Jacks third in Mid-Major Poll

MANHEIM, Pa. — The South Dakota State wrestling team is ranked third in the inaugural Division I Mid-Major Top 20 poll conducted by the National Wrestling Coaches Association.
Formulated in 2017, the Mid-Major Top 20 is based on dual meet results and is voted on by coaches representing teams from non-Power Five conferences.

Members of the EIWA and Big 12 Conference dominated the upper half of the poll, with a combined seven teams in the top 10. Lehigh ranked first, with five first-place votes, followed by fellow EIWA program Cornell right behind the Mountain Hawks in the second position.

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Wagener Earns NSIC Wrestler of the Week

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.–Tyler Wagener, of Waconia, Minnesota, earned NSIC Wrestler of the Week honors after a weekend that saw two major decision victories for Wagener.

In No. 10 Augustana’s win against No. 21 Northern State, Wagener earned a major decision victory after recording two takedowns, a two-point nearfall, a reversal and two penalty points. The final score of the major decision win was 11-0.

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Augsburg wins title at Cornell (Iowa) Invite

MOUNT VERNON, Iowa — Claiming seven individual and co-individual titles, the Augsburg University men’s wrestling team won the nine-team Cornell College Cliff Keen/Mike Duroe Invitational, held on Saturday.

Augsburg, ranked No. 4 in the latest National Wrestling Coaches Association Division III tournament national rankings and No. 8 in the dual team rankings, won titles in six weight classes and had 16 of its 19 wrestlers finish in the top eight in their brackets. The Auggies combined for a 52-21 record with 23 pins, three technical falls and five major decisions.

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Gilbertson Leads SJU at Elmhurst Invitational

ELMHURST, Ill. – Saint John’s wrestling competed at Elmhurst’s Al Hanke Invitational on Saturday, Jan. 15.

Sophomore Ben Gilbertson (Sauk Rapids, Minn./Sauk Rapids-Rice) led SJU with a 3-2 record and a sixth-place finish at 174 pounds. He started the tournament with an 18-3 technical fall but suffered a major decision loss in the quarterfinal. Gilbertson bounced back with a pair of decision wins before a 5-1 defeat in the fifth-place bout. He is now 19-11 this season.

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Jackrabbits shift gears, head to Virginia Duals

The 24th-ranked Jackrabbits, 5-1 overall in duals, are slated to wrestle twice on Saturday, squaring off against Chattanooga (3-5 overall) at 2 p.m. Eastern (1 p.m. Central), followed by a matchup against Maryland (3-3 overall). Both duals will be contested at the Hampton Coliseum and will be available for viewing through FloWrestling.org (subscription required).

South Dakota State moved into the NWCA Division Coaches Poll for the first time since early in the 2018-19 season after recording a 27-13 home win over then-No. 22 Northern Iowa on Jan. 9.

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SJU Travels to Illinois for Saturday’s Elmhurst Invite

The Johnnie wrestling team hits the road for another out-of-state tournament, Elmhurst’s Al Hanke Invitational, at 9 a.m. this Saturday, Jan. 15.

A LOOK AT THE JOHNNIES: Three Saint John’s wrestlers finished sixth at Central’s Under Armour Invitational last Saturday (Jan. 8) in Pella, Iowa. All three wrestlers won their first match of the day, fell in the quarterfinal, bounced back with a victory in the first consolation bout, and lost the fifth-place match.

Sophomore Ben Gilbertson (Sauk Rapids, Minn./Sauk Rapids-Rice) wrestled to decisions in all four matches to take sixth at 174 pounds. He now touts a team-leading 16-9 record on the year.

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