Minnesota State 23, Northern State 17

Gibson’s Thrilling Victory Propels Minnesota State to Dual Win over Northern State

MANKATO, Minn. — Minnesota State senior Shane Gibson picked up a thrilling 10-6 victory at 197 pounds to break a 17-17 tie and propel the Mavericks to a 23-17 Saturday evening over Northern State.

Gibson started the 197-pound match by picking up a takedown 37 seconds into his match before NSU’s Tyson Lien earned an escape. Gibson, who took a 3-1 lead into the second, started the period on top as Lien picked up another escape to trim the lead to 3-2. Gibson gained some breathing room at 3:48 when he picked up a takedown to take a 6-2 lead before Lien registered his third escape of the match.

Lien earned a takedown at 5:31 to tie the match at six. Gibson regained the lead at 7-6 with an escape at 6:01. Gibson registered a takedown as time expired to pick up a 10-6 decision and push MSU’s lead to 20-17.

Northern State opened the match with a technical fall victory at 125 pounds and a decision at 133.

The Maverick’s fortunes turned around at 141 pounds as senior redshirt junior Trayton Anderson won by fall. Anderson recorded MSU’s first takedown of the match 28 seconds into the match before cinching a cradle in tight at the edge of the mat at 1:58 to secure the pin and cut the deficit in the team score to 8-6.

The Wolves answered with a major decision at 149 pounds before sophomore Caleb Meunier brought the fireworks at 157 pounds.

Meunier hit a standing headlock into a three-point near fall midway through the first period before riding out NSU’s Cael Larson to take a 9-1 lead after the first period. Meunier then rode Larson for the duration of the second before the wrestlers returned to neutral to start the third.

Meunier hit a high single-leg takedown early in the third to push his lead to 12-1 before cutting Larson. After Larson was called for a technical violation following his escape, Meunier recorded a takedown and rode out Larson to clinch a 17-2 victory with riding time, cutting the NSU team lead to 12-11.

At 165 pounds, Minnesota State sophomore Kole Marko and NSU’s Chase Bloomquist wrestled to a scoreless first. After Bloomquist deferred to start the second, Marko registered an escape six seconds into the second before both wrestlers finished the second, like the first, on their feet.

Bloomquist started the third with a quick escape as both wrestlers finished the third on their feet and tied at one. The first takedown of the match was when Marko hit a single leg at the edge of the mat 40 seconds into the extra frame, giving MSU a 14-12 lead in the team score.

The Maverick lead was short-lived, however, as Northern State picked up a technical fall in 5:36 of the 174-pound match as the Wolves took a 17-14 lead with three matches remaining.

After a scoreless first in the 185-pound match, Minnesota State senior Gavin Christoffersen registered an escape and takedown early into the second to stake a 4-0 lead. NSU’s Sam Kruger worked an escape midway through the second to trim the lead to 4-1. Kruger elected to start the third down and then worked a reversal to tie the match at four with 98 seconds remaining.

Christoffersen worked his way to his feet and got the escape at 5:55 before picking up a three-point takedown with 23 seconds remaining before riding out Kruger to pick up an 8-3 decision. The win tied the match at 17-17 with two matches remaining.

The aforementioned Gibson started the 197-pound match by picking up a takedown 37 seconds into his match before NSU’s Tyson Lien earned an escape. Gibson, who took a 3-1 lead into the second, started the period on top as Lien picked up another escape to trim the lead to 3-2. Gibson picked up some breathing room at 3:48 when he picked up a takedown to take a 6-2 lead before Lien registered his third escape of the match.

Lien picked up a takedown at 5:31 to tie the match at six. Gibson regained the lead at 7-6 with an escape at 6:01. Gibson registered a takedown as time expired to pick up a 10-6 decision and push MSU’s lead to 20-17.

After the match, Gibson noted, “I’m best on my feet, so after his takedown in the second, I knew I just have to get up, and then I knew I was in better shape coming into the third period and was ready to go and ready to finish that match.”

After a scoreless first period in the 285-pound match, freshman Tanner Gaffey picked up an early escape before collecting a stalling point against NSU’s Nathan Schauer to extend his lead to 2-0, an advantage he would take into the third period.

Schauer started the third in the down position and picked up an escape at the 5:20 mark of the match. Gaffey registered a takedown at 6:38 of the third to secure the win.

Saturday’s dual marked the final home dual of the 2023-24 season for Minnesota State, who is now 7-5 on the season and 4-4 in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference. The Mavericks conclude the regular season next weekend with a conference dual at UW-Parkside in Kenosha, Wis.

Hear from Shane Gibson following the win.

Minnesota State 23, Northern State 17
125 Landen Fischer (NSU) over Lucas Ryan (MSU) (TF 15-0 4:12)
133 Jason Henschel (NSU) over Chase Beckett (MSU) (Dec 7-2)
141 Trayton Anderson (MSU) over Teagan Block (NSU) (Fall 1:54)
149 #2 Wyatt Turnquist (NSU) over Isaiah Mlsna (MSU) (Maj. 13-0)
157 Caleb Meunier (MSU) over Cael Larson (NSU) (TF 17-2 7:00)
165 Kole Marko (MSU) over Chase Bloomquist (NSU) (SV-1 4-1)
174 Seth Brossard (NSU) over Drake Hayward (MSU) (TF 22-6 5:36)
184 Gavin Christofersen (MSU) over Sam Kruger (NSU) (Dec 8-3)
197 Shane Gibson (MSU) over Tyson Lien (Dec 10-6)
285 Tanner Gaffey (MSU) over Nathan Schauer (NSU) (Dec 5-2)

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