Jacks trek back to Fargo for two duals

South Dakota State opens the home stretch of its dual season Sunday, wrestling a pair of Big 12 Conference opponents in a triangular in Fargo, North Dakota.

The Jackrabbits, 4-4 overall and 1-3 against Big 12 opponents, open the day with an 11 a.m. Border Bell dual against host North Dakota State. The Bison enter the matchup 4-2 overall and 2-1 in Big 12 duals after defeating Fresno State (29-15) and California Baptist (30-6) in action last weekend in Riverside, California.

The Border Bell is a 100-pound kettlebell painted in Bison green and Jackrabbit blue.

Both SDSU and NDSU are receiving votes in this week’s NWCA Division I Wrestling Coaches Poll.

SDSU concludes the day with a 3 p.m. dual against 12th-ranked Iowa State. The Cyclones come into the weekend with a 6-2 overall dual record, including a 1-1 mark in the Big 12.

ISU wrestled three duals on Jan. 30, posting victories over Iowa Central (50-0) and Lindenwood (28-9), before dropping a one-point decision (15-16) to fifth-ranked Oklahoma State.

Video coverage of Sunday’s triangular at Scheels Center on the NDSU campus will be available through FloWrestling.org (subscription required) and televised locally on BEK-TV.

The order of duals is as follows:
• 11 a.m. – South Dakota State at North Dakota State
• 1 p.m. – Iowa State at North Dakota State
• 3 p.m. – South Dakota State vs. Iowa State
Extra matches will be contested in between duals as time allows and following the conclusion of the final dual.

THE SERIES: Two of South Dakota State’s oldest wrestling rivals are on the schedule this weekend as the Jackrabbits square off against North Dakota State and Iowa State.

Series vs. North Dakota State
South Dakota State and North Dakota State will meet for the 69th time in dual competition, when the two programs clash Sunday morning in Fargo. NDSU leads the all-time series between the two longtime rivals, 44-23-1, including a 14-5-1 advantage in the Division I era for both programs. The series began with a 22-9 Jackrabbit victory during the 1958-59 season.

NDSU has won the last three matchups, including a closely contested 21-13 victory earlier this season. In that Jan. 10 matchup at Frost Arena, NDSU won seven matches – all by decision – to down South Dakota State in the SDSU Tri-Dual finale.

The Jackrabbits led 7-3 through three matches behind a major decision by Zach Price and Clay Carlson’s second victory of the day. Price tallied a 13-5 victory over Kellyn March, while Carlson followed with an 8-6 decision against Dylan Droegemueller.

North Dakota State countered by winning the next five bouts that included a 4-2 overtime decision in the 157-pound matchup by Jared Franek over Cade DeVos in a battle between wrestlers ranked 15th and 18th respectively.

Sloan kept the Jackrabbits’ hopes alive with a third-period pin of Michael Nelson at 197 pounds that pulled SDSU to within 18-13 heading into the final match. In that final bout, 15th-ranked Brandon Metz of NDSU outlasted the Jackrabbits’ Blake Wolters, 5-4, in a match that went to a pair of tiebreakers.

NDSU’s seven victories were by a total of 11 points, with none of those matches decided by more than two points.

North Dakota State 21, South Dakota State 13 (Jan. 10, 2021 • at Frost Arena)
125: McGwire Midkiff (NDSU) dec. Tanner Jordan (SDSU), 3-1
133: #13 Zach Price (SDSU) major dec. Kellyn March (NDSU), 13-5
141: #22 Clay Carlson (SDSU) dec. Dylan Droegemueller (NDSU), 8-6
149: Jared Van Maanen (NDSU) dec. Hunter Marko (SDSU), 4-2
157: #15 Jared Franek (NDSU) dec. #18 Cade DeVos (SDSU), 4-2 [SV-1]
165: Austin Brenner (NDSU) dec. Colten Carlson (SDSU), 6-5
174: Luke Weber (NDSU) dec. Cade King (SDSU), 6-4
184: T.J. Pottinger (NDSU) dec. Nick Casperson (SDSU), 6-5
197: #10 Tanner Sloan (SDSU) def. Michael Nelson (NDSU), by fall 6:28
285: #15 Brandon Metz (NDSU) dec. Blake Wolters (SDSU), 5-4 [TB-2]
Note: Individual rankings by FloWrestling

Series vs. Iowa State
Sunday’s dual against Iowa State will mark the 14th time the Jackrabbits and Cyclones have met in dual competition, a series that dates back to a 27-2 Iowa State victory during the 1951-52 season. ISU leads the all-time series, 11-2, winning the first nine matchups.

SDSU put together a modest two-match winning streak as it entered the Big 12 Conference, recording a 27-9 victory during the 2016-17 season, followed by a 30-15 triumph the next season. Both of the Jackrabbits’ victories came on their home mat at Frost Arena.

Iowa State has claimed each of the past two duals, blanking the Jackrabbits, 47-0, during the 2018-19 season, while coming away with a 22-17 victory at Frost Arena a year ago.

SDSU jumped out to an early 8-0 lead in last season’s dual on the strength of consecutive major decisions by Zach Carlson and Tanner Sloan at 184 and 197 pounds, respectively.

The Cyclones responded with four consecutive victories to take a 15-8 lead before Henry Pohlmeyer stemmed the tide for the Jackrabbits by notching a 1-0 decision over Ryan Leisure in the 149-pound bout.

SDSU pulled to within 19-17 heading into the final match of the night as Tanner Cook continued to rack up wins by fall. Cook trailed his 165-pound match against Chase Straw, 3-1, early in the third period before catching Straw in a takedown and putting his shoulders to the mat.

The dual was decided at 174 pounds, where 11th-ranked Sam Colbray pulled away in the third period for a 6-1 decision over Jackrabbit freshman Cade King.

#16 Iowa State 22, South Dakota State 17 (Jan. 17, 2020 • at Frost Arena)
184: #16 Zach Carlson (SDSU) major dec. #15 Marcus Coleman (ISU), 8-0
197: #20 Tanner Sloan (SDSU) major dec. Joel Shapiro (ISU), 10-2
285: #12 Gannon Gremmel (ISU) dec. Blake Wolters (SDSU), 4-3
125: #10 Alex Mackall (ISU) def. Danny Vega (SDSU), by fall 4:54
133: #17 Todd Small (ISU) dec. Zach Price (SDSU), 11-5
141: #7 Ian Parker (ISU) dec. Clay Carlson (SDSU), 8-2
149: #10 Henry Pohlmeyer (SDSU) dec. Ryan Leisure (ISU), 1-0
157: #3 David Carr (ISU) major dec. Colten Carlson (SDSU), 16-5
165: Tanner Cook (SDSU) def. Chase Straw (ISU), by fall 3:47
174: #11 Sam Colbray (ISU) dec. Cade King (SDSU), 6-1
Note: Individual rankings by FloWrestling

RABBITS RANKED: Five Jackrabbit wrestlers appear in this week’s individual national rankings.

Sophomore 197-pounder Tanner Sloan leads the SDSU contingent as he continues his ascent in the polls this week to fourth place in the WIN Magazine rankings and sixth in the Intermat poll. Sloan also holds rankings of seventh by Trackwrestling and 11th from FloWrestling.

The Alburnett, Iowa, native is undefeated so far this season with a 10-0 record, winning five matches by technical fall and three by pin. Sloan is coming off a 2019-20 season in which he posted a 21-6 overall record and was an NCAA qualifier. He capped his first season in the lineup with an All-America selection by the National Wrestling Coaches Association.

Also ranked in all four of the aforementioned polls is sophomore 133-pounder Zach Price, who vaulted 10-plus spots in the Trackwrestling and FloWrestling polls after downing a pair of higher-ranked opponents on the opening weekend of competition. With a 5-2 record so far this season, Price currently holds a 12th-place ranking from WIN Magazine and is No. 17 in the Trackwrestling polls, followed by standings of 18th in the FloWrestling rankings and 20th with Intermat.

Sophomore Clay Carlson moved into the Intermat rankings this week at No. 19, a position he also holds in rankings by FloWrestling and Trackwrestling.

Meanwhile, redshirt freshman Cade DeVos continued to be ranked in the 157-pound division with showings of 16th by Trackwrestling and 19th by FloWrestling despite losses to a pair of higher-ranked opponents.

Moving back into the Trackwrestling rankings at 125 pounds this week was senior Danny Vega at No. 33. Vega carries a five-match winning streak into Sunday’s triangular.

The Jackrabbits also cracked the team rankings for the first time this season, checking in at No. 23 in the Intermat dual rankings. SDSU also is among the team’s receiving votes in the NWCA Division I Coaches Poll.

A LOOK AHEAD: The Jackrabbits are scheduled to wrap up dual competition by hosting a multi-team event Feb. 13 at Frost Arena. SDSU is slated to wrestle Utah Valley at 11 a.m., followed by a rematch with Air Force at 1 p.m. North Dakota State also will be competing in the event, which will feature a number of extra matches throughout the day.

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