Jackrabbits win two of three in Little Rock

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Ninth-ranked Tanner Sloan at 197 pounds, senior 165-pounder Colten Carlson and sophomore 174-pounder Cade King all posted 3-0 marks in dual action Sunday to lead South Dakota State to a pair of victories Sunday at the Little Rock Quad.

The Jackrabbits opened the day by falling 21-13 to 22nd-ranked Oklahoma in a Big 12 Conference dual before rebounding with nonconference wins over 21st-ranked Stanford, 23-15, and host Little Rock, 28-10. SDSU moved to 4-4 overall and 1-3 against Big 12 foes.

No. 22 Oklahoma 21, SDSU 13
The 22nd-ranked Sooners were stingy in the lower weights, building a 15-3 lead at the halfway mark before holding off SDSU. Oklahoma would go on to finish the day undefeated with a 3-0 record to improve to 5-3 in duals.

After the Jackrabbits’ Danny Vega rallied for a 7-6 decision over Mason Naifeh in the opening bout of the dual, Oklahoma claimed the next four matches – all by ranked wrestlers – to build its cushion.

Anthony Madrigal, ranked 19th at 133 pounds, started the Sooners’ streak with a pin of SDSU backup Trayton Anderson. Oklahoma then sandwiched a pair of wins over ranked Jackrabbit wrestlers around a 2-0 victory by 13th-ranked Mitch Moore over Hunter Marko in the 149-pound matchup. Seventh-ranked Dom Demas of OU squeaked past No. 22 Clay Carlson, 3-2, at 141 pounds, while 11th-ranked Justin Thomas of the Sooners notched a 4-0 decision over No. 18 Cade DeVos in the 157-pound bout.

SDSU began to find its footing in the second half of the dual as Colten Carlson started a comeback bid with a 23-11 major decision over Jake Stiles. The match was tied at 4-all entering the third period before Carlson turned on the offense with eight takedowns.

Cade King pulled off an upset for the Jackrabbits, recording a late takedown to post a 7-5 decision over 22nd-ranked Anthony Mantanona at 174 pounds.

Sloan notched the final Jackrabbit victory, downing 12th-ranked Jake Woodley, 6-1.

SDSU 23, No. 21 Stanford 15
Vega and Sloan each won by fall as the Jackrabbits turned in a 23-15 to defeat a ranked opponent for the first time this season.

A senior from Tucson, Arizona, Vega trailed 8-2 at the end of the first period to Jackson DiSario in their 125-pound matchup before turning the tables on his Cardinal opponent. Vega recorded a takedown late in the second period, which he later turned into a pin.

The Brothers Carlson – Clay and Colten – kept the Jackrabbits in the lead with major decisions at 141 and 165 pounds, respectively. Clay downed Luciano Arroyo, 19-6, while Colten put together another strong third period to defeat Charlie Darracott, 16-5.

King upped the SDSU advantage to 17-9 with a hard-fought 10-8 decision over Tyler Eischens at 174 pounds.

Sloan then capped the Jackrabbit scoring with a first-period pin of Nick Stemmet.

All five Stanford victories were by decision.

SDSU 28, Little Rock 10
The Jackrabbits spotted Little Rock an early 7-0 lead before storming back to win their dual finale, 28-10.

Following Trojan victories at 125 and 133 pounds to open the dual, SDSU reeled off wins in the next seven matches to take control. Clay Carlson started the streak with a technical-fall victory at 141 pounds, while Hunter Marko and Cade DeVos each added wins by decision.

Three of the next four Jackrabbit wins were of the bonus-point variety as King (174) won by major decision and Colten Carlson (165) and Sloan (197) each won by technical fall. Nick Casperson came up with a flurry of points in the final 30 seconds to win an 8-1 decision in the 184-pound match.

Casperson added three victories in extra matches throughout the day to end the event with a team-best 4-0 mark.

The Jackrabbits are slated to travel to Fargo, North Dakota, for a triangular on Feb. 7. SDSU is set to face host North Dakota State at 11 a.m., followed by a 3 p.m. matchup against Iowa State.


  • SDSU dropped to 3-4 all-time in duals against Oklahoma
  • The Jackrabbits ran their dual winning streak against Stanford to three matches and lead the all-time series, 3-2
  • SDSU improved to 2-0 against Little Rock with both matchups taking place over the past two seasons
  • Sloan stayed unbeaten this season at 10-0, with eight of his wins by technical fall (five) or fall (three)
  • Both Anderson (133) and Brookings native Jacob Schoon (184) made their Jackrabbit dual debuts in the opener against Oklahoma

#22 Oklahoma 21, South Dakota State 13
125: Danny Vega (SDSU) dec. Mason Naifeh (OU), 7-6
133: #19 Anthony Madrigal (OU) def. Trayton Anderson (SDSU), by fall 2:40
141: #7 Dom Demas (OU) dec. #22 Clay Carlson, 3-2
149: #13 Mitch Moore (OU) dec. Hunter Marko (SDSU), 2-0
157: #11 Justin Thomas (OU) dec. #18 Cade DeVos (SDSU), 4-0
165: Colten Carlson (SDSU) major dec. Jake Stiles (OU), 23-11
174: Cade King (SDSU) dec. #22 Anthony Mantanona (OU), 7-5
184: Darrien Roberts (OU) dec. Jacob Schoon (SDSU), 7-5
197: #9 Tanner Sloan (SDSU) dec. #12 Jake Woodley (OU), 6-1
285: #24 Josh Heindselman (OU) dec. Blake Wolters (SDSU), 4-1 [TB-1]
Note: Rankings by FloWrestling

South Dakota State 23, #21 Stanford 15
125: Danny Vega (SDSU) def. Jackson DiSario (STAN), by fall 5:34
133: Jason Miranda (STAN) dec. Trayton Anderson (SDSU), 6-0
141: #22 Clay Carlson (SDSU) major dec. Luciano Arroyo (STAN), 19-6
149: #14 Jaden Abas (STAN) dec. Hunter Marko (SDSU), 7-4
157: Requir Van der Merwe (STAN) dec. #18 Cade DeVos (SDSU), 3-2
165: Colten Carlson (SDSU) major dec. Charlie Darracott (STAN), 16-5
174: Cade King (SDSU) dec. Tyler Eischens (STAN),10-8
184: Nick Addison (STAN) dec. Jacob Schoon (SDSU), 5-2
197: #9 Tanner Sloan (SDSU) def. Nick Stemmet (STAN), by fall 2:52
285: Nathan Traxler (STAN) dec. Blake Wolters (SDSU), 8-2
Notes: Eischens ranked 22nd at 157 pounds, Traxler ranked 10th at 197 pounds for Stanford

South Dakota State 28, Little Rock 10
125: Khyler Brewer (LR) dec. Tanner Jordan (SDSU), 14-8
133: Paul Bianchi (LR) major dec. Trayton Anderson (SDSU), 15-5
141: #22 Clay Carlson (SDSU) tech. fall Conner Ward (LR), 21-6 [7:00]
149: Hunter Marko (SDSU) dec. Joseph Bianchi (LR), 6-2
157: #18 Cade DeVos (SDSU) dec. Kyle Prewitt (LR), 11-4
165: Colten Carlson (SDSU) tech. fall Alex Hernandez (LR), 17-1 [6:35]
174: Cade King (SDSU) major dec. Triston Wills (LR), 13-1
184: Nick Casperson (SDSU) dec. Tanner Mendoza (LR), 8-1
197: Tanner Sloan (SDSU) tech. fall Dylan Johnson (LR), 18-0 [2:22]
285: Gabe Beyer (LR) dec. Blake Wolters (SDSU), 6-4 [SV-1]

Extra Matches
125: Tanner Jordan (SDSU) dec. Tommy Hoskins (OU), 5-0
125: Jayden Carson (LR) dec. Tanner Jordan (SDSU), 8-5
125: Joshua Sarpy (LR) def. Tanner Jordan (SDSU), by fall 1:18
133: Jaylen Carson (LR) dec. Trayton Anderson (SDSU), 8-2
133: Trayton Anderson (SDSU dec. Aidan Campbell (LR), 5-2
141: Daniel Kimball (SDSU) major dec. Austin Keal (LR), 12-3
157: Charlie Darracott (STAN) dec. Jack Thomsen (SDSU), 11-6
157: Jack Thomsen (SDSU) tech. fall Tristan Tadeo (LR), 22-6 [5:00]
165: Kenny O’Neil (SDSU) dec. Zeke Beach (LR), 6-2
184: Nick Casperson (SDSU) dec. Carson Berryhill (OU), 10-6
184: Nick Casperson (SDSU) dec. Ethan Woods (STAN), 8-1
184: Nick Casperson (SDSU) tech. fall Zane Davis (LR), 18-3
285: Bowen McConville (SDSU) dec. Seamus O’Malley (STAN), 5-3 [SV-1]
285: Bowen McConville (SDSU) dec. Josiah Hill (LR), 7-2
285: Spencer Trenary (SDSU) def. Caspian Grabowski (LR), by fall
285: Peter Ming (STAN) major dec. Spencer Trenary (SDSU), 12-3

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