The phrase student-athlete rang true throughout 2012-13 as St. Cloud State student-athletes excelled in intercollegiate competition and academics.
Several student-athletes won National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) Division II individual national championships and were named to Capital One Academic All-America teams. To top it all off, seven Husky teams won conference titles.
Senior Shamus O’Grady, Coon Rapids, led the St. Cloud State wrestling team to an NCAA national team runner-up, winning the individual title at 184 pounds and was named the Outstanding Wrestler of the championships. On the way to the national title, he was voted Most Valuable Wrestler of the NCAA Super Region 3 Championships winning an individual title and claiming Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) MVP honors. A four-time All-American O’Grady finished his final season with a 40-1 record tying the school record for most wins in a season and was 108-28 in his career.
Husky Wrestling was NCAA national runner-up for the third straight year, and won its third straight Super Region 3 title and second consecutive NSIC championship.
Luke Weber, Mankato, became the third Husky male diver to win an NCAA Division II National title when he captured first place on the three-meter board. Competing in his fourth national championship, Weber posted a score of 563.80 for the national title and two nights later, competing on the one-meter board, finished as the national runner-up for the second straight year. Weber helped his team to a 12th place t
eam finish at the national championships.
Academically, St. Cloud State boasted six Capital One Academic All-America team members selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). To be eligible, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve and maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.30.
Since 1976, St. Cloud State has had 53 athletes named to a CoSIDA All-America team. Of those 53, 25 have been named first team including eight since 2011.
St. Cloud State teams filled the Husky trophy cases with new hardware in 2012-13. An unprecedented seven teams won division and conference championships. It started in early February with the women’s swimming and diving team and ended in May with baseball’s regular season conference championship.
- Women’s swimming and diving NSIC champions
- Wrestling NSIC champions
- Men’s basketball NSIC North Division champions
- Women’s basketball NSIC North Division champions
- Men’s ice hockey WCHA regular season MacNaughton Cup champions
- Men’s golf NSIC champions
- Baseball NSIC regular season champions