Minnesota State Splits at Maverick Duals

Mankato, Minn. – The Minnesota State wrestling team split their matchups against Central Missouri and UW-Parkside, finishing 1-1 at the Maverick Duals Saturday afternoon.

The Mavericks got out to a quick start in their dual against the Central Missouri Mules. Minnesota State rattled off five straight victories to lead the Mules 24-0 halfway through the dual. Andrew McFall garnered a 16-0 major decision at 125 pounds, ending the match before the third period. George Farmah upset the #12 wrestler in Division II, John Feeney, by fall in 4:23 and earning his first pin as a Maverick. Louie Sanders followed with a first period pin in 2:11 over Carson Meek. Kyle Rathman and Daniel Close gained major decision and decision victories at 149 and 157 pounds respectively. Rathman won his third major decision victory of the season, defeating Kaleb Warner 18-5. Close extended his team-leading decision victory mark to ten wins, topping Shea Conley 9-4.

manklogoZach Johnston, Corey Abernathy, and Matthew Blome all gained pins for the Mavericks and kept Minnesota State rolling in the second half of the match. Johnston and Abernathy had identical 2:40 pins while Blome defeated Dominique Hampton in 4:25. Chris Zimmer won the final match of the dual by a 5-0 decision to make the final score 45-3. Minnesota State last surpassed the 40 point plateau in a 49-6 victory over Truman State in December of 2016.

The Mavericks took on the Rangers in their second dual of the day. Wrestling in the 1,000th dual in program history, Minnesota State took a 9-0 lead over second-ranked UW-Parkside. Following a forfeit at 125 pounds, Farmah defeated #3 Airk Furseth by a 2-0 margin, finishing the day 2-0 with wins over nationally ranked opponents. Rathman kept the advantage with a 6-4 decision over #3 Frank Yattoni at 149 pounds. The freshman from Apple Valley, Minn. leads the team with 17 wins this season.

The Mavericks could not sustain the momentum that the early upset victories had provided the home team. Minnesota State dropped three decision victories to nationally ranked opponents in the second half of the match-up. Dylan Herman fell 10-4 to #3 Pernvelon Sheppard. Johnston wrestled #1 Nick Becker close at 174 pounds, pushing Becker to the final whistle, falling 13-8. And #12 Connor Price overcame Corey Abernathy in sudden victory to help the Rangers to a 28-12 win.

The Mavericks are now 4-1 overall and hold a conference record of 2-0. Minnesota State will next face MSU-Moorhead on January 12, at Taylor Center at 7:00 pm.

Watch head coach Jim Makovsky’s post dual interview below.

#20 Minnesota State 45, Central Missouri 3  
125: Andrew McFall (MSU) Tech. Fall over Tyler Flodd (CMU) 16-0, 5:00 | MSU 5 – CMU 0
133: George Farmah (MSU) Fall over #12 John Feeney (CMU) 4:23 | MSU 11 – CMU 0
141: Louie Sanders (MSU) Fall over Carson Meek (CMU) 2:11 | MSU 17 – CMU 0
149: Kyle Rathman (MSU) Major. over Kaleb Warner (CMU) 18-5 | MSU 21 – CMU 0
157: Daniel Close (MSU) Dec. over Shea Conley (CMU) 9-4 | MSU 24 – CMU 0
165: Jesse Reser (CMU) Dec. over Seth Elwood (MSU) 7-6 | MSU 24 – CMU 3
174: Zach Johnston (MSU) Fall over Martin Brunnert (CMU) 2:40 | MSU 30 – CMU 3
184: #5 Corey Abernathy (MSU) Fall over Braden Best (CMU) 2:40 | MSU 36 – CMU 3
197: #5 Matthew Blome (MSU) Fall over Dominique Hampton (CMU) 4:25 | MSU 42 – CMU 3
285: Chris Zimmer (MSU) Dec. over Ryan Morris (CMU) 5-0 | MSU 45 – CMU 3

#2 UW-Parkside 28, #20 Minnesota State 12  
125: Andrew McFall (MSU) Forfeit | MSU 6 – UWP 0
133: George Farmah (MSU) Dec. over #3 Airk Furseth (UWP) 2-0 | MSU 9 – UWP 0
141: #8 Anthony Cheloni (UWP) Dec. over Louie Sanders (MSU) 15-10 | MSU 9 – UWP 3
149: Kyle Rathman (MSU) Dec. over #3 Frank Yattoni (UWP) 6-4 | MSU 12 – UWP 3
157: #3 Pernevlon Sheppard (UWP) Dec. over Dylan Herman (MSU) 10-4 | MSU 12 – UWP 6
165: Brett Scoles (UWP) Major. over Logan Saltou (MSU) 11-3 | MSU 12 – UWP 10
174: #1 Nick Becker (UWP) Dec. over Zach Johnston (MSU) 13-8 | UWP 13 – MSU 12
184: #12 Connor Price (UWP) Dec. #5 Corey Abernathy (MSU) SV 3-1 | UWP 16 – MSU 12
197: James Lehman (UWP) Fall over #5 Matthew Blome (MSU) 0:46 | UWP 22 – MSU 12
285: Matt Halverson (UWP) Fall over Chris Zimmer (MSU) 1:18 | UWP 28- MSU 12

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