COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – South Dakota State (9-7, 2-1 WWC) closed out its final regular-season road trip Sunday afternoon with a 23-9 win over Air Force. SDSU picked up a pair of major decisions at 157 and 174 en route to the win.
“We knew we were going to get tested on the backend of the road trip,” head coach Chris Bono said. “Our guys responded and performed well. We are excited to get back home and in the room leading up to UVU.”
Kocer threatened to major Jerry McGinty, but couldn’t score a late takedown and won 7-0. Kocer scored takedowns in all three periods and added an escape in the third.
At 157, #7 Cody Pack battled Sam Kreimier to a 13-4 major decision. Pack tallied multiple takedowns in the first and third periods en route to the major.
Following a John Nething II loss at 165 to #18 Jesse Stafford, David Kocer worked his way to the second Jackrabbit major decision of the day, as he beat Michael Billingsley, 16-5. Kocer recorded multiple takedowns in all three periods.
Sophomore Brady Ayers put together a strong third period with three takedowns to threaten a third SDSU major decision, but Zen Ikehara escaped in the finals seconds for a 10-3 final.
Redshirt freshman Nate Rotert was tied 2-2 with Jack Carda entering the third period, but the Spearfish native scored four points in the third to win 6-3.
J.J. Everard made it four wins in a row for the Jacks, as the junior heavyweight beat Marcus Malacek, 5-2.
Following a loss at 125 to #9 Josh Martinez, junior Brance Simms beat Anthony McHugh, 6-4 in sudden victory. Simms needed a late reversal in the third period to force overtime, but was able to do so and secured the decisive takedown to get the win.
SDSU returns home on Friday for another WWC dual against Utah Valley. Wrestling is slated for 7 p.m.
South Dakota State 23, Air Force 9
141: Carter McElhany (Air Force) over Luke Zilverberg – Dec., 1-0
149: Alex Kocer (SDSU) over Jerry McGinty (Air Force) – Dec., 7-0
157: #7 Cody Pack (SDSU) over Sam Kreimier (Air Force) – Maj., 13-4
165: #18 Jesse Stafford (Air Force) over John Nething II (SDSU) – Dec., 4-1
174: David Kocer (SDSU) over Michael Billingsly (Air Force) – Maj., 16-5
184: Brady Ayers (SDSU) over Zen Ikehara (Air Force) – Dec., 10-3
197: Nate Rotert (SDSU) over Jack Carda (Air Force) – Dec., 6-3
285: J.J. Everard (SDSU) over Marcus Malacek (Air Force) – Dec., 5-2
125: #9 Josh Martinez (Air Force) over Isaac Andrade (SDSU) – Dec., 9-2
133: Brance Simms (SDSU) over Anthony McHugh (Air Force) – SV-1, 6-4