Brady Wilson will start his seventh season as an assistant coach with the St. Cloud State University wrestling team in 2017-18.
He has played an important role in the recent success of the the wrestling program at St. Cloud State. In the past six seasons with Wilson on the staff, SCSU has won two NCAA Division II championships in 2016 and 2015 along with second place finishes at the NCAA championships in 2017, 2012 and 2013. The Huskies have also won six consecutive NSIC championships in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017.
A 2009 graduate of Minnesota State University, Wilson served as a graduate assistant coach at his alma mater in 2010-11 and he received a graduate degree in sports management from Minnesota State University in 2011.
Wilson brings a wealth of collegiate wrestling experience to the St. Cloud State wrestling room. At Minnesota State, Wilson was a four-time All-American, a four-time conference champion and a four-time NCAA regional champion during his collegiate wrestling career. At the NCAA Division II championships, Wilson earned top five finishes at 285-pounds in all four seasons of his career, including a second place finish in 2010.
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He set a record at Minnesota State with 143 wins during his career and he was named MSU's Athlete of the Year and Student-Athlete of the Year in 2010.
A 2005 graduate of Faribault High School in Faribault, Minn., Wilson earned MSHSL state champion honors in 2005 while posting a 109-30 career record as a prep athlete. At Faribault High School, Wilson also gained NHSCA, Greco Juniors and Fila Freestyle All-America accolades.
Wilson helped lead the MSU Mavericks to a 10th place finish at the 2011 NCAA Division II championships. He coached three All-American and six national qualifiers during the 2010-11 season in Mankato.
“I’ve had the privilege to know Brady (Wilson) over the years as a competitor and as a coach,” said Coach Steve Costanzo. “He is an excellent choice to fill the role as head assistant wrestling coach and will help build our young men into life champions on and off the mat. He is a great fit for our program.”
John A. Peterson
Volunteer Assistant Coach
John Peterson, an Olympic champion, two-time Olympic medalist, three-time World Cup champion and a member of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame, will be assisting the St. Cloud State University wrestlers this season with personal development.
Peterson earned a silver medal as a freestyle wrestler at the 1972 Olympics in Munich, Germany, then won the 180.5-pound freestyle gold medal at the 1976 Olympics in Montreal, Canada. He earned World Cup championships in 1973, 1975 and 1980. As a collegiate wrestler at Wisconsin-Stout, he was an NAIA All-American (fifth place) in 1971 and earned three conference titles. He was inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in 1986.
He has shared his faith with people around the world, working with Athletes In Action and Campus Crusade for Christ. Along with his brother, fellow Olympic wrestling champion Ben Peterson, the duo founded Camp of Champs in 1977. The Wisconsin-based camp combines intense training and competition with recreation and character training from a biblical perspective.
“We are very fortunate to have John work with our student-athletes on a personal basis,” said Coach Steve Costanzo. “John is a great role model and I believe our men will learn a lot from him.”
Graduate Assistant Coach
An All-American wrestler for the Huskies during his collegiate career, Jay Hildreth will begin his second season as a graduate assistant coach for the Huskies in 2017-18. A resident of Council Bluffs, Iowa and graduate of Lewis High School, Hildreth earned All-America status twice for the Huskies in 2014 and 2016. He helped lead the Huskies to an NCAA Division II championship during his senior year in 2015-16. He is currently working toward his master's degree at St. Cloud State University.