Another week, another ranked opponent for the South Dakota State University wrestling team.
The Jackrabbits, 2-7 overall and 1-4 in the Big 12 Conference will travel to 13th-ranked Wyoming for a Sunday afternoon dual. Action is set for 2 p.m. Mountain Time (3 p.m. Central) at the UNIWYO Sports Complex in Laramie. The dual can be viewed through FloWrestling.org (subscription required).
Of SDSU’s seven dual losses this season, six have come against ranked opponents. In their last outing, the Jackrabbits were blanked by 14th-ranked Iowa State, 47-0.
Wyoming, meanwhile, enters the week with a 13-4 overall record, including a 3-2 mark in Big 12 competition. The Cowboys split a pair of duals Feb. 3 in Bakersfield, California, falling to Fresno State, 21-12, in Big 12 action before scoring a 25-6 victory over CSU Bakersfield in a nonconference matchup. Wyoming is scheduled to wrestle Friday at Utah Valley.
THE SERIES: Sunday’s dual will mark the 20th meeting on the mat between South Dakota State and Wyoming, a series that dates back to the 1953-54 season. Wyoming holds a 15-4 series advantage, with all four Jackrabbit victories coming in four of the last five meetings, including three in a row.
Last season’s meeting, Jan. 18, 2018, at Frost Arena, provided one of the top moments in all of college wrestling as SDSU’s Seth Gross moved up a weight class to challenge 141-pounder Bryce Meredith in a battle between top-ranked wrestlers. Meredith came out on top with a 4-2 decision, handing Gross his only loss of the season as the Jackrabbit wrestler went on to win an NCAA title at 133 pounds.
SDSU rallied from a 10-0 deficit through three matches to win the dual, 20-18. The Jackrabbits countered with five wins in a row, highlighted by Martin Mueller’s first-period pin of Chaz Polson in the 184-pound bout. Nationally ranked David Kocer and Nate Rotert added major decisions for SDSU.
#15 South Dakota State 20, #22 Wyoming 18 (Jan. 18, 2018, at Frost Arena)
149: #19 Sam Turner (WYO) dec. Colten Carlson (SDSU), 3-0
157: #12 Archie Colgan (WYO) dec. #10 Luke Zilverberg (SDSU), 5-3
165: #14 Branson Ashworth (WYO) major dec. Zach Carlson (SDSU), 11-3
174: #9 David Kocer (SDSU) major dec. Kyle Pope (WYO), 9-1
184: Martin Mueller (SDSU) def. Chaz Polson (WYO), by fall 2:49
197: #11 Nate Rotert (SDSU) major dec. Cody Vigoren (WYO), 13-2
285: Alex Macki (SDSU) dec. Sam Eagan (WYO), 3-1
125: Connor Brown (SDSU) dec. Drake Foster (WYO), 8-6
133: #5 Montorie Bridges (WYO) tech. fall Tyler Pieper (SDSU), 22-7 [6:11]
141: #1 Bryce Meredith (WYO) dec. Seth Gross (SDSU), 4-2
Note: Gross ranked #1 at 133 pounds
OKLAHOMA DUAL RESCHEDULED: South Dakota State and Oklahoma have agreed to meet in dual action Feb. 22, rescheduling a competition that was originally scheduled for Dec. 7 and postponed due to weather.
The dual is slated for a 6 p.m. start at Lloyd Noble Center on the OU campus in Norman, Oklahoma, and will be televised on FOX Sports Oklahoma.
A LOOK AHEAD: The Jackrabbits continue Big 12 Conference dual action Feb. 15 at North Dakota State. Action is set for 7 p.m. at Scheels Center on the NDSU campus in Fargo, North Dakota.