The MSU Mavericks wrestling team wrapped up their regular season this past weekend in the NCAA Division-II National Championships. Among the highlights were three Mavs earning All-American accolades. The team finished in a tie for 14th place with 28 points.
MSU’s three All-Americans were Adam Cooling at 174, Corey Abernathy at 184, and Matthew Blome at 197.
Cooling finished the weekend third in the Nation and became All-American for the second time in his career after making his way through the consolation bracket. In his first match of the day he took on UNCP’s Blaze Shade. Shade won the match by a 2-1 decision.
Cooling was able to bounce back in his next match against UCMO’s Cody Carson. Cooling dominated, as he picked up a 3-0 decision to advance to the third-place match. The third-place match pitted Cooling against CBU’s Nolan Kistler. Cooling earned a victory over Kistler after getting the definitive takedown. Cooling finishes his year 36-3 and career record of 108-24.
Abernathy and Blome both wrestled to eighth-place finishes in their outings. Abernathy dropped his first match against MU’s Zeb Wahle , 4-2. Abernathy went on to drop his final match against Zach Stodden from UNK. Stodden won the match by a 13-11 decision. Abernathy finished the year 24-9.
Blome got his eighth-place finish in his first ever appearance in the championships. Blome opened against LC’s Matthew Rudy, but Rudy got the win by a 4-2 decision. Blome then failed to complete a comeback win against UNI’s Joe Gomez, losing 6-4. Blome finished his year with a 28-11 record and the first time he’s earned All-American honors.