South Dakota State 39, California Baptist 3

South Dakota State wrapped up a successful opening weekend of Big 12 Conference wrestling duals with a flourish in defeating California Baptist, 39-3, Sunday afternoon at Frost Arena.

The 10th-ranked Jackrabbits improved to 8-2 overall and 2-0 in conference duals in running their winning streak to five.

Leading 17-3 through six matches, the Jackrabbits closed the dual with four consecutive bonus-point victories. Fourth-ranked Cade DeVos started the streak with a 23-4 technical fall over Justin Phillips in the 174-pound matchup. DeVos registered two takedowns in each of the three periods before ending the match with a four-point near-fall at the 6:09 mark.

At 184 pounds, redshirt freshman Bennett Berge needed only 46 seconds to pin the Lancers’ Nathan Haas for the first fall of the dual.

Tanner Sloan followed with a 17-1 technical fall against Eli Sheeran in the 197-pound bout. The victory by the fifth-ranked Sloan was his fifth in a row by tech fall.

In the final match of the dual, heavyweight Luke Rasmussen gave up an early takedown to CBU’s Chris Island but countered with a reversal and put his opponent’s shoulders to the mat with a second remaining in the first period for the Jackrabbits’ second win by fall.

SDSU grabbed an early 3-0 lead as Tanner Jordan won a battle between ranked wrestlers in the 125-pound matchup. Trailing 3-2 through two periods, Jordan evened the bout with an escape early in the final stanza and then came up with the decisive takedown later in the frame before adding another point for riding time.

Redshirt freshman Logan Graf made his Jackrabbit dual debut a successful one with a 10-1 major decision against Mitchell Neiner. Graf held a 4-0 lead entering the third period before closing the match with a pair of takedowns in the final two minutes.

Clay Carlson and Alek Martin followed with respective 8-2 and 5-1 decisions to push the SDSU lead to 13-0, while 15th-ranked Cael Swensen closed the first half of the dual with a 15-2 major decision at 157 pounds against Chaz Hallmark.

Drayden Morton picked up the lone victory for the Lancers with a 4-2 decision over Tanner Cook in the 165-pound bout. After a scoreless first period, Morton got on the board in the second stanza with an escape and takedown, then fended off a takedown attempt by Cook down the stretch in the third period to secure the victory.

NOTES

  • SDSU has won both duals contested between the two squads
  • The Jackrabbits have averaged 34 team points in their five consecutive victories
  • Carlson’s victory was the 108th of his career as he moved into a tie with Mike Pankratz (1990-93) and David Kocer (2015-18) for ninth place on the SDSU career wins list
  • Sloan improved to 98-21 for his career and ran his dual win streak to 32 matches
  • Swensen also has turned in five bonus-point wins in a row with three technical falls and two major decisions
  • Attendance for the Military Appreciation Day match was 1,049

#10 South Dakota State 39, California Baptist 3
125: #17 Tanner Jordan (SDSU) dec. #28 Elijah Griffin (CBU), 7-3
133: Logan Graf (SDSU) major dec. Mitchell Neiner (CBU), 10-1
141: #25 Clay Carlson (SDSU) dec. Darren Green (CBU), 8-2
149: #20 Alek Martin (SDSU) dec. Dayne Morton (CBU), 5-1
157: #15 Cael Swensen (SDSU) major dec. Chaz Hallmark (CBU), 15-2
165: Drayden Morton (CBU) dec. #26 Tanner Cook (SDSU), 4-2
174: #4 Cade DeVos (SDSU) tech. fall Justin Phillips (CBU), 23-4 [6:09]
184: #13 Bennett Berge (SDSU) def. Nathan Haas (CBU), by fall 0:46
197: #5 Tanner Sloan (SDSU) tech. fall Eli Sheeren (CBU), 17-1 [4:19]
285: #31 Luke Rasmussen (SDSU) def. Chris Island (CBU), by fall 2:59
Note: Ranking highest between InterMat and FloWrestling

Worthington Open Recap

In other weekend action, nine SDSU wrestlers won or shared titles in their respective weight classes Saturday at the Worthington Open. All Jackrabbit wrestlers competed unattached in the tournament, which was hosted by Minnesota West Community and Technical College.

SDSU had both finalists in three different weight classes but did not have those wrestlers square off in a title bout, resulting in co-champions at 125, 141 and 197 pounds.

Brady Roark and Logan Graf shared the 125-pound title. A freshman from Seneca, Missouri, Roark won all three of his matches by technical fall and outscored his opponents by a 56-8 margin.

Graf, a redshirt freshman from Custer, advanced to the finals with wins by forfeit, fall and technical fall in his first collegiate action.

At 141 pounds, freshmen Parker Janssen and Avery Allen each compiled 4-0 records en route to a shared title. Janssen won each of his first three matches by technical fall before scoring a 5-2, sudden-victory decision over Phillip Kue of St. Cloud State in the semifinals.

Allen was equally as dominant, opening with a 12-1 major decision over Nebraska’s Tanner Frothinger before reeling off three more victories by technical fall.

The 197-pound title was shared by Cody Donnelly and freshman Thomas Dineen. Donnelly, a sophomore from Philip, earned victories by major decision, technical fall and fall to advance to the finals. Dineen, meanwhile, opened with an 8-5 decision over Sam McEnelly of Augustana before notching pins in the quarterfinal and semifinal rounds.

Also claiming a co-championship for the Jackrabbits was heavyweight Kail Wynia. A redshirt freshman from Mantorville, Minnesota, Wynia breezed into the finals with two wins by technical fall and a third victory via a first-period fall. He shared the title with Chase McCleish of the Jackrabbit Wrestling Club.

Winning outright weight-class titles were twin brothers Moses and Marcus Espinoza-Owens at 157 and 165 pounds, respectively. Moses Espinoza-Owens downed Darnai Heard of Iowa Central in the championship bout, 13-9, after recording a pair of technical falls and a win by major decision in the earlier rounds.

Marcus Espinoza-Owens earned a 7-3 decision over St. Cloud State’s Ethan Hendrickson in the 165-pound championship. He won his first two matches by identical 17-2 technical falls before posting a 10-4 decision against Derek Johnson of St. Cloud State in the semifinals.

Other placewinners for the Jackrabbits at the Worthington Open were Jared Thiry, fourth at 184 pounds, and Colin Dupill, sixth in the 149-pound division. Dupill won his first three matches before withdrawing from the tournament due to injury midway through his semifinal match against Augsburg’s Lucas Jagodzinske.

Brock Fettig also claimed the consolation bracket championship at 165 pounds with a 4-1 record on the day.

Minnesota West Worthington Open Results

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