Six wrestlers ranked as Huskies earn top spot in 2021-22 NWCA Preseason Poll

St. Cloud, Minn. – Reigning NCAA Champion St. Cloud State Wrestling has been tabbed No. 1 team in the 2021-22 National Wrestling Coaches Association Preseason Poll. Six wrestlers will begin the season ranked in their weight class, with Joseph Bianchini taking the top spot at 141. SCSU has earned the No. 1 rank in four of the last six NWCA Preseason Polls while landing top-three every year since 2015.

“We are honored to be considered as the preseason number one,” said head coach Steve Costanzo, “We will have to wrestle and compete for everything we get.”

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NWCA NCAA DII Rankings – October 15, 2021

MANHEIM, Penn. — With the 2021-22 NCAA Division II wrestling season-opening competition in just two weeks, the preseason edition of the National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) DII Coaches Poll was released Friday afternoon.

Reigning NCAA Division II National Champion St. Cloud State tops the team poll with 81 points, with last year’s national runners-up, Nebraska-Kearney, hot on the Huskies’ heels with 80 points. Lindenwood takes the third-place spot with 78 points, while Central Oklahoma (74 points) and West Liberty (69 points) round out the top five.

Gannon and Nebraska-Kearney both feature eight ranked wrestlers, while both West Liberty and Central Oklahoma each boast two top-ranked individuals.

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SCSU wrestler charged with assaulting another student

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (FOX 9) – A 20-year-old St. Cloud State University wrestler has been charged in connection to an assault that left another student seriously injured in St. Cloud earlier this month.

Ezayah Oropeza of Burnsville is charged with third-degree felony assault for allegedly assaulting another student early in the morning on Sept. 18. The SCSU sophomore has been suspended from the wrestling team, the university said in a statement.

According to the charges, St. Cloud police responded to a 911 call for an unconscious man lying outside a house on the 700 block of 7th Avenue South. The caller said her son had seen the man being punched repeatedly and knocked unconscious. Continue reading at →