Jackrabbit Tournament Run Ends

DETROIT, Mich. — Clay Carlson’s quest to earn All-America honors for the second year in a row came up one win short Friday night at the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships at Little Caesars Arena.

A junior 141-pounder who placed eighth in the weight class last season, Carlson advanced to the so-called “Blood Round” with a pair of overtime victories earlier in the day. The native of Willmar, Minnesota, avenged a pair of losses earlier in the season to Missouri’s Allan Hart by pulling out a 7-5 victory in his first match of the day, followed by a 2-1 sudden victory against North Carolina State’s Ryan Jack to close out the morning session.

Carlson trailed Hart, 3-1, entering the third period, but managed to tie the match at 5-all with a takedown late in regulation. Carlson then came up with the decisive takedown midway through the extra session for the win.

Against Jack, the two wrestlers traded escapes in the second and third periods for the only scoring during regulation. Carlson was awarded the tie-breaking point in overtime on a stalling call after a takedown attempt by the Jackrabbit wrestler.

In the evening session, Carlson was matched up against a fellow returning All-American in third-seeded Sebastian Rivera of Rutgers. Rivera scored on a takedown in the first period and built up a healthy advantage in riding time before adding to his lead with an escape to open the second stanza.

Carlson countered with his lone takedown of the match late in the second period to draw to within 3-2, but Rivera recorded another takedown off a neutral start in the final period and capped his 6-2 decision with a point for riding time.

With a 3-2 record in the tournament, Carlson ended his season with a 33-6 overall record.

Three other Jackrabbits were eliminated from contention with losses in Friday’s morning session to finish the tournament with 1-2 marks.

At 174 pounds, Cade DeVos was knocked out by Missouri’s Peyton Mocco, 6-2. It was DeVos’ second loss of the postseason to Mocco, with the first coming two weeks ago in the semifinals of the Big 12 Wrestling Championship. A sophomore from Altoona, Iowa, DeVos wrapped up the season with a 30-9 record.

Tanner Sloan went to overtime in his match against 11th-seeded Thomas Penola of Purdue. Sloan led 4-0 after one period with a takedown and two-point near-fall, but Penola gained the momentum in the second period to rally to tie the match at 8-all at the end of regulation. In the overtime period, Penola came up with another takedown that was confirmed by video review to pull out a 10-8 victory.

A three-time NCAA qualifier from Alburnett, Iowa, Sloan ended his junior season with a 21-7 record.

Jackrabbit heavyweight A.J. Nevills bowed out of the tournament with a 13-1 setback at the hands of fifth-seeded and Big 12 champion Wyatt Hendrickson. Nevills, a junior from Clovis, California, closed his first season at South Dakota State with a 28-13 mark.

Complete SDSU Results

141: #7 Clay Carlson, Jr., Willmar, Minn. (3-2 record)
• lost by dec. to #26 Frankie Tal-Shahar, Northwestern, 4-3
• dec. #23 Gabe Willochell, Edinboro, 10-5
• dec. #9 Allan Hart, Missouri, 7-5 [SV-1]
• dec. #18 Ryan Jack, North Carolina State, 2-1 [SV-1]
• lost by dec. to #3 Sebastian Rivera, Rutgers, 6-2

174: #12 Cade DeVos, So., Altoona, Iowa (1-2 record)
• dec. #21 Bailee O’Reilly, Minnesota, 9-2
• lost by dec. to #5 Michael Kemerer, Iowa, 9-4
• lost by dec. to #11 Peyton Mocco, Missouri, 6-2

197: #12 Tanner Sloan, Jr., Alburnett, Iowa (1-2 record)
• lost by dec. to #21 Gavin Hoffman, Ohio State, 6-4 [SV-1]
• dec. #28 Andrew Davison, Northwestern, 5-0
• lost by dec. to #11 Thomas Penola, Purdue, 10-8 [SV-1]

285: #22 A.J. Nevills, Jr., Clovis, Calif. (1-2 record)
• lost by dec. to #11 Gary Traub, Oregon State, 7-4 [TB-1]
• dec. #27 Michael Wolfgram, West Virginia, 4-3
• lost by major dec. to #5 Wyatt Hendrickson, Air Force, 13-1

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