TULSA, Okla. – Seth Gross repeated as 133-pound champion and Nate Rotert added an individual title at 197 pounds to lead the South Dakota State University wrestling team to a third-place finish at the Big 12 Wrestling Championship contested at BOK Center.
With four individual champions, Oklahoma State claimed the team title with 137 points. Northern Iowa edged the Jackrabbits for second place with 96.5 points compared to SDSU’s 94 points.
A junior from Apple Valley, Minnesota, the top-ranked Gross never trailed in posting an 8-5 decision over Kaid Brock of Oklahoma State in a rematch of last year’s title bout. Gross scored on a takedown midway through the first period and led 3-2 at the end of the period after Brock scored on a reversal and Gross quickly escaped.
After a neutral start to the third period, Gross recorded the decisive takedown with under a minute to go for a 7-4 lead. Brock managed to escape in the closing seconds, but Gross tacked on a final point for a riding-time advantage of more than a minute.
A senior from Spearfish, Rotert locked horns against fourth-seeded Jake Smith of West Virginia in their 197-pound championship match. The two wrestlers traded escapes in regulation time, with Smith scoring in the second period and Rotert getting the equalizer in the third period to send the match into overtime tied at 1.
Neither wrestler scored in the first sudden-victory period or ensuing 30-second tiebreakers. A second sudden-victory period was also scoreless before each wrestler managed an escape in the second set of tiebreakers, but because Rotert had an advantage of one second of riding time on the clock with overtime exhausted, he was awarded the final point of the bout for a 3-2 victory.
Also wrestling in a title match for SDSU was Wagner native David Kocer in the 174-pound weight class. Kocer opened the scoring late in the first period with a takedown against top-seeded Taylor Lujan of Northern Iowa, but Lujan quickly countered with a reversal to knot the match at 2-all. Lujan posted the only point of the second period on a reversal to carry a 3-2 lead into the third period.
The third-seeded Kocer scored on an escape seconds into the third period, but Lujan posted a takedown with about 30 seconds remaining and picked up a point for riding time to secure a 6-3 victory.
The Kocer-Lujan match also was pivotal in determining second place in the team standings. The Panthers would later get another individual title from 184-pounder Drew Foster to provide extra cushion between them and the Jackrabbits as SDSU settled for its second consecutive third-place finish at the Big 12 Wrestling Championship.
Also earning automatic berths to the NCAA Championships based on allocations out of the Big 12 Wrestling Championship for the Jackrabbits were 125-pounder Connor Brown (fifth place), 157-pounder Luke Zilverberg (third place) and Martin Mueller at 184 pounds (fourth place).
At least six Jackrabbits will compete at the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships March 15-17 in Cleveland, Ohio. At-large selections to the national tournament will be announced Tuesday (March 6).
Following is a complete listing of SDSU results from the Big 12 Wrestling Championship:
125: #5 Connor Brown, Fr., Oak Grove, Mo. (4-2 record)
Round of 16: def. #12 Sean Cannon (Northern Colorado), by major dec., 13-4
Quarterfinals: lost to #4 Christian Moody (Oklahoma), by dec., 1-5
Consolation Round of 8-2: dec. Anthony DeCesare (Air Force), 6-2
Consolation Round of 4: major dec. Paul Bianchi (North Dakota State), 10-1
Consolation Semifinals: lost to #2 Taylor LaMont (Utah Valley), by major dec., 4-12
Fifth Place: dec. #4 Christian Moody (Oklahoma), 8-3
Fifth Place, NCAA Qualifier – 22-14 season record
133: #1 Seth Gross, Jr., Apple Valley, Minn. (3-0 record)
Round of 16: Bye
Quarterfinals: def. #8 Isaac Jiminez (Air Force), by fall 3:50
Semifinals: major dec. #5 Matthew Schmitt (West Virginia), 10-2
Championship: dec. #3 Kaid Brock (Oklahoma State), 8-5
CHAMPION, NCAA Qualifier – 24-1 season record
141: #5 Henry Pohlmeyer, So., Johnston, Iowa (3-2 record)
Round of 16: def. #12 Chris De Loza (Fresno State), by fall 1:48
Quarterfinals: dec. #4 Ian Parker (Iowa State), 4-2 [SV-1]
Semifinals: lost to #1 Bryce Meredith (Wyoming), by dec., 0-4
Consolation Semifinals: def. #11 Mike Longo (Oklahoma), by fall 4:08
Third Place: lost to #3 Josh Alber (Northern Iowa), by dec., 3-5
Fourth Place – 22-9 season record
149: #12 Colten Carlson, R-Fr., Willmar, Minn. (0-2 record)
Round of 16: lost to #5 Sam Turner (Wyoming), by major dec., 12-2
Consolation Round of 8-2: lost to #3 Khristian Olivas (Fresno State), by major dec., 8-16
Carlson eliminated – 8-17 season record
157: #3 Luke Zilverberg, Sr., Belle Plaine, Minn. (3-1 record)
Round of 16: Bye
Quarterfinals: dec. #6 Justin Thomas (Oklahoma), 6-0
Semifinals: lost to #2 Archie Colgan (Wyoming), 1-3 [SV-1]
Consolation Semifinals: dec. #4 Logan Ryan (Northern Iowa), 6-1
Third Place: dec. #5 Chase Straw (Iowa State), 2-0
Third Place, NCAA Qualifier – 27-8 season record
165: #11 Logan Peterson, Jr., Lake Lillian, Minn. (0-2 record)
Round of 16: lost to #6 Dawaylon Barnes (Oklahoma), by dec., 5-7
Consolation Round of 8-1: lost to #5 Keilan Torres (Northern Colorado), by dec., 6-8
Peterson eliminated – 15-14 season record
174: #3 David Kocer, Sr., Wagner, S.D. (2-1 record)
Round of 16: Bye
Quarterfinals: tech. fall #6 Kyle Pope (Wyoming), 19-0 [7:00]
Semifinals: dec. #2 Yoanse Mejias (Oklahoma), 10-8 [TB-2]
Championship: lost to #1 Taylor Lujan (Northern Iowa), by dec., 3-6
Runner-Up, NCAA Qualifier – 23-6 season record
184: #2 Martin Mueller, So., Rapid City, S.D. (2-2 record)
Round of 16: Bye
Quarterfinals: dec. #7 Dane Pestano (Iowa State), 7-5
Semifinals: lost to #3 Dylan Gabel (Northern Colorado), by dec., 2-9
Consolation Semifinals: def. #5 Chaz Polson (Wyoming), by fall 5:58
Third Place: lost to #4 Keegan Moore (Oklahoma State), by major dec., 5-13
Fourth Place, NCAA Qualifier – 23-6 season record
197: #2 Nate Rotert, Sr., Spearfish, S.D. (3-0 record)
Round of 16: Bye
Quarterfinals: tech. fall # 7 Jacob Seely (Northern Colorado), 17-2 [5:59]
Semifinals: dec. #3 Jacob Holschlag (Northern Iowa), 3-1 [SV-1]
Championship: dec. #4 Jake Smith (West Virginia), 3-2 [TB-2]
CHAMPION, NCAA Qualifier – 25-3 season record
285: #6 Alex Macki, Sr., Cambridge, Iowa (2-2 record)
Round of 16: dec. #11 Brandon Webb (Oklahoma), 6-2
Quarterfinals: lost to #3 A.J. Nevills (Fresno State), by dec., 3-6
Consolation Round of 8-2: dec. Brandon Ngati (West Virginia), 3-2
Consolation Round of 4: lost to #7 Carter Isley (Northern Iowa), by dec., 0-3
Macki eliminated – 13-14 season record