South Dakota State 27, Utah Valley 10

Jacks Pin Two; Beat Utah Valley, 27-10

BROOKINGS, S.D. – South Dakota State (10-7, 3-1 WWC) solidified its first winning season in the Division I with a 27-10 win over Utah Valley on Professor Appreciation Night. Luke Zilverberg and #7 Cody Pack both had pins for SDSU.

“The guys took what we preached all week in the room and performed tonight,” head coach Chris Bono said. “I’m proud of our effort.”

The dual started at 285 where J.J. Everard struck first with a takedown followed by three backpoints in the first period. Karst would score a takedown in the second to make it 5-3 heading into the final period. Everard closed out the scoring with an early escape in the third.

SDSU Jackrabbits#24 Chasen Tolbert and #26 Jade Rauser won back-to-back decisions at 125 and 133 to give UVU a 6-3 lead, but the Wolverines would be held scoreless until the final match.

In the 141 showdown, Luke Zilverberg worked his way to a fall over Matt Ontiveros at 4:53. Ontiveros struck first, but Zilverberg reversed him and added another takedown to take a 4-3 lead into the second. In the second frame Zilverberg recorded backpoints twice and had more coming before getting the fall.

Alex Kocer struck first at 149, as he took a 2-0 lead into the second period. Kocer built his riding advantage in the second and added an escape in the third for the 4-0 decision.

#7 Cody Pack made quick work of Jared Harris at 157, as the two-time NCAA qualifier got the pin at 1:45. Pack led 4-0 at the time of the fall.

A pair of second-period takedowns fueled John Nething II’s 5-4 decision over Dalton Harmon at 165. The two wrestlers were locked 4-4 with Harmon in control in the closing moments of the third, but Nething escaped at the buzzer for the win.

David Kocer trailed 3-2 late in the third, but was awarded for his hustle and Ethan Smith got his second stalling to send the match to overtime. In the sudden victory, Kocer kept his pace and scored the clinching takedown 20 seconds in.

At 184, Brady Ayers and UVU’s Ross Taylor went blow-for-blow in the first and were tied 6-6. The two were tied 8-8 in the closing moments of the third before Ayers recorded the clinching takedown with 10 seconds remaining.

Derek Thomas closed out the dual with a major decision for UVU.

“We have a big one again next weekend with Stanford coming to town,” Bono added. “We are looking to break the attendance record and put on a show.”

SDSU will return to the mat on February 14 as part of a men’s basketball/wrestling doubleheader. The Jackrabbit basketball team will host North Dakota State at 4 p.m. followed by wrestling against Stanford at approximately 7 p.m.

South Dakota State 27, Utah Valley 10
285: #30 J.J. Everard (SDSU) over Jordan Karst (UVU) – Dec., 6-3
125: #24 Chasen Tolbert (UVU) over Isaac Andrade (SDSU) – Dec., 10-3
133: #26 Jade Rauser (UVU) over Brance Simms (SDSU) – Dec., 9-5
141: Luke Zilverberg (SDSU) over Matt Ontiveros (UVU) – Fall, 4:53
149: Alex Kocer (SDSU) over Matt Ontiveros (UVU) – Dec., 4-0
157: #7 Cody Pack (SDSU) over Jared Harris (UVU) – Fall, 1:45
165: John Nething II (SDSU) over Dalton Harmon (UVU) – Dec., 5-4
174: David Kocer (SDSU) over Ethan Smith (UVU) – SV-1, 5-3
184: Brady Ayers (SDSU) over Ross Taylor (UVU) – Dec., 10-8
197: Derek Thomas (UVU) over Hunter Weddington (SDSU) – Maj., 17-3

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