Devos, Sloan reach Big 12 finals

TULSA, Okla. — Top-seeded Cade DeVos and Tanner Sloan advanced to the finals and were among five South Dakota State wrestlers to secure berths in the national tournament during competition Saturday at the Big 12 Wrestling Championship held at the BOK Center.

With nine wrestlers moving on to the second day of competition, the Jackrabbits overtook Northern Iowa for fourth place in the team standings during Saturday’s evening session. Iowa State leads the team race with 129.5 points, followed by Oklahoma State with 119.5 points and defending champion Missouri with 96. SDSU tallied 92.5 points on the first day of competition, with Northern Iowa in fifth place with 85 points.

A senior from Altoona, Iowa, DeVos wrestled only twice on Saturday. After receiving a first-round bye, he posted a 4-1 decision over eighth-seeded Brody Conley in the afternoon session. DeVos came back in the night session to knock off fourth-seeded Peyton Mocco, 2-0, to set up a matchup against seventh-seeded Gaven Sax of North Dakota State in Sunday night’s finals.

In the 197-pound weight class, Sloan cruised to his fourth appearance in the finals with three bonus-point victories. He recorded falls in each of his two matches during the first session of the day, followed by a 15-0 technical fall victory over fifth-seeded Wyatt Voelker of Northern Iowa.

That sets up a rematch of last year’s championship bout between Sloan and Missouri’s Rocky Elam. After Elam downed Sloan via tiebreaker in the 2023 Big 12 final, Sloan has won the last two matchups, including in the semifinals of the NCAA Championships last year.

Also punching their tickets to Kansas City in two weeks were semifinalists Derrick Cardinal (133 pounds) and Cael Swensen (157 pounds), along with 125-pounder Tanner Jordan.

Cardinal won two 133-pound matches during the first session to earn the right to face top-seeded Daton Fix of Oklahoma State in the semifinal round. Fix scored on an early takedown, but the fourth-seeded Cardinal hung tough before falling in a 4-0 decision that sent him to Sunday’s consolation semifinals.

Swensen’s semifinal match against second-seeded Ryder Downey of Northern Iowa went down to the wire. Downey scored what would be the lone point of the match on a second-period escape and fended off a Swensen takedown attempt at the final horn to post a 1-0 victory.

Jordan, meanwhile, worked his way through the wrestlebacks Saturday night to earn a spot in the consolation semifinals and secure his second consecutive nationals berth in the 125-pound weight class. Jordan shook off a quarterfinal loss to fifth-seeded Jore Volk of Wyoming by defeating Yusief Lillie of Utah Valley, 4-0, and Elijah Griffin of California Baptist in a 14-6 major decision.

Clay Carlson and Bennett Berge also notched a pair of wins in the wrestlebacks Saturday night to position themselves one more victory away from securing bids to the NCAA Championships. Carlson put together a big third period against Northern Colorado’s Rudy Lopez for a 10-6 decision to open the night session, then posted an 8-4 decision over Cole Brooks of Wyoming to move on to Day 2.

Berge rebounded from a quarterfinal loss to Air Force’s Sam Wolf by registering major decisions over North Dakota State’s Adam Cherne (17-4) and West Virginia’s Dennis Robin (16-5) in the 184-pound weight class.

149-pounder Alek Martin and heavyweight Luke Rasmussen split matches Saturday night to secure spots in Sunday’s seventh-place matches. Martin opened the session with an 11-2 major decision over Joe Fernau of Air Force before having his second match of the day decided by tiebreakers later in the evening against Missouri’s Logan Gioffre. After winning a 2-1 tiebreaker against Dayne Morton of California Baptist to open the day, this time Martin fell by the same score after Gioffre escaped in the first of two 30-second intervals.

Rasmussen, meanwhile, rallied for the second time Saturday as he faced Xavier Doolin of Northern Colorado to kick off his action in the night session. Much like their meeting in dual action earlier this season, Doolin jumped out to a big early lead, recording a takedown and four-point near-fall for a 7-1 advantage. Rasmussen recovered in the second period to take a 9-7 advantage with a takedown, two-point near-fall, and a three-point near-fall before pinning Doolin late in the third period.

In his second match of the night, Rasmussen dropped a 2-0 decision to fifth-seeded Konner Doucet of Oklahoma State.

UP NEXT
The consolation semifinals and placing matches (seventh, fifth, and third place) begin at noon on Sunday. The championship bouts, set for 7:30 p.m., will be televised on ESPN2.

SDSU RESULTS

125: #4 Tanner Jordan, Sr., St. Paris, Ohio (3-1 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
  • vs. #6 Kysen Terukina, Iowa State

133: #4 Derrick Cardinal, So., Forest Lake, Minnesota (2-1 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
  • vs. #7 Hunter Leake, California Baptist

141: #5 Clay Carlson, Sr., Willmar, Minnesota (2-1 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
  • vs. #2 Tagen Jamison, Oklahoma State

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]
  • vs. Max Petersen, North Dakota State

157: #6 Cael Swensen, So., Plymouth, Minnesota (1-1 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
  • vs. #5 Brock Mauller, Missouri

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 (2-0 record)

  • First-round bye
  • def. #8 Brody Conley, West Virginia, by dec., 4-1
  • def. #4 Peyton Mocco, Missouri, by dec., 2-0
  • vs. #7 Gaven Sax, North Dakota State

184: #3 Bennett Berge, R-Fr., Mantorville, Minnesota (3-1 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
  • vs. #4 Colton Hawks, Missouri

197: #1 Tanner Sloan, Sr., Alburnett, Iowa (3-0 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]
  • vs. #3 Rocky Elam, Missouri

285: Luke Rasmussen, R-Fr., Brookings, South Dakota (1-1 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
  • vs. Chase Trussell, Utah Valley

TEAM STANDINGS

  1. Iowa State – 129.5
  2. Oklahoma State – 119.5
  3. Missouri – 96.0
  4. South Dakota State – 92.5
  5. Northern Iowa – 85.0
  6. West Virginia – 73.0
  7. Wyoming – 55.5
  8. Oklahoma – 53.5
  9. Air Force – 38.5
  10. North Dakota State – 28.0
  11. Northern Colorado – 26.0
  12. Utah Valley – 20.0
  13. California Baptist – 16.0

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

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