Jacks end dual season with NDSU

The South Dakota State wrestling team closes out the dual portion of its schedule Sunday afternoon by hosting rival North Dakota State.

Action in the battle for the Border Bell is set to begin at 2 p.m. at Frost Arena. The dual can be viewed online through FloWrestling.org (subscription required).

The 25th-ranked Jackrabbits enter their Senior Day dual finale with a 12-4 overall record and a 4-2 mark against Big 12 Conference foes. Jackrabbit seniors Gregory Coapstick, Dalton Lakmann, Hunter Marko, Rylee Molitor, Kenny O’Neil will be honored prior to the match.

NDSU comes into the matchup 10-3 overall and 4-3 in Big 12 duals. The Bison have won each of their last four duals.

PROBABLE STARTERS: Following are the projected Jackrabbit starters for Sunday’s dual against North Dakota State:

125: Tanner Jordan • So., St. Paris, Ohio (18-15 overall, 8-8 duals)
133: #31 Gabriel Tagg • So., Lodi, Ohio (10-3, 7-3)
or Caleb Gross • So., Pound, Wis. (10-15, 2-2)
141: #5 Clay Carlson • Jr., Willmar, Minn. (26-3, 14-2)
149: Daniel Kimball • So., Buckingham, Iowa (18-18, 7-7)
157: Kenny O’Neil • Jr., Prior Lake, Minn. (14-19, 6-10)
165: #33 Tanner Cook • So., Ilion, N.Y. (17-9, 10-5)
174: #10 Cade DeVos • So., Altoona, Iowa (25-5, 12-3)
184: #30 Cade King • Jr., Waseca, Minn. (13-7, 10-4)
or Caleb Orris • So., Clark, S.D. (5-9, 0-0)
197: #7 Tanner Sloan • Jr., Alburnett, Iowa (16-4, 10-1)
Nick Casperson • Jr., Beresford, S.D. (13-9, 4-1)
285: #23 A.J. Nevills • Jr., Clovis, Calif. (23-9, 13-3)

THE SERIES: South Dakota State and North Dakota State will meet for the 70th time in dual competition when the two programs square off Sunday. NDSU leads the all-time series between the two longtime rivals, 45-23-1, including a 15-5-1 advantage in the Division I era for both programs. The series began with a 22-9 Jackrabbit victory during the 1958-59 season.

NDSU has won the last four matchups, including both meetings last season. The Bison recorded a 21-13 victory early in the 2020-21 season at Frost Arena in which their seven victories were by a total of 11 points.

NORTH DAKOTA STATE 21, SOUTH DAKOTA STATE 13 (Jan. 10, 2021 • at Frost Arena)
125: McGwire Midkiff (NDSU) dec. Tanner Jordan (SDSU), 3-1
133: #13 Zach Price (SDSU) major dec. Kellyn March (NDSU), 13-5
141: #22 Clay Carlson (SDSU) dec. Dylan Droegemueller (NDSU), 8-6
149: Jared Van Maanen (NDSU) dec. Hunter Marko (SDSU), 4-2
157: #15 Jared Franek (NDSU) dec. #18 Cade DeVos (SDSU), 4-2 [SV-1]
165: Austin Brenner (NDSU) dec. Colten Carlson (SDSU), 6-5
174: Luke Weber (NDSU) dec. Cade King (SDSU), 6-4
184: T.J. Pottinger (NDSU) dec. Nick Casperson (SDSU), 6-5
197: #10 Tanner Sloan (SDSU) def. Michael Nelson (NDSU), by fall 6:28
285: #15 Brandon Metz (NDSU) dec. Blake Wolters (SDSU), 5-4 [TB-2]

The Bison retained the Border Bell with an 18-16 dual victory on their home mat on Feb. 7, 2021. SDSU led 11-0 through three matches before the Bison stormed back to win six of the final seven bouts — all by decision.

NORTH DAKOTA STATE 18, SOUTH DAKOTA STATE 16 (Feb. 7, 2021 • at Fargo, N.D.)
125: Danny Vega (SDSU) major dec. McGwire Midkiff (NDSU), 17-4
133: #18 Zach Price (SDSU) major dec. Kellyn March (NDSU), 10-2
141: #19 Clay Carlson (SDSU) dec. Dylan Droegemueller (NDSU), 5-3 [SV-1]
149: Jaden Van Maanen (NDSU) dec. Hunter Marko (SDSU), 4-0
157: #16 Jared Franek (NDSU) dec. #19 Cade DeVos (SDSU), 3-2
165: Luke Weber (NDSU) dec. Colten Carlson (SDSU), 6-1
174: Riley Habisch (NDSU) dec. Cade King (SDSU), 4-3
184: Michael Nelson (NDSU) dec. Nick Casperson (SDSU), 7-4
197: #11 Tanner Sloan (SDSU) tech. fall Owen Pentz (NDSU), 16-1 [5:00]
285: #17 Brandon Metz (NDSU) dec. Blake Wolters (SDSU), 5-3
Note: Rankings by FloWrestling.org

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 on Jan. 15. SDSU remains in the poll for the fifth week in a row, remaining at No. 25 in this week’s rankings after two dual wins last 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. 5 Iowa State, No. 10 Missouri, No. 12 Oklahoma State and No. 24 Oklahoma. The Jackrabbits also are ranked in a tie for fifth with Princeton in the latest NWCA?Mid-Major Division I Poll.

In addition, seven Jackrabbit wrestlers are individually ranked by a variety of wrestling organizations. Returning All-American Clay Carlson is ranked as high as fifth by FloWrestling at 141 pounds, while two-time NCAA qualifier Tanner Sloan continues his surge up the 197-pound standings with a seventh-place nod from Intermat.

Sloan enters the weekend on an 11-match winning streak.

Cade DeVos moved back into the top 10 of the 174-pound division this week with a 10th-place showing in the Intermat rankings, while A.J. Nevills checks in at No. 23 in the heavyweight division.

Tanner Cook remains in the rankings with a 33rd-place showing in the 165-pound division, while Cade King (184 pounds) holds an honorable mention ranking in this week’s FloWrestling survey.

Returning to the rankings this week is 133-pounder Gabriel Tagg at No. 31 (Intermat).

20 AND 10: Three Jackrabbit wrestlers have reached the 20-win mark so far this season and all three have also posted 10 or more wins in dual competition.

Leading the way is 141-pounder Clay Carlson with a 26-3 overall record and a 13-2 dual mark, while 174-pounder Cade DeVos is right behind at 25-5 overall. After sitting out the team’s opening dual Nov. 19 against Augustana, DeVos has turned in a 12-3 record in head-to-head competitions.

Heavyweight A.J. Nevills reached both progress points in his Jan. 28 victory against West Virginia. Nevills enters the week with a 23-9 overall mark and a 13-3 dual record in his first season in the Jackrabbit lineup.

Three other Jackrabbits reached the 10-win mark in duals last week: Tanner Cook (11-5 at 165 pounds), Cade King (10-4 at 184 pounds) and Tanner Sloan (10-1 at 197 pounds). Sloan has a career dual record of 34-4.

A LOOK AHEAD: The Jackrabbits will turn their attention to the Big 12 Wrestling Championship, which is set for March 5-6 at BOK Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

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