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One of the longest tenured programs in NCAA Division II wrestling, the San Francisco State Gators have been wrestling since 1939. In 47 seasons in NCAA Division II, the Gators have had 12 National Champions, 80 All-Americans, and 173 total National Qualifiers. Jason Welch has been at the head of the Gator program for the last three seasons.
Justin Pichedwatana was the lone Gator to qualify for the 2020 NCAA Division II National Championships, via a Super Region 6 Championship at 184. The Gator redshirt junior became an All-American for the second time with his NWCA honor as the sixth-seed prior to Nationals. He finished seventh at 184 in 2019.
Nine of the 10 San Francisco State starters from a season ago still have eligibility, including Pichedwatana at 184 and 2020 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Wrestler of the Year Max Schneider at 157. Schneider, ranked #4 nationally heading into Regionals last season, finished sixth at the Super Region 6 Tournament, after an injury in the semifinals. Mason Boutain (149) took fourth at the Regional last season, while Aaron Perez (125) and Jeremy Huang (165) each finished fifth at the Super Region 6 event.
With a roster of just under 30 a season ago with just four seniors graduating, the young Gators look to the 2020-21 season.