Jackrabbits Shuffle Weight Classes To Strengthen Their Lineup

South Dakota State University Is Striving For Maximum Effort

By Matt Krumrie

South Dakota State University wrestling fans will see a lot of familiar faces in the 2021-2022 lineup. Several returning regulars from last year's team that tied for 26th at the NCAA Division I championships are switching weights.

Leading the way is one wrestler who has been a stalwart at 141 and is staying at 141 - Clay Carlson. A Minnesota state champion from Willmar, Carlson earned All-American honors with an eighth-place finish at the NCAA DI championships last year. Carlson won 20 matches last season and now has 41 wins in his two years as a starter. Combined with the 29 matches he won in his redshirt freshman season, Carlson has amassed an impressive 70 wins as a Jackrabbits wrestler in three seasons.

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Jackrabbit Schedule Set

Seven home dates and three road duals against teams that placed in the top 10 at last season’s NCAA Championships highlight South Dakota State’s 2021-22 wrestling schedule that was announced Thursday.

The Jackrabbits are scheduled to open the season Nov. 13 at the Bison Open in Fargo, North Dakota, before hosting a pair of events the next weekend. SDSU, which posted a 5-6 dual mark in an abbreviated 2020-21 campaign, is slated to welcome Augustana and Northern State to Frost Arena for a dual triangular Nov. 19, followed by the Daktronics Open Nov. 21.

To close out the calendar year and ring in 2022, SDSU is set to wrestle at a pair of Big Ten opponents while also squaring off against elite competition at some of the top tournaments in the country. The Jackrabbits travel Nov. 28 to Minnesota and Dec. 18 to Nebraska for duals, with the tournament slate for the team’s top wrestlers consisting of the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational (Dec. 3-4) and the Southern Scuffle in Chattanooga, Tennessee (Jan. 1-2).

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‘I’m small-town, not a city kid:’ K-M’s Bennett Berge goes with family ties, commits to South Dakota State

Bennett Berge, the youngest of three brothers who have had standout careers at Kasson-Mantorville, has made a verbal commitment to wrestle at South Dakota State University. He’ll join older brother Brady, an assistant coach for the Jackrabbits, there in the fall of 2022.

The youngest brother from a family synonymous with Kasson-Mantorville wrestling has made his decision.

It was, at least in part, made with family in mind.

KoMets senior Bennett Berge announced today that he will do his college wrestling at Division I South Dakota State University in Brookings, S.D. Continue reading at postbulletin.com →