Dietz named NSIC Wrestler of the Week

BURNSVILLE, MINN. – It was quite the week for St. Cloud State University wrestler Vince Dietz (Homer Glenn, Ill. / Lockport Township). The senior captain showed why he’s the top-ranked wrestler in his weight class, with a perfect 5-0 record and three falls to boot. For his performances, Dietz was named the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) Wrestler of the Week, the conference office announced Tuesday afternoon.

Dietz was instrumental in St. Cloud State’s success over the week, helping the No. 1 team in the nation defeat No. 21 Chadron State College on Thursday, November 15 before dominating at the Finn Grinaker Open in Moorhead, Minnesota on Saturday. The senior opened his week with a 2:40 fall victory over Chadron State’s Aspen Naylor, helping the Huskies cruise to a 36-9 dual victory over the No. 21 Eagles.

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Huskies earn number one ranking in preseason DII national poll

The defending national champion St. Cloud State University wrestling team received the number one ranking in the NWCA Division II wrestling coaches preseason poll for the upcoming 2018-19 season.

The Huskies scored 92 points in the poll with eight individually ranked wrestlers, while Nebraska-Kearney was second in the poll with 69 points and five ranked wrestlers and Notre Dame of Ohio was third with 67 points and five ranked wrestlers. The top 10 was completed by McKendree (59 pts), Wheeling Jesuit (48 pts), Upper Iowa (45 pts.), Pitt-Johnstown (45 pts.), Minnesota State (43 pts.), Western Colorado (38 pts.) and Newberry (33 pts.).

Individually, the Huskies led all DII teams with eight ranked wrestlers led by #1 ranked James Pleski at 149-pounds and #1 ranked Vince Dietz at 197-pounds. A junior, Pleski is a two-time All-American and finished second at 149-pounds for the Huskies in 2018. A senior, Dietz earned All-America notice for the Huskies after placing second at 197-pounds for SCSU in 2018 at the NCAA DII championships.

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St. Cloud State wrestling earns six All-NSIC honors

The St. Cloud State University wrestling team (19-0, 8-0 NSIC) placed a total of six athletes on the 2017-18 All-Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference wrestling team.

This group of honored athletes includes first-team selections #4 Brett Velasquez at 125-pounds, #6 Jarred Oftedahl at 141-pounds, #1 James Pleski at 149-pounds and #4 Vince Dietz at 197-pounds.

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