Mavericks Ranked Eighth Heading into Final Weekend

Edmond, Okla. — Minnesota State (9-2, 6-0 NSIC) has moved up to No. 8 in the latest Division II Wrestling Coaches Association Poll. MSU, winners of seven straight, tallied 89 points and jumped two spots in the latest installment.

Individually, MSU has four wrestlers ranked – led by the upperclassmen duo of Brendan Eichmann (174 lbs) and Aaron Norgren (184 lbs). Both wrestlers remain ranked No. 4 in their weight class. Eichmann stands at 18-6 on the year while Norgren sits at 9-5 on the year.

MSU-Mankato MavericksFreshman standout Alphonso Vruno (133 lbs) makes his debut in the among the nationally ranked at No. 7. The team-leader in wins owns a 27-5 record.

Returning All-American Cody Quinn (165 lbs) fell to No. 7 in the latest poll; Quinn is 16-7 on the year.

The Mavericks will travel to St. Cloud, Minn., tomorrow to take on the top-ranked Huskies. A win will guarantee MSU at least a share of the NSIC Regular Season Championship. MSU will host Northern State on Friday, Feb. 15 in its regular season finale.

Division II Coaches Association Team & Individual Rankings – February 13, 2013

Alphonso Vruno133Fr.7th
Cody Quinn165So.7th
Brendan Eichmann174Jr.4th
Aaron Norgren184Sr.4th

Division II Rankings

1.  St. Cloud State (Minn.)
2.  Notre Dame (Ohio)
3.  Central Oklahoma
4.  Pittsburgh-Johnstown (Pa.)
5.  Newberry (S.C.)
6.  Upper Iowa
7.  Nebraska-Kearney
8.  Minnesota State-Mankato              
9.  Findlay (Ohio)
10.  Mercyhurst (Pa.)
11.  Adams State (Colo.)
12.  Kutztown (Pa.)
13.  Wisconsin-Parkside
14.  Colorado Mesa
15.  Ashland (Ohio)
16.  Indianapolis (Ind.)
17.  Augustana (S.D.)
18.  North Carolina-Pembroke
19.  Grand Canyon (Ariz.)
20.  Fort Hays State (Kan.)