Of the eight Minnesota State teams in action this weekend, six play at home, which leads to a fun and exciting weekend in the Maverick Athletic Communications Office.
The weekend kicked off last night with a 41-3 home victory for the Minnesota State wrestling team, ranked #12 in the nation, over UW-Eau Claire. Minnesota State used a myriad of bonus points in the dual and won 9 of the 10 matches. You can view the recap of the match here or see the play-by-play here. Also, Tyler Buckentine was on hand for the match and gives this report on the new-look mankatofreepress.com. The wrestling squad is off until Jan. 22 when it hosts MSU Moorhead.
The Maverick men's hockey team is in action this weekend as it hosts 10th-ranked Minnesota Duluth tonight at 7:37 and tomorrow at 7:07. Tonight (Friday) the first 500-fans receive a MSU touque courtesy of McDonald's. Game notes for the weekend series can be found here. Shane Frederick of the Mankato Free Press penned an article about this weekend's series, which can be found here. Be sure to check out his blog for more information on this series and all other WCHA series this weekend.
Kevin Pates of the Duluth Tribune had this story in today's paper previewing the series.
The Maverick women's hockey team is also at home this weekend against Ohio State. Game notes for the two-game series which begins tonight at 7:07 and ends tomorrow at 3:07 can be found here. In other Maverick women's hockey news, Nina Tikkinen has been named to Finland's Olympic Hockey team. Click here to view that story. Tikkinen is the second Maverick women's player to be named to the Olympics this year, joining Sweden's Emilia Andersson (story here).
The Minnesota State men's and women's basketball teams return to the Taylor Center this weekend for a brief two-game stint. The women's games are slated to begin at 6 p.m., with the men's to follow. To view the game notes for the women, click here while the men's game notes are available here. Pick up today's Mankato Free Press to read the College Basketball Notebook by Chad Courrier, which is not available on the Free Press website can be found here.
The Minnesota State women's swimming and diving team is in action this evening as it hosts Nebraska-Omaha at 6:30 p.m., in the Highland Pool. Tomorrow, the men's and women's indoor track and field teams take to the road as they travel to Minnesota to participate in the Minnesota Open.
On a sad note, thoughts and prayers go out to the University of Southern Indiana men's basketball team as it suffered the loss of a student-athlete in last night's game. That story can be found here.