Mavericks Qualify Four for Division II National Championships

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — The Minnesota State wrestling team qualified four individuals to the NCAA Division II National Championship as the No. 18 Mavericks finished in fourth place in the team standings at the 2020 NCAA Division II Super Region 5 tournament held in Sioux Falls, S.D. Saturday.

Junior Kyle Rathman (149 lbs.) and redshirt sophomore Trevor Turriff (184 lbs.) earned trips to the national meet with second-place finishes. Junior Trenton McManus (125 lbs.) and senior Louie Sanders (141 lbs.) punched their tickets with third-place finishes.

Rathman, who holds the No. 3 ranking in his weight class, started off with a 14-0 major decision over UW-Parkside’s Nathan Hensley. He followed up with a 6-2 win over No. 6 Chase Luensman of Upper Iowa. In the championship match, Rathman dropped a close 3-2 decision to No. 2 James Pleski of St. Cloud State.

Turriff came out strong with a dominating 14-4 win over Cole Hennen of Southwest Minnesota State. He then upset second-seeded Dalton Hahn of Upper Iowa to advance to the championship match. In that match, he was pitted against No. 3 Tyree Overton of St. Cloud State. Turriff ultimately dropped the match by a 23-10 major decision.

McManus dropped his first match by an 8-2 decision to No. 8 Dean Arevalo of Minot State. After that, he won by an 11-2 major decision over Hunter Pfantz and a 6-0 decision over Ethan Cota of Augustana to battle his way back to the third-place match. In that match, McManus came away with a 4-3 win over Brandon Betancourt of St. Cloud State.

Sanders, who holds the No. 10 ranking in his weight class, dropped a pigtail match to Mason Schulz of MSU Moorhead before winning four straight matches. In his second match, Sanders pinned Kenny Jones of Northern State in 15 seconds. He followed up with a 2-1 win over Justin Sampson of Southwest Minnesota State before rebounding against Schulz with a 16-4 major decision win. In the third-place match, Sanders defeated UW-Parkside’s Pernevlon Sheppard by a 7-2 decision.

Sophomore David Griffet placed fourth at heavyweight after finishing with a 2-2 record and falling to Ezayah Oropeza of St. Cloud State by pinfall in the third-place match. Sophomore Cooper Siebrecht (157 lbs.) wrestled to a 3-2 record to earn a fifth-place finish. Also finishing in fifth were No. 11 Zach Johnston (174 lbs.) and No. 10 Matthew Blome (197 lbs.).

As a team, Minnesota State finished the tournament with 93 points in finishing fourth. No. 1 St. Cloud State totaled 155 points in claiming the top spot of the region.

NCAA Division II Northern Regional Qualifier Results

The Mavericks will compete in the NCAA Division II National Championships in Sioux Falls, S.D., March 13-14.

Mavericks’ Results:

125: Trenton McManus (16-10) placed 3rd and scored 11.5 team points.
Champ. Round 1 – Trenton McManus (Minnesota St.) 16-10 received a bye () (Bye)
Quarterfinal – Dean Arevalo (Minot St.) 23-3 won by decision over Trenton McManus (Minnesota St.) 16-10 (Dec 8-2)
Cons. Round 2 – Trenton McManus (Minnesota St.) 16-10 received a bye () (Bye)
Cons. Round 3 – Trenton McManus (Minnesota St.) 16-10 won by major decision over Hunter Pfantz (Southwest Minn. St.) 17-7 (MD 11-2)
Cons. Semi – Trenton McManus (Minnesota St.) 16-10 won by decision over Ethan Cota (Augustana (SD)) 16-14 (Dec 6-0)
3rd Place Match – Trenton McManus (Minnesota St.) 16-10 won by decision over Brandon Betancourt (St. Cloud St.) 9-10 (Dec 4-3)

133: Lucas Hagel (3-6) place is unknown and scored 0.0 team points.
Champ. Round 1 – Lucas Hagel (Minnesota St.) 3-6 received a bye () (Bye)
Quarterfinal – Garrett Vos (St. Cloud St.) 17-0 won by fall over Lucas Hagel (Minnesota St.) 3-6 (Fall 1:56)
Cons. Round 2 – Lucas Hagel (Minnesota St.) 3-6 received a bye () (Bye)
Cons. Round 3 – Laken Boese (Mary) 13-21 won by fall over Lucas Hagel (Minnesota St.) 3-6 (Fall 5:17)

141: Louie Sanders (16-5) placed 3rd and scored 14.0 team points.
Champ. Round 1 – Mason Schulz (MSU Moorhead) 20-17 won by fall over Louie Sanders (Minnesota St.) 16-5 (Fall 4:47)
Cons. Round 1 – Louie Sanders (Minnesota St.) 16-5 received a bye () (Bye)
Cons. Round 2 – Louie Sanders (Minnesota St.) 16-5 won by fall over Kenny Jones (Northern St.) 18-13 (Fall 0:15)
Cons. Round 3 – Louie Sanders (Minnesota St.) 16-5 won by decision over Justin Sampson (Southwest Minn. St.) 10-11 (Dec 2-1)
Cons. Semi – Louie Sanders (Minnesota St.) 16-5 won by major decision over Mason Schulz (MSU Moorhead) 20-17 (MD 16-4)
3rd Place Match – Louie Sanders (Minnesota St.) 16-5 won by decision over Pernevlon Sheppard (UW-Parkside) 16-8 (Dec 7-2)

149: Kyle Rathman (16-4) placed 2nd and scored 14.0 team points.
Champ. Round 1 – Kyle Rathman (Minnesota St.) 16-4 received a bye () (Bye)
Quarterfinal – Kyle Rathman (Minnesota St.) 16-4 won by major decision over Nathan Hensley (UW-Parkside) 19-15 (MD 14-0)
Semifinal – Kyle Rathman (Minnesota St.) 16-4 won by decision over Chase Luensman (Upper Iowa) 28-9 (Dec 6-2)
1st Place Match – James Pleski (St. Cloud St.) 20-3 won by decision over Kyle Rathman (Minnesota St.) 16-4 (Dec 3-2)

157: Cooper Siebrecht (21-9) placed 5th and scored 12.0 team points.
Champ. Round 1 – Cooper Siebrecht (Minnesota St.) 21-9 won by major decision over Justin Dravis (MSU Moorhead) 9-10 (MD 8-0)
Quarterfinal – Cooper Siebrecht (Minnesota St.) 21-9 won by major decision over Zachary Berry (Minot St.) 14-16 (MD 8-0)
Semifinal – Braydon Huber (Mary) 27-5 won by decision over Cooper Siebrecht (Minnesota St.) 21-9 (Dec 3-0)
Cons. Semi – Mac Spotts (Upper Iowa) 21-15 won in tie breaker – 1 over Cooper Siebrecht (Minnesota St.) 21-9 (TB-1 3-2)
5th Place Match – Cooper Siebrecht (Minnesota St.) 21-9 won by injury default over Jacob Tvinnereim (Augustana (SD)) 21-16 (Inj. 6:12)

165: Logan Saltou (10-17) place is unknown and scored 0.0 team points.
Champ. Round 1 – Billy Holtan (Northern St.) 14-7 won by fall over Logan Saltou (Minnesota St.) 10-17 (Fall 6:22)
Cons. Round 1 – Logan Saltou (Minnesota St.) 10-17 received a bye () (Bye)
Cons. Round 2 – Nathan Baca (Minot St.) 13-14 won by fall over Logan Saltou (Minnesota St.) 10-17 (Fall 6:55)

174: Zach Johnston (18-9) placed 5th and scored 9.0 team points.
Champ. Round 1 – Zach Johnston (Minnesota St.) 18-9 received a bye () (Bye)
Quarterfinal – Zach Johnston (Minnesota St.) 18-9 won by major decision over Evan Foster (MSU Moorhead) 19-16 (MD 10-2)
Semifinal – Kolton Eischens (St. Cloud St.) 18-1 won by major decision over Zach Johnston (Minnesota St.) 18-9 (MD 10-2)
Cons. Semi – Ben Kelvington (Augustana (SD)) 15-5 won by decision over Zach Johnston (Minnesota St.) 18-9 (Dec 13-6)
5th Place Match – Zach Johnston (Minnesota St.) 18-9 won by decision over Evan Foster (MSU Moorhead) 19-16 (Dec 7-3)

184: Trevor Turriff (18-6) placed 2nd and scored 14.0 team points.
Champ. Round 1 – Trevor Turriff (Minnesota St.) 18-6 received a bye () (Bye)
Quarterfinal – Trevor Turriff (Minnesota St.) 18-6 won by major decision over Cole Hennen (Southwest Minn. St.) 11-11 (MD 14-4)
Semifinal – Trevor Turriff (Minnesota St.) 18-6 won by decision over Dalton Hahn (Upper Iowa) 24-7 (Dec 13-6)
1st Place Match – Tyree Overton (St. Cloud St.) 17-3 won by major decision over Trevor Turriff (Minnesota St.) 18-6 (MD 23-10)

197: Matthew Blome (15-7) placed 5th and scored 9.0 team points.
Champ. Round 1 – Matt Blome (Minnesota St.) 15-7 received a bye () (Bye)
Quarterfinal – Rodsean Graham (UW-Parkside) 15-16 won by decision over Matt Blome (Minnesota St.) 15-7 (Dec 8-5)
Cons. Round 2 – Matt Blome (Minnesota St.) 15-7 received a bye () (Bye)
Cons. Round 3 – Matt Blome (Minnesota St.) 15-7 won by decision over Gerardo Jaime (Mary) 9-13 (Dec 7-1)
Cons. Semi – Jackson Ryan (Southwest Minn. St.) 17-6 won by decision over Matt Blome (Minnesota St.) 15-7 (Dec 4-1)
5th Place Match – Matt Blome (Minnesota St.) 15-7 won by disqualification over Rodsean Graham (UW-Parkside) 15-16 (DQ)

285: David Griffet (14-9) placed 4th and scored 9.5 team points.
Champ. Round 1 – David Griffet (Minnesota St.) 14-9 received a bye () (Bye)
Quarterfinal – Steven Hajas (Augustana (SD)) 16-10 won by fall over David Griffet (Minnesota St.) 14-9 (Fall 6:40)
Cons. Round 2 – David Griffet (Minnesota St.) 14-9 received a bye () (Bye)
Cons. Round 3 – David Griffet (Minnesota St.) 14-9 won by decision over Caleb Lefferdink (Northern St.) 13-14 (Dec 4-1)
Cons. Semi – David Griffet (Minnesota St.) 14-9 won by major decision over Jordan Magnuson (MSU Moorhead) 13-7 (MD 13-5)
3rd Place Match – Ezayah Oropeza (St. Cloud St.) 16-4 won by fall over David Griffet (Minnesota St.) 14-9 (Fall 1:58)

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