NCAA Update on COVID-19 and the NCAA DII and DIII Wrestling Championships

INDIANAPOLIS – The NCAA continues to assess the impact of COVID-19 in consultation with public health officials and the NCAA COVID-19 advisory panel. Based on their advice and NCAA President Mark Emmert’s discussions with the NCAA Board of Governors, the decision has been made to conduct upcoming championship events with only essential staff and limited family attendance.

This includes the NCAA Division II Wrestling Championships in Sioux Falls, South Dakota and the Division III Wrestling Championships in Cedar Rapids, Iowa on Friday and Saturday.

Both tournaments will be streamed live on ncaa.com.

Mavericks Qualify Four for Division II National Championships

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — The Minnesota State wrestling team qualified four individuals to the NCAA Division II National Championship as the No. 18 Mavericks finished in fourth place in the team standings at the 2020 NCAA Division II Super Region 5 tournament held in Sioux Falls, S.D. Saturday.

Junior Kyle Rathman (149 lbs.) and redshirt sophomore Trevor Turriff (184 lbs.) earned trips to the national meet with second-place finishes. Junior Trenton McManus (125 lbs.) and senior Louie Sanders (141 lbs.) punched their tickets with third-place finishes.

Rathman, who holds the No. 3 ranking in his weight class, started off with a 14-0 major decision over UW-Parkside’s Nathan Hensley. He followed up with a 6-2 win over No. 6 Chase Luensman of Upper Iowa. In the championship match, Rathman dropped a close 3-2 decision to No. 2 James Pleski of St. Cloud State.

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2019-20 NSIC Wrestling All-Conference Teams Announced

BURNSVILLE, Minn. – The 2019-20 NSIC Wrestling All-Conference teams were announced as the regular season concluded last week. The all-conference teams were selected by the league coaches with the top point receivers at each weight class being named first team and the second being named to the second team. The NSIC Wrestler of the Year, Rookie of the Year and Coach of the Year will be selected by the league coaches and announced following the NCAA Championships.

St. Cloud State, which won its ninth straight NSIC Regular Season Championship, led the way with nine All-NSIC members, including seven first-team members. Upper Iowa had three wrestlers honored, with two first-team members, while Augustana and Minot State each had two wrestlers named all-conference (Minot with the final first-team member). UMary, Minnesota State, Northern State, and Southwest Minnesota State each had one wrestler named to the second team.

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Minnesota State Enters 2020 Postseason Ranked 18th

MANKATO, Minn. — The Minnesota State wrestling team enters the 2020 postseason tied for 18th in the 2019-20 NCAA Division II Wrestling Coaches Association Top 25 Poll.

The Mavericks, who completed the 2019-20 regular season with a 10-3 mark in dual action and finished second in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference with a 6-2 league record, have four individuals who are ranked in their respective weight classes.

Junior Kyle Rathman (Apple Valley, Minn.) holds a 14-3 record and is rated third at 149 lbs. Rathman is coming off a postseason last year where he finished seventh at the NCAA DII national championships in earning All-American honors.

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NCAA Division II Wrestling Coaches Association Rankings – February 21, 2020

The NCAA Division II Wrestling Coaches Association Top 25 and Individual Rankings have been released for February 21, 2020.

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