Mankato, Minn. – Four Minnesota State Mavericks were recognized this past week when the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference All-Conference teams were announced.
Leading the team in wins (29) and pacing the Mavericks with a third-place finish at nationals was junior Aaron Norgren (184-lbs) who earned NSIC First Team All-Conference honors. Norgren earned the honors after winning his weight bracket at the NCAA Super Region 3 tournament held before the national tournament. Norgren finished a perfect 4-0 at the event before going 3-2 at nationals.
Three other Mavericks claimed Second Team All-Conference honors including senior Andy Forstner (125-lbs), senior Ben Becker (174-lbs) and juniorPat Mahan (197-lbs).
These three individuals earned all-conference honors by either finishing runner-up in their respective weight class at the NCAA Super Region 3 tournament or by being named an All-American at the NCAA Division II National Championship.
Forstner earned all-conference honors after being named an All-American for the third time at nationals. Forstner finished the national tournament with a 3-3 record which was good enough for sixth-place as he finished his final season as a Maverick with a 25-15 overall record.
Becker earned all-conference honors as he finished second-place at the regional tournament as well as being named an All-American at the national tournament. Becker finished second at the regional tournament with a 2-1 record before finishing seventh-place at the national tournament with a 3-2 record. Becker’s placing at nationals marks the first time he earned All-American honors as he finished his final season as a Maverick with an 18-9 overall record.
Mahan was the fourth and final Maverick to earn all-conference honors as he finished second at the regional tournament with a 2-1 record. Mahan failed to place at the national tournament as he finished the event with a 1-2 record. Mahan finished his junior year with an 11-9 overall record.
Along with being named to the all-conference team, Mahan was also recognized on the First Team NWCA All-Academic team. The National Wrestling Coaches Association named 160 student-athletes from 37 universities to the all-academic teams with requirements being a minimum 3.00 grade point average while being in at least their second full year at their respective school.
Joining Mahan on the NWCA All-Academic team was sophomore Jesse Westphal who was named to the Second Team All-Academic team. Westphal made his first appearance at nationals this year where he did not place with a 0-2 record. Westphal finished the season with a 16-19 overall record.