Northern Colorado 27 South Dakota State 15

Jacks drop last road dual…

The South Dakota State wrestling team dropped its last road dual of the season at Northern Colorado on Sunday…

In front of a crowd of over 300 people, the Bears fell behind briefly before winning six of the final eight matches to take the dual, 27-15.

The dual opened at the heavyweight position before finishing out in order, lowest to highest.

After dropping a close decision at heavyweight, Aaron Pickrel responded with a fall at 125 pounds. The fall came with one second remaining in the second period and put the Jacks on top.

The Bears scored three straight matches, however, one of which came by injury default.

Nick Flynn helped the Jacks climb closer with a 6-3 decision at 157 pounds, but it was followed by a Northern Colorado fall.

At 174 pounds, Dillon Reid countered with a fall of his own in slightly quicker fashion than Pickrel. Reid’s fall came with 12 seconds remaining in the second period and narrowed the gap.

SDSU did not get any closer, as the Bears won the final two matches by decision.

“Again we wrestled hard and had an opportunity to win, but lost four close matches that were the deciding factor,” head coach Jason Liles said. “We need to close out a match. There is a fine line between winning and losing. Right now we are trying to figure out how to get on the other side of that line.”

The loss concludes the road schedule.

Play-by-play from today’s dual is available at the beginning of this article.

Complete results from the dual is available below.

Next up the Jacks return home for the final dual of the season on Thursday. SDSU hosts nationally-ranked Western Wrestling Conference opponent Wyoming at 7 p.m. in Frost Arena.

Northern Colorado 27 South Dakota State 15
Hwt. – Henry Chirino (NC) dec. Joe Skow, 3-0
125 – Aaron Pickrel fall Jesse Meis (NC), 4:59
133 – Sam Bauer (NC) dec. Nick Chavez, 4-2
141 – Casey Cruz (NC) dec. Dustin Walraven, 7-6
149 – Justin Gonzales (NC) inj. def. Andrew Youngblom, 4:19
157 – Nick Flynn dec. Charlie McMartin (NC), 6-3
165 – Gabe Burak (NC) fall Troy Morisette, 3:37
174 – Dillon Reid fall Jarrod Betchtold, 4:48
184 – Cody McAninch (NC) dec. Tony Lisek, 14-7
197 – Nick Bayer (NC) dec. Nick Mart, 4-3