SDSU posts two wins at Virginia Duals

HAMPTON, Va. — The South Dakota State wrestling team ran its winning streak to six with a pair of convincing victories Saturday at the Virginia Duals. The 24th-ranked Jackrabbits improved to 7-1 overall after defeating Chattanooga, 35-10, in the opener and ending the day with a 28-6 win over Maryland.

South Dakota State 35, Chattanooga 10
The Jackrabbits posted four bonus-point victories in the second half of the dual to pull away for their first win of the day.

Leading 12-7 at the halfway mark, 29th-ranked Tanner Cook kick-started the Jackrabbit run with a first-period pin of Drew Nicholson in the 165-pound matchup.

Tenth-ranked Cade DeVos followed with a 15-0 technical fall at 174 pounds, while Tanner Sloan and A.J. Nevills closed out the dual with back-to-back pins at 197 and 285 pounds, respectively.

Tanner Jordan opened the dual by receiving a forfeit for SDSU, with Clay Carlson (141 pounds) and Kenny O’Neil (157 pounds) each winning by decision. O’Neil tallied his 3-2 victory over Lincoln Heck with a takedown in the final 15 seconds of the match.

South Dakota State 28, Maryland 6
Carlson and DeVos each recorded their 20th win of the season in helping lead the Jackrabbits to a victory over a Big Ten Conference opponent for the second time in three seasons.

Carlson, ranked fifth at 141 pounds, ran his record to 20-1 with an 11-5 decision over Danny Bertoni. DeVos improved to 20-2 overall with his 11th consecutive victory, a 9-5 decision against Dominic Solis.

Kimball followed Carlson’s victory with an 8-0 major decision versus Michael North.

O’Neil notched his second win of the day with a 7-0 decision versus Lucas Cordio in the 157-pound matchup. Newcomer Gabriel Tagg also won by decision at 133 pounds for the Jackrabbits, as did Sloan and Nevills. Sloan, ranked 21st, earned a 6-2 victory over No. 31 Jaron Smith at 197 pounds, while the 23rd-ranked Nevills outlasted 26th-ranked Zach Schrader, 2-1, in the heavyweight bout.

Jordan picked up his second win by forfeit on the day to round out the scoring for SDSU.

UP NEXT: The Jackrabbits resume dual action next Saturday (Jan. 22) at ninth-ranked Missouri. Start time is set for 2 p.m. at Hearnes Center in Columbia, Missouri.


  • South Dakota State evened its all-time series against Chattanooga and Maryland at one win apiece
  • Prior to Saturday, the Jackrabbits’ most recent win over a Big Ten foe was a 19-17 victory against Michigan State at the South Beach Duals during the 2019-20 season
  • The Jackrabbits’ current six-match winning streak is their longest since a school-record 14 dual wins in a row during the 2017-18 campaign
  • Kimball suffered his first dual loss of the season in the opener (now 5-1 at 149 pounds)
  • Carlson (8-0) and DeVos (7-0) remained unbeaten in duals this season

125: Tanner Jordan (SDSU) won by forfeit
133: #21 Brayden Palmer (CHATT) major dec. Gabriel Tagg (SDSU), 12-0
141: #5 Clay Carlson (SDSU) dec. Franco Valdes (CHATT), 6-2
149: Noah Castillo (CHATT) dec. Daniel Kimball (SDSU), 8-3
157: Kenny O’Neil (SDSU) dec. Lincoln Heck (CHATT), 3-2
165: #29 Tanner Cook (SDSU) def. Drew Nicholson (CHATT), by fall 1:24
174: #10 Cade DeVos (SDSU) tech. fall Carial Tarter (CHATT), 15-0 (5:26)
184: Matthew Waddell (CHATT) dec. Cade King (SDSU), 6-0
197: #21 Tanner Sloan (SDSU) def. Nick Benton (CHATT), by fall 3:33
285: #23 A.J. Nevills (SDSU) def. Grayson Walthall (CHATT), by fall 1:54

125: Tanner Jordan (SDSU) won by forfeit
133: Gabriel Tagg (SDSU) dec. King Sandoval (MARY), 6-4
141: #5 Clay Carlson (SDSU) dec. Danny Bertoni (MARY), 11-5
149: Daniel Kimball (SDSU) major dec. Michael North (MARY), 8-0
157: Kenny O’Neil (SDSU) dec. Lucas Cordio (MARY), 7-0
165: Gaven Bell (MARY) dec. #29 Tanner Cook (SDSU), 12-8
174: #10 Cade DeVos (SDSU) dec. Dominic Solis (MARY), 9-5
184: #12 Kyle Cochran (MARY) dec. Cade King (SDSU), 4-0
197: #21 Tanner Sloan (SDSU) dec. #31 Jaron Smith (MARY), 6-2
285: #23 A.J. Nevills (SDSU) dec. #26 Zach Schrader (MARY), 2-1

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