SDSU ends dual season on high note

South Dakota State closed out the dual portion of its wrestling schedule Saturday by defeating Utah Valley, 22-11, at Frost Arena.

The Jackrabbits improved to 5-6 overall in duals and 2-5 against Big 12 opponents. UVU fell to 2-3 overall and 0-2 in the Big 12.

SDSU wrestlers rallied to win several close matches in the closing seconds in the early going, building a 15-0 lead in the front half of the dual. Danny Vega started the string of comeback victories, taking down Kase Mauger with about five seconds remaining for a 4-3 victory in the 125-pound matchup.

In a battle between ranked wrestlers, 15th-ranked Zach Price pulled out a hard-fought 7-5 decision over 18th-ranked Ty Smith. Price improved to 8-2 on the season.

At 141 pounds, 16th-ranked Clay Carlson trailed the Wolverines’ Stockton O’Brien, 6-2 after the first period, but came back with a big third period to score a 13-12 decision.

Hunter Marko extended the Jackrabbit winning streak to four with a 5-4 victory over Cameron Hunsaker at 149 pounds and 18th-ranked Cade DeVos followed with a 12-8 decision over Danny Snediker in the 157-pound matchup.

Utah Valley pulled to within 15-11 with three consecutive victories to open the second half of the dual as Kekana Fouret (165) and fifth-ranked Demetrius Romero (174) each scored major decisions and Hunter Morse won at 184 pounds.

Tanner Sloan sealed the dual victory for the Jackrabbits by recording a 14-1 major decision over Jacob Armstrong. Sloan, ranked fifth at 197 pounds in the NCAA coaches panel poll, remained undefeated at 13-0.

Blake Wolters closed the dual with a 2-1 overtime victory for the Jackrabbits.

Several other Jackrabbits competed in extra matches throughout the day against competitors from Utah Valley, as well as Air Force and North Dakota State. Counting the dual, SDSU wrestlers combined for a 27-21 record Saturday.

SDSU is scheduled to host the Last Chance Challenge Feb. 20 at Frost Arena. The unscored meet begins at 2 p.m.

125: Danny Vega (SDSU) dec. Kase Mauger (UVU), 4-3
133: #15 Zach Price (SDSU) dec. #18 Ty Smith (UVU), 7-5
141: #16 Clay Carlson (SDSU) dec. Stockton O’Brien (UVU), 13-12
149: Hunter Marko (SDSU) dec. #27 Cameron Hunsaker (UVU), 5-4
157: #18 Cade DeVos (SDSU) dec. Danny Snediker (UVU), 12-8
165: Kekana Fouret (UVU) major dec. Colten Carlson (SDSU), 18-10
174: #5 Demetrius Romero (UVU) major dec. #31 Cade King (SDSU), 10-2
184: Hunter Morse (UVU) dec. Jacob Schoon (SDSU), 4-1
197: #5 Tanner Sloan (SDSU) major dec. Jacob Armstrong (UVU), 14-1
285: Blake Wolters (SDSU) dec. Chase Trussell (UVU), 2-1 [TB-1]

Extra Matches
125: Dawson Collins (UVU) dec. Tanner Jordan (SDSU), 6-4
125: Dawson Collins (UVU) dec. Ethan Bowman (SDSU), 6-2
125: Danny Vega (SDSU) dec. Dawson Collins (UVU), 10-4
133: Tyson Humpherys (UVU) dec. Trayton Anderson (SDSU), 7-6
149: Jaxon Garoutte (UVU) dec. Daniel Kimball (SDSU), 8-7
149: Jaxon Garoutte (UVU) dec. Lucus Anglin (SDSU), 8-3
149: Rylee Molitor (SDSU) dec. Nick Rino (UVU), 16-12
157: Cade DeVos (SDSU) def. Brigg Hoopes (UVU), by fall 0:55
157: Jack Thomsen (SDSU) major dec. Brigg Hoopes (UVU), 21-9
174: Cade King (SDSU) major dec. Spencer Heywood (UVU), 16-6
174: Spencer Heywood (UVU) dec. Caleb Orris (SDSU), 3-1

125: Danny Vega (SDSU) tech. fall Graham Shore (AF), 19-3 [3:30]
125: Cody Phipen (AF) def. Greg Coapstick (SDSU), by fall 1:35
125: Graham Shore (AF) dec. Ethan Bowman (SDSU), 6-1
125: Graham Shore (AF) dec. Greg Coapstick (SDSU), 6-4
125: Tanner Jordan (SDSU) major dec. Graham Shore (AF), 17-8
133: Zach Price (SDSU) dec. Garrett Kuchan (AF), 8-5
133: Garrett Kuchan (AF) dec. Trayton Anderson (SDSU), 5-0
141: Clay Carlson (SDSU) major dec. Bradley Bitting (AF), 16-2
141: Daniel Kimball (SDSU) dec. Garrett Bowers (AF), 5-1
141: Caleb Gross (SDSU) dec. Garrett Bowers (AF), 2-0
141: Bradley Bitting (AF) dec. Caleb Gross (SDSU), 3-2
149: Dylan Martinez (AF) dec. Lucus Anglin (SDSU), 8-3
149: Dylan Martinez (AF) dec. Rylee Molitor (SDSU), 8-1
157: Cade DeVos (SDSU) major dec. Trey Brisker (AF), 15-4
157: Jack Thomsen (SDSU) dec. Giano Petrucelli (AF), 6-5
157: Giano Petrucelli (AF) dec. Dalton Lakmann (SDSU), 3-2
157: Jack Thomsen (SDSU) dec. Trey Brisker (AF), 6-2
165: Vincent Dolce (AF) dec. Kenny O’Neil (SDSU), 5-2
184: Sam Wolf (AF) dec. Jacob Schoon (SDSU), 10-4
184: Jacob Schoon (SDSU) def. Brock Jennings (AF), by fall 3:59
184: Jacob Schoon (SDSU) tech. fall Cole Phelps (AF), 16-0 [4:18]
184: Nick Casperson (SDSU) dec. Jimmy Weaver (AF), 5-0
184: Caleb Orris (SDSU) tech. fall Cole Phelps (AF), 16-0
184: Brock Jennings (AF) dec. Nick Casperson (SDSU), 8-4
184: Nick Casperson (SDSU) major dec. Calvin Sund (AF), 10-1
285: Wyatt Hendrickson (AF) def. Bowen McConville (SDSU), by fall 4:12

165: Kenny O’Neil (SDSU) dec. Canon Swanson (NDSU), 7-5

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