Pohlmeyer places fifth at Big 12 championship

TULSA, Okla. – Henry Pohlmeyer finished fifth in the 149-pound division Sunday to lead the South Dakota State University wrestling team on the final day of the 2019 Big 12 Conference Wrestling Championship at BOK Center.

A junior from Johnston, Iowa, Pohlmeyer dropped a 4-1 decision to fourth-seeded Christian Monserrat of West Virginia in the consolation semifinals. The wrestlers were tied at 1-all going into the third period, when Monserrat recorded the lone takedown of the match late in the period and picked up an additional point for a minute of riding time.

Pohlmeyer was scheduled to wrestle Fresno State’s Khristian Olivas in the fifth-place match later in the afternoon session, but Olivas withdrew from the tournament for medical reasons, giving Pohlmeyer the fifth-place standing.

Pohlmeyer, 20-13 overall, was the lone Jackrabbit automatic qualifier for the upcoming NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships out of the two-day Big 12 tournament. Junior 184-pounder Zach Carlson will receive at-large consideration when the remainder of the NCAA field is announced Tuesday.

Also wrestling Sunday was heavyweight Blake Wolters. The sophomore from Pipestone, Minnesota, fell 2-1 to Northern Colorado’s Robert Winters in that division’s seventh-place match.

As a team, the Jackrabbits regained 10th place in the team standings with 18.5 points, finishing ahead of Air Force (18 points) and Northern Colorado (17 points). With seven wrestlers in tonight’s Big 12 finals, Oklahoma State holds a commanding lead with 143.5 points, followed by Iowa State with 113.5 points and four wrestlers in the finals.

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