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.
A 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.