South Dakota State 34, Northern Colorado 3

Jackrabbits dominate UNC, 34-3

GREELEY, Colo. – Three South Dakota State wrestlers won by technical fall, leading the Jackrabbits to a 34-3 dual victory over Northern Colorado Friday night at Bank of Colorado Arena. The win also marked the program’s first win in a Big 12 Conference dual.

With their fifth consecutive dual win, the Jackrabbits improved to 6-5 overall and 1-1 against Big 12 Conference opposition. Northern Colorado fell to 1-3 in duals, including 0-2 versus Big 12 foes.

SDSU JackrabbitsSenior 125-pounder Ben Gillette got SDSU out to a fast start, recording an 18-3 technical fall win over Jesse Reed. Brance Simms, ranked 18th, followed with a 6-4 come-from-behind decision over Rico Montoya at 133 pounds and Seth Gross ran the Jackrabbit advantage to 12-0 with a 9-1 major decision in the 141-pound weight class.

UNC’s lone win of the night came at 149 pounds, where Timmy Box tallied a 16-12 decision over Alex Kocer.

The Jackrabbits reeled off wins in the next six matches to close out the dual. Sixth-ranked Cody Pack and Luke Zilverberg won their respective matches by decision at 157 and 165 pounds, while David Kocer and Brady Ayers notched back-to-back wins by technical fall. David Kocer defeated Tanner Davis, 21-4, at 174 pounds, while Ayers scored a 25-10 victory over Horacio Vialpando in the 184-pound bout.

In a matchup between a pair of ranked wrestlers, the Jackrabbits’ 14th-ranked Nate Rotert turned in a 9-5 decision over 17th-ranked Trent Noon.

SDSU heavyweight Alex Macki completed the Jackrabbit effort with a hard-fought, 4-2 overtime victory against Jack Kuck.

The Jackrabbits return to action next Friday (Jan. 22), hosting a triangular with Southern Illinois-Edwardsville and Bakersfield. SDSU will square off with SIU-E at 5 p.m., followed by its matchup with Bakersfield. SIU-E and Bakersfield open the day’s action at 3 p.m. at Frost Arena.

South Dakota State 34, Northern Colorado 3
125: Ben Gillette (SDSU) tech. fall Jesse Reed (UNC), 18-3
133: #18 Brance Simms (SDSU) dec. Rico Montoya (UNC), 6-4
141: Seth Gross (SDSU) major dec. Colton Orrino (UNC), 9-1
149: Timmy Box (UNC) dec. Alex Kocer (SDSU), 16-12
157: #6 Cody Pack (SDSU) dec. Joseph Grable (UNC), 9-3
165: Luke Zilverberg (SDSU) dec. Keilan Torres (UNC), 7-4
174: David Kocer (SDSU) tech. fall Tanner Davis (UNC), 21-4
184: Brady Ayers (SDSU) tech. fall Horacio Vialpando (UNC), 25-10
197: #14 Nate Rotert (SDSU) dec. #17 Trent Noon (UNC), 9-5
285: Alex Macki (SDSU) dec. Jack Kuck, 4-2 TB-2

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