MSU-Mankato 22 Northern State 13

Mavericks Earn Second Win in Early Conference Action

Mankato, Minn. – The Minnesota State Mavericks improved to 2-0 in Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference action as they defeated Northern State University 22-13 Saturday night at Bresnan Arena.

The Mavericks got out to an early 6-0 lead as senior Andy Forstner and freshman Skyler Moore won their respective matches by decisions. The win gives Forstner a 14-9 overall record as the top-ranked wrestler at the 125-lb weight class.

Northern State would respond in the night’s third match as Benton Crow evened the score at 6-6 as he defeated freshman Paul Norgren by fall at 4:52.

However, it would be the Mavericks who recaptured the momentum as they rolled out to a 19-6 lead winning their next four matches including a 7-2 decision by the seventh-ranked senior Ben Becker in the 174-lb weight class.

Junior Aaron Norgren, ranked third in the 184-lb weight class, saw his six-match winning streak come to a halt as he was defeated 6-5 in a three-overtime match by Northern State’s Cale Cornemann.

In the following match, junior Pat Mahan made sure the Wolves wouldn’t complete a comeback as he defeated Brent Fosheim by a 4-1 decision giving the Mavericks a 22-9 lead they couldn’t surrender.

The win improves the Mavericks record to 6-2 while they sit a perfect 2-0 in NSIC action. The loss leaves Northern State at 0-1 in NSIC action while it falls to 3-2-1 overall.

Minnesota State returns to action Thursday, January 20, as it goes on the road for its first NSIC away dual of the season against Minnesota State – Moorhead. Action is slated to begin at 7:00 p.m.

Minnesota State 34 University of Mary 0

Mavericks Blank Mary in NSIC Opener

Minnesota State Earns Second Shutout Win of the Season

Mankato, Minn. – The Minnesota State Mavericks opened Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference duals on Friday night as they defeated the University of Mary Marauders 34-0. The victory marks the second time this season the Mavericks have shutout an opponent as they also downed Waldorf, 49-0, to start the season.

Senior Andy Forstner, the number one ranked wrestler at 125-lbs, improved his record to 13-9 on the year as he defeated Matt Garcia by a 5-3 decision. The remaining two Mavericks who are ranked in their respective weight classes also came out victorious as senior Ben Becker, ranked seventh in the 174-lb weight class, won an 8-3 decision over Kurt Wiedrich, while junior Aaron Norgren, ranked third in the 184-lb class, won a 6-3 decision against Mary’s sixth-ranked Brady Anderson.

While the Mavericks showed their dominance throughout the night earning riding points in six of the nine matches, the most exciting match of the night belonged to freshman Paul Norgren and Tanner Beaman. Both wrestlers held strong as they didn’t allow a single point through the first three periods forcing the match into overtime. The longest match of the night would take three overtimes to determine a winner but it was Norgren who was able to earn the sudden victory with a two-point takedown.

Freshman Skyler Moore would set the tone early for the Mavericks as he earned a 16-2 win by major decision over Ryan Swelland in the 133-lb weight class. While leading 12-2 in the third period, Moore would earn a three-point near-fall and an additional riding time point before time expired ensuring him his seventh win of the year.

The Mavericks (5-2, 1-0 NSIC) look to carry over their momentum to tomorrow night as they are set to host Northern State University in the team’s second NSIC dual of the season. Action is scheduled to start in Bresnan Arena at 7:00 pm Saturday night.

Minnesota State 34, University of Mary 0
125: #1 Andy Fostner (MSU) dec Matt Garcia (Mary) 5-3
133: Skyler Moore (MSU) MD Ryan Selland (Mary) 16-2
141: Paul Norgren (MSU) dec Tanner Beaman (Mary) 2-0
149: Jesse Westphal (MSU) dec Landon Della Silva (Mary) 5-3
157: Tel Todd (MSU) wins by forfeit
165: Brendan Eichmann (MSU) dec Taylor Nagel (Mary) 6-4
174: #7 Ben Becker (MSU) dec Kurt Wiedrich (Mary) 8-3
184: #3 Aaron Norgren (MSU) dec #6 Brady Anderson (Mary) 6-3
197: Pat Mahan (MSU) dec Kriss McCleary (Mary) 8-1
Hwt: Nate Haynes (MSU) dec Austin Woo (Mary) 2-1

Norgren’s Pin Propels Mavericks to Seventh-Place Finish

Mavericks Go 1-1 in Final Day of National Duals

Cedar Falls, Iowa – In day number two of the NWCA/Cliff Keen National Duals held in Cedar Falls, Iowa the Minnesota State Mavericks went 1-1 including a 28-13 win over San Francisco State to seal seventh-place at the event.

After going 2-1 in competition yesterday, the Mavericks turned their attention to North Carolina-Pembroke for their first match on Sunday.  The Mavericks found themselves trailing 15-10 after the first eight matches and needed wins from both Brandon Ross and Nate Haynes to complete a comeback victory.  However, the Mavericks would only receive one victory in the final two matches as Haynes won a 7-1 decision over Seth Stewart leaving them six points short in a 19-13 contest.  Aaron Norgren continued his undefeated weekend as he beat Shiheem Bryant 8-3 which gave him a perfect 4-0 record through the first four matches.

The loss meant that the Mavericks would compete against San Francisco State in the tournaments seventh-place match.  With the score knotted at 13-13 through the first seven matches, Norgren would earn a win by fall at the 3:20 mark over Zachariah Jimenez to give the Mavericks a 19-13 lead.  The team would not look back from this point as they won their final two matches as Ross earned a win by forfeit and Haynes won a 4-2 decision over Otilio Gonzalez giving the Mavericks a 28-13 victory.

Norgren finished the tournament a perfect 5-0 including two wins by fall.  Andy Forstner recorded the second-most wins for the Mavericks as he finished with a 4-1 record.

The Mavericks will return to action on January 14th as they host their first NSIC dual of the season against Mary.  Action is slated to begin at 7:00 p.m. at Bresnan Arena.

Minnesota State Completes Opening Day in National Duals

Mavericks Take 2-1 Record Into Day Two of Tournament

Cedar Falls, Iowa – The Minnesota State Mavericks went 2-1 on the opening day of the 2011 NWCA/Cliff Keen National Duals Tournament in Cedar Falls, Iowa. The Mavericks would begin the opening round with a 19-18 win against Findlay before being defeated 31-6 against Augustana. The Mavericks would respond positively in their third and final match of the day as they defeated Central Missouri by the score of 26-19.

In the first match on Saturday the Mavericks were able to hold on late and earn a 19-18 win against the University of Findlay. The Mavericks would get out to a strong start as they won their first four matches and captured an early 15-0 lead. However, the Mavericks would go on to lose five of their next six matches with the only win being an important four-point major decision win by Aaron Norgren. The win would move the sixth-ranked Mavericks into a clash with the tournament’s number three seed Augustana College.

However, in the second match of the day, Augustana would show the Mavericks why they were the third ranked team in the tournament as they defeated Minnesota State 31-6. Despite jumping out to a 3-0 lead after Andy Forstner won a 4-3 decision over Alex Meger, the Mavericks would go on to lose eight of their next nine matches. The only other Maverick to record a win against Augustana was Norgren who earned a 7-1 decision over Thomas Davies.

In the third and final match of the evening, the Mavericks would pull out a hard-fought 26-19 win over Central Missouri. The Mavericks found themselves with a 17-16 point lead after the first seven matches before they were finally able to extend their lead to 23-16 after Norgren earned a win by fall over Travis Miller at the 1:11 mark. Pat Mahan went on to win a 4-3 decision over Doug Thompson which sealed the victory for the Mavericks and will give them an opportunity to place in day two of the tournament.

The tournament will conclude tomorrow as the Mavericks will look to pursue a trip to the fifth-place match. Their first match of the day will be at 9:00 am against North Carolina-Pembroke whose journey to this point includes wins over Central Oklahoma and Minnesota State-Moorhead and a loss to St. Cloud State.

Mavericks Rated Seventh in NCAA Division II Poll

Forstner Rated #1 at 125, Becker #7 at 174 and Norgren #3 at 184

Edmund, Okla. — Minnesota State is rated seventh in the most-recent NCAA Division II Wrestling Coaches Association poll that was released  by the National Wrestling Coaches Association.

The Mavericks, who were rated sixth in the December poll, totalled 105 points this time around.  Last year’s national champions from Nebraska-Omaha continue at the top of the rankings and a pair of Northern Sun Intercollegiate teams were also ranked highly with St. Cloud State coming in at #2 and Augustana at #3.

MSU senior Andy Forstner, a two-time All-American who finished fourth at last year’s national championships and stands 8-8 for this year, is ranked #1 at 125 lbs.  Senior Ben Becker, a two-time nationals qualifier who owns a 7-4 mark this year, is ranked seventh at 174 lbs and junior Aaron Norgren is 10-7 on the season and is ranked third at 184 lbs.

The Mavericks travel to Cedar Falls, Iowa January 8-9 to compete in the National Duals tournament.

NCAA Division II
Team Rankings

Rank,  School (State), Points, Last Ranking
1. Nebraska-Omaha  159 1st
2. St. Cloud State (Minn.)  153 2nd
3. Augustana (S.D.)  140 3rd
4. Western State (Colo.)  131 4th
5. Newberry (S.C.) 129 5th
6. Pittsburgh-Johnstown (Pa.)  106 9th
7. Minnesota State  105 6th
8. Nebraska-Kearney  100 8th
9. Central Oklahoma  99 12th
10. Grand Canyon (Ariz.)  97 11th
11. Upper Iowa  88 10th
12. Wisconsin-Parkside  70 13th
13. North Carolina-Pembroke 64 20th
14. Findlay (Ohio)  61 7th
T15. West Liberty (W. Va.) 43 14th
T15. Fort Hays State (Kan.)  43 15th
17. Adams State (Colo.)  29 16th
18. Ashland (Ohio) 27 17th
19. East Stroudsburg (Pa.) 14 18th
20. San Francisco State (Calif.)  10 19th

Others receiving votes: Belmont Abbey (N.C.), Colorado State-Pueblo, Gannon (Pa.), Minnesota State-Moorhead, Southwest Minnesota.

NCAA Division II
Individual Rankings

125 Pounds
1. Andy Forstner, Minnesota State
2. Russell Weakley, North Carolina-Pembroke
3. Trevor Franklin, Upper Iowa
4. Alex Meger, Augustana (S.D.)
5. Josh Smith, Nebraska-Kearney
6. Connor McDonald, Newberry (S.C.)
7. Alex Johns, Indianapolis (Ind.)
8. Ben Sergent, Findlay (Ohio)
133 Pounds
1. Kyle Pedretti, Upper Iowa
2. Todd Wilcox, Grand Canyon (Ariz.)
3. Ryan Link, Pittsburgh-Johnstown
4. Aldon Isenberg, Fort Hays State (Kan.)
5. B.J. Young, Newberry (S.C.)
6. Michael Magaha, Limestone (S.C.)
7. Cody Gillenwater, Central Missouri
8. Trison Graham, Central Oklahoma
141 Pounds
1. Jay Sherer, Augustana (S.D.)
2. Mario Morgan, Nebraska-Omaha
3. Andre Harrison, Fort Hays State (Kan.)
4. Dalton Jensen, Nebraska-Kearney
5. Naveed Bagheri, San Francisco State (Calif.)
6. Jimmy Savala, Chadron State (Neb.)
7. Gabe Suarez, St. Cloud State (Minn.)
8. Deral Brown, Newberry (S.C.)
149 Pounds
1. Esai Dominguez, Nebraska-Omaha
2. T.J. Hepburn, Nebraska-Kearney
3. Nate Herda, Augustana (S.D.)
4. Jeremy Espinoza, Findlay (Ohio)
5. Dale Debacco, Newberry (S.C.)
6. Josh Hensley, Adams State (Colo.)
7. Mitchell Means, Fort Hays State (Kan.)
8. Jesse Snider, Colorado Mines
157 Pounds
1. George Ivanov, Nebraska-Omaha
2. Marcus Edgington, Augustana (S.D.)
3. Dillon Bera, Wisconsin-Parkside
4. Seth Phalen, West Liberty (W.Va.)
5. Sean Byrnes, Newberry (S.C.)
6. John Sundgren, St. Cloud State (Minn.)
7. Cory Dauphin, Central Oklahoma
8. Justin Morris, Western State (Colo.)
165 Pounds
1. Josh Shields, Mercyhurst (Pa.)
2. Tad Merritt, St. Cloud State (Minn.)
3. Jake Varilek, Belmont Abbey (N.C.)
4. Derrick Adkins, Central Oklahoma
5. Joey Wilson, Nebraska-Kearney
6. Matt Gille, Wisconsin-Parkside
7. Gavin Nelson, Augustana (S.D.)
8. Justin Grant, Colorado State-Pueblo
174 Pounds
1. Luke Rynish, Wisconsin-Parkside
2. Anthony Petrella, Gannon (Pa.)
3. Ryan Pankoke, Nebraska-Omaha
4. Victor Carazo, Grand Canyon (Ariz.)
5. Tim Darling, Kutztown (Pa.)
6. Shamus O’Grady, St. Cloud State (Minn.)
7. Ben Becker, Minnesota State
8. Mason True, Findlay (Ohio)
184 Pounds
1. Bryant Blanton, Newberry (S.C.)
2. Charlie Pipher, Western State (Colo.)
3. Aaron Norgren, Minnesota State
4. Aaron Denson, Nebraska-Omaha
5. Mic Berg, St. Cloud State (Minn.)
6. Brady Anderson, Mary (N.D.)
7. Ryan Becerra, Grand Canyon (Ariz.)
8. Tanner Keck, Central Oklahoma
197 Pounds
1. Donovan McMahill, Western State (Colo.)
2. Ty Copsey, Augustana (S.D.)
3. Mitch Knapp, West Liberty (W.Va.)
4. Luke McPeek, Adams State (Colo.)
5. Jarrett Edison, Central Oklahoma
6. Carl Broghammer, Upper Iowa
7. Frank Morgan, King (Tenn.)
8. Daniel Stevenson, Findlay (Ohio)
285 Pounds
1. Jacob Kahnke, St. Cloud State (Minn.)
2. Charlie Alexander, Western State (Colo.)
3. Ben Hohensee, Nebraska-Kearney
4. Matt Meuleners, Northern State (S.D.)
5. Taylor Escamilla, Nebraska-Omaha
6. J.D. Ramsey, West Liberty (W.Va.)
7. Chris Dempsey, Pittsburgh-Johnstown (Pa.)
8. Brian Rodas, Southwest Minnesota