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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Steffen named NSIC Wrestler of the Week

BURNSVILLE, Minn. – Southwest Minnesota State University’s Caden Steffen has been named Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Wrestler of the Week. The announcement came from the league office in Burnsville, Minn., on Tuesday morning.

Steffen, a native of Zumbrota, Minn., went 4-0 this weekend, placing first at the Dakota Wesleyan Open at 197 pounds. Steffen pinned Minot State’s Shane Hansen with 35 seconds remaining in the second round. From there, Steffen earned a 7-4 decision win over Augustana’s Zach Peterson and a 16-0 tech fall against Northern State’s Ryan Hirschkorn, to earn a spot in the championship match at 197. Steffen matched up against Tereus Henry, who is currently the ranked third at 197 lbs in Division 2, Steffen dominated the match, picking up a decisive 10-4 decision victory.

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Augustana Tabbed Second in NSIC Preseason Poll

BURNSVILLE, Minn.- The Augustana wrestling team was selected to finish second in the NSIC Preseason Coaches Poll, announced by the conference office on Thursday morning. Reigning NCAA region and national runner-up Jaxson Rohman was selected as the Wrestler to Watch for the Vikings.

St. Cloud State was selected as the preseason favorite in the NSIC, earning 79 points and seven of 10 first place votes. The Vikings file in behind them, earning a first place vote and 65 points. In third is Parkside, earning the final two first place votes and accumulating 62 points. Rounding out the top five is UMary (58 points) and Northern State (52 points).

Head coach Jason Reitmeier enters his 21st season leading the Vikings, returning three NCAA qualifiers, with Rohman (125) joined by Hunter Burnett (141) and Cade Mueller (184), and nine regional starters from a team that placed second at the Super Region V tournament.

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Novak Named NSIC Preseason Wrestler of the Year; Huskies Selected First in Preseason Poll

Reigning NCAA DII Champion at 157 pounds tabbed as conference’s top wrestler in preseason coaches poll

BURNSVILLE, Minn. – St. Cloud State Wrestling has been picked to finish first in the 2023-24 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) Preseason Coaches Poll as announced by the league office on Thursday morning. Junior 157-pounder Nick Novak was named NSIC Preseason Wrestler of the Year as selected by the league’s head coaches.

“We have a lot of great leadership returning and possess a team with high character,” said head coach Steve Costanzo, “I am looking forward to working with all of them and seeing what we can accomplish.”

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’ middle weights, 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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