St. Cloud State wrestling golf outing canceled for 2020

The 2020 Huskies Wrestling 15th Annual Golf Classic tournament fundraiser, which was scheduled for Friday, August 28, has been canceled due to concerns over COVID-19.

An announcement on a future date is being determined. This was a very difficult decision for us, but we strongly believe this course of action is in the best interest of our friends, families, and our staff. The health and safety of our friends and families take precedence over anything else.

Until next time, please stay safe and healthy as we look forward to future Huskies Wrestling events!

Please reach out to us at sscostanzo@stcloudstate.edu for any questions and/or concerns.

St. Cloud State 2020-21 recruit class ranked #1 in the nation

St. Cloud State University head coach Steve Costanzo has announced the addition of nine student-wrestlers for the 2020-21 class, which includes Jared Head (Washington, Ill.), Cade Linn (Elysburg, Penn.), Corbin Okeson (Minot, N.D.), Gavin Osterhaus (Burnsville, Minn.), Jimmy Pierandozzi (Plainfield, Ill.), Tommy Russell (Brookfield, Ill.), Samuel Spencer (Huntley, Ill), Nolan Throne (Milan, Ill) and Holton Truax (Bertha, Minn.).

This past November, the Huskies had previously announced the additions of: Owen Bjerga (Staples, Minn.), Paxton Creese (Shakopee, Minn.), Bryce Fitzpatrick (Mahtomedi, Minn.), Caleb Haase (Morton, Minn.), Cody Minor (Green Bay, Wisc.), Shaeden Scheidt (Canton, S.D.), Blake Thomsen (Underwood, Iowa), and Daniel Valeria (Crystal Lake, Ill.).

SCSU was recently recognized by the The Open Mat has having the top rated recruit class among NCAA Division II programs for the upcoming 2020-21 season. The Huskies finished ahead of #2 West Liberty, #3 Central Oklahoma, #4 Fort Hays State and #5 Indianapolis in the poll. No other NSIC schools were ranked among the TOM’s top 10 poll this season. Complete TOM Recruit Poll Story

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Former SCSU wrestler makes unique challenge for this year’s Alumni Challenge

A unique challenge was brought forward by St. Cloud State University alumnus Dennis Moske in support of the ongoing SCSU Athletics Alumni Challenge and the effort to help the remodeling of the Halenbeck Strength and Conditioning Center.

Moske, currently the owner of a tree trimming company named Moske Tree Service, challenged alumni and fans of the Huskies wrestling program who are Minnesota residents to meet his $1,000 donation. If they did so, he would come out and trim one of their trees free of charge.

Moske also noted that for every $1,000 given to support the Huskies Alumni Challenge, he would increase the number of trees he would trim in his free service. When asked why he wanted to do this, Moske said that the wrestling program changed his life in so many ways and this is one way to help encourage others to give to the project and support the wrestling program. Continue reading at scsuhuskies.com

2019-20 SCSU wrestling team awards ceremony available for viewing

St. Cloud State University wrestling fans can now watch the complete 2019-20 team awards ceremony online. This video presentation includes comments from the SCSU coaching staff along with remarks from the 2019-20 St. Cloud State seniors.

SCSU ended its 2019-20 season with a perfect 16-0, 8-0 NSIC record. The Huskies were the #1 ranked team in the nation before the NCAA DII championships this season were canceled due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

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St. Cloud State Wrestling Announces 2019-20 Team Award Winners

The St. Cloud State University wrestling, which completed its season as the nation’s number one ranked NCAA DII team at 16-0, 8-0 NSIC, has announced its team award winners for the 2019-20 season.

The list was led by SCSU seniors  Kolton Eischens  (Pierz, Minn./H.S.) and  James Pleski  (Stacy, Minn./Forest Lake H.S.), who received the team’s Dean Weisman Award, which is presented annually to the team’s top wrestler.

Pleski capped a stellar collegiate career in 2019-20 as a team leader for the #1 ranked St. Cloud State wrestling team.  Pleski charted a 19-3 record during his senior campaign, which included an NCAA Division II Super 5 Regional title at 149-pounds and a fourth consecutive bid to the 2020 NCAA DII championships.  One of only 10 wrestlers in the history of SCSU’s program to earn All-America honors four times during his collegiate career, Pleski served as a team captain this season.  A four-time All-NSIC recipient, Pleski was ranked #2 in the nation this season at 149-pounds and finished his collegiate career at SCSU with an impressive 105-18 overall record.

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St. Cloud State to cancel summer youth wrestling camps due to COVID-19 crisis

The 2020 St. Cloud State University Huskies Summer Wrestling Camps have been canceled due to concerns over COVID-19.

“We will be resuming the SCSU wrestling summer camps in 2021 and an announcement on the dates is being determined,” SCSU head coach Steve Costanzo said. “This was a very difficult decision for us, but we strongly believe this course of action is in the best interest of our campers, their families, and our staff. The health and safety of our campers and families takes precedence over anything else.”

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Huskies’ Bianchini named NWCA Division II Rookie of the Year

St. Cloud State University redshirt freshman Joseph Bianchini (Elk Grove Village, Ill./Immaculate Conception H.S.) has been named as the National Wrestling Coaches Association Division II Rookie Wrestler of the Year for the 2019-20 season. He was joined in the NWCA honors court by Central Oklahoma’s Heath Gray, who was named the NWCA DII Wrestler of the Year.

“We are proud to honor two very deserving athletes on their outstanding achievements during the 2020 season. They were each selected from a group of highly decorated athletes and should be proud of the manner in which they represented their institutions,” said Mike Moyer, NWCA Executive Director.

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St. Cloud State wrestlers receive All-America honors in 2019-20

Eight St. Cloud State University wrestlers have received NWCA All-America Division II honors for the recently completed 2019-20 season.

SCSU wrestlers honored this year include sophomore Garrett Vos (Bonifacius, Minn./Waconia H.S.) at 133-pounds, freshman Joey Bianchini (Elk Grove Village, Ill./Immaculate Conception H.S.) at 141-pounds, senior James Pleski (Stacy, Minn./Forest Lake H.S.) at 149-pounds, junior Jake Barzowski (Park Ridge, Ill./Notre Dame H.S.) at 157-pounds, junior Devin FitzPatrick (Mahtomedi, Minn./H.S.) at 165-pounds, senior Kolton Eischens (Pierz, Minn./Healy H.S.) at 174-pounds, senior Tyree Overton (Rock Island, Ill./Rock Island H.S.) at 184-pounds and sophomore Noah Ryan (Mantorville, Minn./Kasson-Mantorville H.S.) at 197-pounds.

Each year the NWCA recognizes the outstanding work of the DII Student-athletes by naming the All-Americans based on their achievements in the national championship, however, this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic the championships were canceled. All-American honors were based on each wrestler’s overall body of work through the super-regional tournaments and up to the national championships.

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