South Dakota State 33, Utah Valley 3

Jackrabbit wrestlers continue winning ways

OREM, Utah — South Dakota State stayed unbeaten against Big 12 opponents and ran its overall winning streak to eight with a 33-3 dual victory over Utah Valley Saturday night at Lockhart Arena.

The 11th-ranked Jackrabbits upped their season record to 11-2, including a 5-0 mark against Big 12 Conference foes. UVU fell to 2-4 overall and 1-4 versus league opponents.

Decisions by 18th-ranked Tanner Jordan at 125 pounds and No. 17 Derrick Cardinal in the 133-pound bout gave SDSU an early 6-0 lead. Jordan shut out Yusief Lillie, 5-0, while Cardinal scored the final eight points in an 8-3 victory over Kase Mauger.

Haiden Drury scored Utah Valley’s only victory of the night, downing Jackrabbit backup Caleb Gross by a 2-0 score in the 141-pound matchup.

Just as it did Thursday night in a victory by the same score at Wyoming, SDSU closed the dual with seven consecutive victories. Alek Martin, ranked 21st at 149 pounds, ran his personal winning streak to seven matches with a 7-3 decision over Isaiah Delgado, while No. 15 Cael Swensen put the Jackrabbits out front 12-3 on the team board with a 5-1 decision versus Alex Emmer.

The next three bouts all resulted in bonus points for the Jackrabbits, starting with a pin by Tanner Cook in a mere 16 seconds versus Tanner Lofthouse in the 165-pound matchup. Fourth-ranked Cade DeVos followed with an 18-2 technical fall midway through his 174-pound matchup with Caleb Uhlenhopp, with No. 9 Bennett Berge tallying a 14-4 major decision versus Mahonri Rushton at 184 pounds.

Fifth-ranked Tanner Sloan remained undefeated in duals this season by blanking No. 17 Evan Bockman, 5-0, and redshirt freshman heavyweight Luke Rasmussen held off Chase Trussell, 4-2.

SDSU wrestlers also notched two victories in extra matches following the dual. Connor Gaynor won by fall in a 165-pound matchup, while redshirt freshman Logan Graf remained unbeaten with a win by decision.

The Jackrabbits continue road action Feb. 9 at nationally ranked Oklahoma. Start time is slated for 7 p.m. at McCasland Fieldhouse in Norman, Oklahoma.


  • SDSU leads the all-time series, 10-8, and has won the last nine meetings
  • The Jackrabbits have outscored their five Big 12 opponents so far this season by a 166-34 margin in team points
  • The pin by Cook was the fastest of the season by a Jackrabbit
  • Cook has four wins by fall this season and 45 for his career
  • Sloan’s victory was the 101st of his career, tying him with Mike Engels (101 victories from 1971-74) for 14th place on the Jackrabbits’ career charts
  • Sloan has won 35 consecutive dual matches dating back to early in the 2021-22 season
  • Graf improved to 5-0 on the season

#11 South Dakota State 33, Utah Valley 3
125: #18 Tanner Jordan (SDSU) dec. Yusief Lillie (UVU), 5-0
133: #17 Derrick Cardinal (SDSU) dec. Kase Mauger (UVU), 8-3
141: Haiden Drury (UVU) dec. Caleb Gross (SDSU), 2-0
149: #21 Alek Martin (SDSU) dec. Isaiah Delgado (UVU), 7-3
157: #15 Cael Swensen (SDSU) dec. Alex Emmer (UVU), 5-1
165: Tanner Cook (SDSU) def. Tanner Lofthouse (UVU), by fall 0:16
174: #4 Cade DeVos (SDSU) tech. fall Caleb Uhlenhopp (UVU), 18-2 [6:06]
184: #9 Bennett Berge (SDSU) major dec. Mahonri Rushton (UVU), 14-4
197: #5 Tanner Sloan (SDSU) dec. #17 Evan Bockman (UVU), 5-0
285: Luke Rasmussen (SDSU) dec. Chase Trussell (UVU), 4-2

Extra Matches
133: Logan Graf (SDSU) dec. Jacob Carson (UVU), 5-2
165: Connor Gaynor (SDSU) def. Trevor Frank (UVU), by fall 4:10

Don Parker Open Recap

In other collegiate wrestling action Saturday, five SDSU wrestlers won or shared individual titles at the Don Parker Open hosted by the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. All Jackrabbit competitors competed unattached in the day-long event.

Freshman Brady Roark won by technical fall in three of his four matches in the 125-pound division, outscoring his opponents by a combined 71-17 en route to the title. Roark’s third technical fall of the day was a 19-3 victory over Dominic Ducato of St. Cloud State in the championship bout.

Fellow freshman Avery Allen claimed his second consecutive tournament title, cruising to victory in the 141-pound weight class. Allen went 5-0 on the day with four bonus-point victories consisting of two major decisions, a technical fall and a fall. His pin came against Alex Mentzer of Augustana in the semifinals before notching an 11-8 decision over Justin Fortugno of Wisconsin-Whitewater in the finals.

For the second time in the last three weeks, Cody Donnelly and Thomas Dineen shared the 197-pound title. Donnelly collected a pair of technical falls in the early rounds and added a win by fall in the quarterfinals before advancing to the title bout with a 5-0 decision over Augsburg’s Tyler Raway.

Dineen also went 4-0 in the lower half of the bracket with two wins by technical fall, including a 17-2 victory against St. Cloud State’s Nathan Fury in the semifinals. A freshman from Hancock, Minnesota, Dineen added wins by decision and major decision.

Redshirt freshman heavyweight Kail Wynia rounded out the Jackrabbit champions. After winning his first two matches by technical fall, Wynia outlasted Cullen Quick of Luther, 2-1, in a tiebreaker during the semifinals. Wynia returned to dominant form in the championship, drubbing Wisconsin-Parkside’s Jason Guadarrama by technical fall, 18-3.

Six other SDSU wrestlers earned top-eight placings at the Don Parker Open, including twin brothers Moses (157 pounds) and Marcus Espinoza-Owens (165 pounds), who each took third in their respective weight classes. Brock Fettig shared third-place honors at 165 pounds, with Wisconsin native Ryan Dolezal claiming eighth.

Riggin Boger (174) and Jared Thiry (184) each turned in seventh-place performances.

Don Parker Blugold Open Results

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