Jacks close homestand with Oklahoma

BROOKINGS, S.D. – The South Dakota State University wrestling team closes out a three-dual homestand against Big 12 Conference opponents Sunday afternoon with a matchup against Oklahoma.

Action in the Military Appreciation Day dual begins at 2 p.m. at Frost Arena, with online video coverage available through FloWrestling.org (subscription required). Past and present military personnel can claim two free tickets to Sunday’s dual by presenting proper identification at the Frost Arena entrances starting at 1 p.m. Sunday.

The Jackrabbits enter the dual with a 6-4 overall record, including a 3-1 mark versus Big 12 opponents. SDSU had its five-match winning streak snapped in a 22-17 home loss to Iowa State on Jan. 17.

South Dakota State stands just outside the top 25 in the NWCA Division I Coaches’ Poll as the top team receiving votes. The Jackrabbits also hold rankings of 22nd in the dual rankings conducted by WIN Magazine and 24th by Intermat.

Oklahoma enters the week with a 3-2 overall record, including a 1-1 mark against Big 12 opponents heading into a dual Friday at North Dakota State. The Sooners, who feature six wrestlers in the latest individual rankings released by FloWrestling, posted a 22-18 home victory over West Virginia on Jan. 19.

SERIES VERSUS OKLAHOMA: Sunday’s dual will mark the sixth time South Dakota State and Oklahoma have met on the wrestling mat. The Sooners lead the all-time series, which dates back to a 31-2 victory during the 1969-70 season, by a 3-2 count.

The series resumed in the 2015-16 season, when the Jackrabbits joined the Big 12 Conference as an affiliate member. Oklahoma won the first dual between the two programs as league foes, 19-13, before SDSU countered with 20-19 and 22-13 victories during the 2016-17 and 2017-18 seasons, respectively.

In last season’s matchup, Feb. 22, 2019, at Lloyd Noble Center in Norman, Oklahoma, the Sooners reeled off seven consecutive victories to pull away for a 30-6 victory.

Blake Wolters got the Jackrabbits started off on the right foot by recording a 5-2 decision over Jake Boyd in the heavyweight bout.

Christian Moody began the OU streak by recording the first of three straight bonus-point wins for the Sooners with a second-period pin of Gregory Coapstick at 125 pounds. Anthony Madrigal followed with a major decision at 133 pounds and 13th-ranked Dom Demas added a win by technical fall in the 141-pound matchup to push the Sooners’ lead to 15-3.

Oklahoma kept the momentum firmly in its favor as Davion Jeffries outdueled the Jackrabbits’ Henry Pohlmeyer, 7-5, in a 149-pound matchup between wrestlers ranked individually in various polls.

After three more wins by decision for OU, Zach Carlson ended the streak for SDSU with a 7-0 shutout decision over Kayne MacCallum in the 184-pound bout.

Oklahoma 30, South Dakota State 6 (Feb. 22, 2019)
285: Blake Wolters (SDSU) dec. Jake Boyd (OU), 5-2
125: Christian Moody (OU) def. Gregory Coapstick (SDSU), by fall 3:26
133: Anthony Madrigal (OU) major dec. Rylee Molitor (SDSU), 11-0
141: #13 Dom Demas (OU) tech. fall Aric Williams (SDSU), 17-1 [3:22]
149: #17 Davion Jeffries (OU) dec. Henry Pohlmeyer (SDSU), 7-5
157: Justin Thomas (OU) dec. Colten Carlson (SDSU), 11-5
165: Jeremy Thomas (OU) dec. Logan Peterson (SDSU), 6-2
174: Anthony Mantanona (OU) dec. Samuel Grove (SDSU), 5-2
184: Zach Carlson (SDSU) dec. Kayne MacCallum (OU), 7-0
197: #19 Jake Woodley (OU) dec. Martin Mueller (SDSU), 11-5
Note: Rankings by FloWrestling

RABBITS RANKED: Five South Dakota State wrestlers appear in the NCAA Division I rankings compiled by a variety of media outlets.

Ranked throughout the season have been Henry Pohlmeyer at 149 pounds and Tanner Sloan at 197 pounds. A two-time NCAA qualifier and a senior from Johnston, Iowa, Pohlmeyer has been the big mover the past two weeks, climbing to ninth in the rankings conducted by both TrackWrestling, along with a 10th-place ranking by FloWrestling. He also is ranked 11th by Intermat and 13th by WIN Magazine.

Sloan, a redshirt freshman from Alburnett, Iowa, was ranked in the top 10 by three media outlets earlier in the season. He currently holds rankings ranging from 16th (WIN Magazine) to 19th (FloWrestling).

At 184 pounds, Zach Carlson has moved into all four rankings, including holding the 10th spot in rankings by TrackWrestling and WIN Magazine. A senior from Murdock, Minnesota, Carlson also is ranked 15th by Intermat and 16th by FloWrestling after compiling a 16-4 overall record and sharing the team lead with Sloan with an 8-2 record in duals.

Also appearing in the rankings this week are 125-pounder Danny Vega and 165-pounder Tanner Cook. Vega, a junior who previously competed at Iowa State, is ranked 19th by Intermat, 20th by WIN Magazine and 25th by both FloWrestling and TrackWrestling. He has a 6-2 mark in duals since entering the lineup Dec. 20 versus Minnesota.

Cook, a freshman from Ilion, New York, has solidified the 165-pound spot with an 11-2 overall record, including a 5-1 mark in duals since being inserted into the Jackrabbit lineup at the South Beach Duals in late December. Cook, who has 10 wins by fall this season, is 26th in the TrackWrestling rankings for the second consecutive week.

Other Jackrabbits to be ranked this season, but currently outside the rankings, are 133-pounder Zach Price and 141-pounder Clay Carlson. Both are redshirt freshmen.

As a team, the Jackrabbits are ranked 22nd by WIN Magazine and 24th by Intermat in the organizations’ dual rankings. SDSU also is just outside the top 25 of the NWCA Division I Coaches’ Poll as the top team receiving votes.

A LOOK AHEAD: The Jackrabbits continue Big 12 dual action by traveling to Oklahoma State on Jan. 31. Start time is set for 7 p.m. at Gallagher-Iba Arena in Stillwater, Oklahoma, with live video coverage available on the ESPN+ streaming platform.

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