Bonus points key Jacks’ win over Augustana
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — In the first wrestling dual ever held in the Sanford Pentagon, South Dakota State (1-3, 0-0) defeated old North Central Conference foe Augustana, 17-15 in front of 1,182 fans. A pair of major decisions by Cody Pack and Joe Brewster proved to be the difference in the tightly-contested matchup. Ben Gillette, Eric Orozco and Brady Ayers also won their respective matches for the Jacks.
After being tied 6-6 heading into the 157-pound bout, Pack recorded a 14-3 major decision win to give SDSU at 10-6 lead heading into intermission. Brewster continued the momentum and recorded a major decision of his own, 17-6. These two bonus-point victories proved to be the difference for the Jacks.
After dropping the 125-pound bout, SDSU won back-to-back matches to take a 6-3 lead. Sophomore Ben Gillette and senior Eric Orozco won their matches 8-2 and 4-1, respectively.
Freshman Brady Ayers (174 pounds) downed Augie’s Jeff Neilsen, 11-4 for the final Jacks’ win on the day.
Augustana now opens Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference competition when they host University of Mary on Thursday, Dec. 12 at 7 p.m. in the Elmen Center.
SDSU will return to action Dec. 14 at the UNI Open in Cedar Falls, Iowa.
South Dakota State 17, Augustana 15
125: TJ North over Isaac Andrade 10-4
133: Ben Gillette over Blake Jans 8-2
141: Eric Orozco over JacobAnderson 4-1
149: Shawn Hatlestad over Alex Kocer 5-3
157: Cody Pack major decision over Bradyn Neises 14-3
165: Joe Brewster major decision over Garret Heiberger 17-6
174: Brady Ayers over Jeff Neilsen 11-4
184: No. 7 Sean Derry over Ben Schwery 3-1
197: No. 5 Jayd Docken over Trey Hable 3-1
285: Michael Lowman over J.J. Everard 6-5