SDSU wrestlers head to Ohio for national events

GENEVA, Ohio — Sixteen South Dakota State wrestlers are expected to compete this weekend at the U20 World Team Trials and U23 U.S. Nationals.

Competition begins Saturday at 10 a.m. Eastern Time (9 a.m. Central) at SPIRE Institute and concludes Sunday. Live video coverage of the event will be available through FloWrestling.org.

Scheduled to compete as members of the Jackrabbit Wrestling Club by division are:

U20 World Team Trials Freestyle
Brady Roark – 61 kg
Colin Dupill – 70 kg
Thomas Dineen – 97 kg

U20 World Team Trials Greco-Roman
Jared Thiry – 87 kg

U23 U.S. Nationals Freestyle
Derrick Cardinal – 61 kg
Avery Allen – 65 kg
Caleb Gross – 65 kg
Moses Espinoza-Owens – 70 kg
Marcus Espinoza-Owens – 74 kg
Cael Swensen – 74 kg
Riggin Boger – 79 kg
Connor Gaynor – 79 kg
Brock Fettig – 86 kg
Jared Thiry – 92 kg
Cody Donnelly – 97 kg
Luke Rasmussen – 125 kg
Kail Wynia – 125 kg

Jackrabbit wrestlers have fared well in national and international competition in recent years, highlighted by performances from Bennett Berge and Tanner Sloan. Berge won back-to-back U20 freestyle titles at 86 kilograms in 2022 and 2023 to advance to the U20 World Championships, where he earned respective finishes of second place and third place.

Sloan also qualified for two world championships. In June 2022, he won the 97-kilogram freestyle title at the United World Wrestling World Team Trials and went on to claim a silver medal at the U23 World Championship in Pontevedra, Spain. His first appearance on the international scene came at the 2019 UWW Junior World Championships after winning gold at the Pan American Championship.

Earlier this spring, Dineen placed fourth in the 97-kilogram weight class, and Dupill recorded an eighth-place finish at 70 kilograms at the 2024 U20 U.S. Open in Las Vegas.

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