Trio of Jacks reach CKLV semifinals

LAS VEGAS — Three South Dakota State wrestlers remain in title contention after strong showings Friday on the first day of competition at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational, which is being contested at the Westgate Paradise Event Center.

Advancing to Saturday’s semifinals after posting 3-0 records were 133-pounder Derrick Cardinal 174-pounder Cade DeVos and 197-pound top seed Tanner Sloan.

Cardinal, a sophomore from Forest Lake, Minnesota, continued his strong start to the season with three decisive victories. Seeded 13th, he opened the day by pinning Hofstra’s Dylan Acevedo in 1 minute and 55 seconds. Cardinal closed out the afternoon session with a 7-2 decision over No. 5 seed Brendan Ferretti of Navy, then came back in the evening session with a 14-3 major decision against sixth-seeded Domenic Zaccone of Campbell.

With his three victories Friday, Cardinal improved to 12-1 on the season. He is slated to face top-seeded Kai Orine of North Carolina State in the semifinal round.

DeVos, who is seeded third at 174 pounds, notched bonus-point wins in all three of his Friday matches. He opened with a 17-1 technical fall over Cal State Bakersfield’s Ryder Dearborn, then posted back-to-back major decisions against Lucas Uliano of Appalachian State (9-0) and Iowa State’s M.J. Gaitan (10-2).

A senior from Altoona, Iowa, DeVos is set to face second-seeded Carson Kharchla of Ohio State in semifinal action Saturday.

Sloan lived up to his top billing Friday by outscoring his three opponents by a 31-1 margin. He turned in a 17-1 technical fall against Virginia Tech’s Sonny Sasso to begin the day, followed by a 12-0 major decision versus Jack Wehmeyer of Columbia. A senior from Alburnett, Iowa, Sloan moved into the semifinals with a 2-0 decision against ninth-seeded Max Shaw of North Carolina.

The semifinal opponent for Sloan is Maryland’s Jaxon Smith, who is seeded fifth in the 197-pound weight class.

Also wrestling for a spot in the semifinals Friday night was seventh-seeded 125-pounder Tanner Jordan. After winning a 17-5 major decision over Cal State Bakersfield’s Richard Sandoval and recording a 9-8 decision against No. 10 Troy Sprately of Oklahoma State, Jordan met second-seeded Michael DeAugustino of Michigan in the quarterfinals. Jordan held a 2-0 lead through two periods, but DeAugustino came up with a pair of takedowns in the final stanza to hand Jordan his first loss of the season with a 6-3 decision.

Jordan wrestled again later in the evening session and stayed alive in the tournament with a dramatic comeback. The senior from St. Paris, Ohio, trailed 7-0 against Ohio State’s Brendan McCrone after one period, but got to within striking distance with an escape and takedown in the second period to cut the margin to 7-4. He then tied the match with another takedown in the third quarter and turned McCrone for the decisive four-point near-fall with under 30 seconds remaining in regulation.

In Saturday’s consolation semifinals, Jordan is scheduled to meet sixth-seeded Brandon Kaylor of Oregon State.

Overall, South Dakota State wrestlers combined for a 22-11 record on the day, with eight of nine Jackrabbits recording at least one win. Redshirt freshman Luke Rasmussen went 3-2 in the heavyweight division and sophomore 149-pounder Alek Martin also registered a 3-2 record on the day. Caleb Gross at 141 pounds and 157-pounder Cael Swensen each tallied 2-2 records.

Swensen, who was seeded eighth, won his first two matches before being upended by a pair of highly ranked wrestlers. He dropped a 10-0 major decision to top-seeded Peyton Robb in the quarterfinals, then was eliminated by third-seeded Bryce Andonian, 7-3, in the consolation round.

Despite wrestling a man down — the Jackrabbits did not enter a 184-pounder in the tournament — SDSU is in ninth place in the team standings with 57.5 points. Iowa State leads the field with 88.5 points, followed by Ohio State (86) and Nebraska (82.5).

Competition at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational resumes at noon Central (10 a.m. Pacific).


125: #7 Tanner Jordan, Sr., St. Paris, Ohio (3-1)

  • def. Richard Sandoval, Cal State Bakersfield, by major dec., 17-5
  • def. #10 Troy Sprately, Oklahoma State, by dec., 9-8
  • lost to #2 Michael DeAugustino, Michigan, by dec., 6-3
  • def. #12 Brendan McCrone, Ohio State, by dec., 11-7
  • Consolation Round of 4 – vs. Brandon Kaylor, Oregon State

133: Derrick Cardinal, So., Forest Lake, Minnesota (3-0)

  • def. Dylan Acevedo, Hofstra, by fall 1:55
  • def. #5 Brendan Ferretti, Navy, by dec., 7-2
  • def. #6 Domenic Zaccone, Campbell, by major dec., 14-3
  • Semifinal – vs. #1 Kai Orine, North Carolina State

141: Caleb Gross, Sr., Pound, Wisconsin (2-2)

  • lost to #4 Ryan Jack, North Carolina State, by dec., 4-1
  • def. Aidan Waszak, Ohio, by dec., 4-1
  • def. Jaden Pepe, Harvard, by dec., 2-1
  • lost to #12 Jason Miranda, Stanford, by major dec., 8-0
    Gross Eliminated

149: Alek Martin, So., St. Paris, Ohio (3-2)

  • def. Bryce Shelton, Air Force, by major dec., 13-2
  • lost to #3 Caleb Henson, Virginia Tech, by major dec., 11-2
  • def. Michael Zarif, Binghamton, by dec., 5-0
  • def. Noah Tapia, Hofstra, by dec., 7-0
  • lost to #5 Jackson Arrington, North Carolina State, by major dec., 11-0
    Martin Eliminated

157: #8 Cael Swensen, So., Plymouth, Minnesota (2-2)

  • def. Rhise Royster, Long Island, by dec., 9-4
  • def. #9 Joey Blaze, Purdue, by dec., 4-1 [SV-1]
  • lost to #1 Peyton Robb, Nebraska, by major dec., 10-0
  • lost to #3 Bryce Andonian, Virginia Tech, by dec., 7-3
    Swensen Eliminated

165: Connor Gaynor, So., Mokena, Illinois (0-2)

  • lost to #6 Antrell Taylor, Nebraska, by dec., 8-5
  • lost to Chance McLane, Arizona State, by medical forfeit (2:05)
    Gaynor Eliminated

174: #3 Cade DeVos, Sr., Altoona, Iowa (3-0)

  • def. Ryder Dearborn, Cal State Bakersfield, by tech. fall, 17-1
  • def. Lucas Uliano, Appalachian State, by major dec., 9-0
  • def. #6 M.J. Gaitan, Iowa State, by major dec., 10-2
  • Semifinal – vs. #2 Carson Kharchla, Ohio State

184: Open

197: #1 Tanner Sloan, Sr., Alburnett, Iowa (3-0)

  • def. Sonny Sasso, Virginia Tech, by tech. fall, 17-1
  • def. Jack Wehmeyer, Columbia, by major dec., 12-0
  • def. #9 Max Shaw, North Carolina, by dec., 2-0
  • Semifinal – vs. #5 Jaxon Smith, Maryland

285: Luke Rasmussen, R-Fr., Brookings, South Dakota (3-2)

  • lost to Jose Valdez, Northern Iowa, by major dec., 13-4
  • def. Jake Andrews, Cal State Bakersfield, by fall 2:43
  • def. Sam Alsheimer, Morgan State, by major dec., 13-0
  • def. Jack Jessen, Northwestern, by major dec., 13-3
  • lost to #10 Lewis Fernandes, Cornell, by tech. fall, 17-0
    Rasmussen Eliminated
    Note: Tournament seedings listed

TEAM STANDINGS (top 10 of 35)

  1. Iowa State – 88.5
  2. Ohio State – 86
  3. Nebraska – 82.5
  4. Cornell – 73
  5. North Carolina State – 72
  6. Oregon State – 69
  7. Michigan – 67.5
  8. Stanford – 65
  9. South Dakota State – 57.5

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