St. Cloud State schedule announced for 2020-21 season

The St. Cloud State University wrestling schedule has been posted for the upcoming 2020-21 season. The Huskies will get the season underway on Thursday, Dec. 10 at 7:00 p.m. with the annual Black/Red Classic intrasquad exhibition match in Halenbeck Hall.

This match will serve as a warm-up for the 2020-21 regular season, which will feature six Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference dual matches. The Huskies have won nine consecutive NSIC championships and they will open league action on Jan. 7 at 7 p.m. with a dual match at the University of Mary.

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SCSU inks four student-athletes

St. Cloud, Minn. – St. Cloud State University head wrestling coach Steve Costanzo has announced the Huskies wrestling team’s 2021 recruiting class Wednesday with the addition of three high school standouts and one junior college standout.

The signees, who plan to enroll at SCSU next fall include Augustus Donovan, Anthony Herrera, Tyson Meyer, Nicholas Novak. “We look forward to bringing in these fine student-athletes to the Huskies wrestling program,” Costanzo said. “These young men are all outstanding students in the classroom and have displayed a lot of potential on the mat. We look forward to helping these individuals reach their full potential.”

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NSIC Announces 2020-21 Wrestling Schedules

BURNSVILLE, Minn. – The NSIC has announced its wrestling (and basketball) schedules for the 2020-21 academic year. The schedules were approved by the NSIC Board of Directors with the health and safety of student-athletes, coaches, and staff as the top priority. Wrestling schedules will begin in January and schools will follow NCAA Sports Science Institute (SSI) guidelines for competition.

To mitigate COVID-19 exposure, schools will only compete against one opponent each week of the season.

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DII grants winter athletes further season-of-competition relief

Division II winter sport student-athletes who compete during the 2020-21 academic year will receive an additional season of competition through a waiver the Division II Management Council approved this week. In addition, student-athletes eligible for this waiver also will receive an extension of eligibility, according to a waiver previously approved by the Division II Administrative Committee.

The same flexibility was provided to spring sport athletes after their 2020 seasons were canceled and to fall student-athletes after the Division II Championships were canceled as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Previously, the Administrative Committee approved a pair of waivers permitting all student-athletes who competed during the 2020-21 academic year an additional year of eligibility and season-of-competition opportunities if their team completed 50% or less of their sport’s maximum contests/dates of competition. That flexibility still applies for spring sport student-athletes in the 2021 season.

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St. Cloud State update from Coach Costanzo

The following is an open letter to SCSU wrestling fans and followers from head coach Steve Costanzo.

As we start the 2020-21 school year and complete the first week of classes, I thought it would be appropriate to recap and pass along what we currently know about our upcoming season!

It’s hard to believe that almost six months ago to the day, we shut down our training rooms on campus ending the 2019-20 season. Not only did we miss our NCAA championship tournament, but we also missed recognizing this team’s amazing run and last year’s senior class. Unfortunately, we won’t get the championship back nor will those athletes get relief from the NCAA to get that season back. However, we were able to provide a virtual season recap, recognize top performances, and hear from our seniors regarding their careers as Huskies. It was very important for us to recognize these young men and this team. They were much more deserving of their accomplishments than a virtual presentation, but we tried to make the best of it.

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NSIC Cancels Fall Competition & Championships; Suspends All Sports Competition Through December 31

BURNSVILLE, Minn. – In light of the NCAA Board of Governors’ decision to direct all institutions and conferences to meet specific requirements to conduct fall sports and the NCAA Division II Presidents Council’s announcement that all NCAA Division II fall championships are canceled, the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference’s Board of Directors has canceled NSIC fall competition & championships, and has suspended all athletic competition through December 31, 2020.

The NSIC recognizes the value an NCAA championship experience provides for student-athletes and that was a factor in the analysis. However, health and safety concerns prevailed in the league’s decision. Additionally, current recommendations for testing, exposure, and quarantine make it very difficult for a season to be successfully completed at an institution or across the conference without severe disruptions.

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