St. Cloud State’s Steve Costanzo named NWCA DII Coach of the Year

The National Wrestling Coaches Association has selected St. Cloud State University’s Steve Costanzo as the NCAA Division II National Coach of the Year Award winner for 2019-20.

Presented annually, this honor goes to a coach who has demonstrated outstanding effort in developing and elevating their program on campus and in the community. The coach of the year awards program is presented by Defense Soap, the official Hygiene partner of the NWCA.

This award was scheduled to be presented at the NWCA 2020 Jim Koch Division II Hall of Fame Banquet on the eve of the NCAA Division II Wrestling Championships at the Denny Sanford Premier Center. Unfortunately, the event was canceled along with the Division II Championships due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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St. Cloud State’s Bianchini, Costanzo, and Eischens earn NSIC Awards

The St. Cloud State University wrestling team made a clean sweep of the 2019-20 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference awards as the Huskies claimed the league’s top three honors. SCSU senior Kolton Eischens (Pierz, Minn./Healy H.S.) was named the 2019-20 NSIC Co-Wrestler of the Year, freshman Joey Bianchini (Elk Grove Village, Ill./Immaculate Conception H.S.) was named the NSIC Rookie of the Year and SCSU’s Steve Costanzo was named the NSIC Coach of the Year.

A senior for Pierz, Minn. and a graduate of Healy H.S., Eischens posted an 18-1 record with eight falls for the Huskies in 2019-20 at 174-pounds. He ended the season ranked #2 in the nation at 174-pounds and captured first place honors at the 2020 NCAA DII Super Region V championships in the 174-pound bracket. A two-time All-American for the Huskies (4th in 2019 and 6th in 2018), Eischens was one of nine SCSU wrestlers that qualified for the 2020 NCAA DII championships that were canceled due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

A three-time All-NSIC award recipient, CoSIDA Academic All-American, and an Academic All-NSIC award winner during his career, Eischens finished his career at SCSU with a 75-12 record. Eischens is the sixth SCSU athlete to earn the NSIC Wrestler of the Year award. He shared the honor in 2019-20 along with Nick Baumler of Upper Iowa.

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NCAA announces the 2020 NCAA wrestling award winners

INDIANAPOLIS — The NCAA has released the winners and final standings for the 2020 NCAA wrestling awards in Divisions I, II and III.

The three awards, given in each division, honor the Most Dominant Wrestler as well as the student-athletes who have accumulated the most falls and the most technical falls throughout the course of the regular season, conference tournaments and NCAA super regionals.

Leading the way as the Most Dominant Wrestler in each division are Spencer Lee of Iowa in Division I, Jared Campbell of Notre Dame (Ohio) in Division II and Troy Stanich of Stevens in Division III.

The award for most falls went to Jacob Schwarm of the University of Northern Iowa with 16 in Division I, Hayden Bronne of Tiffin in Division II with 20 and Marvin Cunningham of Johnson & Wales University (Providence) with 24.

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2019-20 NSIC Winter All-Academic Teams Announced

BURNSVILLE, Minn. — The Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference announced that 50 wrestlers have earned NSIC All-Academic honors for the 2019-20 winter athletic season; 22 wrestlers were named to the NSIC All-Academic Team of Excellence, while 28 earned NSIC All-Academic Team honors.

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NCAA Update on COVID-19 and the NCAA DII and DIII Wrestling Championships

INDIANAPOLIS – The NCAA continues to assess the impact of COVID-19 in consultation with public health officials and the NCAA COVID-19 advisory panel. Based on their advice and NCAA President Mark Emmert’s discussions with the NCAA Board of Governors, the decision has been made to conduct upcoming championship events with only essential staff and limited family attendance.

This includes the NCAA Division II Wrestling Championships in Sioux Falls, South Dakota and the Division III Wrestling Championships in Cedar Rapids, Iowa on Friday and Saturday.

Both tournaments will be streamed live on ncaa.com.

St. Cloud State to open NCAA title defense on March 13 in Sioux Falls

The #1 ranked St. Cloud State University wrestling team (16-0, 8-0 NSIC) will open defense of its national title on Friday, March 13 in the first day of action at the 2020 NCAA Division II wrestling championships, which will be held at the Denny Sanford Premiere Center in Sioux Falls, S.D.

The top-ranked Huskies have won NCAA Division II team titles in 2019, 2018, 2016 and 2015 under the direction of head coach Steve Costanzo. SCSU will look to continue their tradition of NCAA success in 2020 as the Huskies will be sending nine qualifiers to compete in Sioux Falls this weekend. The first round of matches will begin on Friday, March 13 at the Denny Premiere Sanford Center.

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#1 St. Cloud State sends nine wrestlers to NCAA championships

The #1 ranked St. Cloud State University wrestling team will be sending a contingent of nine athletes to the upcoming 2020 NCAA Division II championships, which will be held at the Denny Sanford Premiere Center in Sioux Falls, S.D. on March 13-14.

The Huskies lead all NCAA DII teams with nine qualifiers headed to the championships this season. McKendree and Pitt-Johnstown both rank second on the qualifier list for 2020 with eight wrestlers apiece headed to Sioux Falls. SCSU is the top team out of the NSIC with its nine qualifier as Upper Iowa will be sending five, Southwest Minnesota State will be sending one, Minnesota State with four, MSU Moorhead with one, Mary with two and Augustana with three.

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