his career, Eischens finished his career at SCSU with a 75-12 record. Eischens is the sixth SCSU athlete to earn the NSIC Wrestler of the Year award. He shared the honor in 2019-20 along with Nick Baumler of Upper Iowa.

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Augustana’s Ben Kelvington earns NSIC Elite 18 Award for Wrestling

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Augustana’s Ben Kelvington was named the 2019-20 NSIC Elite 18 Award winner for wrestling. Kelvington becomes the fifth student-athlete from Augustana to earn the award since its inception in 2016-17.

Kelvington is a redshirt junior majoring in biochemistry and hold a 3.99 grade point average. The Jordan, Minnesota native is a second team All-NSIC wrestler at 174 pounds. He went 5-2 in NSIC dual action this season and owns a 12-4 overall record with five major decision victories. At the NCAA Super Region V Championship he will be wrestling in the third place bout this evening.

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Burnett Named NSIC Wrestler of the Week

BURNSVILLE, Minn. — Augustana Redshirt freshman Hunter Burnett has been named the NSIC’s Wrestler of the Week the conference office announced Monday afternoon.

Burnett helped lead the Vikings to victory last Friday at No. 17 Minnesota State. In the dual, Burnett defeated returning national qualifier, and No. 9 ranked, Louie Sanders in the 141-pound bout. In his match with Sanders, Burnett dominated with two takedowns, a reversal and an extra point for riding time. Augustana would go on to win the dual by a score of 24-13.

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