Hall of Fame Welcomes 2007-2008 Minnesota State Wrestling Team

The 2007-2008 Minnesota State wrestling team was recently inducted into The Minnesota State Athletics Hall of Fame.

The Mavericks had many outstanding accomplishments that season, including a memorable runner-up finish at the NCAA Division II National Championships. Winning individual national titles that season for Minnesota State was Jason Rhoten and Andy Pickar. Five others achieved All-American status – Nick Smith, John Putman, Travis Elg, Tommy Abbott, and Brady Wilson.

The team had a 20-1-1 dual meet record, establishing a school record for wins in a season.

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NWCA NCAA DII Rankings – October 15, 2021

MANHEIM, Penn. — With the 2021-22 NCAA Division II wrestling season-opening competition in just two weeks, the preseason edition of the National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) DII Coaches Poll was released Friday afternoon.

Reigning NCAA Division II National Champion St. Cloud State tops the team poll with 81 points, with last year’s national runners-up, Nebraska-Kearney, hot on the Huskies’ heels with 80 points. Lindenwood takes the third-place spot with 78 points, while Central Oklahoma (74 points) and West Liberty (69 points) round out the top five.

Gannon and Nebraska-Kearney both feature eight ranked wrestlers, while both West Liberty and Central Oklahoma each boast two top-ranked individuals.

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Minnesota State Individual Awards Announced for 2020-21

Mankato, Minn. — In taking a look back at the 2020-21 season for the Minnesota State wrestling program, the highlights were myriad.

After posting a 5-1 mark in dual action and earning a third-place finish at the NCAA Division II Region V tournament where Trenton McManus, Kyle Rathman, and Trevor Turriff claimed titles, the Mavericks finished tenth at the NCAA Division II Wrestling national tournament with the regional individual champions all gaining All-America honors. Turriff placed second at nationals, while Rathman placed seventh and McManus was eighth.

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Turriff, Rathman, and McManus Earn All-America Honors at NCAA DII Wrestling Championships

St. Louis, Mo. — All three of Minnesota State’s wrestlers at the 2021 NCAA Division II Championships in St. Louis, Mo., are coming home as All-Americans.

Junior Trevor Turriff (De Pere, Wis.) placed second at 174, senior Kyle Rathman (Apple Valley, Minn.) placed seventh at 149 and senior Trenton McManus (Adams, Wis.) finished eighth at 125.

Turriff, who entered the national championship tournament seeded second at 174, downed sixth-seeded Adam Sams of Indianapolis in the semi-finals 9-7 Saturday afternoon to advance to the finals where he squared-off with top-seeded Abner Romero of Lindenwood in the national championship match. The undefeated Romero got off to an early lead in the match and never trailed in gaining an 8-2 victory over Turriff. The loss for Turriff is his first of the year and he completes the campaign with a final record of 11-1.

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