Oklahoma State moves up after a pair of Top 10 wins

Manheim, Pennsylvania – Oklahoma State picked off a pair of top-10 opponents last week, moving the Cowboys back into the nation’s Top 10 as the most recent NWCA Division I Wrestling Coaches Poll was released on Tuesday.

Oklahoma State (11-2) beat then-No. 6 Michigan 24-15 at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas at the second Bout at the Ballpark and then beat then-No. 8 Missouri on criteria in front of over 5,000 fans at historic Gallagher-Iba Arena in Stillwater.

The top five teams remained steady as Penn State remained unbeaten after wins over No. 4 Ohio State and then-No. 22 Indiana. No. 2 Iowa beat No. 12 Minnesota 18-13, while Iowa State got past West Virginia 20-13 and pesky Pittsburgh 16-15. Cornell locked up another Ivy League title with a pair of wins on the weekend. The Big Red beat Penn and Princeton.

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Rogotzke wins at Don Parker Open

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. — Roman Rogotzke claimed the 197-pound title and Cody Donnelly placed third in the same weight class to lead a group of South Dakota State wrestlers Saturday at the Don Parker Open.

A redshirt freshman from Stillwater, Minnesota, Rogotzke posted a 3-0 record on the day, culminating with a 12-7 victory over Kolby Franklin of Iowa in the championship match. After receiving an opening-round bye, Rogotzke pinned D.J. Myles of St. John’s (Minn.) in the first period of his first match of the day, then followed with an 11-5 decision over Minnesota State’s Josh Piechowski.

Donnelly, a redshirt freshman from Philip, tallied a 2-1 record, with his only blemish a 6-4 setback at the hands of Franklin in the semifinals. Donnelly was dominant in his first two matches, turning in an 18-3 technical fall against Luther’s Jacob Steenhoek, followed by a first-period fall over Wisconsin’s Michael Tal-Shahar.

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Cornell remains atop NWCA Mid-Major Top 20

Manheim, Pennsylvania – Cornell, ranked in the top five nationally in the most recent NWCA Division I Wrestling Coaches Poll, remains atop the second NWCA Mid-Major Poll released on Friday. The Big Red are 9-2 on the season and are one of four Ivy League schools in the Top 20.

Three Big 12 affiliates – North Dakota State, Northern Iowa, and South Dakota State hold down the next three positions, while Appalachian State comes in fifth. Columbia from the Ivy League and Chattanooga from the Southern Conference break into the rankings this week for the first time this season.

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Jacks add two to recruiting class

Two more high school wrestling standouts recently signed a National Letter of Intent, indicating they will enroll at South Dakota State University in the fall and compete for the Jackrabbit wrestling program.

The signees are Avery Allen, 149 pounds, Bozeman, Montana, and Parker Janssen, 141 pounds, St. Michael, Minnesota.

Allen is in search of his fourth consecutive individual state title at Bozeman High School and holds a 140-2 record at the prep level. He won his first Class AA state championship at 132 pounds as a freshman, followed by a title at 145 pounds as a sophomore. Allen bumped up to 152 pounds as a junior and completed a 33-0 season with his third championship.

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