Minnesota State Places Second at NCAA Regional; Trio of Mavericks Advance to National Championship Tournament

Moorhead, Minn. — The Minnesota State wrestling team qualified three individuals to the NCAA Division II National Championship as the 17th-rated Mavericks finished in second place in the team standings at the 2019 NCAA Division II Super Region V tournament held in Moorhead, Minn. Saturday.

Earning trips to the national meet as a result of second-place finishes were junior Louie Sanders at 141 and sophomore Kyle Rathman at 149. Junior Logan Saltou placed third at 165 in punching his ticket to the national championship.

Sanders, who went 3-1 at the regional and will making his first national championship appearance, lost in the championship match to St. Cloud State’s Travis Swanson by a 6-0 decision. The Truman, Minn., native stands 14-5 on the year.

Rathman, who stands 16-3 on the year and entered the regional ranked third in the nation, will make his first trip to nationals after going 3-1 at the regional tournament. Rathman lost a 3-2 decision in the championship match to #2-rated James Pleski of St. Cloud State.

Saltou went 4-1 at the regional in placing third and will make his first trip to nationals owning an 18-7 record.

Senior George Farmah placed fourth at 133, while senior Seth Elwood was fourth at 157.

As a team Minnesota State finished the tournament with 86.0 points in finishing second. No.1-rated St. Cloud State totaled 161 points in standing atop the ten-team field.

2019 NCAA Division II Northern Regional Qualifier Results

The Mavericks who finished in the top three at the regional (Sanders, Rathman and Saltou) will compete in the NCAA Division II National Championships in Cleveland, Ohio, March 8-9.

Minnesota State individual results at the 2019 NCAA DII Super Region V tournament appear below.

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Andrew McFall (12-5) placed 5th
Champ. Round 1 – Stephen Emrich (Southwest Minn. St.) 12-13 won by fall over Andrew McFall (Minnesota St.) 12-5 (Fall 1:35)
Cons. Round 1 – Andrew McFall (Minnesota St.) 12-5 received a bye () (Bye)
Cons. Round 2 – Andrew McFall (Minnesota St.) 12-5 won by decision over Nate Humann (Mary) 15-10 (Dec 8-6)
Cons. Round 3 – Andrew McFall (Minnesota St.) 12-5 won by fall over Dayne Morton (Northern St.) 1-2 (Fall 5:39)
Cons. Semi – Cole Jones (MSU Moorhead) 26-8 won by fall over Andrew McFall (Minnesota St.) 12-5 (Fall 3:23)
5th Place Match – Andrew McFall (Minnesota St.) 12-5 won by decision over Joe Arroyo (Wis.-Parkside ) 25-14 (Dec 9-8)

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George Farmah (10-4) placed 4th
Round 1 – George Farmah (Minnesota St.) 10-4 received a bye () (Bye)
Quarterfinal – George Farmah (Minnesota St.) 10-4 won by major decision over Kenny Jones (Northern St.) 1-3 (MD 9-1)
Semifinal – Justin Folley (Upper Iowa) 28-7 won by decision over George Farmah (Minnesota St.) 10-4 (Dec 7-2)
Cons. Semi – George Farmah (Minnesota St.) 10-4 won by decision over Airk Furseth (Wis.-Parkside ) 25-6 (Dec 11-5)
3rd Place Match – Tate Barnhardt (Mary) 22-5 won by decision over George Farmah (Minnesota St.) 10-4 (Dec 7-0)

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Louie Sanders (14-5) placed 2nd
Round 1 – Louie Sanders (Minnesota St.) 14-5 received a bye () (Bye)
Quarterfinal – Louie Sanders (Minnesota St.) 14-5 won by fall over Mason Schulz (MSU Moorhead) 24-18 (Fall 4:08)
Semifinal – Louie Sanders (Minnesota St.) 14-5 won in sudden victory – 1 over Keaten Schorr (Augustana (SD)) 2-3 (SV-1 3-1)
1st Place Match – Travis Swanson (St. Cloud St.) 24-4 won by decision over Louie Sanders (Minnesota St.) 14-5 (Dec 6-0)

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Kyle Rathman (16-3) placed 2nd
Round 1 – Kyle Rathman (Minnesota St.) 16-3 received a bye () (Bye)
Quarterfinal – Kyle Rathman (Minnesota St.) 16-3 won by major decision over Ryan Steffen (Upper Iowa) 8-19 (MD 15-1)
Semifinal – Kyle Rathman (Minnesota St.) 16-3 won by decision over Caden Moore (Northern St.) 1-3 (Dec 6-2)
1st Place Match – James Pleski (St. Cloud St.) 25-1 won by decision over Kyle Rathman (Minnesota St.) 16-3 (Dec 3-2)

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Seth Elwood (11-7) placed 4th
Round 1 – Seth Elwood (Minnesota St.) 11-7 received a bye () (Bye)
Quarterfinal – Seth Elwood (Minnesota St.) 11-7 won by major decision over Zachary Berry (Minot St.) 2-3 (MD 16-5)
Semifinal – Jake Barzowski (St. Cloud St.) 20-2 won by decision over Seth Elwood (Minnesota St.) 11-7 (Dec 5-2)
Cons. Semi – Seth Elwood (Minnesota St.) 11-7 won by decision over Walker Carr (Northern St.) 3-2 (Dec 7-1)
3rd Place Match – Colin Ayers (Augustana (SD)) 3-1 won by decision over Seth Elwood (Minnesota St.) 11-7 (Dec 11-4)

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Logan Saltou (18-7) placed 3rd
Round 1 – Logan Saltou (Minnesota St.) 18-7 received a bye () (Bye)
Quarterfinal – Logan Saltou (Minnesota St.) 18-7 won by decision over Kegen Fingalsen (Southwest Minn. St.) 17-13 (Dec 4-2)
Semifinal – Devin Fitzpatrick (St. Cloud St.) 23-3 won by major decision over Logan Saltou (Minnesota St.) 18-7 (MD 12-4)
Cons. Semi – Logan Saltou (Minnesota St.) 18-7 won by decision over Shane Gantz (Wis.-Parkside ) 17-18 (Dec 7-4)
3rd Place Match – Logan Saltou (Minnesota St.) 18-7 won by decision over Austin Eichmann (Mary) 12-12 (Dec 5-4)

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Zach Johnston (14-6) placed 5th
Round 1 – Zach Johnston (Minnesota St.) 14-6 won by major decision over Jordan Gundrum (Upper Iowa) 20-14 (MD 11-1)
Quarterfinal – Zach Johnston (Minnesota St.) 14-6 won by decision over Adam Blees (MSU Moorhead) 17-12 (Dec 8-2)
Semifinal – Kolton Eischens (St. Cloud St.) 22-2 won by fall over Zach Johnston (Minnesota St.) 14-6 (Fall 3:57)
Cons. Semi – Lukas Poloncic (Augustana (SD)) 3-2 won by tech fall over Zach Johnston (Minnesota St.) 14-6 (TF-1.5 7:00 (16-1))
5th Place Match – Zach Johnston (Minnesota St.) 14-6 won by decision over Adam Blees (MSU Moorhead) 17-12 (Dec 9-4)

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Trevor Turriff (13-7) placed 6th
Round 1 – Trevor Turriff (Minnesota St.) 13-7 received a bye () (Bye)
Quarterfinal – Trevor Turriff (Minnesota St.) 13-7 won by decision over Evan Foster (MSU Moorhead) 27-17 (Dec 10-4)
Semifinal – Kaden Campbell (Northern St.) 2-1 won by fall over Trevor Turriff (Minnesota St.) 13-7 (Fall 1:14)
Cons. Semi – Griffin Osing (Southwest Minn. St.) 19-9 won by medical forfeit over Trevor Turriff (Minnesota St.) 13-7 (M. For.)
5th Place Match – Evan Foster (MSU Moorhead) 27-17 won by injury default over Trevor Turriff (Minnesota St.) 13-7 (Inj. 0:00)

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Dylan Butts (8-16)
Round 1 – Dylan Butts (Minnesota St.) 8-16 received a bye () (Bye)
Quarterfinal – Clayton Wahlstrom (Augustana (SD)) 3-1 won by decision over Dylan Butts (Minnesota St.) 8-16 (Dec 8-4)
Cons. Round 2 – Ryan Stottler (Mary) 9-12 won by decision over Dylan Butts (Minnesota St.) 8-16 (Dec 6-5)

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Max Villnow (14-13)
Round 1 – Max Villnow (Minnesota St.) 14-13 received a bye () (Bye)
Quarterfinal – Noah Ryan (St. Cloud St.) 18-5 won by major decision over Max Villnow (Minnesota St.) 14-13 (MD 17-6)
Cons. Round 2 – Max Villnow (Minnesota St.) 14-13 received a bye () (Bye)
Cons. Round 3 – Gerardo Jaime (Mary) 20-12 won by decision over Max Villnow (Minnesota St.) 14-13 (Dec 4-2)

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