Jacks impress at open

The South Dakota State wrestling team scored multiple placewinners at the Warren Williamson/Daktronics Open.

In its season-opening home open, the Jacks impressed in front of a decent crowd on Sunday. The open format allowed SDSU to enter numerous athletes in many weight classes.

SDSU Williamson Daktronics Open 2012 brackets (pdf)

Aaron Pickrel wrestled at the lowest weight for SDSU and finished in third place. Pickrel scored falls versus Smith (Midland) in 2:45 and Vieyra (Augustana) in 5:30 before scoring a 7-2 decision versus Weber (North Dakota State). In the wrestleback, Pickrel won by fall in less than 40 seconds versus Bundy (Iowa Central) and completed finished as a placewinner with a 2-1 decision versus Weber (North Dakota State).

SDSU JackrabbitsOne of two SDSU wrestlers at 133 pounds, Brance Simms placed fourth. Simms won by 17-1 technical fall versus Menendez (Mary) and 10-2 decision versus Wilmert (Midland). In the wrestleback, Simms won by fall versus Jans (Augustana) in 3:56, a 6-0 decision versus Chestnut (Augustana) and a 7-4 decision versus Cathey (North Dakota State) to advance to the third-place match, where he was narrowly defeated 3-2.

In the 141-pound weight class, Will James turned heads with a second-place finish. James won by a tight 2-0 decision versus Sand (Simpson), fall versus Fender (Northwestern) in 4:35 and a convincing 12-4 decision versus Ziemann (Midland). In the semifinals, James won by 11-2 major decision versus Peterson (Augustana) to advance to the finals, where he was narrowly defeated 4-0.

Dustin Walraven placed third as the lone competitor for the Jacks at 149. Walraven won by fall versus Anderson (Nebraska) in less than one minute and 18-4 major decision versus Shupe (Minnesota). In the wrestleback, Walraven defeated Brown (Jamestown) by 15-3 major decision, Babcock (Nebraska) by a 4-1 decision, Rangell (Minnesota) by fall in 3:18 and placed with a 14-3 major decision versus Zeman (Minnesota).

At 157, one of the most populated weight classes, Cody Pack led SDSU and advanced to the finals. Pack scored a 20-6 major decision versus Nistrian (Nebraska), 17-4 major decision versus Dolezal (Minnesota) and a 20-5 technical fall versus Winkler (Midland). In the semifinals, Pack punched his ticket for the finals with an 8-2 decision versus Geoghegan (Iowa Central). In the finals, Pack squared off with Green (Nebraska) and lost a tough match by 7-4 decision.

A pair of SDSU wrestlers, Troy Morisette and Tyler White, made an impact at 174. Morisette won by a 6-4 decision versus Newberg (Nebraska) and 2-0 decision versus Holthaus (Iowa Central) before scoring a 5-0 decision versus Hicks (Iowa Central) in the wrestleback. White won by 21-6 technical fall versus Barnes (Nebraska) and worked through the wrestleback with a fall versus Holthaus in 3:10 and a 12-6 decision versus Branson (Jamestown). After one win and one loss for each, the two squared off for fifth place, where Morisette won by a 6-0 decision.

In the 197-pound weight class, Brandon Ballard worked his way through the wrestleback and finished fifth. Ballard won with a 5-2 decision versus Witzel (Simpson), fall versus Granum (SDSU) in 1:48 and fall versus Castlebury (North Dakota State) in 2:06 to place.

At the top weight, J.J. Everard placed sixth. Everard won by 13-4 major decision versus Busch (Iowa Central) before a narrow 5-3 decision versus teammate Jacob Haydel and won by fall versus Gusewelle (North Dakota State) in less than 40 seconds for the place.

Complete SDSU wrestler results are listed below.

Completed brackets are available at the beginning of this article.

Next the Jacks travel to DeKalb, Ill., for the Northern Illinois Quad. SDSU wrestles in four duals on Saturday: Cleveland State (10 a.m.), Indiana (2 p.m.), Northern Illinois (4 p.m.) and Tiffin (6 p.m.).

WrestlerWeight ClassRecordPlace
Aaron Pickrel1255-13rd
Chet Utesch1250-2 
Max Malave1250-2 
Brance Simms1335-24th
Eric Orozco1331-2 
Will James1414-12nd
Ben Gillette1412-2 
Dustin Walraven1496-13rd
Ben Fichter1570-2 
Kevin Caruso1571-2 
Cody Pack1574-12nd
Wesley Grew1650-2 
John Nething II1653-2 
Ben Schwery1651-2 
Trey Hable1740-2 
Ryan Festag1741-2 
Troy Morisette1745-25th
Tyler White1744-36th
Hunter Weddington1840-2 
Brandon Ballard1974-25th
J.J. Everard2852-36th
Jacob Haydel2851-2