Oklahoma 16 South Dakota State 15

SDSU wrestlers edged by Sooners

NORMAN, Okla. — All 10 matches in Sunday’s Big 12 Conference wrestling dual between No. 23 South Dakota State and 25th-ranked Oklahoma went the distance with each team claiming five bouts. However, the Sooners were awarded the decisive point on criteria to pull out the 16-15 victory at McCasland Field House.

Oklahoma improved to 8-5 overall and 3-4 in the Big 12, while the Jackrabbits dropped to 10-4 overall and 3-2 in conference duals.

SDSU held its only lead of the day after winning two of the first three matches. Jackrabbit newcomer Gabriel Tagg knocked off 15th-ranked Anthony Madrigal, 7-1, in the 133-pound matchup, while ninth-ranked Clay Carlson posted a 9-5 decision over Jacob Butler at 141 pounds.

Oklahoma then put together a four-match winning streak to build a 15-6 lead. After the Sooners’ Willie McDougald and Justin Thomas won back-to-back 8-3 decisions in the 149- and 157-pound matches, the next two Oklahoma victories came in matchups between ranked wrestlers.

First, No. 29 Joe Grello outlasted 30th-ranked Tanner Cook, 2-0, in the 165-pound bout. That was followed by 20th-ranked Anthony Mantanona recording a takedown in overtime for a 3-1 victory over No. 9 Cade DeVos at 174 pounds.

The Jackrabbits countered with a three-match winning streak to close out the dual, but couldn’t come away with any bonus points. Cade King toughed out a 4-3 victory over Keegan Moore at 184 pounds to start the run and 12th-ranked Tanner Sloan came through with a 2-0 shutout of seventh-ranked Jake Woodley.

That left the fate of the dual in the hands of the heavyweights — SDSU’s 20th-ranked A.J. Nevills and No. 28 Josh Heindselman of Oklahoma. Both wrestlers scored on escapes in regulation to send the match to overtime tied at 1. After an additional two-minute period yielded no points, Nevills earned the 2-1 victory in a tiebreaker after riding out the full 30 seconds in his portion working from the top, and then coming up with an escape in the second half.

Oklahoma was awarded the decisive team point on criteria by outscoring the Jackrabbits by a 39-33 count in the 10 matches.

UP NEXT: The Jackrabbits return home for a three-match homestand to close out the dual season. South Dakota State hosts Northern Colorado at 7 p.m. Friday at Frost Arena to kick off the stretch run.


  • Oklahoma leads the all-time series, 5-3, and has won the last two meetings
  • Carlson improved to 24-3 overall and 12-2 in duals this season
  • Grello defeated Cook for the second time this season, with the first matchup coming in December at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational
  • Sloan won his ninth match in a row to improve to 14-4 overall and 8-1 in duals
  • Sloan has won 19 of his last 20 dual matches over the last two seasons
  • Nevills improved to 11-3 in dual matches this season

No. 25 Oklahoma 16, No. 23 South Dakota State 15
125 | #24 Joey Prata (OU) dec. Tanner Jordan (SDSU), 8-2
133 | Gabriel Tagg (SDSU) dec. #15 Anthony Madrigal (OU), 7-1
141 | #9 Clay Carlson (SDSU) dec. Jacob Butler (OU), 9-5
149 | #21 Willie McDougald (OU) dec. Daniel Kimball (SDSU), 8-3
157 | #14 Justin Thomas (OU) dec. Kenny O’Neil (SDSU), 8-3
165 | #29 Joe Grello (OU) dec. #30 Tanner Cook (SDSU), 2-0
174 | #20 Anthony Mantanona (OU) dec. #9 Cade DeVos (SDSU), 3-1 [SV-1]
184 | #33 Cade King (SDSU) dec. Keegan Moore (OU), 4-3
197 | #12 Tanner Sloan (SDSU) dec. #7 Jake Woodley (OU), 2-0
285 | #20 A.J. Nevills (SDSU) dec. #28 Josh Heindselman (OU), 2-1 [TB-1]

Extra Matches
141 | Zack Zeamer (OU) dec. Caleb Gross (SDSU), 4-2
197 | Jake Boyd (OU) def. Nick Casperson (SDSU, by fall 2:40

Don Parker Open
In other weekend competition for the Jackrabbit wrestling team, three South Dakota State wrestlers claimed individual titles at the Don Parker Open in Eau Claire, Wisconsin.

Freshman Alek Martin moved up a weight class to 157 pounds and came away with a 5-0 record, including a pin. Martin claimed the title with an 11-3 major decision over St. Cloud State’s Blake Legred.

Also winning event titles were 197-pounder Cody Donnelly and heavyweight Bowen McConville. Donnelly won all four of his matches by fall — three of which were in the first period — while McConville won each of his first three matches by pin before being awarded a medical forfeit for the championship.

Rounding out the Jackrabbit effort was 184-pounder Sam Kruger with a third-place finish. The Winner native posted a 4-1 record on the day with pair of wins by fall.

Don Parker Blugold Open Results

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