Mankato, Minn. – A quartet of Minnesota State wrestlers have been named to NSIC All-Conference Teams on Thursday afternoon.
Junior Daniel Close and sophomore Zach Johnston garnered First-Team All-Conference recognition while sophomore Andrew McFall and senior Corey Abernathy were named to the NSIC All-Conference Second-Team.
Close, a native of Ottawa, Ill., wrestled in nine dual matches this season to an 8-1 record for Minnesota State. The sophomore is the ninth-rated wrestler nationally at 157-pounds and holds an overall record of 17-4. Close was named NSIC Wrestler of the Week on February 5. This is his first time being named to an NSIC All-Conference team.
Johnston, a native of Waukee, Iowa., was named to the NSIC All-Conference First-Team after wrestling to an 18-5 record during the regular season. Johnston is the highest ranked Maverick wrestler, rated fourth in the nation at the 174-pound weight class. Johnston enters regionals having won 14 of his last 15 matches.
McFall, a native of Oswego, Ill., was named to the NSIC All-Conference Second-Team for the first time in his career. McFall is the fifth-rated wrestler nationally at 125-pounds and owns a 15-5 record. The sophomore is 9-2 against Division II opponents this year and went 8-1 to end the regular season for the Mavericks.
All-American Corey Abernathy was named to the NSIC All-Conference Second-Team after finishing the regular season with a 15-4 record for Minnesota State. Abernathy is the sixth-rated wrestler at 184-pounds and has won ten matches this year by bonus-point victories including four major decisions. This is the Waverly, Iowa., natives second time being named to the NSIC Second-Team after taking home the honor last season as a junior.
The Maverick wrestling team will next compete at the Division II Super Region 3 tournament this weekend in St. Cloud with wrestlers looking to earn a trip to the NCAA DII Championships in Cedar Rapids, Iowa., in March.