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College Wrestling: Poster hunting for perfection

Clint Poster's name is associated with one. He'd like to get two more. This week's Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Wrestler of the Week helped the St. Cloud State University Huskies wrestling team to a NCAA Division II national championsh...

St. Cloud State University senior Clint Poster measures up an opponent during a match earlier this season. Poster, a Pierz graduate, is the top-ranked 165-pounder in NCAA Division II.
St. Cloud State University senior Clint Poster measures up an opponent during a match earlier this season. Poster, a Pierz graduate, is the top-ranked 165-pounder in NCAA Division II.

Clint Poster's name is associated with one.

He'd like to get two more.

This week's Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Wrestler of the Week helped the St. Cloud State University Huskies wrestling team to a NCAA Division II national championship last season. Having his named connected to the only national team title in SCSU history hasn't dampened the former two-time Minnesota State High School League state champion from wanting more.

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Clint Poster

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College: St. Cloud State University

Sport: Wrestling

Weight class: Division II's top-ranked 165-pounder

Hometown: Pierz 

--- "It feels great to be a part of that and have my name on that team," said Poster. "It was a great accomplishment, but we're not done. We're working toward getting another one of those titles and I'd like to win an individual national title, too."

The Huskies are ranked second in the nation and are 2-0 in duals. They are competing in the NWCA Division II National Duals Friday and Saturday at Fort Wayne, Ind.

Division II's top-ranked 165-pounder improved to 18-0 this season with 10 wins as he captured his fourth individual title of the season at the Viking-Warrior Open Jan. 2 in Fremont, Neb. Of Poster's 18 wins, 10 are by pin.

"This has been the most relaxed, fun year I've had wrestling," said Poster. "I just feel confident. I've seen almost everything at this stage in my career. This past summer I spent a lot of time in the weight room just working on conditioning, which is good because I went up a weight class."

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Last season at 157 pounds, Poster earned his third Division II All-American honor by finishing third at the NCAA championships. He finished the season 40-1 to tie a single-season school record. He was a two-time NSIC Wrestler of the Week, which he's already tied this season, and made the All-NSIC First Team and NSIC Academic Team.

His goal is to cap off his career at SCSU with that individual title.

"I just need to stay healthy and mentally strong," said Poster. "At this point, I really only concentrate on myself. I don't think too much about my opponent, unless he's got a big throw or something like that. If not, then I just focus on myself and what I can control."

Poster will earn his degree in entrepreneurship this spring. After graduation, the former Pierz Pioneer will concentrate on getting a job and finding a home for he and his wife. Competitive wrestling will end when this season ends for Poster, but he hasn't ruled out coaching.

For now, he's focused on collecting more NCAA hardware. He's confident that can happen.

"It was about the middle of my redshirt freshman season when I started gaining some confidence in myself," said Poster. "When I first got here, I just wanted to see what I could do. But my redshirt year I started beating some people. I got off to a good start that season and things just started to grow.

"The decision to come here and wrestle has turned out to be the best decision I could have made. The coaching staff and the team have been great. Coach (Steve) Costanzo really knows what he's talking about when it comes to coaching. I've learned a lot from him. I'm glad I came here, plus it's only 36 miles from my hometown so I couldn't be happier."

 

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