MANKATO, Minn. — The Minnesota State wrestling team will travel to Decorah, Iowa. Saturday to take part in the Luther College Open.
The Luther College Open will be the second open tournament the Mavericks will compete in as many weeks to begin their season. Minnesota State placed eight wrestlers at the last year’s edition of the tournament.
Matthew Blome (So., 197 lbs.) will take to the mat for the first time this season in Iowa. Blome finished the season last year as an All-American, compiling a 28-11 record, and finishing eighth at the NCAA Championships. Blome will return to the Luther Open to defend his first-place finish from 2016.
Corey Abernathy (Sr., 184 lbs.) will begin his senior year campaign in Iowa Saturday. Abernathy went 4-1 at the Luther College Open last season and finished third in his weight class. The All-American and Iowa native finished eighth at the DII Championships last season and will look to start out the 2017-18 season strong.
Derek Herman (R-Fr., 174), Logan Saltou (So., 149 lbs.), and Zach Johnston (So., 165 lbs.) all placed at the open tournament in Iowa last year.
Mavericks wrestling in the Luther College Open Include:
Corey Abernathy (Sr., I84 lbs.)
Matthew Blome (So., 197 lbs.)
Neil Clement (Rf., 157 lbs.)
Daniel Close (Jr., 149 lbs.)
Seth Elwood (Jr.) (Unattached)
George Farmah (Jr., 133 lbs.)
Anthony Heng (Rf., 125 lbs.)
Dylan Herman (Sr., 157 lbs.)
Zach Johnston (So., 165 lbs.)
Etienne Kinney (Rf., 157 lbs.)
Logan Linderbaum (So., 285 lbs.)
Andrew McFall (So., 125 lbs.)
Tanner Mills (Sr., 141 lbs.)
Kolbe O’Brien (Fr., 133 lbs.) (Unattached)
Chaydon O’Fallon (Sr., 197 lbs.)
Kyle Rathman (Fr., 141 lbs.) (Unattached)
Logan Saltou (So., 157 lbs.)
Louie Sanders (So., 141 lbs.)
Justin Schultz (Fr., 149 lbs.) (Unattached)
Trevor Turniff (Fr., 165 lbs.) (Unattached)
Chris Zimmer (Sr., 285 lbs.)