NCAA runner-up Seth Gross of South Dakota State determined to claim top prize in March

Seth Gross has become one of the faces of South Dakota State’s wrestling program as a returning NCAA finalist and the No. 1 wrestler in the nation at 133 pounds.

Last season, the Jackrabbit put up an incredible run to the national podium, compiling a 34-2 overall record with an astounding 30 bonus-point wins. He also became one of the first Division I All-Americans for SDSU when he and teammate Alex Kocer recorded top-eight finishes at the national tournament in 2017.

Gross advanced to the NCAA finals last March in St. Louis, where he faced Cory Clark, an Iowa senior and the tournament’s top-seeded wrestler. Clark, a four-time All-American and two-time NCAA finalist, took the crown, claiming a 4-3 win over Gross.

Gross started his collegiate career at Iowa before transferring to Chris Bono’s emerging program, which added a little more drama to the match. Continue reading at

Gross in running for Hodge Trophy

Nearing the halfway mark of the 2017-18 wrestling season, South Dakota State’s Seth Gross is firmly in the discussion for the Hodge Trophy, which is awarded annually to the most outstanding collegiate wrestler.

A junior from Apple Valley, Minnesota, Gross is undefeated so far this season with a 12-0 record. Of his 12 victories, five have been by technical fall and five by fall. At last week’s Midlands Championships, the top-ranked Gross cruised to the 133-pound title by recording four technical falls and two pins in his six matches, earning the two-day tournament’s Dan Gable Outstanding Wrestler award.

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The Guillotine – December 8, 2017

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No. 1 Gross has more than made most of second chance

Seth Gross thought he might be done.

A prized prospect who captured three state championships while also winning titles at Junior and Cadet Nationals, Gross stepped away from wrestling in 2015.

He was off the mat for nearly six months.

His weight had ballooned to almost 170 pounds.

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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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Gross wins at NWCA All-Star Classic

PRINCETON, N.J. – In a matchup between the top-two ranked wrestlers at 133 pounds in preseason polls, South Dakota State’s Seth Gross scored a 7-1 decision over Michigan’s Stevan Micic Sunday afternoon at the 52nd annual NWCA All-Star Classic.

A junior from Apple Valley, Minnesota, the top-ranked Gross scored an early first-period takedown before giving up an escape to Micic later in the period. Gross then rode out the entire second period, picking up a point for stalling in the process. After recording an escape seconds into the third period, Gross again took down Micic for two points and picked up a final point in the exhibition match for a riding-time advantage that neared five minutes.

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Gross selected for All-Star Classic

PRINCETON, N.J. — South Dakota State’s Seth Gross has been selected to compete at next month’s 52nd annual NWCA All-Star Classic.

A junior from Apple Valley, Minnesota, Gross is scheduled to square off against Michigan’s Stevan Micic in the 133-pound bout. Both wrestlers earned All-America honors at the 2017 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships, with Gross finishing as runner-up with a 34-2 record, and Micic ending the year 29-7 overall after a fourth-place finish. The two did not wrestle last season.

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