HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. – Freshman Tanner Sloan reached the finals of the 197-pound weight class Sunday to lead a contingent of South Dakota State wrestlers at the 56th Ken Kraft Midlands Championships.
A native of Alburnett, Iowa, Sloan dropped a 13-4 major decision to top-seeded Patrick Brucki of Princeton in Sunday night’s championship bout at Sears Centre Arena. Brucki got out the gates quickly, recording four takedowns in the first three minutes of the match for an 8-3 first-period lead.
The loss snapped Sloan’s 15-match winning streak as he dropped to 18-2 on the season.
All five of Sloan’s matches in the two-day tournament came against seeded wrestlers. After knocking off the 10th-, seventh- and second-seeded wrestlers on Saturday, the unseeded Sloan secured a berth in the finals by downing sixth-seeded Lucas Davison of host Northwestern, 4-3, Sunday afternoon.
The appearance in the finals by Sloan, who competed unattached, marked the fifth consecutive year a Jackrabbit reached the championship round at the Midlands. He joined Cody Pack (2014 and 2015 at 157 pounds), Nate Rotert (2016 at 197 pounds) and Seth Gross (2017 champion at 133 pounds) as SDSU wrestlers to compete in a final bout at the tournament.
Also earning a spot on the podium for the Jackrabbits was Henry Pohlmeyer, who recorded an eighth-place finish at 149 pounds. The ninth-seeded Pohlmeyer opened Sunday with a first-period pin of Northwestern’s Shayne Oster to earn a spot in the placing matches.
Pohlmeyer later dropped his final two matches of the tournament, losing by a 9-3 decision to Sammy Sasso (Ohio State-unattached) before being pinned by Khristian Olivas (Fresno State) in a back-and-forth match.
SDSU tied for 24th in team standings with 23 points. The Jackrabbits’ unattached wrestlers combined to place 26th with 22 points. Iowa won the tournament with 184 points, followed by Northern Iowa (119.5) and Northwestern (110).
The Jackrabbits return to dual action Jan. 11, hosting Northern Iowa in a Big 12 Conference dual. Start time is set for 7 p.m. at Frost Arena.
TOURNAMENT RESULTS-SUNDAY COMPETITORS
149 Pounds: #9 Henry Pohlmeyer, Jr., Johnston, Iowa (3-3 record)
dec. Ben Lamantia, Michigan, 4-1
dec. #8 Alfred Bannister, Maryland, 2-1 (TB-1)
lost to #1 Matthew Kolodzik, Princeton, 2-5
def. #15 Shayne Oster, Northwestern, by fall 2:11
lost to #16 Sammy Sasso, Ohio State-unattached, by dec., 3-9
lost to #11 Khristian Olivas, Fresno State, by fall 4:12
197 Pounds: Tanner Sloan, Fr., Alburnett, Iowa (4-1 record)
dec. #10 Josh Hokit, Fresno State, 5-4
dec. #7 Brandon Whitman, North Carolina-unattached, 10-3
tech. fall #2 Jacob Warner, Iowa, 19-3
dec. #6 Lucas Davison, Northwestern-unattached, 4-3
lost to #1 Patrick Brucki, Princeton, by major dec., 4-13