11 Huskies Named NWCA Scholarship All-Americans

Program produces 11+ Scholarship All-Americans for fourth consecutive season

MANHEIM, Pa. – 11 St. Cloud State wrestlers have been named 2023-24 Scholar All-Americans by the National Wrestling Coaches Association as announced by the NWCA last week. The 11 Huskies Scholar All-Americans matches the program’s second-highest total and is the fourth consecutive season where St. Cloud State has produced 11+ Scholar All-Americans.

Wyatt Abele, Colton Bornholdt, Augustus Donovan, Dominic Ducato, Nathan Fury, Cole Glazier, Ethan Hendrickson, Anthony Herrera, Phillip Kue, Dominic Murphy, and Nick Novak all earned the Scholar All-American status. Bornholdt, Ducato, Fury, Glazier, and Hendrickson are all first-time recipients, Abele and Kue are second-time honorees, and Donovan, Herrera, Murphy, and Novak earned the honor for the third time in their careers.

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St. Cloud State Wrestling Awards Banquet set for April 26

Annual awards banquet scheduled for Friday, April 26, from 5-9 p.m. CT at Park Event Center in Waite Park

ST. CLOUD, Minn. – The 2023-24 St. Cloud State Wrestling Awards Banquet has been scheduled for Friday, April 26, at the Park Events Center at 500 Division St in Waite Park. Parents, alumni, boosters, and friends of SCSU Wrestling are invited to attend the event, which will begin at 5:00 p.m. and run through 9:00 p.m. CT.

Individual and team accomplishments will be recognized alongside a season highlight video, reflecting on an outstanding 2023-24 campaign as the program looks ahead to next season. The team will also inductee Clint Poster (’16) as the newest member of the Jack Gause Huskies Wrestling Hall of Fame Award.

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St. Cloud State places six wrestlers on NSIC Winter All-Academic list

BURNSVILLE, Minn. – St. Cloud State Athletics had 43 student-athletes, including six wrestlers, earn 2023-24 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) Winter All-Academic recognition, as announced by the league on Thursday morning. In addition, 31 Huskies earned Team of Excellence recognition.

Women’s Swim & Dive led the way with 16 recipients, followed by Women’s Basketball’s 10. Wrestling and Track & Field each had six recipients, and Men’s Basketball had five.

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Novak Named NWCA Wrestler of the Year for Second Consecutive Season

Novak earned second All-America honor after finishing runner-up at 157 pounds

MANHEIM, Pa. – St. Cloud State Wrestling junior 157-pounder Nick Novak (New Prague, Minn.) was named the National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) Super Region 5 Wrestler of the Year, as announced by the organization on Wednesday. Novak was awarded the region’s top honor for the second consecutive season after also winning the award following his national championship performance in 2022-23.

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Murphy Named NSIC Outstanding Senior of the Year

Murphy earns honor for athletic, academic, and community achievements

BURNSVILLE, Minn. – St. Cloud State Wrestling redshirt senior Dominic Murphy (Evergreen Park, Ill.) was named the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) Outstanding Senior of the Year in wrestling. The Husky grappler recently earned his second All-America honor at the 2024 NCAA Championships.

The “NSIC Outstanding Senior of the Year Award” is presented to an NSIC Wrestling student-athlete who participates at their institution for four years and is academically superior while making a positive contribution to their team and the University. The NSIC Outstanding Senior of the Year award was initiated in 2020-21 to honor an outstanding senior who exemplifies the attributes of the model NSIC student-athlete.

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Costanzo Named NSIC Coach of the Year, Novak Named NSIC Wrestler of the Year

Costanzo named league’s top coach for 10th time, Novak earns honor for second straight year

BURNSVILLE, Minn. – The Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) recognized St. Cloud State Wrestling head coach Steve Costanzo and junior 157-pounder Nick Novak (New Prague, Minn.) in the league’s end-of-season awards, as announced on Thursday. Costanzo was named the league’s head coach of the year, while Novak was named the wrestler of the year for the second straight season.

Costanzo was named the league’s coach of the year for the 10th time after leading the Huskies to its ninth consecutive top-five finish at the 2024 NCAA Championships with a fifth-place finish. Six Huskies captured top-eight finishes for All-America recognition, bringing Costanzo’s 18-year total to 93 All-Americans. SCSU capture the NSIC regular season title following a perfect 9-0 mark in conference duals, marking the 17th NSIC title in program history and 12th in the last 13 seasons.

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St. Cloud State Places 5th at National Championships

Huskies produce Six All-Americans

Wichita, Kan.- No. 3 St. Cloud State Wrestling closed out their season this weekend at the National Championships in Wichita, Kansas. The Huskies finished the tournament in 5th place with 64 points after six of their eight wrestlers competing earn All-American Honors. The six All-American honorees are tied for the third most in program history and the most since the 2021 season.

Session I and II
In Session I of the Tournament, St. Cloud State would send four wrestlers to the Quarterfinal round. 149-pound Colby Njos produced the first win of the day for SCSU as he advanced with a 5-2 decision victory over Jake Piccirilli of UNC Pembroke. Defending 157-pound National Champion Nick Novak moved into the Quarterfinals with ease as he produced a 14-5 major decision victory. 165-pound Anthony Herrera battled back-and-forth with Brandon Connor of Millersville, but a clutch takedown gave Herrera a 9-6 sudden victory. 197-pound Dominic Murphy was the final Husky to advance to the Quarterfinals as a 17-5 major decision victory propelled him to the next round. 125-pound Conor Knopick, 133-pound Caleb Meekins, 174-pound Cole Glazier, and 184-pound Bryce FitzPatrick all lost their opening matches and were sent to the wrestle backs. After their opening round losses, Glazier and FitzPatrick had to wrestle in a preliminary round to advance to Session II. Both wrestlers took care of business as Glazier had a 12-1 major decision victory and Fitzpatrick won by fall at the 2:50 mark.

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