Minnesota State University, Mankato expects to win at the highest level.
By Matt Krumrie
Eight of 10 starters return, including three All-Americans. A top-10 national ranking.
It seems like business as usual for head coach Jim Makovsky and his Minnesota State University, Mankato Mavericks wrestling program.
"This is one of the more experienced teams we've had," said Makovsky. "Everybody from 125 to 184 returns, so eight of our ten starters from a year ago return."
But having experience and a lofty national ranking to start the season (the Mavericks are ranked No. 10 in the first NWCA Division II coaches poll of the season) doesn't produce results. There is plenty of work to be done to accomplish individual and team goals. And even those who had success last year have room to improve.
"We can expect the guys who were All-Americans a year ago to take a couple more steps on the ladder, and then we have other guys that are right on the edge," says Makovsky. "We have several individuals that were close to qualifying for the national tournament. Our veteran presence and our depth make for a real competitive room."