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Experienced wrestling announcer is the new public address announcer for SCSU men's hockey

Jason Bryant has been the public address announcer for several high profile wrestling events, including three Olympics. He replaces Chuck Clausen, who retired after 32 seasons with the Huskies

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Jason Bryant is the new public address announcer for St. Cloud State men's hockey games.
Courtesy of St. Cloud State University

ST. CLOUD, Minn. — Jason Bryant has been named the new public address announcer for the St. Cloud State men's hockey team.

Bryant replaces Chuck Clausen, who retired after spending the last 32 seasons as the Huskies' public address announcer.

Bryant joins the Huskies after working several high-level events in the wrestling world, including three Olympic Games, 16 World Championships and 48 college national championships.

“You don’t have to look very hard to see the impact and influence of hockey on this great state,” Bryant said in a news release. “When looking at the landscape of college hockey, St. Cloud State isn’t just a Minnesota brand, it’s a national brand. I’m excited for the opportunity to be part of this great community and follow the Huskies on their road to the Frozen Four.”

“We are so grateful for Chuck Clausen’s 32 years of service and dedication, and extremely excited to add Jason Bryant as the next voice of Husky Hockey,” Huskies head coach Brett Larson said in a news release. “Jason will have big shoes to fill, and we can’t wait to see his expertise put to work in front of our Husky faithful this upcoming season. I can’t wait for our fans to get to know Jason, welcome him and his family into our program and add to our thrilling game day experience at the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center for years to come.”

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Bryant has been a broadcaster, journalist and public address announcer over the last 28 years. His career began in his home state of Virginia, where he launched Mat Talk Online, a Virginia-based website out of his dorm room in October 1997. His website led to numerous announcing gigs around the region, state and world, and helped him become one of the most recognizable voices in the sport of wrestling.

Bryant has been behind the mic at every NCAA Division I, Division III and NAIA Wrestling Championships since 2016. He’s also been the English public address announcer at the last five UWW Senior World Wrestling Championships and the last two Olympic Games.

Bryant has worked for the Daily Press, National Wrestling Coaches Association, USA Wrestling and Amateur Wrestling News while building his resume as a public address announcer. He rebranded and relaunched Mat Talk Online as his own business in 2013, turning the website into the world’s largest on-demand wrestling audio website, producing, editing and distributing more than 3,000 podcast episodes. He has earned 16 major media awards over the last 21 years, including the Bob Moskowitz Media Award in 2021 and the Wrestling Insider Newsmagazine’s Journalist of the Year in 2022. Bryant is the President of the National Wrestling Media Association, a post he’s held since 2009.

Outside of wrestling, Bryant has announced hundreds of high school and college sports events in the following sports: football, basketball, soccer, ice hockey, field hockey, lacrosse, marathon and road racing, fastpitch softball, baseball and roller derby.

Bryant is a 2004 graduate of Old Dominion University. He resides in New Brighton, Minn., with his wife, Abby, and two daughters: Lucy London, 10, and Ruby Rio, 6.

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