Rathman Secures All-American Honors on Day One of NCAA Championships

CLEVELAND, Ohio — The Minnesota State wrestling team advanced one wrestler to the final day of the NCAA Championships in Cleveland, Ohio.

Sophomore #3 Kyle Rathman (149 lbs.) opened the NCAA Championships with a 5-1 decision over Noah Ottum from Colorado School of Mines. In second round, Rathman took on #8 Isaiah Kemper from McKendree. Trailing 2-0 heading into the third round, Rathman managed to record an escape but he could not get the takedown as Kemper held on for the 2-1 decision.

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Makovsky Named NWCA Region Coach of the Year

Manheim, Pa. – The National Wrestling Coaches Association has announced that Jim Makovsky as the Division II Super Region V Regional Coach of the Year winner as selected by his peers in his respective region. This award is presented to the coach that has demonstrated outstanding effort throughout the season in developing and elevating their program on campus and in the community. The award is presented by Defense Soap, the official Hygiene partner of the NWCA.

Makovsky has been coaching at Minnesota State for twenty-six years and led his team to a 9-2 dual meet record this year. Off the mat, Coach Makovsky and his team are very active in their community while helping in the following organization, Student-Athletic Advisory Committee, Mankato Marathon, Kiwanis Holiday Lights, Youth Wrestling Officiating, and Youth Clinics/talks. The team also has a combined team GPA of 3.16.

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Minnesota State Places Second at NCAA Regional; Trio of Mavericks Advance to National Championship Tournament

Moorhead, Minn. — The Minnesota State wrestling team qualified three individuals to the NCAA Division II National Championship as the 17th-rated Mavericks finished in second place in the team standings at the 2019 NCAA Division II Super Region V tournament held in Moorhead, Minn. Saturday.

Earning trips to the national meet as a result of second-place finishes were junior Louie Sanders at 141 and sophomore Kyle Rathman at 149. Junior Logan Saltou placed third at 165 in punching his ticket to the national championship.

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