SMSU Wrestling honored by NWCA for work in the classroom

MANHEIM, Pa. – The Southwest Minnesota State University wrestling team along with five Mustang student athletes have been recognized by the National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) for success in the classroom during the 2023-24 season.

The SMSU wrestling team posted a GPA of 3.213, up from 3.166 last season, ranking No. 21 in the country. Jacob Dykes, Sean Howk, Hunter Pfantz, Elijah Sterner, and Adam Sylvester have been named NWCA Division II Scholar All-Americans.

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Steffen honored with All-American accolades by NSCA

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) is proud to announce Southwest Minnesota State University wrestler senior Caden Steffen as a 2024 All-American Athlete Strength and Conditioning Athlete of the Year Award recipient.

This award recognizes Steffen’s athletic accomplishments and his dedication to strength and conditioning. Nominated by SMSU head wrestling coach Chayse Jackson, Steffen’s determination to improve in athletics while maintaining academic prominence is a great model for all student-athletes at SMSU. He is one of 12 student-athletes in the sport of wrestling recognized by the NSCA.

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Steffen ready for NCAA Championships

MARSHALL, Minn. – Caden Steffen will represent the Mustangs at the 2024 NCAA Division II Wrestling Championships, which will be held March 15-16 at Hartman Arena in Park City, Kan.

Session I is set to begin at 10 a.m. on Friday, which includes the preliminaries and first-round matches. Session II will begin on Friday at 5 p.m. with the championship quarterfinals, as well as the first and second rounds of the consolation bracket. On Saturday, Session III will begin at 10 a.m. and includes the championship semifinals, third-round consolations, and the consolation semifinals. Session IV will be the championship finals and is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.

Steffen is making his third trip to the NCAA championships after earning all-American honors in 2021 and 2022. This season, Steffen is 20-2 overall and punched his ticket to nationals after placing second at the NCAA Super Region V Tournament in Minot, N.D. on March 2. Steffen went 2-1 at the regional, defeating Cameron Lopez (UIU) and Cannon Potts (Minot) before losing the championship match to Dominic Murphy (SCSU).

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