As mentioned last week, crossover season officially begins this weekend with the start of men's and women's hockey. In four and a half weeks, the Maverick wrestling squad will take the mat when they participate in the Iowa State Open.
Ben Becker returns to the mat this year for the Mavericks after a 20-17 season last season and earning his second straight trip to the NCAA Tournament. Becker, a 174-pounder from Fort Dodge, Iowa, joins 125-pounder Andy Forstner as the only seniors on the Maverick wrestling squad this season.
Speaking of Becker, he has recently been named a finalist for Cosmopolitan Magazine's 2010 Bachelor Blowout, an honor which he was nominated for by his sister. Robb Murray of the Mankato Free Press penned a piece on Becker and Cosmo and it appeared in today's paper. You can read the story, HERE. You can also read Becker's bio on Cosmo's website, HERE.
Speaking of the Free Press, Shane Frederick wrote a piece on Maverick senior captain Ariel Mackley. The article, which can be found HERE, discusses the hockey exploits of Ariel and her older sisters Brittany (who played at MSU from 2004-08) and Melissa (who played at Gustavus from 2006-10). Additionally, Freddy also wrote this piece on Rylan Galiardi in today's paper, you can find the link HERE
In the event you missed Maverick Magazine (airs every Friday during the school year on www.kmsu.org and 89.7 fm) PA and I sat down with the one and only Casey Lloyd to discuss the 2010 Minnesota State Hall of Fame ceremonies. The show – which is available on podcast – can be found HERE. I invite you to sit back, pour yourself a big bowl of Green Chilli, and enjoy.
The St. Cloud Times took a look at the connection between Minnesota State AD Kevin Buisman, St. Cloud State Head Coach Scott Underwood and Minnesota Duluth AD/Head Coach Bob Nielsen. The story can be found HERE.
Finally, as mentioned in a previous blog post, the Traveling Training Kit is up for grabs this weekend. Check out a video below to see how important the kit is to several of Minnesota State's seniors.