Devos, Sloan claim Big 12 titles

TULSA, Okla. — Cade DeVos and Tanner Sloan lived up to their top-seed billing as the South Dakota State wrestlers captured individual titles Sunday night at the Big 12 Wrestling Championships contested at BOK Center.

The duo became the first SDSU wrestlers to win Big 12 titles since Seth Gross (133 pounds) and Nate Rotert (197 pounds) in 2018.

A senior from Altoona, Iowa, DeVos claimed the 174-pound title with a 6-4 decision over seventh-seeded Gaven Sax of North Dakota State. DeVos took down Sax about 30 seconds into the opening period and rode out the remainder of the opening stanza to build up a big advantage in riding time.

DeVos added to his lead with an escape early in the second period before Sax mounted a comeback in the third with an escape and takedown to momentarily tie the match at 4-all. After a stoppage due to a scoring error, DeVos regained the lead with an escape on the restart and tacked on another point via riding time while holding off some late takedown attempts by Sax.

Sloan, meanwhile, was making his fourth appearance in a 197-pound championship bout while squaring off against third-seeded Rocky Elam of Missouri in a rematch of last year’s final. Sloan fended off a couple of takedown attempts from Elam over the first two periods, which remained scoreless.

To start the third period, Sloan chose the down position and recorded an early escape for what would be the lone point of the match as the Jackrabbit wrestler was able to apply enough pressure to keep his opponent off the board.

Sloan’s victory also secured third place in the team standings for the Jackrabbits, who topped the century mark for team points for the first time at the Big 12 Wrestling Championship. SDSU’s third-place finish matched the program’s best, tying the placing of the 2016-17 and 2017-18 squads.

Iowa State won the team title with 152.5 points, followed by Oklahoma State with 141.5. SDSU’s 122 points were good for third place, with defending champion Missouri (115.5) and Northern Iowa (100) rounding out the top five.

SDSU, Iowa State, and Northern Iowa each paced the field with two individual champions.

In all, nine of the 10 Jackrabbit wrestlers earned spots on the podium with top-eight finishes. Seven of SDSU’s wrestlers earned automatic berths in the upcoming NCAA Championships based on their individual finishes at the Big 12 Wrestling Championship.

Big 12 Championships Results

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The NCAA Championships are scheduled for March 21-23 at T-Mobile Center in Kansas City, Missouri. At-large selections to the tournament field will be announced Tuesday (March 12), with pairings and seedings revealed on NCAA.com at 7 p.m. on Wednesday (March 13).

SDSU RESULTS

125: #4 Tanner Jordan, Sr., St. Paris, Ohio (3-2 record)

  • def. Ryan Henningson, North Dakota State, by fall 5:26
  • lost to #5 Jore Volk, Wyoming, by dec., 1-0
  • vs. Yusief Lillie, Utah Valley, by dec., 4-0
  • vs. Elijah Griffin, California Baptist, by major dec., 14-6
  • lost to #6 Kysen Terukina, Iowa State, by dec., 10-6
  • Advanced via medical forfeit
    Fifth Place – NCAA Qualifier

133: #4 Derrick Cardinal, So., Forest Lake, Minnesota (3-2 record)

  • def. Kase Mauger, Utah Valley, by dec., 8-3
  • def. #5 Julian Farber, Northern Iowa, by dec., 4-1 [SV-1]
  • lost to #1 Daton Fix, Oklahoma State, by dec., 4-0
  • def. #7 Hunter Leake, California Baptist, by injury default [1:19]
  • lost to #3 Dominick Serrano, Northern Colorado, by dec., 6-1
    Fourth Place – NCAA Qualifier

141: #5 Clay Carlson, Sr., Willmar, Minnesota (2-2 record)

  • First-round bye
  • lost to #4 Jordan Titus, West Virginia, by dec., 6-5
  • def. Rudy Lopez, Northern Colorado, by dec., 10-6
  • def. #8 Cole Brooks, Wyoming, by dec., 8-4
  • lost to #2 Tagen Jamison, Oklahoma State, by dec., 11-6
  • Advanced via medical forfeit
    Fifth Place – NCAA Qualifier

149: #5 Alek Martin, So., St. Paris, Ohio (2-2 record)

  • def. Dayne Morton, California Baptist, by dec., 2-1 [TB-1]
  • lost to #4 Jordan Williams, Oklahoma State, by dec., 13-8
  • def. Joe Fernau, Air Force, by major dec., 11-2
  • lost to #8 Gioffre, Missouri, by dec., 2-1 [TB-1]
  • def. Max Petersen, North Dakota State, 5-2
    Seventh Place

157: #6 Cael Swensen, So., Plymouth, Minnesota (3-1 record)

  • First-round bye
  • def. #3 Teague Travis, Oklahoma State, by major dec., 13-5
  • lost to #2 Ryder Downey, Northern Iowa, by dec., 1-0
  • def. #5 Brock Mauller, Missouri, 4-3
  • def. #3 Teague Travis, Oklahoma State, 5-4
    Third Place – NCAA Qualifier

165: #7 Tanner Cook, Sr., Ilion, New York (0-2 record)

  • lost to Jack Thomsen, Northern Iowa, by dec., 6-3
  • lost to Mateo De La Pena, California Baptist, by injury default 1:05
    Cook Eliminated

174: #1 Cade DeVos, Sr., Altoona, Iowa (3-0 record)

  • First-round bye
  • def. #8 Brody Conley, West Virginia, by dec., 4-1
  • def. #4 Peyton Mocco, Missouri, by dec., 2-0
  • def. #7 Gaven Sax, North Dakota State, by dec., 6-4
    Big 12 Champion – NCAA Qualifier

184: #3 Bennett Berge, R-Fr., Mantorville, Minnesota (4-2 record)

  • def. Nathan Haas, California Baptist, by dec., 9-6
  • lost to #6 Sam Wolf, Air Force, by dec., 4-1
  • def. Adam Cherne, North Dakota State, by major dec., 17-4
  • def. Dennis Robin, West Virginia, by major dec., 16-5
  • def. #4 Colton Hawks, Missouri, by dec., 4-2
  • lost to #6 Sam Wolf, Air Force, by dec., 4-3
    Fourth Place – NCAA Qualifier

197: #1 Tanner Sloan, Sr., Alburnett, Iowa (4-0 record)

  • def. Xavier Vaszquez, Northern Colorado, by fall 4:40
  • def. Julian Broderson, Iowa State, by fall 1:47
  • def. #5 Wyatt Voelker, Northern Iowa, by tech. fall, 15-0 {5:27]
  • def. #3 Rocky Elam, Missouri, by dec., 1-0
    Big 12 Champion – NCAA Qualifier

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

  • def. #8 Kevin Zimmer, Wyoming, by dec., 7-5
  • lost to #1 Wyatt Hendrickson, Air Force, by fall 1:45
  • def. Xavier Doolin, Northern Colorado, by fall 6:34
  • lost to #5 Konner Doucet, Oklahoma State, by dec., 2-0
  • def. Chase Trussell, Utah Valley, by dec., 4-3
    Seventh Place

TEAM STANDINGS
1 Iowa State (2) – 152.5
2 Oklahoma State (1) – 141.5
3 South Dakota State (2) – 122.0
4 Missouri (1) – 115.5
5 Northern Iowa (2) – 100.0
6 West Virginia (1) – 97.5
T7 Oklahoma – 68.5
T7 Wyoming (1) – 68.5
9 Air Force – 45.0
10 Northern Colorado – 33.5
11 North Dakota State – 28.0
12 Utah Valley – 22.0
13 California Baptist – 16.0
Note: Number of individual champions in parentheses

CHAMPIONSHIP MATCHES
125: #5 Jore Volk (Wyoming) dec. #2 Troy Spratley (Oklahoma State), 3-2
133: #1 Daton Fix (Oklahoma State) dec. #2 Evan Frost (Iowa State), 8-5
141: #1 Anthony Echemendia (Iowa State) dec. #3 Cael Happel (Northern Iowa), 4-2
149: #3 Ty Watters (West Virginia) def. #4 Jordan Williams (Oklahoma State), by injury default 3:45
157: #2 Ryder Downey (Northern Iowa) dec. #4 Cody Chittum (Iowa State), 5-3 [TB-2]
165: #1 Keegan O’Toole (Missouri) dec. #2 David Carr (Iowa State), 8-2
174: #1 Cade DeVos (South Dakota State) dec. #7 Gaven Sax (North Dakota State), 6-4
184: #1 Parker Keckeisen (Northern Iowa) major dec. #2 Dustin Plott (Oklahoma State), 14-5
197: #1 Tanner Sloan (South Dakota State) dec. #3 Rocky Elam (Missouri), 1-0
285: #2 Yonger Bastida (Iowa State) dec. #1 Wyatt Hendrickson (Air Force), 10-7

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