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K-M grad wins national wrestling title

Kasson-Mantorville graduate Jason Rhoten ended his collegiate wrestling career over the weekend with a national championship.

Rhoten, a senior at Minnesota State University, Mankato, won an NCAA Division II national championship at 157 pounds. The national meet was held at the U.S. Cellular Center in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Rhoten’s MSU, Mankato team placed second overall.

Rhoten met up with two-time defending national champion Antonio Guerra of Findlay in the champioship match. Guerra won at 157 pounds in 2007 and at 149 pounds in 2006.

The first period was scoreless, but Rhoten escaped to start the second and secured a takedown a short time later. Guerra got on the scoreboard with an escape in the third and pulled within 3-2 when Rhoten was called for stalling. But the K-M grad held on for a 3-2 win.

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Rhoten ends his career at MSU, Mankato as the career wins leader with a record of 136-23. He was a four-time All-American. Rhoten finished his senior year at 40-2, with both losses coming to Division I wrestlers.

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