Minnesota State to Dual No. 7 UW-Parkside in Last Road NSIC Match-up
Minnesota State heads into one of its last NSIC match-ups this coming weekend against No. 7 UW-Parkside. The Rangers will host the Mavericks in the De Simone Arena in Parkside, Wis., starting at 7 p.m. Minnesota State is 5-5 this season, and 2-5 in the NSIC.
UW-Parkside is 9-0 overall, with a 6-0 NSIC record. The Rangers have six ranked wrestlers in the Top 12 NWCA Poll as of Jan. 20, 2023, including #1 Shane Gantz at 165 pounds. Nick Becker is in his second year as head coach of the Rangers, holding a 14-4 career record.
The Mavericks and Rangers have met four times in the last decade, with the series tied at two duals apiece.
Last Time Out: Minnesota State fell to Minot State at home in a close dual 18-16 before going on the road to No. 14 Augustana. The Vikings beat the Mavericks 25-10.
The Makovsky File: In his 30th year with Minnesota State, head coach Jim Makovsky holds an impressive 301-132-3 career record, the most in program history. Makovsky has coached 12 individual National Champions, 95 NCAA All-Americans, and has been inducted into the NCAA DII Wrestling Coaches Hall of Fame.
In the Rankings: A pair of Mavericks are ranked in the NWCA DII Coaches Poll. Senior Brock Luthens is 12th at 141-pounds and is 19-3 on the season, with a 6-1 dual record. At 285-pounds, senior Darrell Mason, a senior from Chicago, Ill., is seventh, owning a record of 7-2 overall, and 3-2 in duals.
National Champions: Minnesota State boasted two national champions in the 2021-22 season. Senior Trevor Turiff finished the year 21-3 as the 174 lb. national champion. Turiff was named an NCAA All-American and the NSIC Outstanding Senior Wrestler of the Year. Darrell Mason went 22-0 at 285 pounds, winning a national championship. Mason gained many accolades, including NCAA All-American, NSIC Wrestler of the Year, and NWCA DII Wrestler of the Year.
What’s Ahead: Minnesota State wraps up the regular season against No. 10 Upper Iowa at home Friday, Feb. 17, at 7:00 p.m.