ST. LOUIS – South Dakota State’s Clay Carlson secured All-America honors in dramatic fashion Friday night at the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships held at Enterprise Center.
A sophomore from Willmar, Minnesota, Carlson led 3-1 through two periods in his matchup against Real Woods of Stanford. Woods escaped early in the final period and appeared to take an 8-3 lead after being awarded a takedown and four-point near-fall.
After a lengthy video review, however, Woods was ruled to have used an illegal hold, which negated the sequence and awarded a point to Carlson for a 4-2 lead. On the restart, though, Woods came up with a takedown to tie the match at 4-all with about a minute remaining in regulation.
Carlson then came up with a flurry of his own, starting with an escape just before Woods’ riding-time advantage reached a minute. He then recorded a takedown of Woods and followed with a four-near-fall in the waning seconds for an 11-4 victory, ensuring a top-eight placing.
Later in the session, Carlson met Dylan Duncan of Illinois. In a closely contested matchup, Duncan came away with a 3-2 decision to send Carlson into a seventh-place matchup Saturday morning against Zachary Sherman of North Carolina.
Carlson is the first Jackrabbit wrestler to earn All-America honors since Seth Gross, David Kocer and Luke Zilverberg in 2018. Gross won the 133-pound national title that year.
Two other Jackrabbits had their All-America bids end one win shy in Friday’s evening session.
At 133 pounds, Zach Price lost a 9-4 decision to eighth-seeded Chris Cannon of Northwestern. Later in the session, Tanner Sloan was ousted from the tournament with a 9-1 loss to Penn State’s Michael Beard.
Saturday’s medal round begins at 10 a.m.
125: #22 Danny Vega, Sr., Tucson, Arizona (1-2 record)
- lost to #11 Dylan Ragusin, Michigan, by dec., 13-10
- def. #27 Gage Curry, American, by tech. fall, 21-4 [6:12]
- lost to #12 Michael DeAugustino, Northwestern, by dec., 8-6
Vega ends season with 15-8 overall record
133: #14 Zach Price, So., Johnston, Iowa (3-2 record)
- def. #19 Chance Rich, CSU Bakersfield, by dec., 4-2 [SV-1]
- lost to #3 Korbin Myers, Virginia Tech, by dec., 6-4
- def. #29 Paul Bianchi, Little Rock, by dec., 6-2
- def. #21 Jared Van Vleet, Air Force, by dec., 8-4
- lost to #8 Chris Cannon, Northwestern, by dec., 9-4
Price ends the season with 17-6 overall record
141: #15 Clay Carlson, So., Willmar, Minnesota (4-2 record)
- def. #18 Parker Filius, Purdue, by dec., 7-6
- lost to #2 Nick Lee, Penn State, by major dec., 14-3
- def. #32 Cayden Rooks, Indiana, by fall 2:59
- def. #26 Colin Valdiviez, Northwestern, by major dec., 9-0
- def. #21 Real Woods, Stanford, by dec., 11-4
- lost to #14 Dylan Duncan, Illinois, by dec., 3-2
Carlson earns All-America honors; 20-8 overall record
157: #18 Cade DeVos, R-Fr., Altoona, Iowa (1-2 record)
- def. #15 Chase Saldate, Michigan State, by dec., 3-1
- lost to #2 Hayden Hidlay, North Carolina State, by tech. fall, 20-3 [5:59]
- lost to #33 Wyatt Sheets, Oklahoma State, by dec., 6-3
DeVos ends season with 14-11 overall record
197: #13 Tanner Sloan, So., Alburnett, Iowa (3-2 record)
- def. #20 Max Shawn, North Carolina, by dec., 4-2
- lost to #4 A.J. Ferrari, Oklahoma State, by dec., 5-0
- def. #14 Greg Bulsak, Clarion, by dec., 6-3
- def. #12 Lucas Davison, Northwestern, by dec., 8-2
- lost to #15 Michael Beard, Penn State, by major dec., 9-1
Sloan ends season with 17-4 overall record