South Dakota State 29, Utah Valley 12

Jacks run winning streak to seven

Led by pins from Connor Gaynor and Tanner Sloan, the South Dakota State wrestling team ran its dual winning streak to seven matches with a 29-12 victory over Utah Valley Friday night at Frost Arena.

The 18th-ranked Jackrabbits improved to 8-2 overall and 2-0 against Big 12 Conference opponents. UVU dropped to 1-6 overall and 1-3 versus league foes.

SDSU got out of the gates quickly, building a 14-0 lead through the first three matches. Alek Martin started off with a 9-7, sudden victory over Isaiah Delgado in the 149-pound weight class. Martin trailed 5-2 through two periods before forcing overtime by scoring on a reversal and takedown, with the tying point coming on a riding-time advantage. Martin then scored on a takedown 24 seconds into the extra session.

Redshirt freshmen Cael Swensen and Gaynor followed with bonus-point wins for the Jackrabbits. Swensen, ranked 24th at 157 pounds, posted a 15-0 technical fall over Kyler Lake for his ninth win in his last ten matches.

Gaynor, who was wrestling in a collegiate dual for the first time, needed only 48 seconds to pin the Wolverines’ Danny Snediker while filling in for 15th-ranked Tanner Cook at 165 pounds.

UVU got on the board with a victory between ranked wrestlers in the 174-pound bout as No. 7 Demetrius Romero outlasted 15th-ranked Cade DeVos, 4-2.

After Cade King closed the first half of the dual with a 3-2 decision at 184 pounds, the Jackrabbits put the dual away with victories from Sloan and A.J. Nevills, who both ran their dual records this season to 9-0. Sloan pinned Jack Forbes in 4 minutes, 55 seconds at 197 pounds, while Nevills posted a 2-0 decision over Chase Trussell.

The Wolverines won two of the final three matches, picking up a fall from Kase Mauger at 125 pounds and Ty Smith knocking off ninth-ranked Clay Carlson, 7-6, at 141 pounds.

Derrick Cardinal tallied the final victory for SDSU, notching a 5-0 decision over Kobe Nelms in the 133-pound matchup.

A small group of Jackrabbit wrestlers is expected to compete Saturday at the Worthington Open in Worthington, Minnesota. SDSU returns to dual action Sunday by hosting Wyoming in a noon start at Frost Arena.


  • The Jackrabbits took a 9-8 lead in the series dating back to the 2005-06 season
  • SDSU has won eight duals in a row in the series
  • Sloan improved to 44-4 in career dual matches
  • Attendance was 812

South Dakota State 29, Utah Valley 12
149: Alek Martin (SDSU) dec. Isaiah Delgado (UVU), 9-7 [SV-1]
157: #23 Cael Swensen (SDSU) tech. fall Kyler Lake (UVU), 15-0 [6:49]
165: Connor Gaynor (SDSU) def. Danny Snediker (UVU), by fall 0:48
174: #7 Demetrius Romero (UVU) dec. #15 Cade DeVos (SDSU), 4-2
184: #17 Cade King (SDSU) dec. Hunter Morse (UVU), 3-2
197: #12 Tanner Sloan (SDSU) def. Jack Forbes (UVU), by fall 4:55
285: #14 A.J. Nevills (SDSU) dec. Chase Trussell (UVU), 2-0
125: Kase Mauger (UVU) def. #26 Tanner Jordan (SDSU), by fall 3:50
133: Derrick Cardinal (SDSU) dec. Kobe Nelms (UVU), 5-0
141: Ty Smith (UVU) dec. #9 Clay Carlson (SDSU), 7-6

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