photo courtesy of Jurgens Photography; SCSU athletics
2020 Super Regional V Preview
Where: Northern State University
Brackets (when available): TrackWrestling
2020 Champions - St. Cloud State
#12 Minnesota State Mankato
Minnesota State Moorhead
Minot State University
Northern State University
Southwest Minnesota State University
#1 St. Cloud State University
Upper Iowa University
#13 University of Wisconsin-Parkside
It was all but a foregone conclusion a season ago that the St. Cloud State University Huskies were going to be crowned national champions again. Despite a super-regional tournament where they had hiccups, they were headed to Sioux Falls with all the swagger of the best team in Division II wrestling. This year we have to wonder. Could there be a chink in that armor that has seemed so impenetrable over the year? In a shortened season, many of their wrestlers have looked unbeatable, but lineup questions have remained unanswered until just this week. Are some of the other teams starting to smell a little blood in the water? This will be the first tournament format for this Huskies squad this season to show that they are more than ready for the challengers. This region will not be a walk in the park for them; Minnesota State Mankato has some outstanding individuals, as does Wisconsin-Parkside. Northern State matched the Huskies perfect dual record this season and shared the NSIC crown with them. Augustana showed a year ago that they can peak at the right time and do it again. St. Cloud needs to be aware that they cannot rely on the coaches voting in their favor too many times if an athlete needs a wildcard. Heavy is the head that wears the crown and beware the usurpers.
Super Regional V has 33 ranked athletes ready to compete for only 20 guaranteed national berths and possible five or six wild cards. That will leave a lot of talented athletes sitting at home in two weeks wondering “what might have been.”
Follow along as I look at every weight and make my predictions for Top Four and the two wrestlers who will automatically represent SRI at each weight. I will also do my best to make a guess at the wildcards.
#2 Joe Arroyo (Wisconsin-Parkside) 2020 champion
#7 Trent McManus (MSU-Mankato)
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