Minot State 18 Minnesota State 16

Mavericks Fall to Beavers in Close Dual

Mankato, Minn. – Minnesota State finished just behind Minot State in a tough battle, losing 18-16 tonight at home.

Starting at 165 lb., freshman Kole Marko won 3-1 in sudden victory and started off a string of decision wins for the Mavericks, followed by junior Mike Smith and senior Brody Nielsen at 174 and 184 pounds, respectively.

Senior Dylan Butts at 195 pounds, lost in a 7-0 decision match. Next up, senior #7 Darrell Mason fought to win in overtime 2-1 against Minot’s #9 Jake Swirple.

After Minot State received a forfeit at 125 pounds and sophomore Isaiah Mlsna was downed 4-3, the team score was tied 12-12.

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Minnesota State to take on Minot State and Augustana

Mavericks host Minot State and travel to Augustana this week

Minnesota State opens the week at home, starting with a Thursday dual against Minot State at 5:30 p.m. The Mavericks travel to Sioux Falls, S.D. to face Augustana on Saturday at 7 p.m. Minnesota State holds a 5-3 dual record, 2-3 in the NSIC.

The Beavers are 6-8 overall, with a 1-5 NSIC record. Minot State’s lone ranked wrestler is 285-pounder Jake Swirple, who is ranked ninth. Head coach, Evan Forde, is in his eighth year with the Beavers and has a career record of 26-76.

Augustana is 3-3 in NSIC duals and 8-9 overall. The Vikings are ranked #14 nationally, with six wrestlers ranked in the Top 12 of the NWCA Poll as of Jan. 23, 2023. Augustana is led by head coach Jason Reitmeier, who owns a 210-104 record throughout 19 years with the program.

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Minnesota State 30, MSU Moorhead 9

Minnesota State Topples MSU Moorhead in Road Dual

Moorhead, Minn. – The Mavericks raced to a 20-0 lead Saturday afternoon and never looked back as it downed MSU Moorhead, 30-9 in an NSIC dual.

Freshman Kole Marko opened the dual with a 6-4 win at 165 lb., before junior Mike Smith and senior Brody Nielsen recorded back-to-back major decisions at 174 and 181 pounds, respectively.

At 195 lb., senior Dylan Butts received a forfeit, giving the Mavericks a wide 17-0 lead over the Dragons before senior Darrell Mason picked up a 4-1 decision at 285 pounds.

MSU Moorhead picked up a win by forfeit at 125 before earning a 9-7 sudden victory decision at 133 pounds to cut the Maverick lead to 20-9.

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Northern State 19, Minnesota State 17

Mavericks Drop Battle with Wolves

Aberdeen, S.D. – Minnesota State came up just short this evening against #20 Northern State in an NSIC dual, losing 19-17.

The dual started at 165 lb., with freshman Kole Marko picking up a 4-2 decision win over Northern State’s Chase Bloomquist. Junior Michael Smith added another decision win against Kelby Hawkins of 9-4. Together these two wins gave the Mavericks a quick 6-0 lead over the Wolves.

Northern State picked up a 6-1 decision at 184 and a major decision at 197 to take a 7-6 advantage into heavyweight.

Senior #7 Darrell Mason put Minnesota State back on top with a 6-3 win at 285-pounds, giving the Mavericks a 9-6 edge.

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Mavericks Continue Road Swing This Weekend

Minnesota State Travels to #20 Northern State and MSU Moorhead

Minnesota State hits the road this weekend for a pair of NSIC duals. Friday, the Mavericks travel to Aberdeen for a 7 p.m., before traveling to MSU Moorhead Saturday a for a 3 p.m. dual. Minnesota State is 4-2 on the season, 1-2 in the NSIC.

About Northern State: Northern State sits 2-2 in NSIC duals, with a 7-3 dual record overall. Currently ranked 20th in the Jan. 20, NWCA Poll, the Wolves’ two ranked wrestlers: #7 Wyatt Turnquist at 149 lb. and #3 Cole Huss at 197 lb. Head coach, Rocky Burkett, is in his 8th year with the Wolves and has an overall record of 51-58.

About MSU Moorhead: MSU Moorhead is 1-6 in overall duals with a 0-5 NSIC dual record. Prior to their dual with Minnesota State on Saturday, MSUM hosts St. Cloud State on Friday. Kris Nelson is in his 14th season as the head coach of the Dragons, with a 53-72 overall record.

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