South Dakota State 26, Air Force 16

Jackrabbits’ winning streak reaches 10

U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. — Pins by Cade DeVos and Tanner Jordan in the first half of the dual lifted South Dakota State to its 10th consecutive win, a 26-16 victory over Air Force Sunday afternoon at Clune Arena.

The 18th-ranked Jackrabbits improved to 11-2 overall and 5-0 in the Big 12 Conference. Air Force dropped to 7-2 in duals, including a 3-2 record in the Big 12.

With the dual starting at 174 pounds, the 15th-ranked DeVos ignited a fast start for the Jackrabbits by posting a first-period fall in his match against Gage Musser.

A 4-3 decision by Cade King at 184 pounds and a 17-0 technical fall by Tanner Sloan gave SDSU a 14-0 lead through three matches. King’s victory was his 10th in a row — all by decision during the Jackrabbits’ dual winning streak — and Sloan ran his personal winning streak to 14 matches.

Air Force got on the board with technical-fall victories in two of the next three matches. First, sixth-ranked Wyatt Hendrickson handed the Jackrabbits’ A.J. Nevills his first dual loss of the season with a 16-1 technical fall in a match that ended late in the third period. The other technical fall for the Falcons was recorded at 133 pounds by No. 21 Cody Phippen, who blanked Derrick Cardinal, 15-0, early in the third period.

In between the two Air Force victories, Jordan put Tucker Owens’ shoulders to the mat midway through the third period of their 125-pound matchup. The bout was scoreless through two periods before Jordan scored on an escape and takedown before coming away with the fall.

Adding wins by decision for the Jackrabbits in the second half of the dual were two ranked wrestlers: 141-pounder Clay Carlson and 157-pounder Cael Swensen.

SDSU is off from competition until hosting nationally ranked Oklahoma State on Feb. 10. Start time for the dual is slated for 7 p.m. at Frost Arena.


  • Air Force leads the all-time dual series by a 9-8 count
  • The Jackrabbits have won the last seven meetings
  • The Falcons’ 16 points were the most scored against SDSU during its current winning streak
  • Sloan remained unbeaten in duals this season at 11-0 and improved to 46-4 in career dual matches
  • Swensen also is 10-0 during the Jackrabbits’ dual winning streak
  • SDSU posted its seventh double-digit winning streak in program history and its first since a school-record 14-match win streak during the 2017-18 season

#18 South Dakota State 26, Air Force 16
174: #15 Cade DeVos (SDSU) def. Gage Musser (AF), by fall 2:22
184: #17 Cade King (SDSU) dec. Noah Blake (AF), 4-3
197: #11 Tanner Sloan (SDSU) tech. fall Calvin Sund (AF), 17-0 [5:00]
285: #6 Wyatt Hendrickson (AF) tech. fall #13 A.J. Nevills (SDSU), 16-1 [6:46]
125: #30 Tanner Jordan (SDSU) def. Tucker Owens (AF), by fall 6:10
133: #21 Cody Phippen (AF) tech. fall Derrick Cardinal (SDSU), 15-0 [5:13]
141: #10 Clay Carlson (SDSU) dec. Garrett Kuchan (AF), 13-7
149: Dylan Martinez (AF) dec. Alek Martin (SDSU), 3-1
157: #19 Cael Swensen (SDSU) dec. Jack Ganos (AF), 8-4
165: Giano Petrucelli (AF) dec. Connor Gaynor (SDSU), 3-0

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