Minnesota State Wrestling Preseason Outlook

Mankato, Minn. — Minnesota State returns seven starters from a team that finished ninth in the nation in 2015-16.

Senior Adam Cooling, Minnesota State’s lone returning national qualifier, leads a young, but experienced Maverick squad. Cooling, a CoSIDA Second Team Academic All-American last year who earned All-NSIC First Team honors, finished third at 174 at the NCAA Division II national championship tournament last year and racked up a 30-5 won-loss record. He enters his senior season with a 72-21 career won-loss record.

manklogoA pair of youngsters in Daniel Close (149) and Andrew McFall (125) will be looking to contribute this year as sophomores. Close, named Minnesota State’s Top Newcomer last year, went 23-15 and in his first season of college wrestling and looks to improve on his sixth-place finish at regions. McFall, last Most Improved Award recipient, fashioned a 22-4 mark in 2015-16. Senior Darick Vancura (197) fashioned a 14-14 mark and placed sixth at the regional tournament in his junior season, junior Corey Abernathy (184) was 4-1 last year, while junior Tanner Mills (141) was 10-7 and sophomore Paul Selman (133) was 23-11. Junior heavyweight Chris Zimmer fashioned a 22-9 mark in 2015-16.

Minnesota State, which fashioned a 10-4 dual mark and finished third in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference standings in 2016-17, is led by veteran head coach Jim Makovsky who enters his 27th season of college coaching with a career record of 276-126-5. In 22 years at the Maverick Wrestling helm, the Wahpeton, N.D., native has a compiled a 253-107-3 mark.

Minnesota State begins its season at the RCTC Open in Rochester, Minn. on Nov. 5th.

A pdf of Minnesota State’s preseason information is available HERE.

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