Jackrabbits cruise past Oregon State
BROOKINGS, S.D. – South Dakota State’s Seth Gross and Logan Peterson each recorded pins as the 15th-ranked Jackrabbits rang in the new year with a 30-13 dual victory over Oregon State Friday night at Frost Arena.
The Jackrabbits ran their dual winning streak to five matches in improving to 5-2 overall. Oregon State dropped to 2-2.
Trailing 4-0 after the first match, the top-ranked Gross gave SDSU the lead for good with a first-period pin over Devan Turner in the 133-pound bout. Gross’s pin was his sixth of the season as he improved to 13-0 this season and ran his winning streak in duals to 26 in a row, dating back to the 2015-16 campaign.
Henry Pohlmeyer upped the Jackrabbit advantage to 9-4 with a hard-fought, 5-2 decision over OSU’s Jack Hathaway at 141 pounds. A sophomore from Johnston, Iowa, Pohlmeyer avenged a defeat at the hands of Hathaway at last weekend’s Ken Kraft Midlands Championships.
Luke Zilverberg, the 11th-ranked wrestler at 157 pounds, started a streak of five consecutive SDSU wins – three of which were bonus-point victories – with a 5-4 overtime decision against Hunter Willits. Zilverberg trailed 4-2 early in the third period before forcing overtime with an escape and point for stalling against Willits. In the first tiebreaker, Zilverberg kept Willits on the mat for the first 30-second session, then prevented a Willits takedown in the next stanza to pull out the win.
Peterson notched SDSU’s second pin of the night, sticking the Beavers’ Billy Bigelow late in the second period of their 165-pound tilt, and ninth-ranked David Kocer followed in the 174-pound match with a 21-6 technical fall over Myles Terry.
Sophomore 184-pounder Martin Mueller made it four wins in a row for the Jackrabbits with a 16-8 major decision against Seth McLeod.
In the lone match between a pair of ranked wrestlers, SDSU’s sixth-ranked Nate Rotert spotted an early takedown to 13th-ranked Corey Griego, but held the upper hand most of the rest of the way in a 9-4 victory.
Oregon State’s two other ranked wrestlers, sixth-ranked heavyweight Amar Dhesi and No. 15 Ronnie Bresser at 125 pounds, each posted wins. Dhesi pinned SDSU backup Blake Wolters in the first period in the evening’s final match, while Bresser scored a 15-3 major decision over Connor Brown to open the dual.
Kurt Mode also was victorious for Oregon State as he posted a 10-7 decision over Colten Carlson at 149 pounds.
SDSU opens the Big 12 Conference dual slate Jan. 12 at Utah Valley. Start time is 7 p.m. Mountain (8 p.m. Central) in Orem, Utah.
#15 South Dakota State 30, Oregon State 13
125: #15 Ronnie Bresser (OSU) major dec. Connor Brown (SDSU), 15-3
133: #1 Seth Gross (SDSU) def. Devan Turner (OSU), by fall 1:10
141: Henry Pohlmeyer (SDSU) dec. Jack Hathaway (OSU), 5-2
149: Kurt Mode (OSU) dec. Colten Carlson (SDSU), 10-7
157: #11 Luke Zilverberg (SDSU) dec. Hunter Willits (OSU), 5-4 [TB-1]
165: Logan Peterson (SDSU) def. Billy Bigelow (OSU), by fall 4:54
174: #9 David Kocer (SDSU) tech. fall Myles Terry (OSU), 21-6 [5:16]
184: Martin Mueller (SDSU) major dec. Seth McLeod (OSU), 16-8
197: #6 Nate Rotert (SDSU) dec. #13 Corey Griego (OSU), 9-4
285: #6 Amar Dhesi (OSU) def. Blake Wolters (SDSU), by fall 2:43