Jackrabbits pounce on Cyclones, 30-15
South Dakota State raced out to a 16-0 lead through three matches and went on to defeat Iowa State, 30-15, giving Jackrabbit head coach Chris Bono his 100th career wrestling dual victory Sunday afternoon before 2,276 fans at Frost Arena.
The 12th-ranked Jackrabbits posted their 11th consecutive dual victory, improving to 11-2 overall and 6-0 against Big 12 Conference opponents. Iowa State dropped to 7-8 overall and 2-5 against conference foes.
Freshman 125-pounder Connor Brown began the quick start for SDSU with a first-period pin of Sinjin Briggs. Brown scored early on a takedown, then turned the second of his cradle attempts into a pin in 2 minutes and 7 seconds.
Top-ranked Seth Gross followed with a 12-3 major decision over Markus Simmons in the 133-pound matchup. Gross, who stayed unbeaten in 133-pound matches this season, improved to 18-1 overall and 9-1 in duals.
The SDSU lead grew to 16-0 when Henry Pohlmeyer received a forfeit at 141 pounds.
Iowa State got on the board with a 19-4 technical fall victory from Jarrett Degen over Colten Carlson in the 149-pound division, and the Cyclones appeared on the verge of cutting the deficit in half as Chase Straw led 16th-ranked Luke Zilverberg late in their match. However, Zilverberg turned a would-be takedown from Straw into a takedown of his own with about 20 seconds remaining, then put Straw to his back for a four-point near-fall at the buzzer and a 10-7 victory.
The Jackrabbits continued to hold the momentum with consecutive decisive victories. Logan Peterson won by technical fall, 16-1, early in the third period of his 165-pound match, and 14th-ranked David Kocer scored a 9-2 decision over Danny Bush at 174 pounds.
Martin Mueller made it four wins in a row for the Jackrabbits with a 6-5 decision over Dane Pestano in the 184-pound weight class that pushed the SDSU advantage to 30-5. Mueller recorded a pair of takedowns in the opening period, then took the lead for good on an escape midway through the third period before fending off a couple shots by Pestano in the closing seconds.
The Cyclones’ other two wins were also bonus-point victories as Sam Colbray upset 11th-ranked Nate Rotert at 197 pounds via a pin early in the third period and heavyweight Marcus Harrington closed the dual with a 10-1 major decision over SDSU’s Alex Macki.
The Jackrabbits will head east for a pair of duals, wrestling Friday at Pittsburgh before returning to Big 12 competition next Sunday (Feb. 11) at West Virginia. Start time Friday at Pittsburgh is 7 p.m. Eastern (6 p.m. Central).
#12 South Dakota State 30, Iowa State 15
125: #20 Connor Brown (SDSU) def. Sinjin Briggs (ISU), by fall 2:07
133: #1 Seth Gross (SDSU) major dec. Markus Simmons (ISU), 12-3
141: Henry Pohlemeyer (SDSU) won by forfeit
149: Jarrett Degen (ISU) tech. fall Colten Carlson (SDSU), 19-4 [5:10]
157: #16 Luke Zilverberg (SDSU) dec. Chase Straw (ISU), 10-7
165: Logan Peterson (SDSU) tech. fall Skyler St. John (ISU), 16-1 [5:10]
174: #14 David Kocer (SDSU) dec. Danny Bush (ISU), 9-2
184: Martin Mueller (SDSU) dec. Dane Pestano (ISU), 6-5
197: Sam Colbray (ISU) def. #11 Nate Rotert (SDSU), by fall 5:22
285: Marcus Harrington (ISU) major dec. Alex Macki (SDSU), 10-1
• Iowa State leads the all-time series, which dates back to the 1951-52 season, 9-2, although the Jackrabbits have won the last two duals between the two squads
• With 11 consecutive dual wins, the Jackrabbits can tie the school record for most consecutive dual wins Friday at Pittsburgh
• SDSU last won 12 consecutive duals during the 2015-16 season
• Bono is 100-58 in nine seasons as a collegiate head coach (39-17 in three seasons at Chattanooga (2007-09) and 60-41 in six seasons at SDSU)
• The Jackrabbits improved to 20-3 in duals against Big 12 Conference opponents since joining the league as an affiliate member at the start of the 2015-16 season
• Kocer won his 98th career match, while Zilverberg recorded career win No. 91
• Rotert suffered his first dual loss of the season (11-1)