IRVING, Texas — Pairings for the 2021 Big 12 Wrestling Championship were announced Wednesday, with six seeded South Dakota State University wrestlers receiving opening-round byes.
One of the Jackrabbits receiving a bye was top-seeded 197-pounder Tanner Sloan. He will face the winner between eighth-seeded Kayne Hutchison of Air Force and Utah Valley’s Ashton Seely later in Saturday’s opening session. Sloan enters the two-day tournament undefeated with a 13-0 mark.
SDSU’s pair of third-seeded wrestlers, 133-pounder Zach Price and 141-pounder Clay Carlson, are both slated to wrestle in the opening round. Price, 11-2 overall, squares off against Anthony Madrigal of Oklahoma for the right to face sixth-seeded Job Greenwood of Wyoming in the second round.
Carlson, 13-4 on the season, will meet Caden Gfeller of Oklahoma State in his opening match, with a matchup against sixth-seeded Chris Sandoval of Northern Colorado at stake.
Two Jackrabbit wrestlers are unseeded in the tournament and also will wrestle in the first round. At 149 pounds, Hunter Marko is scheduled to go up against top-seeded Boo Lewallen of Oklahoma State, while 184-pounder and Brookings native Jacob Schoon drew second-seeded Tate Samuelson of Wyoming.
Also in the lower weight classes, fifth-seeded Danny Vega received a first-round bye at 125 pounds and fourth-seeded Cade DeVos has a opening-round bye in the 157-pound division. Vega awaits the winner between North Dakota State’s McGwire Midkiff and fourth-seeded Killian Cardinale of West Virginia.
DeVos is slated to face the winner between No. 5 seed Jacob Wright of Wyoming and West Virginia’s Alex Hornfeck.
In the upper weights, Colten Carlson (165 pounds), Cade King (174) and heavyweight Blake Wolters all received opening-round byes. Both Carlson and Wolters are seeded eighth and likely will face respective No. 1 seeds Travis Wittlake (Oklahoma State) and Gannon Gremmel (Iowa State) in the second round.
King is the seventh seed at 174 pounds and will await the winner between No. 2 Hayden Hastings (Wyoming) and Julie Broderson (Iowa State).
Action at the Big 12 Wrestling Championship kicks off at 11 a.m. Saturday at BOK Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The first three sessions will be streamed through Big 12 Now on ESPN+, with Sunday’s championship matches broadcast on ESPN2, starting at 5 p.m. Central.
Session I – 11 a.m. Saturday (Big 12 Now on ESPN+)
Session II – 5 p.m. Saturday (Big 12 Now on ESPN+)
Session III – 10 a.m. Sunday (Big 12 Now on ESPN+)
Session IV – 5 p.m. Sunday (ESPN2)
All times Central