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Former Northern State wrestler Matt Meuleners to be inducted into the NSIC hall of fame

 The 2024 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Hall of Fame class was released earlier today by the league office, with Matt Meuleners set for induction. The induction ceremony will be held Tuesday, July 9 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Bloomington-Minneapolis South as part of the annual NSIC Summer Kickoff event.  The social will begin at 5:30 p.m. followed by the ceremony at 6:00 p.m. 
 
Meuleners raised the bar during his time at Northern State University. He is one of only two NSIC wrestlers to win multiple NCAA Championships, as he took home back-to-back titles at heavyweight in 2011 and 2012. The Young America, Minnesota native also owns two of the 22 NSIC individual national titles won in the history of the league. He was inducted into the Northern State Hall of Fame in 2023 and will be inducted into the Jim Koch NWCA Division II Wrestling Hall of Fame in late July.
 
Meuleners was the first four-time All-American and second two-time National Champion in Northern State history. He is also the only Northern State and NSIC wrestler to win back-to-back national championships in the same weight class. He reached the finals in three of his four seasons with the Wolves as he captured NSU’s first NCAA National wrestling crown in 2011 at 285 pounds. The 2012 season brought him his second national championship at 285 pounds, prior to finishing his collegiate career as a national finalist in 2013.
 
Meuleners is also one of just 11 Wolves to record 100 career victories, and the only NSU wrestler to record multiple 30-win seasons.  He also holds the best record in program history at 145-39. In addition, he was a four-time All-NSIC performer and the 2011-12 NSIC Wrestler of the Year. Meuleners earned his first All-American honor as a freshman taking eighth at 197 pounds in 2010.
 
In 2013, Meuleners was honored as the NSU Clark Swisher Award recipient, given to the top male student-athlete for career achievement, as he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Human Performance and Fitness.  Following graduation, Meuleners was a U.S. Olympic Trials Qualifier in 2016, three-time place winner at the Dave Schultz Memorial Tournament, two-time U.S. World Team Trials Qualifier, and three-time U.S. Open Senior Freestyle All-American. Additionally, he earned a Master of Science in Sport Management from the University of Central Missouri in 2019. In 2022 he was announced as the Head Wrestling Coach at the University of Sioux Falls. Matt and his wife Jessica have two children, Zoey (4) and Myles (1).
 
Founded in 1986, the Northern Intercollegiate Conference (NIC – the former men’s conference) Hall of Fame was established to recognize and honor those who made significant contributions to the conference, to create favorable publicity and public relations for the league and to help preserve the history of the NIC, its member institutions, student-athletes, and other significant individuals affiliated with the league.  For the first two inductions (1986 and 1990) each selection hailed from the NIC.  In 1992, the Northern Sun Conference (NSC – the former women’s conference) and the NIC merged, creating the current Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC). After annual inductions since 2000, the NSIC Hall of Fame will now boast over 200 members and three teams.
 
Each NSIC institution (who has been a league member for at least ten years) is asked to submit one candidate for consideration for induction into the Hall of Fame.  Each of the candidates are derived from individuals who have been affiliated with the NSIC, NIC, NSC and their member institutions.
 
In order to be eligible for the NSIC Hall of Fame, candidates must have made their contributions in one of the following areas: 1) former student-athletes, 2) administrator/coach, 3) official/supervisor/coordinator, 4) contributor/supporter, or 5) team. The conference provides two plaques; one of which will go to the inductee and one to the institution represented.  A history of each inductee will be kept in the NSIC Office, and each institution will prominently display the plaques of their respective NSIC Hall of Fame inductees.

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