INDIANAPOLIS – Tanner Sloan is the highest-seeded South Dakota State wrestler heading into next week’s NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships, holding the 13th spot in the 197-pound weight class as seedings and pairings for the three-day tournament were announced Wednesday.
A sophomore from Alburnett, Iowa, Sloan enters the NCAA Championships as an at-large selection with a 14-2 record. He will face 20th-seeded Max Shaw of North Carolina, who has posted an 8-4 record so far this season.
Seeded 14th at 133 pounds is the Jackrabbits’ Zach Price. The Johnston, Iowa, native has a 14-4 record this season and is slated to face No. 19 Chance Rich of CSU Bakersfield, 5-2 overall, in the opening round.
At 141 pounds, Clay Carlson is seeded 15th and completes the Jackrabbit sophomore trio of national qualifiers. A native of Willmar, Minnesota, Carlson holds a 16-6 record this season and will meet 18th-seeded Parker Filius of Purdue, 7-7 overall.
Another at-large qualifier, redshirt freshman Cade DeVos is seeded 18th in the 157-pound weight class. The Altoona, Iowa, product holds a 13-9 overall record and is scheduled to square off against Michigan State’s Chris Saldate, 8-5 overall, in first-round action.
Rounding out the tournament field for the Jackrabbits is senior Danny Vega, seeded 22nd at 125 pounds. An alternate last year, Vega has compiled a 14-6 record during the 2020-21 season. He will meet No. 11 Dylan Ragusin of Michigan in opening-round competition.
The 2021 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships run March 18-20 at Enterprise Center in St. Louis.