Minnesota State Places Sixth at NCAA Regional; Two Mavericks Advance to Nationals

Moorhead, Minn. — The Minnesota State wrestling team qualified two individuals to the NCAA Division II National Championship as the 14th-rated Mavericks finished in sixth place in the team standings at the 2022 NCAA Division II Super Region V tournament held in Moorhead, Minn. Saturday.

Earning trips to the national meet claiming the regional title was junior Darrell Mason (285 lbs.), and senior Trevor Turriff (174 lbs.) who finished second place.

Mason, rated eighth in NCAA Division II coming into the weekend, is now 18-0 on the year after picking up four consecutive wins for the regional championship. The Chicago, Illinois native picked up a 13-6 decision over Samuel Grove (MSU Moorhead) and a 16-6 major decision over Joshua Trumble (Northern St.). In the Semifinal Mason won by 5-2 decision over Jacob Dykes (Southwest Minn. St.) before gaining a 2-1 tiebreaker – 1 win in the championship match vs. St. Cloud State’s #2 Kameron Teacher.

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Minnesota State to Compete at NCAA Regional on Feb. 26

Mankato, Minn. — The No. 14 Minnesota State wrestling team (2-6,2-6 NSIC) will enter postseason competition on Saturday, Feb. 26 with a trip to the NCAA Division II Super Region V Championships at the Nemzek Fieldhouse, in Moorhead, Minn.

Super Region V is made up of all ten Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference teams, and the tournament serves as a qualifier for the upcoming 2022 NCAA Division II wrestling championships. The top three individuals in each weight class at the regional event earning a berth to the NCAA Division II Championships held in St. Louis, MO. On Mar. 11-12 at the Chaifetz Arena.

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2021-22 NSIC All-Conference Teams Announced

BURNSVILLE, Minn. – The 2021-22 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 next 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 Division II Championships.

Next up for NSIC Wrestling will be the NCAA Super Region V tournament, which will take place Saturday, Feb. 26 at 10 a.m. in Moorhead, Minnesota, hosted by Minnesota State University Moorhead. NCAA Super Region V is made up of the ten NSIC wrestling institutions. The top three finishers in each weight class will advance to the NCAA Championships on March 11-12 in St. Louis, Missouri.

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Minnesota State Enters 2022 Postseason Rated 14th

Mankato, Minn. — In the final NCAA Division II Coaches Rankings prior to the postseason, Minnesota State is rated 14th in the National Wrestling Coaches Association Poll announced Friday, Feb. 18.

The Mavericks, who completed the 2021-22 regular season with a 2-6 mark in dual action, have three individuals who are rated in the top 10 individual rankings.

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NWCA NCAA DII Rankings – February 18, 2022

MANHEIM, Penn.- In the final NCAA Division II Coaches Rankings prior to the postseason, Central Oklahoma held on to the top spot with 119 total points. The Bronchos feature three of Division II’s number one wrestlers and widened their gap on reigning National Champions St. Cloud State with Super Regionals looming next weekend.

The Huskies stay in the top spot with 103 total points. The entire top five was unchanged from the last poll, with Nebraska-Kearney (100 points), West Liberty (58 points), and McKendree (56 points) representing the third, fourth and fifth spots yet again.

There are four new number ones in this edition of the poll, with Brik Filippo of Central Oklahoma taking over the top spot at 149 and 2019 National Champion and 2021 National Finalist Connor Craig moving to #1 at 184. A pair of UNK Lopers took over the top spots at 165 and 174, with 2019 National Champion Matt Malcom sitting atop the newest 165 rankings, while teammate Austin Eldredge takes the top spot at 174 after coming down from competing at 184 earlier this season.

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