SDSU Splits Season-Opening Duals

FARGO, N.D. – Zach Price and Tanner Sloan each won both of their matches to help lead the South Dakota State wrestling team to a split of its two duals Sunday at the season-opening NDSU Quadrangular.

The Jackrabbits fell to 12th-ranked Missouri, 33-9, in the opener, then rallied for a 20-12 victory against Oregon State.

No. 12 Missouri 33, SDSU 9
Missouri recorded a pair of pins and won eight of 10 matches overall in defeating the Jackrabbits, 33-9. Keegan O’Toole at 157 pounds and Jeremiah Kent in the 184-pound matchup recorded the Tigers’ wins by fall.

Price, ranked 24th at 133 pounds, put the Jackrabbits on the board with an upset of 12th-ranked Matt Schmitt, recording a takedown and two-point near-fall in the third period for a 7-5 decision.

Sloan made quick work of Missouri’s Canten Marriott in the 197-pound matchup, putting his opponent’s shoulders to the mat in 2 minutes and 37 seconds for the other Jackrabbit victory in the dual.

Three other Missouri wrestlers won by major decision: former Jackrabbit Connor Brown (125), 17th-ranked Allan Hart (141) and 18th-ranked Peyton Mocco (165). Zach Elam, ranked eighth at heavyweight, closed out the dual with a 6-0 decision over Blake Wolters.

SDSU 20, Oregon State 12
The Jackrabbits won three of the final four matches to pull out a 20-12 nonconference victory against Oregon State.

After each of the first eight bouts ended in decisions Sloan, ranked 10th at 197 pounds, gave SDSU a 17-12 lead with a 17-0 technical-fall victory over J.J. Dixon.

Blake Wolters closed out the Jackrabbit victory with a 4-1 decision over Brian Barnes in the heavyweight bout.

Price scored his second upset of the day by downing 11th-ranked Devan Turner, 6-3, in the second matchup of the dual at 133 pounds. Hunter Marko added a 3-1 decision with a takedown in the final seconds of the 149-pound match before back-to-back victories by Kenny O’Neil (165) and Cade King (174) gave the Jackrabbits their first lead of the dual at 12-9. King’s victory was an 8-6 overtime decision.

The Jackrabbits open the home portion of their schedule Jan. 10 by hosting a multi-team dual event with Northern Iowa and North Dakota State. Action is slated to begin at 2 p.m. at Frost Arena.


  • The Jackrabbits dropped to 2-4 all-time against Missouri, dating back to the 1961-62 season
  • SDSU improved to 3-2 in the all-time series versus Oregon State, winning for the third consecutive time
  • Marko’s victory against Oregon State was his first as a Jackrabbit
  • Sloan improved to 23-6 overall (15-3 in duals) since earning a spot in the lineup at the start of the 2019-20 season

125: Connor Brown (MIZZOU) major dec. #24 Danny Vega, 14-5
133: #24 Zach Price (SDSU) dec. #12 Matt Schmitt (MIZZOU), 7-5
141: #17 Allan Hart (MIZZOU) major dec. #25 Clay Carlson (SDSU), 14-4
149: #3 Brock Mauller (MIZZOU) dec. Hunter Marko (SDSU), 8-2
157: Keegan O’Toole (MIZZOU) def. #17 Cade DeVos (SDSU), by fall 2:10
165: #18 Peyton Mocco (MIZZOU) major dec. Kenny O’Neil (SDSU), 11-1
174: Sean Harman (MIZZOU) dec. Cade King (SDSU), 10-4
184: #24 Jeremiah Kent (MIZZOU) def. Nick Casperson (SDSU), by fall 1:47
197: #10 Tanner Sloan (SDSU) def. Canten Marriott (MIZZOU), by fall 2:37
285: #8 Zach Elam (MIZZOU) dec. Blake Wolters (SDSU), 6-0
Note: Team rankings from NWCA Division I Coaches Poll; individual rankings by

125: Brandon Kaylor (OSU) dec. #24 Danny Vega (SDSU), 9-5
133: #24 Zach Price (SDSU) dec. #11 Devan Turner (OSU), 6-3
141: #19 Grant Willits (OSU) dec. #25 Clay Carlson (SDSU), 3-0
149: Hunter Marko (SDSU) dec. Lane Stigall (OSU), 3-1
157: #22 Hunter Willits (OSU) dec. #17 Cade DeVos (SDSU), 4-3 [TB-1]
165: Kenny O’Neil (SDSU) dec. Dillon Ulrey (OSU), 9-5
174: Cade King (SDSU) dec. Colton Beisley (OSU), 8-6 [SV-1]
184: Ryan Reyes (OSU) dec. Nick Casperson (SDSU), 8-4
197: #10 Tanner Sloan (SDSU) tech. fall J.J. Dixon, (OSU), 17-0 [6:31]
285: Blake Wolters (SDSU) dec. Brian Barnes (OSU), 4-1

125: Tanner Jordan (SDSU) dec. Noah Surtin (MIZZOU), 7-6
133: Trey Crawford (MIZZOU) dec. Trayton Anderson (SDSU), 4-2 [SV-1]
141: Josh Edmond (MIZZOU) dec. Rylee Molitor (SDSU), 15-8
141: Rylee Molitor (SDSU) major dec. Sam Stuhl (NDSU), 8-0
141: Josh Edmond (MIZZOU) dec. Daniel Kimball (SDSU), 9-4
157: Keegan O’Toole (MIZZOU) tech. fall Jack Thomsen (SDSU), 18-3 [7:00]
165: Austin Brenner (NDSU) dec. Colten Carlson (SDSU), 9-4
184: Colton Hawks (MIZZOU) dec. Jacob Schoon (SDSU), 1-0

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