Missouri 21 South Dakota State 19

Tanner Sloan gave South Dakota State a late lead with a pin in the 197-pound matchup, but Missouri’s Zach Elam had the final answer with a win by fall in the final match of the dual to give the seventh-ranked Tigers a 21-19 victory in Big 12 Conference wrestling action Sunday afternoon at Frost Arena.

Mizzou improved to 10-2 overall and 6-1 in the Big 12. SDSU, which entered the dual ranked 11th, dropped to 12-4 overall and 6-2 against league foes.

The fourth-ranked wrestler at 197 pounds, Sloan took on No. 8 Rocky Elam in a rematch of both the Big 12 individual championship (won by Elam) and an NCAA semifinal (won by Sloan) last season. Elam put the first points on the board with a takedown late in the opening period and chose a neutral start to the second stanza. Just seconds after he was warned for stalling, Sloan caught Elam in a headlock and took the Tiger wrestler to the mat, first on his side and then to his back, for the fall in 4 minutes and 38 seconds that brought the crowd of 1,841 fans to their feet.

Sloan’s 38th consecutive dual victory dating back to early in the 2021-22 season gave the Jackrabbits a 19-15 lead.

SDSU’s first lead of the dual lasted all of 33 seconds as fifth-ranked Zach Elam posted a takedown of Luke Rasmussen in the first 10 seconds of the match and quickly put the Jackrabbit heavyweight to his back for the decisive fall.

The two ranked squads opened the dual by trading major decisions. At 125 pounds, eighth-ranked Noah Surtin of Missouri claimed a 14-6 victory over No. 13 Tanner Jordan, while SDSU’s Derrick Cardinal posted a 14-5 major over Drew Stanfield.

At 141 pounds, No. 24 Josh Edmond of Missouri collected a 3-2 victory over Jackrabbit backup Caleb Gross. Edmond scored on a first-period takedown before Gross controlled the two remaining periods.

Alek Martin, ranked 22nd at 149 pounds, again pulled the Jackrabbits even at 7-all with a 5-0 decision over Joel Mylin.

The 157-pound matchup between No. 12 Brock Mauller of Mizzou and the Jackrabbits’ 16th-ranked Cael Swensen went down to the wire. Both wrestlers scored on escape for a 1-1 score until Mauller came up with the lone takedown of the match with under 10 seconds remaining in regulation for a 4-1 decision.

Top-ranked 165-pounder Keegan O’Toole gave the Tigers their largest lead of the afternoon at 15-7 with a 22-5 technical fall victory over Connor Gaynor.

SDSU then reeled off three consecutive victories to head into the final bout. Fourth-ranked Cade DeVos turned in a dominant performance against longtime nemesis Peyton Mocco, at 174 pounds, winning by a 5-0 decision over the 11th-ranked Tiger.

Bennett Berge followed with a 10-6 decision over Colton Hawks in the 184-pound matchup.

#7 Missouri 21, #11 South Dakota State 19
125: #8 Noah Surtin (MIZZOU) major dec. #13 Tanner Jordan, 14-6
133: #18 Derrick Cardinal (SDSU) major dec. Drew Stanfield (MIZZOU), 14-5
141: #24 Josh Edmond (MIZZOU) dec. Caleb Gross (SDSU), 3-2
149: #22 Alek Martin (SDSU) dec. Joel Mylin (MIZZOU), 5-0
157: #12 Brock Mauller (MIZZOU) dec. #16 Cael Swensen (SDSU), 4-1
165: #1 Keegan O’Toole (MIZZOU) tech. fall Connor Gaynor (SDSU), 22-5 [5:21]
174: #4 Cade DeVos (SDSU) dec. #11 Peyton Mocco (MIZZOU), 5-0
184: #8 Bennett Berge (SDSU) dec. Colton Hawks (MIZZOU), 10-6
197: #4 Tanner Sloan (SDSU) def. #8 Rocky Elam (MIZZOU), by fall 4:38
285: #5 Zach Elam (MIZZOU) def. Luke Rasmussen (SDSU), by fall 0:33


  • Missouri leads the all-time series, 5-3
  • The Jackrabbits dropped to 3-4 in duals against ranked teams this season
  • DeVos improved to 19-1 overall this season and 14-1 in duals
  • Berge moved to 14-3 this season and 10-2 in duals
  • Cardinal also reached the 19-win mark (19-6 overall, 10-3 duals)
  • Sloan upped his season record to 18-1
  • Clay Carlson, ranked 22nd at 141 pounds, did not wrestle in Sunday’s dual, instead competing at the Cowboy Shootout in Laramie, Wyoming, to gain additional matches in order to meet NCAA qualification standards

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