St. Cloud State earns top spot in 2019-20 NSIC preseason poll

St. Cloud State, the eight-time defending NSIC Champions, was the unanimous choice to win the league in the 2019-20 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference preseason wrestling coaches’ poll.

The Huskies had 64 points and all eight first-place votes (coaches cannot vote for their own team) to rank 11 points ahead of Upper Iowa, which was second with 53 points. Minnesota State was third with 52 points and a first-place vote while Augustana was fourth with 41 points.

St. Cloud State University senior James Pleski, a three-time All-American at 149-pounds, was named as an NSIC Wrestler to Watch in 2019-20 for the Huskies.

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SCSU to offer Fall Clinic on Oct. 26

The four-time NCAA DII national champion St. Cloud State University wrestling team will offer the 2019 SCSU Fall Wrestling Clinic on Saturday, Oct. 26. The clinic is open to all individuals in grades K-12 and it will be held in the Halenbeck Hall Fieldhouse. The clinic will begin with check-in between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m.

This year’s guest clinician is two-time NCAA DII finalist Vince Dietz, who earned All-America honors twice for St. Cloud State University during his collegiate career. Dietz currently serves as a student assistant coach for the Huskies this season.

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St. Cloud State to face challenging schedule in 2019-20

St. Cloud State University Wrestling enters its 71st year of collegiate wrestling and its 2019-20 schedule will be highlighted by six home dual matches for the Huskies.

The list of home matches includes the annual Black/Red Classic (Nov. 1), Southwest Minnesota State (Nov. 20), Western State College (Jan. 5), MSU – Moorhead at Pierz H.S. (Jan. 30), Upper Iowa (Feb. 13) and Augustana (Feb. 19). Tickets for all home matches this season are available at www.scsutickets.com or you can purchase them at the gate on match days. All SCSU student get into all regular-season home matches at Halenbeck Hall for FREE.

The Huskies will start their 2019-20 non-conference dual schedule by heading to the Northeast Duals in Troy, NY (Nov. 9) as they will face American International, Pittsburg-Johnstown and Johnson & Wales. The Open season will get underway at the Finn Grinaker Open on Nov. 16 followed by the Dragon Open on Dec. 8. SCSU closes out their first semester as they travel to Northern State (Dec. 13) for a dual meet.

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SCSU Coach Steve Costanzo to enter Dana College Hall of Fame

St. Cloud State University wrestling coach Steve Costanzo will be inducted into the Dana College Athletic Hall of Fame on Oct. 5.

In 2006, Costanzo led Dana College (Neb.) to the NAIA National Championship (with a tourney record 193 points) and an NWCA National Duals Championship. His squads while at Dana College won Great Plains Athletic Conference titles in 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2006. In addition, his teams claimed Regional Championships in 2001, 2002, 2005 and 2006. The Vikings finished with top 10 finishes at the NAIA National Championships in 2004, 2005 and 2006.

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St. Cloud State wrestling mourns passing of first coach Jack Gause

St. Cloud State University mourns the recent passing of Jack Gause, who helped establish the Huskies’ wrestling program as the team’s first head coach in 1949-50.

A U.S. Navy veteran, commercial diver and a longtime wrestling coach and official, Gause was born in 1930 in Portland, Oregon. He moved to Minneapolis in 1931 and later moved to Robbinsdale in 1939. He attended St. Cloud State from 1949-50 and coached the Huskies’ first wrestling team that season. He served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War and later returned to SCSU and obtained a master’s degree.

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