Best, again: Huskies win another wrestling national championship – St. Cloud Times


From Staff Reports
Published 6:46 p.m. CT March 9, 2019 | Updated 9:45 p.m. CT March 9, 2019

St. Cloud State’s wrestling team captured the Division II wrestling championship Saturday, marking the fourth time in five years it has taken home the team crown.

The Huskies won the NCAA Division II national championship Saturday held at Cleveland State University in Cleveland, Ohio.

St. Cloud State had 95.5 points, ahead of Wheeling Jesuit (W. Va.) with 87.5 and McKendree (IIl.) with 83. The outcome was decided early — though championship matches were still to be determined in many brackets, the Huskies had accumulated enough points to ensure the title.

St. Cloud State, coached by Steve Costanzo, won the Division II national championship in 2015, 2016 and 2018, and finished second in 2017.

“Momentum is a key,” Costanzo said of how squad approaches individual matches when the team is achieving success. “Get a little bit of momentum built up and it’s a hard thing to stop.”

The Huskies sent nine competitors to the Division II wrestling championships — seven earned All-America honors, including Vince Dietz, who took second in the 197-pound bracket and finished his season 31-1. 

Others earning All-America honors were Brett Velasquez, fourth place at 125; Garrett Vos, sixth place at 133; James Pleski, fourth place at 149; Jake Barzowski, third place at 157; Devin FitzPatrick, sixth place at 165; and Kolton Eischens, fourth place at 174.

Travis Swanson (141) and Chance Helmick (184) also wrestled at the tournament.

“We are very consistent on a day-to-day basis,” Costanzo said of the team building success from year-to-year. “We do a good job with training. … The key to success is consistency.” 


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