Jackrabbit wrestlers continue winning ways
OREM, Utah – Alex Kocer and Nate Rotert each recorded first-period pins to lead South Dakota State to a 28-13 victory over Utah Valley in a Big 12 Conference wrestling dual Friday night.
With their 10th consecutive dual victory, the Jackrabbits improved to 11-5 overall and 4-1 against Big 12 opponents. UVU, which was scheduled to wrestle against North Dakota State later on Friday, fell to 3-7 overall and 0-1 in conference action.
After the Wolverines’ Jade Rauser opened the dual with a pin of Brance Simms at 133 pounds, the Jackrabbits clicked off seven consecutive victories. Seth Gross started the run of success with a 10-0 major decision over Trevor Willson, followed by Kocer’s pin of Matthew Ontiveros with 20 seconds remaining in the first period.
The next four SDSU victories were all by decision as sixth-ranked Cody Pack, Logan Peterson, David Kocer and Brady Ayers were all winners. Pack improved to 22-2 on the season, while David Kocer upped his team-leading win total to 23 against nine defeats.
Rotert, ranked 15th at 197 pounds, sealed the Jackrabbit dual victory with a pin of Aryton Almberg 1 minute and 14 seconds into their match.
Utah Valley salvaged the final two bouts of the night, highlighted by 18th-ranked Chasen Tolbert’s 13-5 major decision over Ben Gillette in the final matchup of the night, at 125 pounds.
SDSU will attempt to tie its school record for consecutive dual victories at 11 on Sunday afternoon at Boise State (Idaho). Action is slated for a noon Mountain Time (1 p.m. Central) start.
South Dakota State 28, Utah Valley 13
133: Jade Rauser (UVU) def. Brance Simms (SDSU), by fall 2:16
141: Seth Gross (SDSU) major dec. Trevor Willson (UVU), 10-0
149: Alex Kocer (SDSU) def. Matthew Ontiveros (UVU), by fall 2:40
157: #6 Cody Pack (SDSU) dec. Raider Lofthouse (UVU), 11-5
165: Logan Peterson (SDSU) dec. Brayden Humpherys (UVU), 9-4
174: David Kocer (SDSU) dec. Ross Taylor (UVU), 6-4
184: Brady Ayers (SDSU) dec. Will Sumner (UVU), 9-4
197: #15 Nate Rotert (SDSU) def. Aryton Almberg (UVU), by fall 1:14
285: Dustin Dennison (UVU) dec. Alex Macki (SDSU), 5-0
125: #18 Chasen Tolbert (UVU) major dec. Ben Gillette (SDSU), 13-5