FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – The South Dakota State University wrestling team split a pair of duals against first-time opponents Sunday on the opening day of the South Beach Duals. In what was a busy day on the mats in two different locations, the Jackrabbits were edged by 18th-ranked Cornell, 18-16, then bounced back in dominating fashion for a 41-3 victory over Duke.
SDSU moved to 2-3 in duals on the season and will wrestle Michigan State (11 a.m. ET) and Old Dominion (1 p.m. ET) on Monday.
The Big Red won three of the final four matches to record an 18-16 victory in a back-and-forth matchup that pitted SDSU head coach Damion Hahn against the program for which he served as an assistant coach for 12 years.
With the Jackrabbits holding a 16-12 lead with two matches remaining, Cornell turned the tide in its favor in the 197-pound bout. Ben Darmstadt, ranked seventh at 184 pounds, wrestled up a weight class and recorded a 5-4 victory over the Jackrabbits’ 19th-ranked Tanner Sloan.
Brendan Furman completed the comeback for Cornell by notching a 5-0 shutout of Blake Wolters in the heavyweight matchup.
Danny Vega gave SDSU an early 4-0 lead with a 14-6 major decision over Dominic LaJoie at 125 pounds. Clay Carlson added a 6-4 decision for the Jackrabbits at 141 pounds over Noah Baughman.
Cornell gained its first lead of the match, 9-7 at the halfway mark, winning decisions at 149 and 157 pounds.
Newcomer Tanner Cook, wrestling in his first collegiate dual, built the Jackrabbit lead back to four points, 13-9, with a first-period pin over Milik Dawkins in the 165-pound matchup.
Zach Carlson, ranked 17th by FloWrestling, posted the final victory of the dual for SDSU with an 8-5 decision over Jonathan Loew in the 184-pound matchup.
The Jackrabbits won nine of 10 matches, recording bonus-point victories in six of the bouts, en route to a 41-3 drubbing of Duke.
SDSU picked up bonus points in each of the first three bouts as Vega won by forfeit, Zach Price won by technical fall at 133 pounds and Clay Carlson earned his second victory of the day, winning by a first-period fall.
The Jackrabbits extended their lead to 24-0 as Peyton Smith (149 pounds), Colten Carlson (157) and Garrett Jordan (165) all won by decision. After having his comeback bid come up short in his first match of the day, Smith scored all five points in the third period of his match against Duke’s Wade Unger to pull out a 7-5 decision for his first collegiate dual victory.
Zach Carlson won by pin for his second win of the day at 184 pounds, while Sloan got back into the win column with an 18-0 technical fall win in the 197-pound weight class.
Wolters closed out the Jackrabbit victory with a 3-2 decision over Jonah Niesenbaum in the heavyweight bout.
Mason Eaglin was the lone winner for Duke, tallying a 9-4 decision over Cade King at 174 pounds.
#18 CORNELL 18, SOUTH DAKOTA STATE 16
125: Danny Vega (SDSU) major dec. Dominic LaJoie (Cornell), 14-6
133: #6 Charles Tucker (Cornell), dec. Zach Price (SDSU), 6-2
141: Clay Carlson (SDSU) dec. Noah Baughman (Cornell), 6-4
149: Hunter Richard (Cornell) dec. Peyton Smith (SDSU), 7-6
157: Adam Santoro (Cornell) dec. Colten Carlson (SDSU), 8-2
165: Tanner Cook (SDSU) def. Milik Dawkins (Cornell), by fall 1:13
174: #15 Brandon Womack (Cornell) dec. Cade King (SDSU), 10-3
184: #17 Zach Carlson (SDSU) dec. Jonathan Loew (Cornell), 8-5
197: Ben Darmstadt (Cornell) dec. #19 Tanner Sloan (SDSU), 5-4
285: Brendan Furman (Cornell) dec. Blake Wolters (SDSU), 5-0
Notes: Individual rankings by FloWrestling; Darmstadt ranked #7 at 184 pounds
SOUTH DAKOTA STATE 41, DUKE 3
125: Danny Vega (SDSU) won by forfeit
133: Zach Price (SDSU) tech. fall Harrison Campbell (Duke), 18-3
141: Clay Carlson (SDSU) def. Ty Mill (Duke), by fall 2:57
149: Peyton Smith (SDSU) dec. Wade Unger (Duke), 7-5
157: Colten Carlson (SDSU) major dec. Eric Carter (Duke), 10-2
165: Garrett Jordan (SDSU) dec. Ben Anderson (Duke), 13-6
174: Mason Eaglin (Duke) dec. Cade King (SDSU), 9-4
184: #17 Zach Carlson (SDSU) def. Kai Blake (Duke), by fall 0:58
197: #19 Tanner Sloan (SDSU) tech. fall Vincent Baker (Duke), 18-0
285: Blake Wolters (SDSU) dec. Jonah Niesenbaum (Duke), 3-2
South Beach Individual Results
Following dual action Sunday, four Jackrabbit wrestlers went undefeated in individual competition.
Sophomore 141-pounder Rylee Molitor led the way with a 3-0 record, starting with a 7-2 decision over Michael Venosa of Cornell. The Sartell, Minnesota, native later won by technical fall, 18-3, over Ty Mill of Duke, followed by a 12-4 major decision against Yarhoski Aldiva of Old Dominion.
Cook and Wolters each posted 2-0 records Sunday afternoon. Cook wasted little time in his two 165-pound matches, winning by technical fall, 18-1, over Old Dominion’s Kellen Ekeren and needing only 13 seconds to pin Luke Fortuna of Missouri.
Wolters tallied a pair of two-point wins against Missouri heavyweight wrestlers, downing Jacob Bohlken, 3-1, in sudden victory and posting a 5-3 decision over Jose Diaz.
Price also went undefeated in the 133-pound class, notching a 17-7 major decision over Steven Simpson of Old Dominion. He also picked up a win by forfeit later in the day.
In other action Sunday, Cade DeVos moved on to the second day of competition and Spencer Trenary reached the evening session on the opening day of the 57th Annual Ken Kraft Midlands Championships in Hoffman Estates, Illinois.
A freshman from Altoona, Iowa, DeVos turned in a 2-1 record during the opening session of the 157-pound division. After dropping a 4-2 decision to Markus Hartman of Army in the opening round, DeVos posted respective 6-2 and 8-4 decisions over Brawley Lamer (Cal Poly) and Keaton Geerts (Northern Iowa) to reach the night session.
In the evening session, DeVos ran his winning streak to four with two more victories. He scored a 9-3 decision over American University’s Ethan Karsten in his first match of the night, followed by a 3-2 decision over 13th-seeded Eric Barone of Illinois. DeVos scored the decisive point in his match against Barone on an escape with 30 seconds remaining in the match.
Also a freshman, Trenary went 2-2 in action at heavyweight on Sunday. The Rolfe, Iowa, native was edged, 3-1, in the opening round by SIU-Edwardsville’s Thomas Helton, then responded with a first-period fall over Brown’s Tony Valentino and a 9-7 decision against Buffalo’s Greg Hodulick to close out the first session.
Trenary was eliminated in Sunday’s evening session as he was edged, 2-1, by Purdue’s Thomas Penola.
SDSU’s two other competitors in the double-elimination tournament, Caleb Gross and Daniel Kimball, wrestled in the 133-pound weight class. Gross went 1-2 on the day, while Kimball dropped both of his matches.
Action Monday at the Midlands Championships is slated for a noon start.