Mavericks Earn Post-Season NWCA Scholar All-American Accolades

Mankato, Minn. – The National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) announced the 2024 NCAA Division II Scholar All-American rankings, with Minnesota State ranked fourth overall with a GPA of 3.438. The Mavericks are the highest-ranking team in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC), with six other teams on the list.

The NWCA Scholar All-American status is granted to a student athlete with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale who has competed in a minimum of four competitions. Seven Minnesota State wrestlers were named Scholar All-Americans, including three Mavericks who earned the award for the second year in a row.

Andrew Weiss, a freshman from Holmen, Wis., was one of two freshmen named and is majoring in mechanical engineering. Makota Misgen joined Weiss on the list of freshmen being recognized. Misgen, at 285lbs., hails from Ellendale, Minn., along with majoring in criminal justice.

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Minnesota State Has Seven Wrestlers Named to NSIC Winter All-Academic Team

BURNSVILLE, Minn. — A total of 108 Minnesota State student-athletes, including seven wrestlers, have been named to the NSIC All-Academic Team for their efforts in the classroom.

To be eligible for the NSIC All-Academic Team of Excellence, a student-athlete must have a 3.60 cumulative GPA or higher, while NSIC All-Academic Team members must have a 3.20 cumulative GPA or higher. Additionally, the student-athlete must be a member of the varsity traveling team, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standing at her/his institution (true freshmen, red-shirt freshmen, and ineligible athletic transfers are not eligible), and must have completed at least one full academic year at that institution.

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Maverick Season Ends at NCAA Super Region Tournament

Minot, N.D. – The Minnesota State wrestling team wrapped up the 2023-24 campaign Saturday at the NCAA Super Region V tournament hosted by Minot State University.

A trio of Mavericks finished in fifth place. At 157 pounds, sophomore Caleb Meunier opened with a 9-0 major decision over John Tyler of USF. After falling in the quarterfinals to St. Cloud State’s Nick Novak, Meunier rattled off a 4-1 sudden victory win over Minot State’s Kelby Armstrong and a 14-5 major decision victory over Augustana’s Connor Simmonds to reach the consolation fourth round. Meunier fell to Wisconsin Parkside’s Ben Durocher, 5-0, before suffering an 11-4 loss in the fifth-place match to Braydon Huber of U-Mary.

At 165 pounds, sophomore Kole Marko received a first-round bye, beating Brendan Barnes of Minot State, 5-4. Upper Iowa’s Chase Luensman downed Marko 4-1. In the Consolation fourth round, Marko fell to Chase Bloomquist of Northern State, 4-1, before bouncing back to win via fall over Tyler Wegner of Augustana in 1:38.

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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.

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