Mankato, Minn. — Following a vote of departmental coaches and staff, wrestler Trevor Turriff has been selected as the 2021-22 recipient of the Don Buchanan Award as Minnesota State’s most well-rounded senior male student-athlete.
A two-time All-American from De Pere, Wis., Turriff (174 lbs.) finished his senior season with a 21-3 record, including a 3-1 ledger in falls and a 6-0 mark in major decisions. Turriff advanced to his second NCAA championship match in as many seasons this year, where he defeated Andrew Sams of Indianapolis to claim the NCAA Championship.
A graduate student, Turriff boasts a 3.79 grade point average in business. He was named to the NSIC All-Academic Team/Team of Excellence and was named an NWCA Scholar All-American. Turriff is also a member of the Minnesota State Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) and in the community, he has volunteered as a youth wrestling official and camp clinician, the Kiwanis Holiday Lights, and the Mankato Marathon. As a junior, Turriff received the Minnesota State Coaches Award for commitment to excellence on the mat and in the classroom, service to others, and leadership. A three-time NCAA national championship tournament qualifier. Turriff finished with a 63-17 career record.
Besides Turriff, other nominees for this award included JD Ekowa (football), Drew Lewison (track & field), Ben Livorsi (baseball), and Dryden McKay (hockey.)
An all-time list of Minnesota State’s athletes of the year award recipients is located HERE.