Jacks Overpower Augustana at Sanford Pentagon
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – In the second-ever matchup between South Dakota State and Augustana at the Sanford Pentagon, the Jackrabbits won convincingly, 30-3 and picked up bonus points in three weight classes.
“We came out and wrestled well today,” head coach Chris Bono said. “I’m happy with our performance, but we have to move on to NDSU. We will get back in the room and be ready to go on Sunday.”
Sophomore Isaac Andrade opened the scoring for SDSU will a 6-1 decision over TJ North, who is ranked #1 in the Division II polls. Following a scoreless first period, Andrade escaped early and got a takedown for a 3-0 lead heading into the final period. Andrade continued his attack in the third and won, 6-1. This was Andrade’s second win over North this season.
Sophomore Alex Kocer followed suit at 141 with a major of his own over Jeremiah Peterson, 10-1.
Following a loss at 149 by Luke Zilverberg, #16 Cody Pack regained the Jackrabbit momentum with a 22-9 major decision over Shawn Hatlestad. Pack gave up an early takedown, but took control of the match midway through the first and never looked back as he picked up his fifth major decision of the season.
At 165, Ben Schwery recorded a takedown in the final seconds to solidify a 6-4 decision. The takedown was challenged, but the call on the mat upheld, giving Schwery the decision.
David Kocer jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the 174-lb bout and had more than four minutes of riding time through two. Kocer added a third-period escape for the 3-0 win.
In the 184-lb showdown, Brady Ayers got takedowns in each of the first two periods, along with an escape in the second to lead 5-1 entering the third. Ayers added riding time in the third for a 6-1 final decision.
#16 Nate Rotert and Jeff Nielsen were tied 2-2 after two before Rotert escaped and got a pair of takedowns and went on to win, 8-3.
Following a scoreless first, J.J. Everard picked up a pair of takedowns and fended off a late takedown by Michael Lowman and held on for the 6-4 win.
The Vikings will return to the mat Friday, Dec. 12 in Sioux City, Iowa to take on the Mustangs of Morningside College.
SDSU will return to action in Fargo next Sunday as it takes North Dakota State in a nonconference tilt at 2 p.m.
South Dakota State 30 Augustana 3
125: Isaac Andrade (SDSU) over #1 TJ North (Augie) – Dec., 3-1
133: Brance Simms (SDSU) over Morgan Engbrecht (Augie) – Maj., 18-10
141: Alex Kocer (SDSU) over Jeremiah Peterson (Augie) – Maj., 10-1
149: Jacob Anderson (Augie) over Luke Zilverberg (SDSU) – Dec., 9-7
157: #16 Cody Pack (SDSU) over Shawn Hatlestad (Augie) – Maj., 22-9
165: Ben Schwery (SDSU) over Bradyn Neises (Augie) – Dec., 6-4
174: David Kocer (SDSU) over Tim Weber (Augie) – Dec., 3-0
184: Brady Ayers (SDSU) over Aero Amo (Augie) – Dec., 6-2
197: #16 Nate Rotert (SDSU) over Jeff Nielsen (Augie) – Dec., 8-3
285: J.J. Everard (SDSU) over Michael Lowman (Augie) – Dec., 6-4