Mavericks Face No. 10 Peacocks in Last NSIC Match-up
Minnesota State will suit up one final time at home to finish the season in its last NSIC match-up this Friday against No. 10 Upper Iowa. The dual will start at 7 p.m. The Mavericks are 5-6 this season, 2-6 in the NSIC.
About Upper Iowa: The Peacocks are 9-5 overall, with a 5-3 NSIC record. Upper Iowa has four ranked wrestlers in the Top 12 NWCA Poll as of Jan. 20, 2023, including #2 Chase Luensman at 165 pounds. Heath Grimm is in his 23rd year as head coach of the Peacocks, holding a 217-85-3 career record.
The History: The Mavericks and Peacocks have met 13 times in past years, with the Peacocks winning 7-6.
Last Time Out: Minnesota State fell to No. 7 UW-Parkside on the road 38-0.
The Makovsky File: In his 30th year with Minnesota State, head coach Jim Makovsky holds an impressive 302-132-3 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 20-5 on the season, with a 7-3 dual record. At 285-pounds, senior Darrell Mason, a senior from Chicago, Ill., is seventh, owning a record of 9-3 overall, 5-3 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 will head to Aberdeen, S.D. for the NCAA Super Region V Championships on Feb. 25.