#9 Mavericks Rally Late to Best #19 Peacocks at Taylor Center
MANKATO, Minn. — It proved to be a close dual the whole way Thursday evening at Taylor Center, but it was #9 Minnesota State that was able to win three of the final four matches to secure an 18-17 dual victory over #19 Upper Iowa.
With the win, MSU improves to 4-1 on the season, including a 2-0 NSIC record. With the loss, UIU drops to 4-4, including a 1-1 NSIC record.
Through the first six matches of the dual Upper Iowa was able to build a 13-6 lead. MSU’s lone wins through the first six matches came courtesy of junior Logan Saltou (165 lbs.)and junior #4 Zach Johnston (174 lbs.). Saltou picked up an 8-7 decision over #8 Brock Benitz, while Johnston notched a 13-10 decision over Jordan Gundrum.
Trailing 13-6 heading into the seventh match, the Mavericks found new life courtesy of junior Andrew McFall (125 lbs.). McFall was able to pick up an 18-6 major decision over Maleek Williams to close the gap to 13-10. The following 133 lbs., match featured a pair of ranked wrestlers including senior #1 George Farmah and #7 Justin Foley. Foley was able jump out in front 5-3 in the first round and was able to work his way to a 13-5 major decision win over Farmah.
Trailing 17-10 with two matches remaining, junior Louie Sanders (141 lbs.) and sophomore #7 Kyle Rathman (149 lbs.) were able to make up the difference to give the Mavericks the 18-17 dual victory. Sanders was able to best Ryan Schmalen with a 5-3 decision to bring the score to 17-13. Rathman then completed the comeback for the Mavericks as he posted a 20-5 tech fall victory at 6:57 to bring the final score to 18-17.
Minnesota State returns to action on Friday, Jan. 25, as it hosts the Northern State Wolves at Taylor Center. The dual is scheduled to begin at 7:00 p.m.
Minnesota State 18, Upper Iowa 17
157: Tucker Black (UIU) wins a 6-4 overtime decision vs. Daniel Close (MSU) | 3-0 UIU
165: Logan Saltou (MSU) wins an 8-7 decision vs. Brock Benitz (UIU) | 3-3
174: Zach Johnston (MSU) wins 13-10 decision vs. Jordan Gundrum (UIU) | 6-3 MSU
184: Dalton Hahn (UIU) wins 6-4 decision in overtime vs. Trevor Turriff (MSU) | 6-6
197: Nick Baulmer (UIU) wins 16-5 major decision vs. Dylan Butts (MSU) | 10-6 UIU
285: Triston Westerlund (UIU) wins 8-4 decision vs. Max Villnow (MSU) | 13-6 UIU
125: Andrew McFall (MSU) wins an 18-6 major decision vs. Maleek Williams (UIU) | 13-10 UIU
133: Justin Foley (UIU) wins 13-5 major decision vs. George Farmah (MSU) | 17-10 UIU
141: Louie Sanders (MSU) wins 5-3 decision vs. Ryan Schmalen (UIU) | 17-13 UIU
149: Kyle Rathman (MSU) wins 20-5 tech fall at 6:57 vs. Chase Seaney (UIU) | 18-17 MSU