Minnesota State heads to NCAA Super Region V Championships

Mankato, Minn. – Minnesota State (7-6, 4-5 NSIC) travels to Minot, N.D. this weekend to start its postseason competition, starting with the NCAA Division II Super Region V Championships on Saturday.

Super Region V hosts all nine Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Teams and is the qualifying competition for NCAA Division II wrestling championships. These championships will be hosted in Park City, Kan. Mar. 15-16th, where the top three individuals from each weight class at the regional events will compete.

In 2023, the Mavericks qualified 285-lb. senior Darrell Mason to the NCAA Division II National Championships. Mason went on to secure All-American status for the third time and placed third overall.

Four notable wrestlers this season include Trayton Anderson (141 pounds), Kole Marko (157 pounds), Drake Hayward (174 pounds), and Tanner Gaffey (285 pounds). Anderson, a red-shirt junior transfer from SDSU, holds a record of 26-7, 10-2 duals. Early in the season, Anderson beat No. 12 Alyeus Craig (SCSU) in a close 7-6 decision. At 157 pounds, sophomore Marko is 27-5, also 10-2 in duals, and placed fourth last year at the NCAA DII Super Region V Championships. Hayward, a junior from Neenah, Wis. has a record of 17-4, 10-3 duals. Gaffey, a red-shirt freshman heavyweight, has the most decision wins for the team at 14 wins for the season, with a 22-9 record, 10-3 in duals. Early February, Gaffey beat No. 10 Jacob Dykes (SMSU) via a 5-2 decision, and most recently UW-Parkside’s Lloyd Reynolds in sudden victory, 4-1.

The NCAA DII Super Region V will be streamed on FloWrestling, with results posted on Trackwrestling.

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