South Dakota State 51, Simpson 0

Jacks weather Storm, 51-0

The South Dakota State wrestling team returned home and weathered the Storm on Friday night, defeating Simpson 51-0.

The dual served as a homecoming of sorts for the Jackrabbits, as SDSU last wrestled on its home mat on Dec. 8 (27-16 win vs. SIUE).

SDSU JackrabbitsSimpson College forfeited the 125-pound and 141-pound match, essentially putting the Jacks on top 12-0 to start the dual. Brance Simms opened up competition at 133. Utilizing a takedown, escape strategy, Simms built a huge lead and eventually defeated Sam Reichenbacker by 22-7 technical fall.

After the second forfeit, Dustin Walraven took the mat at 149. Walraven looked poised to employ the same takedown, escape strategy, but caught Derek Entz on his back in the closing seconds of the first period for a pin. Cody Pack was the final match before intermission and, scoring takedowns at will, scored a 23-6 technical fall versus Jason Clark. The outcome put the Jacks on top 28-0 after five matches, heading into the break.

“We are trying not to lay on guys and hold positions,” head coach Chris Bono said. “That is where we get caught a lot and I wanted us to go out there and work, score as many points as we can and look for the fall. That is what we did.”

Following the intermission, it was more of the same from SDSU.

Joe Brewster won by 22-7 tech fall-4 versus Cory Stratton at 165. Brewster employed the same strategy as the other SDSU wrestlers, built a lead and put the match away. In the 174-pound match, John Nething II made quick work of Gregory Harlow with a first-period pin at 1:39. Shea Nolan took to the mat at 184 and went back to the previous strategy, scoring takedowns and allowing escapes. Nolan scored a 19-6 major decision versus Taylor Witzel.

After a Joe Skow 12-7 decision versus Jared Bevins at 197, J.J. Everard closed out the dual in style with a pin at 285. Everard built a big lead before closing out Tony Saucedo in 5:15.

“I am happy,” said Bono. “Everything we asked of our team, they went out and did. We saw them respond to us and everything we went over in practice. We are getting better and we need to keep building on it.”

The Jacks improve to 4-5 on the season, while Simpson drops to 1-9.

“We are excited,” Bono said. “We have some confidence and we are coming off of two wins. We are starting to see what the first semester of training did and we are being rewarded. Our conditioning is good and we can score points if we continue to do what we need to do. We are excited to see what we can do.”

Coach Bono coached tonight’s dual barefoot to raise awareness for Samaritan’s Feet. Coach Bono is the first wrestling coach to join the movement and is the first Division I coach to participate barefoot in 2013.

Friday’s dual precedes Coach Nagy’s barefoot men’s basketball game on Jan. 26.

“If by me doing this, we can put one pair of shoes on somebody who does not have shoes, then it is worth it,” said Bono. “Anything we can do to support the cause, and it is a great one, we are happy to do it.”

Samaritan’s Feet is a non-profit, humanitarian aid organization and so much more – a community of more than 70,000 volunteers who have joined together to make a difference in the lives of children in need in every corner of the world. Over four million impoverished children and adults in more than 60 nations being served by having their feet washed, receiving a new pair of shoes and hearing a message of hope.

Samaritan’s Feet and its team of global ambassadors have touched the lives of men, women and children across the United States and around the world in an effort to help the nearly 300 million people who go without shoes each day and the more than a million who die each year as a result. Through this simple act of humility and servant-leadership, our team members and volunteers are expressing love, compassion, and a message that brings hope.

Nearly 300 million people go without shoes each day and millions are plagued with foot-borne illnesses that may be preventable by simple protection – shoes.

For more information or to donate to Samaritan’s Feet visit its website and click on SDSU Wrestling-Coach Bono.

Next up the Jacks wrestle in perhaps its most publicized dual this season. SDSU is back in action next weekend versus Western Wrestling Conference foe Wyoming. The dual is set for 2 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 20, on the campus of Black Hills State in Spearfish, S.D.

South Dakota State 51, Simpson 0
125 – Aaron Pickrel won by forfeit (SDSU 6-0)
133 – Brance Simms tech fall Sam Reichenbacker, 23-7, 5:09 (SDSU 11-0)
141 – Ben Gillette won by forfeit (SDSU 17-0)
149 – Dustin Walraven fall Derek Entz, 2:55 (SDSU 23-0)
157 – Cody Pack tech fall Jason Clark, 23-6, 5:00 (SDSU 28-0)
165 – Joe Brewster tech fall-4 Cory Stratton, 22-7 (SDSU 32-0)
174 – John Nething II fall Greg Harlow, 1:39 (SDSU 38-0)
184 – Shea Nolan won by major decision Taylor Witzel, 19-6 (SDSU 42-0)
197 – Joe Skow won by decision Jared Bevins, 12-7 (SDSU 45-0)
285 – J.J. Everard fall Tony Saucedo, 5:15 (SDSU 51-0)

SDSU vs Simpson play by play