Wrestling award winners crowned at NCAA championships

INDIANAPOLIS — The NCAA presented the 2022 NCAA Wrestling Awards to eight student-athletes at the Divisions I, II and III Wrestling Championships over the last two weekends.

The inaugural NCAA Wrestling Awards were presented at the 2012 wrestling championships. The three awards, given in each division, honor the Most Dominant Wrestler as well as the student-athletes that have accumulated the most falls and the most technical falls throughout the course of the regular and postseasons.

For results to be counted for the awards they must come against opponents in the same division (i.e. Division II vs. Division II). Ties in the falls and tech falls categories are broken based on the aggregate time.

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Eight Mavericks Wrestlers Named to NSIC Winter All-Academic Team

Schwabe, Turriff, Gibson, Autridge, and Kraye earn Team of Excellence recognition

BURNSVILLE, Minn. – Minnesota State had eight wrestlers earn All-Academic honors from the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference for the winter season, it was announced on Wednesday.

Max Schwabe, Trevor Turriff, Shane Gibson, Jerez Autridge, and Bridger Kraye were named to the NSIC All-Academic Team of Excellence, which recognizes individuals with a cumulative grade point average of 3.60 or higher.

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In one day, Darrell Mason beat heartbreak, made a friend and became a champion

The two wrestlers knelt on the mat facing each other, the winner of a national championship and the guy who lost. The tops of their heads touched as they placed their arms on the other’s shoulders.

They stayed in that position for 25 seconds. They were praying together. Then they stood up, embraced in a tight hug and took turns raising each other’s arm to signal the winner.

It was a cool display of sportsmanship. The backstory to that wonderful moment Saturday at the Division II national championships provided a lesson about character and humanity.

Minnesota State Mankato heavyweight Darrell Mason won the championship on the same day that his beloved grandma Bessie died. He received the news an hour before weigh-ins. Continue reading at startribune.com →

Minnesota State Duo Claim Individual National Titles

St. Louis, Mo. — A pair of Minnesota State’s wrestlers at the 2022 NCAA Division II Championships in St. Louis, Mo., are coming home as national champions.

Senior Trevor Turriff (De Pere, Wis.) claimed the national title at 174-lbs., and Junior Darrell Mason (Chicago, Ill) claimed the national title at 285-lbs. The last time two Mavericks brought home Individual l titles was in 2008, Jason Rhoten and Andy Pickar.

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Mason, Turriff Advance to Semifinals at NCAA DII Wrestling National Championship Tournament

St. Louis, Mo. — A pair of Minnesota State wrestlers have advanced to the final day of action at the 2022 NCAA Division II Championships in St. Louis, Mo.

Senior Trevor Turriff (De Pere, Wis.), seeded fourth in the 174-lb. division, picked up a major decision (11-3) over Brock Biddle of Pitt-Johnstown before downing Ty McGeary of West Liberty, 7-2. Now 20-3 on the season, Turriff squares-off against #1-seeded Austin Eldredge of Nebraska-Kearney in a semi-final matchup tomorrow.

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NWCA Releases Final Division II Rankings Prior to Nationals

MANHEIM, PA – The field has been set for the 2022 NCAA Division II National Championships, with the top 10 ranked wrestlers in each weight class making up the final NWCA Division II Coaches Rankings of the season.

The final rankings represent the top 8 seeds and top 10 ranked wrestlers for the upcoming NCAA Division II National Championships in St. Louis March 11-12. Nebraska-Kearney moved into the #1 spot for the first time this season, amassing 115 total points behind an NCAA DII-high nine National Qualifiers. Central Oklahoma moved to the #2 spot with 111 points behind seven National Qualifiers, with 2021 National Champion St. Cloud in the three-spot with 95 points from seven National Qualifiers. West Liberty held in the #4 spot, while Indianapolis moved up to the #5 ranking.

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