Mankato, Minn. — Minnesota State is rated 13th in the National Wrestling Coaches Preseason Poll
The Mavericks, who return 20 letterwinners return from last season’s team, have three individuals who qualified for the NCAA Championships last season.
Veteran head coach Jim Makovsky, who enters his 32nd season of college coaching with an overall record of 312-139-4, guided the Mavericks to a 10-3 overall record, including a 6-2 NSIC record last season.
Senior Kyle Rathman (149 lbs.) finished his junior campaign with a 16-4 overall record, including an 11-2 dual record as he went on to claim NWCA All-American honors. Rathman finished second at last year’s NCAA regional tournament. Junior Trevor Turriff (184 lbs.) posted an 18-6 dual overall record last season and advanced to the NCAA Championships after a second-place finish at regionals. Senior Trenton McManus (125 lbs.) notched a 16-10 overall record last season and turned in a third-place finish at regionals to advance to the NCAA Championships. Along with Rathman, Turriff and McManus, senior Matthew Blome (197 lbs.) is another Maverick with national tournament experience having earned an eighth-place finish and All-American honors as a freshman. Last season, Blome finished with a 15-7 overall record having just missed an invite to the NCAA Championships with a fifth-place finish at regionals.
The Mavericks are scheduled to begin their 2020-21 season on the road as they take on the Minot State Beavers on Jan, 7, at 7 p.m.