MANKATO, Minn. – Minnesota State wrestling will travel to Upper Iowa to take part in a match-up pitting two Top-25 programs against one another Friday, at 7:00 p.m.
The Mavericks will travel to Fayette, Iowa holding an overall record of 5-1 and are 3-0 in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference after defeating MSU Moorhead 36-9 on Jan. 12. Upper Iowa is 6-3 overall with an NSIC record of 2-1. The Peacocks have wins over #7 CSU-Pueblo, #8 Notre Dame College and #15 Lake Erie College at the NWCA National Duals and an NSIC loss to the University of Mary by a score of 21-19.
Minnesota State defeated Upper Iowa in their last meeting, 25-13, at Taylor Center. The Mavericks won six weight classes while delivering the Peacocks their first conference loss of the season a year ago. Andrew McFall, Dylan Herman, Corey Abernathy and Matthew Blome all picked up victories for Minnesota State.
The Mavericks have two wrestlers ranked nationally in the 184 and 197-pound weight classes. Minnesota State’s two returning All-Americans, Corey Abernathy and Matthew Blome, are each rated fifth in their respective weight classes. The Peacocks currently have four wrestlers ranked nationally. They include #5 Maleek Williams at 125, #5 Josh Walker at 133, #12 Brock Benitz at 157 and #2 Logan Hopp at 285.
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