St. Louis, Mo. — All three of Minnesota State’s wrestlers at the 2021 NCAA Division II Championships in St. Louis, Mo., are coming home as All-Americans.
Junior Trevor Turriff (De Pere, Wis.) placed second at 174, senior Kyle Rathman (Apple Valley, Minn.) placed seventh at 149 and senior Trenton McManus (Adams, Wis.) finished eighth at 125.
Turriff, who entered the national championship tournament seeded second at 174, downed sixth-seeded Adam Sams of Indianapolis in the semi-finals 9-7 Saturday afternoon to advance to the finals where he squared-off with top-seeded Abner Romero of Lindenwood in the national championship match. The undefeated Romero got off to an early lead in the match and never trailed in gaining an 8-2 victory over Turriff. The loss for Turriff is his first of the year and he completes the campaign with a final record of 11-1.
Rathman, seeded #2 at 149 entering nationals, dropped a 4-2 decision to Ashland’s Carson Speelman in a consolation semifinal match Saturday before downing Jacob Ealy of Pitt-Johnstown 3-0 in the seventh-place match. Rathman is now a three-time All-American after placing seventh at the national championships as a sophomore in 2018 and earning NCWA All-America honors last year as a national qualifier. He finishes 2020-21 with a 12-2 record.
McManus, who was seeded seventh prior to the tournament, dropped a 1-0 decision to UW-Parkside’s Joe Arroyo in the consolation semifinals Saturday before finishing nationals with a 6-2 loss to Isiah De La Cerda of Adams State (Colo.) in the seventh-place match. A first-time All-America with his eighth-place finish this year, his record for 2020-21 is 10-4.
With today’s results, Minnesota State finished 10th in the team standings.
With three All-Americans this year, Minnesota State head coach Jim Makovsky has had 93 NCAA All-Americans over the course of this 28 years with the Mavericks.