BROOKINGS, S.D. — South Dakota State picked up wins in six weight classes, defeating Wyoming by a score 22-15 in a Big 12 Conference wrestling dual Friday night before a crowd of 937 at Frost Arena.
With the win, the Jackrabbits ran their dual winning streak to nine and improved to 10-5 overall and 3-1 in conference action. Wyoming dropped to 3-6 overall, 1-4 in the Big 12 Conference.
The Jackrabbits opened the dual with three straight victories to build an early 10-0 victory. Starting at 174 pounds, David Kocer picked up his team-leading 22nd victory of the season with a 13-3 major decision over Jace Jensen.
In the 184-pound bout, the Jackrabbits’ Brady Ayers trailed 4-0 early, but came back to post a 6-5 victory in which he recorded a takedown of Ben Stroh in the final 30 seconds. Nate Rotert, ranked 14th at 197 pounds, then added a 6-2 decision over Brandon Tribble.
Wyoming got on the board with a 13-0 major decision over Alex Macki in the heavyweight division.
SDSU’s lead grew to 16-4 as Ben Gillette was awarded a victory by medical forfeit after 16th-ranked Drew Templeman was unable to compete in their scheduled bout.
The Jackrabbits also received wins by decision from 149-pounder Alex Kocer and sixth-ranked Cody Pack at 157 pounds. Pack, who defeated Archie Colgan, 1-0, with a second-period escape, upped his record to 21-2 on the season.
Next action for the Jackrabbits is a Feb. 5 Big 12 dual at Utah Valley. Start time is 7 p.m. Mountain (8 p.m. Central) in Orem, Utah.
South Dakota State 22, Wyoming 15
174: David Kocer (SDSU) major dec. Jace Jensen (WYO), 13-3
184: Brady Ayers (SDSU) dec. Ben Stroh (WYO), 6-5
197: #14 Nate Rotert (SDSU) dec. Brandon Tribble (WYO), 6-2
285: Tanner Harms (WYO) major dec. Alex Macki (SDSU), 13-0
125: Ben Gillette (SDSU) won by medical forfeit
133: Drake Foster (WYO) dec. Brance Simms (SDSU), 9-5
141: #14 Bryce Meredith (WYO) dec. Seth Gross (SDSU), 6-4
149: Alex Kocer (SDSU) dec. Cole Mendenhall (WYO), 5-4
157: #6 Cody Pack (SDSU) dec. Archie Colgan (WYO), 1-0
165: Chaz Polson (WYO) tech. fall Logan Peterson (SDSU), 16-0 (2:55)