Minnesota State 39, Sioux Falls 7

Mavericks Dominate the Mat Against USF

Mankato, Minn. – The Minnesota State wrestling team rattled off eight consecutive victories – tallying bonus points in seven of those – en route to a 39-7 victory over Sioux Falls Friday evening in the Taylor Center.

With the win, the Mavericks improved to 7-5 on the season, 4-4 in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference.

The Cougars opened the night with a major decision at 125 and a decision at 133 before the Mavericks slammed the door. At 141 pounds, junior Trayton Anderson was the first on the board for the Mavericks with an 18-1 tech fall at 4:19. Starting the first period, Anderson found a takedown, followed by a four-point and three-point near fall in both the first and second periods. Sophomore Isaiah Mlsna then followed with a 4-2 victory at 149 pounds.

Maverick sophomore Caleb Meunier picked up a 17-7 major decision at 157 pounds. Meunier had the only score in the first period with a takedown, finished the second period up 6-4, and finally ending the third on top with an extra point from riding time. Sophomore Kole Marko earned a 22-6 technical fall at 165 pounds in 3:47 thanks to five first-period takedowns.

The Mavericks’ two falls tonight were at 174 and 184 pounds. At 174 pounds, junior Drake Hayward scored a takedown and four-point near fall before pinning his opponent in 96 seconds. Senior Gavin Christoffersen followed with a fall at 4:23 at 184 pounds. Christoffersen had the only takedown of the first period and followed with a takedown in the second to set up for the fall.

In the final active match of the night, senior Shane Gibson won by 16-6 major decision, with five takedowns throughout the match and ending with a point through riding time. Sioux Falls forfeited 285 pounds to MSU’s Tanner Gaffey.

The Mavericks wrap up the home portion of their schedule tomorrow evening as they host Northern State at 7 p.m. Following the match, the Mavericks will honor their five seniors.

Minnesota State 39, Sioux Falls 7
125: Paul Garcia (USF) wins via 13-4 major decision vs. Lucas Ryan (MSU) | 4-0 USF
133: Beau Klingensmith (USF) wins via 12-5 decision vs. Chase Beckett (MSU) | 7-0 USF
141: Trayton Anderson (MSU) wins via 18-1 tech fall at 4:19 vs. Beau Beavers (USF) | 7-5 USF
149: Isaiah Mlsna (MSU) wins via 4-2 decision vs. Cooper Sanders (USF) | 8-7 MSU
157: Caleb Meunier (MSU) wins via 17-7 major decision vs. Lane Fink (USF) | 12-7 MSU
165: Kole Marko (MSU) wins via 22-6 tech fall at 3:47 vs. Lincoln Fink (USF) | 17-7 MSU
174: Drake Hayward (MSU) wins via fall at 1:36 vs. Ashtin Johnson (USF) | 23-7 MSU
184: Gavin Christoffersen (MSU) wins via fall at 4:23 vs. Daevon Vereen (USF) | 29-7 MSU
197: Shane Gibson (MSU) wins via 16-6 major decision vs. Isaiah Laguna (USF) | 33-7 MSU
285: Tanner Gaffey (MSU) wins via forfeit | 39-7 MSU

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