Swensen, Rasmussen lead Jacks as runners-up

CORALVILLE, Iowa — Cael Swensen and Luke Rasmussen each recorded runner-up finishes Saturday to help lead the South Dakota State wrestling squad to a fourth-place showing in the team standings at the Soldier Salute held at Xtream Arena.

In all, seven Jackrabbits earned spots on the podium with top-eight individual finishes in the two-day event.

Swensen, a sophomore from Plymouth, Minnesota, split a pair of overtime matches Saturday in the 157-pound weight class. He opened the day with a 4-1 sudden victory over Paniro Johnson, who was wrestling unattached, in which Swensen recorded the lone takedown of the match halfway through the overtime session.

That set up a meeting with second-ranked Jared Franek of Iowa and formerly of North Dakota State. The two wrestlers were tied at 1-all through regulation, but Franek struck quickly with a takedown 10 seconds into overtime to secure a 4-1 victory and the tournament title.

A redshirt freshman from Brookings, Rasmussen advanced to the heavyweight final by outlasting Missouri’s Seth Nitzel, 17-13, during the morning session. That set up his second meeting of the season against Minnesota’s Bennett Tabor, who entered the tournament ranked 33rd. Tabor once again held the upper hand, posting a 7-2 victory over Rasmussen, who placed third in the heavyweight division at last year’s Soldier Salute.

Sophomore 149-pounder Alek Martin captured third place with a pair of wins over Iowa wrestlers on Saturday. A native of St. Paris, Ohio, Martin opened the day with a 5-2 overtime loss in the semifinals to unattached wrestler Anthony Ferrari, but countered with an 11-2 major decision against the Hawkeyes’ Joel Jesuroga later in the afternoon session.

During the evening session, Martin was matched up against Victor Voinovich of Iowa. Martin took the eighth-ranked Voinovich to overtime and came up with the winning takedown at about the midway point of the added session for a 7-4 decision and a 4-1 tournament record.

Fellow 149-pounder Daniel Kimball contributed a fifth-place finish in the weight class with a 5-2 mark. Kimball sandwiched narrow victories over North Carolina’s Wil Guida and Iowa’s Jesuroga around a 9-3 defeat at the hands of Voinovich during competition Saturday.

Freshman Brady Roark, who was competing unattached in the 125-pound weight class, notched a fifth-place finish. Both of Roark’s tournament losses in a 4-2 weekend were against 19th-ranked Patrick McKee of Minnesota, the second of which was a 9-4 setback on Saturday. Roark began the day with a 10-3 decision over Northern Iowa’s Garret Rinken.

Other placewinners for the Jackrabbits were Bowen McConville, who finished sixth at heavyweight, and Clay Carlson, seventh at 141 pounds.

Several Jackrabbit wrestlers who were eliminated during the double-elimination portion of the tournament on Friday competed in additional consolation matches on Saturday. Colin Dupill (149 pounds), Moses Espinoza-Owens (165 pounds) and Thomas Dineen (197 pounds) each posted 2-0 records on the day.

The Jackrabbits remained in fourth place among the 13 teams in the tournament, tallying 90.5 points. Iowa claimed the tournament title with 251.5 points, followed by Minnesota with 148.5 and Columbia with 102.5. North Carolina rounded out the top five with 78 points.

Soldier Salute Results

The Jackrabbits begin a two-month stretch of dual competition Thursday by taking on nationally ranked Michigan at the Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls. Start time is set for 7 p.m.


141 | #7 Clay Carlson, Sr., Willmar, Minnesota (2-2 record)
dec. Stockton O’Brien, Wyoming, 8-4
lost by dec. to #29 Vance Vombaur, Minnesota, 4-2
dec. Ben Lunn, Minnesota, 8-6
lost by dec. to Zeke Seltzer, Missouri, 5-4
Seventh Place

149 | Daniel Kimball, Sr., Buckingham, Iowa (5-2 record)
lost by major dec. to Caleb Rathjen, Iowa, 11-1
dec. Easton Hilton, Missouri, 4-1 [SV-1]
dec. Colin Dupill, SDSU-unattached, 5-4
dec. Nick Vafiadis, Navy, 4-2
dec. Wil Guida, North Carolina, 5-2
lost by dec. to #8 Victor Voinovich, Iowa, 9-3
dec. Joel Jesuroga, Iowa, 5-4
Fifth Place

149 | Alek Martin, So., St. Paris, Ohio (4-1 record)
major dec. Kaemen Smith, Navy, 18-8
dec. Wil Guida, North Carolina, 6-4
lost by dec. to Anthony Ferrari, unattached, 5-2 [SV-1]
major dec. Joel Jesuroga, Iowa, 11-2
dec. #8 Victor Voinovich, Iowa, 7-4 [SV-1]
Third Place

157 | #17 Cael Swensen, So., Plymouth, Minnesota (3-1 record)
def. Josh Yost, Virginia Military Institute, by fall 2:56
dec. Sonny Santiago, North Carolina, 8-2
dec. Paniro Johnson, unattached, 4-1 [SV-1]
lost by dec. to #2 Jared Franek, Iowa, 4-1 [SV-1]
Second Place

165 | Brock Fettig, R-Fr., Bismarck, North Dakota (2-3 record)
dec. Brant Whitaker, Missouri, 5-4
lost by tech. fall to Patrick Kennedy, Iowa, 21-4 (4:32)
lost by major dec. to Drake Rhodes, Iowa, 14-3
def. Luke Hart, Virginia Military Institute, by fall 6:37
lost by fall to Andrew Cerniglia, Navy (0:42)
Did not place

285 | Bowen McConville, Sr., Renton, Washington (3-3 record)
tech. fall Jarrett Stoner, Missouri, 17-1 (6:39)
won by medical forfeit over Brandyn Van Tassell, Nebraska (1:33)
dec. Nathan Schon, unattached, 5-1
lost by major dec. to #33 Bennett Tabor, Minnesota, 11-3
lost by dec. to Bradley Hill, Iowa, 7-4
lost by fall to Seth Nitzel, Missouri (2:28)
Sixth Place

285 | Luke Rasmussen, R-Fr., Brookings, South Dakota (3-1 record)
def. Jamier Ferere, Navy, by fall 2:19
dec. Tyler Mousaw, Virginia Military Institute, 12-6
dec. Seth Nitzel, Missouri, 17-13
lost by dec. to #33 Bennett Tabor, Minnesota, 7-2
Second Place


125 | Brady Roark, Fr., Seneca, Missouri (4-2 record)
lost by major dec. to #19 Patrick McKee, Minnesota, 23-13
tech. fall Quincy Hulverson, Minnesota, 17-1 (6:13)
major dec. Solayman Bah, Columbia, 18-6
dec. Joey Cruz, Iowa, 8-4
dec. Garret Rinken, Northern Iowa, 10-3
lost by dec. to #19 Patrick McKee, Minnesota, 9-4
Fifth Place

141 | Parker Janssen, Fr., St. Michael, Minnesota (3-3 record)
tech. fall Caden McCrary, North Carolina, 19-4 (7:00)
def. Josh Sanders, Bellarmine, by fall 1:59
lost by tech. fall to #1 Real Woods, Iowa, 16-0 (5:16)
lost by major dec. to Stockton O’Brien, Wyoming, 11-1
tech. fall Josh Sanders, Bellarmine, 18-2 (4:57)
lost by tech. fall to Ben Lunn, Minnesota, 16-0 (6:09)
Did not place

149 | Colin Dupill, Fr., Greeneville, Tennessee (4-2 record)
lost by major dec. to Wil Guida, North Carolina, 12-0
dec. Connor Alexander, North Carolina, 5-2
dec. Warren Carr, Wyoming, 7-2
lost by dec. to Daniel Kimball, South Dakota State, 5-4
dec. Nick Vafiadis, Navy, 4-1
dec. Zac Cowan, Bellarmine, 12-6
Did not place

157 | Moses Espinoza-Owens, Fr., Woods Cross, Utah (2-2 record)
lost by dec. to Andy Garr, Columbia, 2-0
dec. Logan Stotts, Iowa State, 9-5
lost by dec. to Christian Stanek, Iowa State, 4-2
dec. Gray Ortis, Bellarmine, 7-6
dec. Isaiah Fenton, unattached, 4-2
Did not place

165 | Marcus Espinoza-Owens, Fr., Woods Cross, Utah (2-3 record)
lost by major dec. to Kyle Mosher, Columbia, 8-0
major dec. Brant Whitaker, Missouri, 17-8
lost by major dec. to Connor Euton, Iowa State, 15-5
lost by fall to Isaias Estrada, North Carolina (4:37)
tech. fall Mason Collins, Navy, 17-2 (3:22)
Did not place

184 | Jared Thiry, Fr., Waterloo, Iowa (0-4 record)
lost by tech. fall to Ethan DeLeon, Nebraska, 23-2 (7:00)
lost by tech. fall to Aiden Riggins, Iowa, 16-1 (3:08)
lost by tech. fall to Quayin Short, Wyoming, 16-1 (7:00)
lost by tech. fall to Jack McGill, Columbia, 21-5 (6:29)
Did not place

197 | Thomas Dineen, Fr., Hancock, Minnesota (4-2 record)
dec. Jake Lucas, Navy, 10-8
tech. fall Dominic Thebeau, Nebraska, 21-4 (6:28)
lost by major dec. to #17 Garrett Joles, Minnesota, 15-2
lost by major dec. to Gavin Nelson, Minnesota, 13-4
def. Cole Carlucci, Iowa State, by fall 2:08
major dec. Andrew Liber, Bellarmine, 19-9
Did not place

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