Jacks split at triangular…
The South Dakota State wrestling team dropped its first dual at the SIUE Triangular in Edwardsville, Ill., before taking the nightcap.
The first dual pitted the Jacks against Big Ten opponent Indiana.
The Hoosiers took the first two matches by decision before SDSU got on the board at 141 pounds. Dustin Walraven, back in the lineup after an injury, took the decision at that weight by a score of 12-6.
Indiana added a fall at 149 pounds to build a lead, which proved important as Nick Flynn and Dillon Reid posted back-to-back decisions at 157 and 165 pounds. Flynn held on for a tight 3-2 win, while Reid won by a 6-1 margin.
Unfortunately for SDSU, that is where the scoring ended. The Hoosiers scored a fall, technical fall, major decision and decision in the final four matches.
However, the Jackrabbit team fortunes turned around in its second dual.
SDSU got off on the right foot, as Southern Ill.-Edwardsville forfeited at 125 pounds. The Cougars took the next two matches by decision and fall before SDSU started a run of its own.
Andrew Youngblom, also back from injury, started the streak with a 7-4 decision at 149 pounds.
Flynn and Reid continued the streak and capped off their nights in fashion, improving to 2-0 on the day with major decisions at 157 and 165 pounds, respectively.
SIUE scored two decisions, but Nick Mart sealed the victory for the Jacks with an 8-4 decision at 197 pounds. SDSU pulled away in score with a Cougar forfeit at heavyweight.
“We wrestled tough, but failed to execute at key times,” head coach Jason Liles said. “We won three matches against a Big Ten opponent and had other opportunities. We made the SIUE dual hard on ourselves, but fought back to get the win.”
Results for Indiana and Southern Illinois-Edwardsville duals are listed below.
Next up the Jacks stop in Cedar Falls on the way back to Brookings for a dual with Western Wrestling Conference foe Northern Iowa.
The Jacks face the Panthers for the 39th time in school history, the first of which was in the 1953-54 season. UNI dominated the first 38 meetings with a 34-3-1 series lead. The last time SDSU beat the Panthers was in the 1972-73 season.
Indiana 30 South Dakota State 8
125 – Zach Zimmer (IU) dec. Aaron Pickrel, 4-2
133 – Joe Duca (IU) dec. Nick Chavez, 10-4
141 – Dustin Walraven dec. Matt Ortega (IU), 12-6
149 – Taylor Walsh (IU) fall Andrew Youngblom, 2:29
157 – Nick Flynn dec. Sawyer Morris (IU), 3-2
165 – Dillon Reid dec. Preston Keiffer (IU), 6-1
174 – Ryan LeBlanc (IU) tech fall Joe Rasmussen, 17-1 (6:33)
184 – Luke Sheridan (IU) dec. Tony Lisek, 3-2
197 – Matt Powless (IU) fall Nick Mart, 2:25
Hwt. – Adam Chalfant (IU) maj. dec. Joe Skow, 15-3
One SDSU team point deducted for unsportsmanlike conduct
South Dakota State 25 Southern Illinois-Edwardsville 15
125 – Aaron Pickrel forfeit
133 – Brendan Murphy (SIUE) dec. Nick Chavez, 11-5
141 – Dillon Pousson (SIUE) fall Dustin Walraven, 2:16
149 – Andrew Youngblom dec. Derrick Pousson (SIUE), 7-4
157 – Nick Flynn maj. dec. Kyle Lowman (SIUE), 15-7
165 – Dillon Reid maj. dec. Steven Ross (SIUE), 12-3
174 – Deshoun White (SIUE) dec. Joe Rasmussen, 8-4
184 – Cole Brandt (SIUE) dec. Tony Lisek, 9-3
197 – Nick Mart dec. Cole Rogers (SIUE), 8-4
Hwt – Joe Skow forfeit