ST. CLOUD -- The St. Cloud State University wrestling team will be trying to defend their national championship this weekend.

The Huskies are competing in the 2022 NCAA Division II Wrestling Championships Friday and Saturday in St. Louis.

The Huskies are seeking their fourth consecutive team National Championship and sixth in the last seven years. They won titles in 2015, 2016, 2018, 2019, and 2021. No championships were held in 2020 due to the pandemic.

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SCSU has seven individual wrestlers in the tournament.
Paxton Creese, So. | 125 pounds

  • 2021-22 record: 18-2 (3 MD, 4 TF, 3 Fall)
  • NCAA seed: No. 3
  • NWCA Rank: No. 3
  • First Round Matchup: Cody Fatzinger, Western Colorado (15-8)
  • 2022 Super Region V Champion
  • First-time NCAA Qualifier

 Garrett Vos, R-Sr. | 133 pounds

  • 2021-22 record: 20-2 (6 MD, 3 TF, 2 Fall)
  • NCAA seed: No. 7
  • NWCA Rank: No. 7
  • First Round Matchup: Tanner Hitchcock, Lindenwood (8-3)
  • Four-time NCAA Qualifier
  • Three-time NCAA All-American (2019 133 6th, 2020 133, 2021 133 2nd)

 Joseph Bianchini, R-Jr. | 141 pounds

  • 2021-22 record: 26-0 (5 MD, 3 TF, 5 Fall)
  • NCAA seed: No. 1
  • NWCA Rank: No. 1
  • First Round Matchup: Joel Cawoski, Seton Hill (19-7)
  • 2022 Super Region V Champion
  • Three-time NCAA Qualifier
  • Two-time NCAA All-American (2020 141, 2021 141 2nd)

 Nicholas Novak, Fr. | 149 pounds

  • 2021-22 record: 20-4 (6 MD, 7 TF, 1 Fall)
  • NCAA seed: No. 7
  • NWCA Rank: No. 7
  • First Round Matchup: Darick Lapaglia, Central Missouri (19-7)
  • 2022 Super Region V Champion
  • First-time NCAA Qualifier

 Anthony Herrera, R-So. | 157 pounds

  • 2021-22 record: 18-1 (1 MD, 1 TF, 1 Fall)
  • NCAA seed: No. 1
  • NWCA Rank: No. 1
  • First Round Matchup: Tyler Swiderski, Lake Erie (23-7)
  • 2022 Super Region V Champion
  • First-time NCAA Qualifier
  • Two-time NJCAA All-American

 Noah Ryan, R-Sr. | 197 pounds

  • 2021-22 record: 23-0 (4 MD, 1 TF, 2 Fall)
  • NCAA seed: No. 2
  • NWCA Rank: No. 2
  • First Round Matchup: Tereus Henry, Fort Hays State (27-10)
  • 2022 Super Region V Champion
  • Three-time NCAA Qualifier
  • Two-time NCAA All-American (2020 197, 2021 197 7th)

 Kameron Teacher, R-Sr. | 285 pounds

  • 2021-22 record: 15-1 (4 MD, 1 TF, 4 Fall)
  • NCAA seed: No. 4
  • NWCA Rank: No. 4
  • First Round Matchup: Cameron Coffman, Lander (13-8)
  • Five-time NCAA Qualifier
  • 2021 NCAA National Champion (285)
  • Four-time NCAA All-American (2017 285 2nd, 2018 285 2nd, 2019 285 3rd, 2021 285 1st)

The championship matches will be at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday.

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