The Minnesota State wrestling team is ranked sixth in the NCAA Division II Wrestling Coaches Association Top 25 Poll.
The Mavericks are one of three Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference teams ranked in the poll. St. Cloud State is rated first, Upper Iowa is fifth and the Mavericks come in sixth. Minnesota State moved up two spots from the 2018-19 Preseason Poll that had them rated eighth.
The Mavericks have four individuals ranked at their respective weight classes, including senior George Farmah (St. Paul, Minn.), who finished with a 13-7 record for the Mavericks a year ago and placed second in his first national tournament appearance, is rated #1 at 133.
Junior Zach Johnston (174), who is ranked fourth, led Minnesota State in wins last year with a 24-7 record and became an All-American at the NCAA championship with a seventh-place finish at nationals and a second-place finish at regionals, Senior Seth Elwood (165), who is rated fifth, posted a 16-11 mark last season, leading him to a regional title and a seventh-place finish at last year’s NCAA Championship tournament. Elwood has wrestled to a 5-3 record in open tournaments so far this season and earned a second-place finish at the Augsburg Open on November 17th. Sophomore Kyle Rathman (149), who is rated 11th, was 22-10 and placed sixth at regionals in his first year of college wrestling last year.
Minnesota State will compete in their last open tournament of the year this Saturday in Storm Lake Iowa for the Buena Vista Open.