Mankato, Minn. – Minnesota State wrestling enters its 65th season with many veterans returning for another year of competition.
MSU finished the 2014-15 season with a 5-3 overall and conference record. The Mavericks went on to finish seventh at the NCAA Division II Super Region 3 Tournament. Three Mavericks advanced to the NCAA Championships, and as a team, finished 17th in the nation.
Alphonso Vruno (Sr., 141 lbs.) is the lone Maverick returning who competed in the NCAA Championships from a season ago. Vruno collected a 28-12 overall record and finished with a 7-1 dual record. He earned his way to nationals in a true fourth match.
Malcolm Allen (R-Sr., 285 lbs.), Adam Cooling (Jr., 157 lbs.) and Scott VanDeLoo (Sr., 184 lbs.) all return this season with great numbers from the year before. Allen led the team in decision wins with 18, and VanDeLoo finished with nine falls. Cooling was 18-8 overall with an 8-4 record against Division II wrestlers.
Minnesota State is led by head coach Jim Makovsky who enters his 23rd season with a career record of 266-122-5 (25 years). As the Mavericks’ head coach, he has a compiled a record of 243-103-3 (22 years). The Mavericks’ assistant coaches are Marc Harwood and Mike Niemczyk.
MSU begins its season at the RCTC Open in Rochester, Minn. on Nov. 1st.