SCSU to open new season with Black/Red Classic on Nov. 2

The St. Cloud State University wrestling team will get its season underway on Thursday, Nov. 2 with the annual Black/Red Intrasquad Dual in Halenbeck Hall. The action on the mats begins at 7 p.m. and the event will provide fans a chance to check out this year’s edition of SCSU wrestling.

SCSU wrestling alumni Matt Jackson ’09 and Tom Messeli ’07 will serve as the honorary coaches for the Black and Red teams respectively. The evening will also include a special Wall of Fame induction ceremony for four-time All-American Austin Goergen, who completed his legendary career at SCSU in 2016-17.

Here is a rundown of the Black and Red Team rosters for the match on Nov. 2.

BLACK – #2 Brett Velasquez, RJr, Bennington, NE
RED – Brandon Briggs, RSo, Capron, IL

BLACK – Shiquan Hall, RJr, Homestead, FL
RED – Garrett Vos, Fr, Bonifacius, MN

BLACK – #7 Jarred Oftedahl, RSr, Chaska, MN
RED – Travis Swanson, RJr, Cambridge, MN

BLACK – #1 James Pleski, RSo, Stacy, MN
RED – Jake Barzowski, RFr, Park Ridge, IL

BLACK – #1 Larry Bomstad, Sr, Lake Lillian, MN
RED – Teddy Pierce, Fr, St. Francis, MN

BLACK – Travis Holt, RSr, Stanchfield, MN
RED – Devin Donovan, Fr, Wheaton, IL

BLACK – Kolton Eischens, So, Pierz, MN
RED – Devin FitzPatrick, RFr, Mahtomedi, MN

BLACK – Riley Vanik, Fr, Sugar Grove, IL
RED – Austin Rake, RJr, Valdez, AK

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BLACK – #9 Vince Dietz, RJr, Homer Glen, IL
RED – Noah Ryan, Fr, Mantorville, MN

BLACK – Lawrence Phillips, RJr, Byron, IL
RED – Brady Reigstad, Fr, Wilmar, MN

The six-time defending Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference champions, SCSU placed second at the NCAA DII championships last year and also claimed first place finishes at the 2017 NCAA Division II Super 3 Regional and the 2017 NWCA Division II National Duals championships. SCSU was 17-1 in overall competiton and won the NSIC crown with an 8-0 record.

SCSU has charted a 47-0 dual meet record in NSIC competiton over the past six seasons and they have not lost an NSIC dual match since a loss to Augustana on Jan. 27, 2011. Costanzo will begin his 12th season with the Huskies in 2017-18 and he currently owns a 169-28 overall record during his tenure in St. Cloud.

Of note, SCSU will also host the 2018 NCAA Division II Super 3 Regional meet at Halenbeck Hall on Feb. 23-24.

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