South Dakota State wrestling turning a corner under coach Damion Hahn

BROOKINGS – Tanner Sloan took the mat for his 197-pound match Friday night at Frost Arena with his South Dakota State Jackrabbits, the 23rd-ranked wrestling team in the nation, trailing West Virginia 16-14 with two matches left in their Big 12 dual.

A win would give SDSU a slight lead. Bonus points would be, well, a bonus. A pin would give the Jacks and 285-pounder AJ Nevills some breathing room, not to mention bring the crowd of 1,406 to life and build on the momentum created one match earlier when Cade King scored a late two-point takedown to steal a 5-3 win in the 184-pound match.

“I had to step away for a little bit, there,” Sloan admitted. “Get back and calm myself down. The coaches were just saying to me, ‘Breathe. One point at a time.’ I knew once I got out there it’d take care of itself.”

Sloan was right. Continue reading at →