South Dakota State Schedule Finalized For 2022-23

The South Dakota State wrestling team will host eight home events, including duals against three programs that finished in the top 15 at last season’s NCAA Championships, during the upcoming 2022-23 season.

“This is one of the best home schedules we’ve ever had,” said SDSU head coach Damion Hahn, who is entering his fifth season with the Jackrabbits. “I’m really excited for the season and can’t wait to see our guys compete.”

The first two months of the season will consist of a mix of tournaments and dual meets, starting with a trip to the Bison Open in Fargo, North Dakota, on Nov. 12. The Jackrabbits are scheduled to host the Daktronics Open Nov. 20 before traveling to the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational (Dec. 2-3) and the Soldier Salute tournament in Coralville, Iowa (Dec. 29-30) to close out the calendar year.

SDSU, 13-4 in duals a season ago with five returning NCAA qualifiers, kicks off the dual slate Nov. 18 versus Augustana. The Jackrabbits will then host a pair of regional Big Ten Conference opponents to wrap up the first half of the season, welcoming Minnesota to Frost Arena on Nov. 27 and Nebraska on Dec. 18. Nebraska finished fifth at the 2022 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships, while Minnesota placed 11th.

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2022 J-Club Hall of Honor Class: Minga Batsukh ’11

By Frank Rajkowski, SJU Writer/Video Producer

COLLEGEVILLE, Minn. – In the celebration that followed Minga Batsukh’s first national championship in 2009, a challenge was laid in front of the standout Johnnie wrestler.

“I remember everyone was cheering and yelling,” Batsukh recalls. “They were saying ‘You’re a national champion! You’re a national champion!’ But (current SJU head coach) Kevin Schiltz, who was an assistant coach for us at the time, told me it was going to be a lot harder to do it a second time. Everyone was going to be gunning for me.

“That really motivated me. It made me want to keep getting better and work even harder. I wanted to come back and do it again.”

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St. Cloud State unveils 2022-23 schedule

Huskies to wrestle four 2021-22 Top-25 opponents as part of NCAA Super Region V Title Defense

ST. CLOUD, Minn. – Six-time defending Super Region V Champion St. Cloud State Wrestling has announced their 2022-23 schedule. The Huskies will wrestle four home duals, three of which feature opponents ranked in last season’s final NWCA Top-25 poll.

“I am excited for another year of Huskies Wrestling,” said head coach Steve Costanzo, “I hope that we can move forward with some normalcy post-COVID. Our guys deserve to compete without any more of these distractions – we will be ready!”

SCSU opens their 2022-23 season with the traditional Black and Red Classic at Halenbeck Hall on October 27. The Huskies will then wrestle at a pair of opens in November with the Yellowjacket Open on the 5th and the Dakota Wesleyan Open on the 12th.

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