INDIANAPOLIS — South Dakota State wrestlers Danny Vega and Zach Price each moved up two spots in their respective weight classes as the second installment of the NCAA Coaches Panel rankings were revealed Thursday.
Vega, a senior from Tucson, Arizona, rose to No. 24 in the 125-pound rankings. He has won 12 matches in a row and enters next week’s Big 12 Wrestling Championship with a 12-4 overall record.
A sophomore from Johnston, Iowa, Price upped his ranking to No. 13 at 133 pounds after a ranking of 15th two weeks ago. He has won eight consecutive matches to finish the regular season with an 11-2 overall mark.
Sophomore Tanner Cook continues to lead the contingent of six ranked Jackrabbit wrestlers with a fifth-place showing in the 197-pound rankings. The Alburnett, Iowa, native, who is on the watch list for the 2021 Hodge Trophy, is undefeated at 13-0, racking up six wins by technical fall, three by fall and two by major decision.
Other Jackrabbits in the top 20 of their respective weight classes are sophomore 141-pounder Clay Carlson and redshirt freshman Cade DeVos in the 157-pound division. Carlson, from Willmar, Minnesota, shares the team lead in victories with a 13-4 record and is 16th in the panel rankings.
DeVos, a native of Altoona, Iowa, has posted an 11-7 record in his first season in the lineup en route to a No. 19 ranking.
Completing the Jackrabbits’ list of ranked wrestlers is sophomore 174-pounder Cade King, who stands 32nd with a 9-7 overall mark.
SDSU will compete next at the Big 12 Conference Wrestling Championship March 6-7 at BOK Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The two-day meet serves as the qualifying tournament for the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships in mid-March. The first three sessions of the Big 12 tournament will be available for viewing on ESPN+, with the finals airing on ESPN2.