Mission Possible: Mavericks Work to Overcome Injuries to Get Back on the Mat

At any second in the game an injury can occur, whether it’s in practice or during one of the most important matches of your career. It’s the moment you face adversity that will dictate the outcome of your career, will you let it beat you or will you conquer it?

For a pair of Minnesota State wrestlers in senior Matthew Blome and sophomore Trevor Turriff, it’s this type of adversity that would put them to the test in the past year.

Blome, who wrestles at 197, dislocated his knee during practice on October 6th, 2018, resulting in a full tear of his anterior collateral ligament, medial collateral ligament, posterior collateral ligament, and a partial tear in both his lateral collateral ligament and meniscus.

“You could say it was catastrophic because he had a complete knee dislocation, it was everything,” said Jim Makovsky, Minnesota State’s veteran wrestling head coach. “He stayed really stoic amidst it all, though.” Continue reading at mavink.blogspot.com

Mavericks Tied for Eighth in NWCA Poll

Mankato, Minn. — The Minnesota State wrestling team is tied for eighth in the 2019-20 NCAA Division II Wrestling Coaches Association Top 25 Poll released on Wednesday.

Minnesota State has five individuals ranked at their respective weight classes, including junior Kyle Rathman (Apple Valley, Minn.), who is rated second at 149 lbs.

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Three Mavericks Finish In Podium Position At Luther Open

MANKATO, Minn. — Minnesota State finished the Luther Open on Saturday with three wrestlers claiming a podium finish in their brackets, and 14 total Mavericks placing at the tournament.

Kyle Rathman (Jr., 149 lbs.) wrestled in the Elite 149 bracket where he finished 3-1 to earn a second-place finish at the tournament. Rathman won by fall over Klayton Keller of Cornell College in 2:21 in his first match. He then won in a 15-4 major decision over Chance Throndson of Upper Iowa. An 8-2 victory over Brady Fritz of Wartburg put Rathman in the championship match where he ultimately fell to Iowa’s Vincent Turk by a 13-7 decision.

Zach Johnston (Sr., 174 lbs.) posted a 2-1 record in the Elite 174 bracket in earning a second-place finish at the tournament. Johnston got off to a fast start with a fall over Luther College’s Tyler Menegay at 2:43. He then won with a 7-1 decision over Luke Silva of Coe College. Johnston ultimately lost in a 16-5 major decision in the championship match to Kyle Briggs of Wartburg College.

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