Swensen places third at Big 12 Championship

TULSA, Okla. — Cale Swensen recorded a third-place finish at 157 pounds and two more South Dakota State wrestlers locked up berths for the national meet during competition Sunday afternoon at the Big 12 Wrestling Championship held at BOK Center.

The Jackrabbits also vaulted into third place in the team standings heading into Sunday night’s championship session by overtaking Missouri. Iowa State continues to lead the team race with 144.5 points, followed by Oklahoma State at 137.5. South Dakota State is third with 114 points in topping the century mark for team points for the first time at the Big 12 Wrestling Championship.

Missouri (111.5) and West Virginia (91.5) round out the top five.

Swensen, a sophomore from Plymouth, Minnesota, collected a pair of one-point victories Sunday, starting with a 4-3 victory over Brock Mauller of Missouri in the consolation semifinals.

That set up a rematch with third-seeded Teague Travis of Oklahoma State in the third-place match. The sixth-seeded Swensen scored on takedown late in the second period for a 3-1 lead and added an escape early in the third stanza en route to a 5-4 decision for his second win of the tournament over Teague.

Two other Jackrabbits wrestled in third-place matches, but came up short to improve their tournament standing. Derrick Cardinal, who advanced by injury default against Hunter Leake of California Baptist in the consolation semifinals, dropped a 6-1 decision to Dominick Serrano of Northern Colorado in the 133-pound third-place match.

At 184 pounds, Bennett Berge secured a trip to the NCAA Championships with a 4-2 decision over Missouri’s Colton Hawks in the consolation semifinals. Berge then squared off for a second time in as many days against Sam Wolf of Air Force, but again came up on the short end of 4-3 decision to finish fourth.

The other Jackrabbit wrestler to punch his ticket to Kansas City and the NCAA Championships was senior 141-pounder Clay Carlson. The Willmar, Minnesota, native will be making his fourth trip to nationals after a fifth-place finish.

Carlson opened the day with a 11-6 loss to Tagen Jamison of Oklahoma State, then was awarded a medical forfeit from his scheduled fifth-place opponent, Jordan Titus of West Virginia, to claim the final allocated spot at the weight class.

Tanner Jordan also finished with a fifth-place showing in the 125-pound weight. Jordan was upended by Kysen Terukina of Iowa State, 10-6, in the consolation semifinals, followed by receiving a medical forfeit from Missouri’s Noah Surtin prior to the fifth-place match.

Rounding out the placewinners for the Jackrabbits were seventh-place finishers Alek Martin at 149 pounds and heavyweight Luke Rasmussen. Martin downed Max Petersen of North Dakota State, 5-2, while Rasmussen scored a 4-3 decision over Chase Trussell of Utah Valley. Both Jackrabbit wrestlers will be in the mix for at-large berths to the NCAA Championships, which will be announced Tuesday (March 12).

Championship matches are scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, with television coverage on ESPN2. Cade DeVos (174 pounds) and Tanner Sloan (197 pounds) are slated to compete for the Jackrabbits.


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
  • def. Yusief Lillie, Utah Valley, by dec., 4-0
  • def. 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 (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 (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 (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 (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


  1. Iowa State – 144.5
  2. Oklahoma State – 137.5
  3. South Dakota State – 114.0
  4. Missouri – 111.5
  5. West Virginia – 91.5
  6. Northern Iowa – 91.0
  7. Oklahoma – 68.5
  8. Wyoming – 64.5
  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

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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