Rotert repeats at Daktronics Open

BROOKINGS, S.D. – Nate Rotert repeated as the 197-pound champion at the Warren Williamson/Daktronics Open to lead the South Dakota State University wrestling team in its season-opening event Sunday at Frost Arena.

A senior from Spearfish, Rotert posted a 3-0 record on the day, which ended with a 6-5 victory over Nebraska’s Eric Schultz in the second tiebreaker of overtime. The ninth-ranked Rotert cruised to the championship with a pair of technical falls in his first two matches.

Two other Jackrabbit wrestlers in the upper weights also reached the title bout in their respective classes but were defeated. At 174 pounds, David Kocer was upended by Mikey Labriola, who was wrestling unattached. A two-time national qualifier and a senior from Wagner, Kocer won his first three matches by a combined 33-3, earning two victories by major decision and one by decision.

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Rotert ranked ninth by FloWrestling

South Dakota State University wrestler Nate Rotert appears in the ninth spot in 197-pound preseason rankings conducted by

A senior from Spearfish, Rotert is a three-time qualifier for the NCAA Division I Championships and finished the 2016-17 season with a 22-9 overall record. Through his first three seasons with the Jackrabbits, Rotert has posted a 71-32 career mark.

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