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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Minnesota Wrestling Round Table

Listen to the latest episode of the Minnesota Wrestling Round Table Podcast brought to you by KNUJ Radio out of New Ulm, Minn. Join Jim Bartels, and his guests, Larry ‘The Sodbuster’ Baumgardt, Chad Johnson, Cathy Koob, Chuck Albrecht, and Adam Bartels.

Topics discussed in this episode include MWCA Hall of Fame inductees, high school rankings and state preview, interview with NYWA’s Curt Olson, college wrestling, girls high school state tournament, and an interview with St. Cloud State Steve Costanzo.

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Minnesota Wrestling Round Table

Listen to the latest episode of the Minnesota Wrestling Round Table Podcast brought to you by KNUJ Radio out of New Ulm, Minn. The Round Table includes Adam Bartels, Chad Johnson, Larry Baumgardt, Cathy Koob, Paul Dunn, and Host Jim Bartels.

Check out interviews with SCSU Coach Steve Costanzo and MN/USA Wrestling State Director Matt Njos.

High school, college, youth, and USA Wrestling are covered. Tune in to the podcast that covers our wrestling watercooler talk.

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St. Cloud State update from Coach Costanzo

The following is an open letter to SCSU wrestling fans and followers from head coach Steve Costanzo.

As we start the 2020-21 school year and complete the first week of classes, I thought it would be appropriate to recap and pass along what we currently know about our upcoming season!

It’s hard to believe that almost six months ago to the day, we shut down our training rooms on campus ending the 2019-20 season. Not only did we miss our NCAA championship tournament, but we also missed recognizing this team’s amazing run and last year’s senior class. Unfortunately, we won’t get the championship back nor will those athletes get relief from the NCAA to get that season back. However, we were able to provide a virtual season recap, recognize top performances, and hear from our seniors regarding their careers as Huskies. It was very important for us to recognize these young men and this team. They were much more deserving of their accomplishments than a virtual presentation, but we tried to make the best of it.

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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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