Jacks Dominate Drexel; Return to Action Tomorrow
PHILADELPHIA – South Dakota State (1-1, 0-0 WWC) got its redemption on Drexel (0-1, 0-0 EIWA) 31-6 Saturday evening at the Daskalakis Athletic Center. SDSU won eight matches on the night, including a major decision and pin at 149 and 157, respectively.
“I am happy with the way the guys performed on the road against a tough Drexel team,” head coach Chris Bono said. “We have to be ready to go in the morning for the Keystone Classic. It’s a big day for us that presents a lot of opportunity.”
Sophomore Isaac Andrade opened the dual with an injury default win over Zack Fuentes. Leading 5-0 late in the first period, Andrade returned Fuentes to the mat after an escape attempt, but the Dragon wrestler landed on his elbow, forcing him to injury default.
Following tough losses by Brance Simms and Luke Zilverberg at 133 and 141, respectively, Colin Holler picked up his first dual win in the Jackrabbit singlet with a 9-1 major decision over Matt Cimato. Holler led 6-1 with guaranteed riding time late in the third before reversing Cimato to get the bonus points.
#10 Cody Pack recorded his first pin of the season, sticking Noel Blanco at 5:32. Pack led 2-0 heading into the third period before the two-time NCAA qualifier stuck Noel Blanco at 5:32 for his first pin of the season.
Redshirt freshman Kyle Leet continued to ride the momentum for the Jacks as he recorded his first official win in the Jackrabbit singlet. Heading into the third, Leet and Nick Elmer were locked up 3-3, before Leet rode Elmer out for the 4-3 win.
At 174, David Kocer and Stephen Loiseau were scoreless throughout regulation, as each wrestler maintained their top position. Kocer capitalized on an early double-leg in the sudden victory to win, 2-0.
Brady Ayers picked up a pair of early takedowns and took a 4-2 lead into the second period over Alex DiCiantis. Ayers built an 8-5 lead with 1:15 remaining in the third period when DiCiantis went on the offensive. He recorded a takedown and released Ayers, but the sophomore held DiCiantis off for the 9-7 win.
After debuting in the rankings this week for the first in his young career, freshman #18 Nate Rotert fought his way to a 3-2 win over Josh Murphy.
Junior J.J. Everard finished the dual in style as he beat Joey Goodhart, 3-1 in the third sudden victory match of the night.
SDSU returns to action in Philadelphia tomorrow at the Keystone Classic, hosted by Penn. It will be streamed starting at 3 p.m. here for $9.95.
South Dakota State 31, Drexel 6
125: Isaac Andrade (SDSU) over Zack Fuentes (Drexel) – Injury Default
133: #20 Kevin Devoy (Drexel) over Brance Simms (SDSU) – Dec., 7-2
141: Franco Ferraina (Drexel) over Luke Zilverberg (SDSU) – SV-1, 6-1
149: Colin Holler (SDSU) over Matt Cimato (Drexel) – Maj., 9-1
157: #10 Cody Pack (SDSU) over Noel Franco (Drexel) – Pin, 5:32
165: Kyle Leet (SDSU) over Nick Elmer (Drexel) – Dec., 4-3
174: David Kocer (SDSU) over Stephen Loiseau (Drexel) – SV-1, 2-0
184: Brady Ayers (SDSU) over Alex DiCiantis (Drexel) – Dec., 9-7
197: #18 Nate Rotert (SDSU) over Josh Murphy (Drexel) – Dec., 3-2
285: #19 J.J. Everard (SDSU) over Joey Goodhart (Drexel) – SV-1, 3-1