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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SCSU ranked among nation’s top three in 2019-20 DII preseason poll

The St. Cloud State University wrestling team, which has won NCAA Division II national championships in 2019, 2018, 2016 and 2015, has earned a number three ranking in The Open Mat’s Division II preseason rankings for the upcoming 2019-20 season.

In the top five poll, Notre Dame (Ohio) was ranked number one and Nebraska-Kearney was ranked number two ahead of St. Cloud State, which has finished ahead of those two schools at the NCAA DII championships in four of the last five seasons. The top five poll for 2019-20 was completed by Pitt-Johnstown and Lindenwood. The poll is compiled by The Open Mat DII wrestling expert Bryce Villa.

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St. Cloud State’s Velasquez receives NCAA postgraduate scholarship

St. Cloud State University’s Brett Velasquez, who finished his collegiate wrestling career in 2018-19, was recently awarded a prestigious NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship. He was one of just 21 NCAA men student-athletes to receive the award for winter sports in 2019.

The NCAA awards up to 126 postgraduate scholarships annually. The scholarships are awarded to student-athletes who excel academically and athletically and who are at least in their final year of intercollegiate athletics competition.

The one-time non-renewable scholarships of $10,000 are awarded three times a year corresponding to each sport season (fall, winter and spring). Each sports season there are 21 scholarships available for men and 21 scholarships available for women for use in an accredited graduate program.

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St. Cloud State’s Eischens and Velasquez named to Academic All-District Team

St. Cloud State University wrestlers junior Kolton Eischens (Pierz, Minn./Healy H.S.) and senior Brett Velasquez (Bennington, Neb./H.S.) have both been named to the 2018-19 Google Cloud NCAA Division II Men’s Academic All-District 7 At-Large First Team. Eischens and Velasquez are the only two student-athletes from the always rugged Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference to receive recognition on this year’s 2018-19 Google Cloud NCAA Division II Men’s Academic All-District 7 At-Large Team.

The 2018-19 Google Cloud Academic All-District® Men’s At-Large Team, selected by CoSIDA, recognizes the nation’s top student-athletes for their combined performances in the athletic realm and in the classroom. The Google Cloud Academic All-America® program separately recognizes outstanding student-athletes in four divisions — NCAA Division I, NCAA Division II, NCAA Division III and NAIA. First-team Academic All-District® honorees advance to the Google Cloud Academic All-America® ballot. First-, second- and third team (if applicable) Academic All-America® honorees will be announced in June.

The At-Large Team includes student-athletes in the sports of wrestling, swimming and diving, tennis, golf, ice hockey, rifle, skiing, fencing, lacrosse, volleyball, gymnastics and water polo.

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