Four Jacks win at Bison Open

FARGO, N.D. – Four South Dakota State University wrestlers won titles and five others reached the championship bouts of their respective weight classes during competition Saturday at the Bison Open.

Leading the way for the Jackrabbits was top-ranked Seth Gross, who pinned all three of his opponents en route to winning the 133-pound title. The NCAA runner-up at 133 pounds last season, Gross defeated each of his first two opponents in less than a minute before pinning host North Dakota State’s McGwire Midkiff in 4 minutes, 32 seconds in the championship bout.

Also at 133 pounds, freshman Rylee Molitor placed third with a 3-1 record on the day.

Winning at 149 pounds was redshirt freshman Colten Carlson, who defeated three NDSU wrestlers on his way to the title. Carlson opened with a 6-4 win over the Bison’s Gavin Sutton, then scored a 12-0 major decision over Minot State’s Tanner Crissler. In the semifinals, Carlson knocked off Kyle Gliva with a third-period pin. The championship bout against Mitchell Bengston ended 105 seconds into the match, with Carlson declared the winner by injury default.

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Kocer ranked 11th by FloWrestling

South Dakota State University wrestler David Kocer checks in at No. 11 in the 174-pound weight class in preseason rankings conducted by

A senior from Wagner, Kocer made his second consecutive appearance in the NCAA Division I Championships this past spring, finishing the 2016-17 season with a 24-10 record. Through his first three seasons with the Jackrabbits, Kocer has compiled an 80-43 career mark.

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