Redemption on the mat: South Dakota State’s Seth Gross makes good on second chance

BROOKINGS – Seth Gross came one agonizing point away from winning a Division I wrestling national championship last March when the 133-pound South Dakota State star was defeated 4-3 by Cody Clark of the Iowa Hawkeyes.

Gross returned this year intent to finish the job and has spent the entire year ranked No. 1 in the nation at his weight class. He’s 20-1 on the year, unbeaten at 133 pounds. Anything less than the title March 15-17 in Cleveland will be disappointing.

Gross is the centerpiece of a surging and growing SDSU wrestling program, and the individual expectations, coupled with what he means to the team, could make for a suffocating level of pressure for the fourth-year junior from Apple Valley, Minn.

But Gross doesn’t approach it that way. He knows he’s lucky to be wrestling at all. Continue reading at