Carlson, Devos take third at Big 12 Champs

TULSA, Okla. — Clay Carlson and Cade DeVos each finished with third-place showings in their respective weight classes to lead the South Dakota State wrestling team during competition Sunday afternoon at the Big 12 Wrestling Championship at the BOK Center.

A senior from Willmar, Minnesota, Carlson received a forfeit prior to his scheduled consolation semifinal against Oklahoma’s Mosha Schwartz, then outlasted Iowa State’s Casey Swiderski in the third-place match. In what was a rematch from the opening round, Carlson and Swiderski ended regulation and the first overtime session tied at 2-all. Both wrestlers recorded escapes in the set of 30-second tiebreakers, but Carlson was awarded the decisive point on the merits of a one-second advantage in riding time.

DeVos, a junior from Altoona, Iowa, avenged a loss during the regular season to Oklahoma’s Tate Picklo with a convincing 6-1 decision in the consolation semifinals. DeVos was slated to meet Utah Valley’s Demetrius Romero in the third-place matchup, but Romero withdrew from the tournament to put DeVos on the podium in the third spot.

Redshirt freshman Cael Swensen added a fifth-place finish for the Jackrabbits at 157 pounds. He dropped a 5-4 decision to Jason Kraisser of Iowa State to open the day, then came back with a 5-2 decision over Jared Hill, defeating the Oklahoma wrestler for the second time in the tournament.

Heavyweight A.J. Nevills also lost in the consolation semifinals, dropping a 2-0 decision to Northern Iowa’s Tyrell Gordon. Nevills was injured in the closing seconds of that match and withdrew from the tournament to close out his championship run with a sixth-place finish.

Other Jackrabbits to post top-eight finishes were Cade King, seventh at 184 pounds, and Tanner Cook, eighth in the 165-pound class. King did not wrestle a contested match Sunday, while Cook dropped an 8-3 decision to Oklahoma’s Gerrit Nijenhuis.

The Jackrabbits remain in fifth place in the team standings heading into Tanner Sloan’s 197-pound championship match Sunday night with 86.5 points. Defending champion Missouri holds the top spot with 144 points, followed by Oklahoma State (125), Iowa State (121) and Oklahoma (97.5). North Dakota State is in sixth with 85 points.

Sunday’s championship matches are slated for 8 p.m. and will be televised on ESPNU.


125 | #6 Tanner Jordan, Jr., St. Paris, Ohio (1-2 record)
• def. Devin Garcia, California Baptist, by fall 4:28
• lost to #3 Noah Surtin, Missouri, by major dec., 13-2
• lost to Corey Cabanban, Iowa State, by dec., 5-2
Jordan eliminated

133 | Derrick Cardinal, R-Fr., Forest Lake, Minnesota (1-2 record)
• dec. #7 McGwire Midkiff, North Dakota State, 4-2
• lost to #2 Kyle Biscoglia, Northern Iowa, by major dec., 12-2
• lost to Garrett Ricks, Wyoming, by dec., 3-2
Cardinal eliminated

141 | #5 Clay Carlson, Sr., Willmar, Minnesota (4-1 record)
• dec. Casey Swiderski, Iowa State, 6-3
• lost to #4 Carter Young, Oklahoma State, by dec., 4-2
• def. Christian Nunez, California Baptist, by fall 4:48
• dec. #8 Jordan Titus, West Virginia, 4-3
• dec. Casey Swiderski, Iowa State, 4-3 [TB-1]
Third Place — National Qualifier

149 | Alek Martin, R-Fr., St. Paris, Ohio (0-2 record)
• lost to #2 Colin Realbuto, Northern Iowa, by dec., 8-2
• lost to Isaiah Delgado, Utah Valley, by dec., 5-4
Martin eliminated

157 | #4 Cael Swensen, R-Fr., Plymouth, Minnesota (3-2 record)
• dec. Nolan Miller-Johnston, California Baptist, 3-0
• dec. Jared Hill, Oklahoma, 6-3
• lost to #1 Jared Franek, North Dakota State, by dec., 3-2
• lost to #7 Jason Kraisser, Iowa State, by dec., 5-4
• dec. Jared Hill, Oklahoma, 5-2
Fifth Place — National Qualifier

165 | #7 Tanner Cook, Jr., Ilion, New York (2-3 record)
• def. Seamus Casey, Air Force, by fall 3:42
• lost to #2 Keegan O’Toole, Missouri, by major dec., 12-2
• def. #8 Baylor Fernandes, Northern Colorado, by fall 4:30
• lost to Cole Moody, Wyoming, by major dec., 2-1
• lost to #5 Gerrit Nijenhuis, Oklahoma, by dec., 8-3
Eighth Place — National Qualifier

174 | #6 Cade DeVos, Jr., Altoona, Iowa (3-1 record)
• Received first-round bye
• lost to #3 Sam Wolf, Air Force, by dec., 3-2
• dec. Andrew Berreyesa, Northern Colorado, 6-3
• dec. Julien Broderson, Iowa State, 3-2
• dec. #5 Tate Picklo, Oklahoma, 6-1
Third Place — National Qualifier

184 | #7 Cade King, Sr., Waseca, Minnesota (1-2 record)
• lost to Noah Blake, Air Force, by dec., 3-1 [SV-1]
• dec. #8 Anthony Carman, West Virginia, 1-0
• lost to #5 D.J. Parker, North Dakota State, by dec., 3-0
Seventh Place

197 | #1 Tanner Sloan, Sr., Alburnett, Iowa (3-0 record)
• def. Caden Gerlach, California Baptist, by fall 3:37
• def. Carson Berryhill, Oklahoma, by fall 3:56
• major dec. #4 Luke Surber, Oklahoma State, 12-1
• vs. #2 Rocky Elam, Missouri
National Qualifier

285 | #4 A.J. Nevills, Sr., Clovis, California (2-2 record)
• dec. Juan Mora, North Dakota State, 6-4 [SV-1]
• dec. #5 Michael Wolfgram, West Virginia, 3-2
• lost to #1 Wyatt Hendrickson, Air Force, by technical fall, 16-1 (5:35)
• lost to #7 Tyrell Gordon, Northern Iowa, by dec., 2-0
Sixth Place — National Qualifier

Missouri – 144.0
Oklahoma State – 125.0
Iowa State – 121.0
Oklahoma – 97.5
South Dakota State – 86.5
North Dakota State – 85.0
Northern Iowa – 69.0
Air Force – 60.5
Northern Colorado – 42.0
Wyoming – 41.0
Utah Valley 37.5
West Virginia – 34.5
California Baptist – 1.0

125: #3 Noah Surtin (Missouri) vs. #4 Stevo Poulin (Northern Colorado)
133: #1 Daton Fix (Oklahoma State) vs. #3 Zach Redding (Iowa State)
141: #1 Andrew Alirez (Northern Colorado) vs. #6 Allan Hart (Missouri)
149: #1 Brock Mauller (Missouri) vs. #3 Paniro Johnson (Iowa State)
157: #1 Jared Franek (North Dakota State) vs. #2 Kaden Gfeller (Oklahoma State)
165: #1 David Carr (Iowa State) vs. #2 Keegan O’Toole (Missouri)
174: #1 Peyton Mocco (Missouri) vs. #2 Dustin Plott (Oklahoma State)
184: #1 Parker Keckeisen (Northern Iowa) vs. #2 Marcus Coleman (Iowa State)
197: #1 Tanner Sloan (South Dakota State) vs. #2 Rocky Elam (Missouri)
285: #1 Wyatt Hendrickson (Air Force) vs. #2 Sam Schuyler (Iowa State)

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