Mankato, Minn. — Minnesota State wrestling enters the 2018-19 campaign rated third in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Coaches Preseason Poll.

St. Cloud State, which received eight first-place votes, is rated first and followed by Upper Iowa, Minnesota State and Augustana, U-Mary, MSU-Moorhead, Southwest Minnesota State, Minot State, and Northern State.

Top returnees for Minnesota State include George Farmah, Seth Elwood and Zach Johnston, who each earned All-American honors last year after they finished second, seventh and seventh respectively at the national tournament, respectively. Farmah (133 lbs.), recorded a 13-7 record last season, Elwood (165 lbs.), wrestled to a 16-11 mark and Johnston (174 lbs.) finished the season with a record of 24-7.

The Mavericks will also be boosted by the return of Louie Sanders, Daniel Close, Kyle Rathman, and Andrew McFall, all of whom finished with at least 17 wins last season and participated in the NCAA Super Region 3 Tournament. Logan Linderbaum and Brandon Moen are also expected to contribute greatly to the team this season as potential starters in their weight class.

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Head coach Jim Makovsky, who is entering his 26th season in charge of the Mavericks, owns a career mark of 270-115-3 (.700) at Minnesota State. His college career record sits at 293-134-4 (he also coached at Valley City State for four years prior to MSU where he posted a 23-19-1 record).

Minnesota State opens its season Saturday at the Rochester Community & Technical College Tournament in Rochester, Minn.

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