South Dakota State 29, Buffalo 8; South Dakota State 54, Dakota Wesleyan 0

Jacks Return Home in Dominating Fashion

BROOKINGS, S.D. — South Dakota State (5-5, 0-0 WWC) returned home to Frost Arena for the first time since November 29 with a pair of convincing wins over Buffalo and Dakota Wesleyan. SDSU beat UB, 28-8, before blanking DWU, 54-0.

SDSU’s 54-0 win over the Tigers was the first Jackrabbit shutout since January 11, 2013 vs. Simpson College (51-0).
“It was a good day for us because we did what we were supposed to do,” head coach Chris Bono said of SDSU’s wins. “We got a few guys matches for the first time and for the most part, they looked good. Now it’s time to get back in the room and get ready for a pair of duals next weekend.”

SDSU JackrabbitsSophomore Isaac Andrade (125) and junior Brance Simms (133) opened the dual with back-to-back decisions over Max Soria and Sean Peacock. Andrade trailed 4-2 entering the third period, but recorded a three-point nearfall to spearhead a 7-6 comeback. Simms led 2-1 before reversing Peacock early in the second and would add riding time in the third for the 6-3 win.
UB would win the next two matches over a pair of underclassmen making their Jackrabbit debuts in Jaxon Fitzgerald (141) and Coltan Laganiere (149) to take an 8-6 lead, but would be held scoreless for the remainder of the dual.

#11 Cody Pack came out in dominating fashion as he recorded back points six times in the first period en route to a 16-0 tech fall over Alex Smythe. Pack led 14-0 after the first before getting the deciding takedown early in the second for his fourth tech fall of the year.

John Nething II (165), David Kocer (174) and Brady Ayers (184) also found the win column for SDSU, as Nething won 6-1, while Kocer and Ayers both won 6-1.

#16 Nate Rotert made quick work of James Benjamin, as he worked his way from an early takedown on the edge of the mat to record the fall in 19 seconds. Rotert’s 19-second fall stood as the quickest fall on the year for the team, but would be overtook later in the day.

Junior J.J. Everard (285) closed out the dual with a 6-2.

Andrade opened the final dual of the day in style with a fall over Will Seydel at 2:35. Simms built the Jackrabbit lead to 11-0 with a 21-6 tech fall over Chad McCannon.

Following a DWU forfeit, redshirt freshman Austin Oyen made his Jackrabbit debut at 149 and majored Mito Mendivil, 13-1.

#11 Pack started a streak that saw the Jacks pin four out of the next five Tigers. D. Kocer, Ayers and Hunter Weddington also picked up pins for the Jacks. Weddington’s pin in 17 seconds overtook Rotert’s pin as the quickest on the year.

SDSU continues its month-long homestand next weekend as the Jacks host Boise State Friday before opening Western Wrestling Conference action against Northern Colorado on Sunday. The duals are set for 7 p.m. and 2 p.m., respectively.

South Dakota State 29, Buffalo 8
125: Isaac Andrade (SDSU) over Max Soria (Buffalo) – Dec., 7-6
133: Brance Simms (SDSU) over Sean Peacock (Buffalo) – Dec., 6-3
141: Rocco Russo (UB) over Jaxon Fitzgerald (SDSU) – Tech., 17-2
149: Justin Cooksey (UB) over Coltan Laganiere (SDSU) – Dec., 8-3
157: #11 Cody Pack (SDSU) over Alex Smythe (UB) – Tech., 16-0
165: John Nething II (SDSU) over Rrok Ndokaj (UB) – Dec., 6-1
174: David Kocer (SDSU) over Wally Maziarz (UB) – Dec., 6-0
184: Brady Ayers (SDSU) over Brett Perry (UB) – Dec., 6-0
197: #16 Nate Rotert (SDSU) over James Benjamin (UB) – Fall, 0:19
285: J.J. Everard (SDSU) over Mike Silvis (UB) – Dec., 6-2

South Dakota State 54, Dakota Wesleyan 0
125: Isaac Andrade (SDSU) over Will Seydel (DWU) – Fall, 2:35
133: Brance Simms (SDSU) over Chad McCannon (DWU) – Tech., 21-6
141: Jaxon Fitzgerald (SDSU) win by forfeit
149: Austin Oyen (SDSU) over Mito Mendivil (DWU) – Maj., 13-1
157: #11 Cody Pack (SDSU) over Brook Woehl (DWU) – Fall, 2:44
165: Ben Schwery (SDSU) over Kyle Gerlach (DWU) – Dec., 4-3
174: David Kocer (SDSU) over Alex Osborne (DWU) – Fall, 2:00
184: Brady Ayers (SDSU) over Isaac Rangel (DWU) – Fall, 2:41
197: Hunter Weddington (SDSU) over Alex Smith (DWU) – Fall, 0:17
285: J.J. Everard (SDSU) wins by forfeit

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