Sloan in semis, three move on to blood round

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Tanner Sloan secured All-America honors at 197 pounds for the second year in a row with a win by technical fall in quarterfinal action Friday afternoon at the 2024 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships held at T-Mobile Center.

A senior from Alburnett, Iowa, the third-seeded Sloan posted his third bonus-point victory of the tournament with a 16-1 technical fall against sixth-seeded Lou Deprez of Binghamton. Sloan tallied a takedown with 70 seconds remaining in the opening period and maintained the pressure throughout the remainder of the match. He scored on an escape and takedown in the second period for a 7-0 lead, then further extended his lead with two more takedowns plus a two-point near-fall.

A returning national finalist, Sloan improved to 26-1 on the season and is set to face No. 2 seed Trent Hidlay of North Carolina State in Friday night’s semifinals.

Cade DeVos, seeded second at 174 pounds, also wrestled in the quarterfinals for the Jackrabbits. DeVos could not get on track offensively against seventh-seeded Lennox Wolak of Columbia, dropping a 4-2 decision. Wolak registered the lone takedown of the match in the second period and added a point for riding time, while DeVos managed only a pair of escapes.

The loss was only DeVos’ second of the season. He is slated to square off Friday night against 14th-seeded Gaven Sax of North Dakota State for a spot on the podium. The two met in the 174-pound championship bout at the Big 12 Championship two weeks ago, with DeVos winning a 6-4 decision.

Two other Jackrabbits will wrestle in Friday’s Blood Round after winning a pair of consolation matches during the day’s early session. At 125 pounds, 23rd-seeded Tanner Jordan knocked off a pair of higher-seeded opponents, winning 11-4 over No. 9 Patrick McKee of Minnesota and 3-0 against No. 17 Brett Ungar of Cornell.

In defeating McKee for the second time this season, Jordan spotted his Golden Gopher opponent the first takedown of the match before turning the tables with a takedown in the second period for a 4-3 lead, followed by a big third period that included an escape, takedown and back points.

Against Ungar, Jordan notched the only points of the match with a takedown in the final 40 seconds of the third period. He will square off against Oklahoma State’s Troy Spratley, seeded sixth, for the third time this season in the Blood Round. The two wrestlers have split their season series, with Jordan winning 9-8 at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational in December and Spratley recording a 7-3 victory in dual action last month.

Redshirt freshman Bennett Berge also went 2-0 during the afternoon to move one step away from the podium. Berge trailed late in his match against Layne Malczewski before coming up with a takedown to pull out a 7-6 victory.

The Mantorville, Minnesota, native carried the momentum through to the next round, posting a 14-7 decision over Princeton’s Nate Dugan. Berge will meet fifth-seeded Lenny Pinto of Nebraska in the Blood Round.

Sophomores Derrick Cardinal (133 pounds) and Cael Swensen (157 pounds) saw their tournament runs end Friday. Cardinal fell behind 10-1 in the first period of his consolation match against Ohio State’s Nic Bouzakis before rallying to close the gap. Nonetheless, Cardinal dropped a 14-8 decision to close out his season.

Swensen began the day with an 8-5 decision over Ohio State’s Isaac Wilcox before being upended, 1-0, by seventh-seeded Peyten Kellar of Ohio in his next matchup.

In the team race, the Jackrabbits are 14th with four wrestlers remaining. Defending national champion Penn State is the runaway leader with 86.5 points, followed by Michigan with 50.5 points and Arizona State with 44.5.

Friday night’s action begins at 7 p.m. with television coverage on ESPN and ESPN+.

125: #23 Tanner Jordan, Sr., St. Paris, Ohio (3-1 record)
— lost to #10 Eric Barnett, Wisconsin, by fall 0:45
— def. #26 Blake West, Northern Illinois, by major dec., 6-2
— def. #9 Patrick McKee, Minnesota, by dec., 11-4
— def. #17 Brett Ungar, Cornell, by dec., 3-0
— vs. #6 Troy Spratley, Oklahoma State

133: #18 Derrick Cardinal, So., Forest Lake, Minn. (1-2 record)
— lost to #15 Brody Teske, Iowa, by major dec., 12-4
— def. #31 Maximilian Leete, American, by dec., 8-2
— lost to #16 Nic Bouzakis, Ohio State, by dec., 14-8
Cardinal eliminated — ends season 21-11 overall

141: #29 Clay Carlson, Sr., Willmar, Minn. (0-2 record)
— lost to #4 Ryan Jack, North Carolina State, by dec., 8-3
— lost to #13 Jordan Titus, West Virginia, by dec., 5-3
Carlson eliminated — ends season 15-9 overall

149: #29 Alek Martin, So., St. Paris, Ohio (0-2 record)
— lost to #4 Caleb Henson, Virginia Tech, by tech. fall, 18-3 (4:47)
— lost to #13 Caleb Rathjen, Iowa, by injury default (2:37)
Martin eliminated — ends season 20-12 overall

157: #15 Cael Swensen, So., Plymouth, Minn. (2-2 record)
— def. #18 Vinny Zerban, Northern Colorado, by dec., 4-1
— lost to #2 Jacori Teemer, Arizona State, by dec., 4-1 [SV-1]
— def. #32 Isaac Wilcox, Ohio State, by dec., 8-5
— lost to #7 Peyten Kellar, Ohio, by dec., 1-0
Swensen eliminated — ends season 22-11 overall

174: #2 Cade DeVos, Sr., Altoona, Iowa (2-1 record)
— def. #31 Michael Wilson, Rider, by tech. fall, 15-0 (4:43)
— def. #18 Benjamin Pasiuk, Army, by dec., 10-4
— lost to #7 Lennox Wolak, Columbia, by dec., 4-2
— vs. #14 Gaven Sax, North Dakota State

184: #9 Bennett Berge, R-Fr., Mantorville, Minn. (3-1 record)
— lost to #24 Shane Liegel, Wisconsin, by major dec., 9-1
— def. #8 Sam Wolf, Air Force, by major dec., 11-0
— def. #23 Layne Malczewski, Michigan State, by dec., 7-6
— def. #16 Nate Dugan, Princeton, by dec., 14-7
— vs. #5 Lenny Pinto, Nebraska

197: #3 Tanner Sloan, Sr., Alburnett, Iowa (3-0 record)
— def. #30 Sam Mitchell, Buffalo, by fall 5:25
— def. #14 John Poznanski, Rutgers, by major dec., 14-4
— def. #6 Lou Deprez, Binghamton, by tech. fall, 16-1 (7:00)
— vs. #2 Trent Hidlay, North Carolina State

1 Penn State – 86.5
2 Michigan – 50.5
3 Arizona State – 44.5
4 Iowa State – 42.0
5 Iowa – 41.5
6 Ohio State – 36.0
7 Virginia Tech – 35.5
8 North Carolina State – 33.5
T9 Missouri – 33.0
T9 Oklahoma State – 33.0
11 Cornell – 32.5
12 Nebraska – 29.0
13 Northern Iowa – 26.5
14 South Dakota State – 24.0
15 Stanford – 20.5

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