Three Jacks earn top-10 seeds for NCAAs

INDIANAPOLIS — South Dakota State’s Cade DeVos has been awarded the No. 2 seed at 174 pounds and returning finalist Tanner Sloan is seeded third in the 197-pound weight class as seedings and pairings for next week’s NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships were revealed Wednesday night.

Eight Jackrabbit wrestlers — tied for the most in program history — qualified for the national tournament, which will be contested March 21-23 at T-Mobile Center in Kansas City, Missouri.

A senior from. Altoona, Iowa, DeVos enters his fourth tournament appearance with a 23-1 overall record after winning the 174-pound title at the Big 12 Wrestling Championship last weekend. He will meet No. 31 Michael Wilson of Rider (21-11 overall) in the opening round.

Sloan, a senior from Alburnett, Iowa, also has posted a 23-1 overall record this season while claiming the 197-pound title at the Big 12 tournament. Sloan is a five-time NCAA qualifier who finished as runner-up at 197 pounds last season in earning All-America honors for the first time. He is scheduled to square off against No. 30 Sam Mitchell of Buffalo (23-6 overall) in the opening round.

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Also awarded a top-10 seed was redshirt freshman Bennett Berge, who is seeded ninth in the 184-pound weight class. A native of Mantorville, Minnesota, Berge holds a 19-5 record and is slated to meet No. 24 Shane Liegel of Wisconsin (19-12 record) in opening-round action.

Two-time All-American Clay Carlson qualified for the NCAA Championships for the fourth time and is seeded 30th at 141 pounds with a 15-7 record. He will face No. 3 Real Woods of Iowa (18-3 record).

A senior from Willmar, Minnesota, Carlson placed eighth at 141 pounds in 2021 and wrestled his way to a fifth-place showing in 2023.

Other 2023 national qualifiers returning to the championships this season are 125-pounder Tanner Jordan and Cael Swensen in the 157-pound division. A senior from St. Paris, Ohio, Jordan is seeded 23rd with a 24-9 record and will meet 10th-seeded Eric Barnett of Wisconsin (26-6 record).

Swensen, a sophomore from Plymouth, Minnesota, earned the No. 15 seed at 157 pounds and is matched up against No. 18 Vinny Zerban of Northern Colorado (24-2). Swensen is coming off a third-place finish at the Big 12 Championship and is 20-8 overall.

First-time NCAA qualifiers for the Jackrabbits include sophomores Derrick Cardinal at 133 pounds and 149-pounder Alek Martin. Cardinal, from Forest Lake, Minnesota, is seeded 18th with a 22-9 mark and will square off against 15th-seeded Brody Teske of Iowa (13-5) in first-round action.

Martin is seeded 29th and matched up against fourth-seeded Caleb Henson of Virginia Tech (25-2) after earning an at-large selection. Also a St. Paris, Ohio, native, Martin has compiled a 20-10 record so far this season.

Video coverage of the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships will be available through the ESPN family of networks.

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