Jacks prepare for three-dual weekend

The 23rd-ranked South Dakota State University wrestling team is scheduled to square off against two ranked opponents in a three-dual weekend that includes stops in two different cities.

The Jackrabbits are slated to open the weekend with a dual Saturday at ninth-ranked Missouri. Action is set to begin at 2 p.m. at the Hearnes Center in Columbia, Missouri.

SDSU enters the weekend with a 7-1 overall dual record, including a 1-0 mark against Big 12 Conference opponents. After having their schedule Big 12 dual last weekend at Utah Valley postponed due to COVID protocols, the Jackrabbits were a last-minute addition to the field at the Virginia Duals. SDSU extended its winning streak with a pair of non-conference victories over Chattanooga and Maryland.

Mizzou, which posted a 23-14 win over Oklahoma on Thursday, holds a 7-2 dual record, including a 5-0 ledger against Big 12 foes. The 2021-22 season marks the Tigers’ first since rejoining the Big 12 in wrestling. Mizzou recently competed as a member of the Mid-American Conference after joining the Southeastern Conference in all other sports at the start of the 2012-13 athletics season.

Sunday, the scene shifts to Edwardsville, Illinois, for a triangular with a pair of MAC opponents in host SIU-Edwardsville and 25th-ranked Central Michigan. The Jackrabbits are scheduled to wrestle SIUE at 1 p.m., followed by a 3 p.m. matchup with CMU at First Community Arena.

SIUE comes into the week with an 0-8 overall record. The Cougars also had their scheduled home dual against Missouri last Sunday postponed due to COVID. CMU moved into the top 25 after improving to 5-2 in duals by sweeping the Chippewa Challenge Jan. 16 with wins over CSU Bakersfield (31-6), American (36-3), and Campbell (19-5).

THE SERIES: South Dakota State holds an 8-5-1 combined dual record against its three weekend opponents.

vs. Missouri
Mizzou leads the all-time series, 4-2, dating back to a 27-3 Jackrabbit victory during the 1961-62 season. The Tigers have won the three most recent matchups, including posting a 33-9 victory last season in Fargo, North Dakota.

In the most recent matchup, Jan. 3, 2021, Missouri recorded a pair of pins and won eight of 10 matches overall in defeating the Jackrabbits, 33-9. Keegan O’Toole at 157 pounds and Jeremiah Kent in the 184-pound matchup recorded the Tigers’ wins by fall.

Zach Price picked up the first win of the day for the Jackrabbits with an upset of 12th-ranked Matt Schmitt at 133 pounds, while Tanner Sloan notched a first-period fall over Canten Marriott in the 197-pound matchup.

#12 MISSOURI 33, SOUTH DAKOTA STATE 9 (Jan. 3, 2021 at Fargo, N.D.)
125: Connor Brown (MIZZOU) major dec. #24 Danny Vega, 14-5
133: #24 Zach Price (SDSU) dec. #12 Matt Schmitt (MIZZOU), 7-5
141: #17 Allan Hart (MIZZOU) major dec. #25 Clay Carlson (SDSU), 14-4
149: #3 Brock Mauller (MIZZOU) dec. Hunter Marko (SDSU), 8-2
157: Keegan O’Toole (MIZZOU) def. #17 Cade DeVos (SDSU), by fall 2:10
165: #18 Peyton Mocco (MIZZOU) major dec. Kenny O’Neil (SDSU), 11-1
174: Sean Harman (MIZZOU) dec. Cade King (SDSU), 10-4
184: #24 Jeremiah Kent (MIZZOU) def. Nick Casperson (SDSU), by fall 1:47
197: #10 Tanner Sloan (SDSU) def. Canten Marriott (MIZZOU), by fall 2:37
285: #8 Zach Elam (MIZZOU) dec. Blake Wolters (SDSU), 6-0

vs. SIUE
Sunday’s dual against SIUE will mark the eighth time the Jackrabbits and Cougars have met on the wrestling mat. SDSU holds a 5-1-1 advantage in the series, which began with a 23-23 tie during the 2009-10 season.

The Jackrabbits have claimed the last four meetings, including a 34-9 victory in Edwardsville during the 2016-17 season.

SIUE’s lone win in the series was an 18-12 triumph on Dec. 12, 2010, in Brookings.

#19 SOUTH DAKOTA STATE 34, SIUE 9 (Jan. 28, 2017, at Edwardsville, Ill.)
125: Freddie Rodriguez (SIUE) tech. fall Ben Gillette (SDSU), 21-6 (7:00)
133: #2 Seth Gross (SDSU) major dec. John Muldoon (SIUE), 19-5
141: Henry Pohlmeyer (SDSU) dec. Trevor Feagans (SIUE), 9-2
149: #20 Alex Kocer (SDSU) major dec. John Fahy (SIUE), 15-2
157: Logan Peterson (SDSU) def. Karsten Van Velsor (SIUE) by fall 1:35
165: Luke Zilverberg (SDSU) major dec. Clayton Bass (SIUE), 9-1
174: #15 David Kocer (SDSU) dec. Jake Residori (SIUE), 5-1
184: Zac Carlson (SDSU) tech. fall Jake Godinez (SIUE), 16-1 (5:25)
197: #7 Nate Rotert (SDSU) tech. fall Jake Tindle (SIUE), 20-5 (6:53)
285: Jake McKiernan (SIUE) major dec. Alex Macki (SDSU), 10-0

vs. Central Michigan
The matchup with Central Michigan will be only the second time the Jackrabbits and Chippewas have met on the wrestling mat in dual action, but both meetings will have been with both teams nationally ranked.

South Dakota State claimed the initial matchup, 23-16, on Dec. 8, 2017, at Frost Arena. The Jackrabbits won six of the 10 bouts, including the last two, to pull out the victory.

#17 SOUTH DAKOTA STATE 23, #18 CENTRAL MICHIGAN 16 (Dec. 8, 2017, at Frost Arena)
125: Connor Brown (SDSU) dec. Drew Hildebrandt (CMU), 5-3
133: #1 Seth Gross (SDSU) major dec. Dresden Simon (CMU), 16-2
141: #9 Mason Smith (CMU) dec. Henry Pohlmeyer (SDSU, 5-4
149: Justin Oliver (CMU) major dec. Colten Carlson (SDSU), 10-2
157: #11 Luke Zilverberg (SDSU) def, Blake Montrie (CMU), by fall 3:24
165: Logan Parks (CMU) def. Zach Carlson (SDSU) by fall 0:53
174: #9 David Kocer (SDSU) dec. Christian Brucki (CMU), 10-5
184: #15 Jordan Ellingwood (CMU) dec. Brady Ayers (SDSU), 9-4
197: #6 Nate Rotert (SDSU) major dec. Jordan Atienza (CMU), 16-5
285: Alex Macki (SDSU) dec. Matt Stencel (CMU), 7-5

RABBITS RANKED: For the first time in three seasons, the South Dakota State University wrestling team is nationally ranked. The Jackrabbits cracked the NWCA Division I Coaches Poll by checking in at No. 24 in the Jan. 11 rankings, then moved up one spot to 23rd after winning twice at the Virginia Duals over the weekend.

SDSU was last ranked in the poll in November 2018. The Jackrabbits are one of five Big 12 squads in this week’s poll, joining No. 4 Oklahoma State, No. 9 Missouri, No. 10 Iowa State, and No. 20 Oklahoma. North Dakota State is receiving votes.

In addition, five Jackrabbit wrestlers are individually ranked by various wrestling organizations. Returning All-American Clay Carlson is ranked as high as fifth by FloWrestling at 141 pounds, while Cade DeVos is ranked 10th in the 174-pound division by Intermat and The Open Mat. Two-time NCAA qualifier Tanner Sloan holds the No. 21 spot in the Intermat rankings at 197 pounds, with A.J. Nevills ranked 23rd by FloWrestling in the heavyweight division.

Tanner Cook rounds out the individual rankings with a 32nd-place showing in the 165-pound rankings conducted by Intermat.

The Jackrabbits also are ranked third in the first NWCA Mid-Major Division I Poll of the season. Lehigh holds the top spot, followed by Cornell. Rival North Dakota State is right behind SDSU in the fourth spot.

UNDEFEATED IN DUALS: Two regulars in the Jackrabbit starting lineup will put their undefeated records in duals on the line this weekend as they potentially face tough rematches in the opener against Missouri.

Clay Carlson leads the SDSU contingent with a perfect 8-0 mark in duals so far this season at 141 pounds. The junior from Willmar, Minnesota, suffered his only loss of the season thus far against Mizzou’s Allan Hart, falling by a 4-2 decision in the semifinals of the Southern Scuffle on Jan. 2.

Cade DeVos stands at 7-0 in duals after sitting out the Nov. 19 season opener against Augustana. The 174-pounder is tied with Carlson for most overall wins on the team this season with 20 after his two victories last weekend at the Virginia Duals. DeVos has won 11 matches in a row, including a 3-2 decision over Mizzou’s Peyton Mocco in the championship of the Southern Scuffle Jan. 2 in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

A LOOK AHEAD: The Jackrabbits return home for a Jan. 28 dual against West Virginia. Start time for the Big 12 Conference matchup is set for 7 p.m. at Frost Arena.

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