SDSU wrestlers close dual season

The South Dakota State University wrestling team closes out the 2018-19 dual season with Big 12 Conference matches both on the road and at home.

The Jackrabbits, 2-9 overall and 1-6 against conference opponents, close out a four-dual road swing Friday night at Oklahoma. Action is set for 6 p.m. at Lloyd Noble Center on the OU campus in Norman, Oklahoma, and can be viewed through FOX Sports Oklahoma and online at SoonerSports.com. The dual was rescheduled from Dec. 7 due to inclement weather.

The Sooners, who are receiving votes in the latest NWCA Division I Wrestling Coaches Poll, enter the week with an 8-6 overall record and a 3-3 mark in the Big 12. Oklahoma won at Fresno State, 25-16, in action Feb. 17.

SDSU will have a quick turnaround as it returns home to face West Virginia Sunday night in the dual finale. The Senior Night match is slated for 6 p.m. at Frost Arena and can be viewed online through FloWrestling.org (subscription required).

West Virginia, under the direction of first-year head coach Tim Flynn, holds a 4-13 overall record and a 3-5 mark against Big 12 foes. The Mountaineers will be wrestling their first dual since a 28-10 home loss to Army on Feb. 1.

THE SERIES: The Jackrabbits hold a combined 5-2 all-time mark against this week’s opponents.

vs. Oklahoma (2-2)
Friday’s dual against Oklahoma will mark the fifth meeting in a series that began with a 31-2 Sooner victory early in the 1969-70 season. The two squads did not meet again until the 2015-16 season, when the Jackrabbits joined the Big 12 Conference as an affiliate member.

The Jackrabbits have drawn even in the series by winning each of the last two duals. SDSU posted a 20-19 victory on criteria during the 2016-17 season before recording a 22-13 win at Oklahoma last season.

In the most recent meeting, Jan. 28, 2018, SDSU swept the top three upper weights to close out the dual victory. Martin Mueller recorded a 14-1 major decision over Matt Waddell in the 184-pound matchup, while Nate Rotert and Alex Macki both won by decision at 197 pounds and heavyweight, respectively.

#12 South Dakota State 22, Oklahoma 13 (Jan. 28, 2018)
125: #17 Christian Moody (OU) dec. #20 Connor Brown (SDSU), 5-3
133: #1 Seth Gross (SDSU) def. Jacob Rubio (OU), by fall 1:40
141: Henry Pohlmeyer (SDSU) dec. Mike Longo (OU), 7-0
149: Davion Jeffries (OU) major dec. Colten Carlson (SDSU), 9-1
157: #16 Luke Zilverberg (SDSU) dec. Justin Thomas (OU), 5-4 [TB-1]
165: Dawaylon Barnes (OU) dec. Logan Peterson (SDSU), 9-2
174: #14 Yoanse Mejias (OU) dec. #9 David Kocer (SDSU), 7-5
184: Martin Mueller (SDSU) major dec. Matt Waddell (OU), 14-1
197: #11 Nate Rotert (SDSU) dec. Andrew Dixon (OU), 3-1
285: Alex Macki (SDSU) dec. Connor Webb (OU), 5-3

vs. West Virginia (3-0)
South Dakota State and West Virginia are scheduled to meet in dual action for the fourth time in a series that began when the Jackrabbits joined the Big 12 Conference as an affiliate member for wrestling at the start of the 2015-16 season.

SDSU has won each of the first three meetings, posting an 18-15 victory at Frost Arena in the initial meeting on Feb. 12, 2016, before recording wins by scores of 32-9 and 24-9 at West Virginia the past two seasons.

Highlighting last season’s Jackrabbit victory was 174-pounder David Kocer winning his 100th career match as he earned a 10-2 major decision over Parker VonEgidy. Also picking up bonus-point wins for SDSU were Henry Pohlmeyer (141 pounds) and Luke Zilverberg (157 pounds), who also won by major decision.

The Jackrabbits also set a school record with their 13th consecutive dual victory.

#12 South Dakota State 24, West Virginia 9 (Feb. 11, 2018)
125: #15 Zeke Moisey (WVU) dec. Connor Brown (WVU), 8-3
133: #1 Seth Gross (SDSU) dec. Matthew Schmitt (WVU), 7-2
141: Henry Pohlmeyer (SDSU) major dec. Christian Monserrat (WVU), 11-3
149: Kyler Rea (WVU) dec. Isaac Andrade (SDSU), 6-3
157: #14 Luke Zilverberg (SDSU) major dec. Hunter Jones (WVU), 14-0
165: Nick Kiussis (WVU) dec. Logan Peterson (SDSU), 5-4
174: #12 David Kocer (SDSU) major dec. Parker VonEgidy (WVU), 10-2
184: Martin Mueller (SDSU) dec. Brenden McRill (WVU), 12-8
197: #11 Nate Rotert (SDSU) dec. Jake Smith (WVU), 7-6
285: Alex Macki (SDSU) dec. Brandon Ngati (WVU), 5-3

A LOOK AHEAD: The Jackrabbits will turn their attention to the Big 12 Wrestling Championship, which is slated for March 9-10 at BOK Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma. All-session and single-session tickets are on sale through Ticketmaster.com and Big12Sports.com.

The tournament schedule is as follows:
Saturday, March 9
• Session 1: Preliminary and Quarterfinal Matches, 11 a.m.
• Session 2: Semifinal and Consolation Quarterfinal Matches, 5 p.m.
Sunday, March 10
• Session 3: Consolation Semifinals, Third- and Fifth-Place Matches, noon
• Session 4: Championship Matches, 7 p.m.
Full-mat video coverage will be available through FloWrestling.org

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