Jackrabbits to face elite in Las Vegas

The South Dakota State University wrestling team will square off against some of the top wrestlers in the country this weekend as it travels to the desert for the 38th Annual Cliff Keen Las Vegas Collegiate Wrestling Invitational.

The individual tournament will feature more than 100 wrestlers currently ranked in the top 25 of their individual weight classes by FloWrestling, along with 16 of the top 25 teams in tournament rankings.

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Minimal movement over Thanksgiving Weekend in NWCA Division I Coaches Poll

Manheim, Pennsylvania – With only six duals taking place over the week of Thanksgiving, there were minimal changes in the most recent NWCA Division I Wrestling Coaches Poll, released on Tuesday.

Iowa received all 14 first-place votes to come in as the unanimous No. 1. The rest of the top five teams remained the same. The Hawkeyes (3-0) were impressive in a 32-3 dual win at home against then-No. 6 Wisconsin. Highlighting the dual for Iowa was Austin DeSanto, who defeated top-ranked and 2018 NCAA Division I champion Seth Gross at 133 pounds.

The only other matchup between ranked teams saw Ohio State beat Cornell 23-9 at a sold-out Covelli Center in Columbus. Ohio State moved up one spot to No. 7 this week, while Cornell stayed No. 17. No. 18 North Carolina was the only other ranked team in action. The Tar Heels (3-1) held off a solid Appalachian State squad 18-13 in Chapel Hill. No new teams entered the Top 25 this week.

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Arizona State snaps Penn State win streak; Iowa moves to No. 1 for first time since 2015

Manheim, Pennsylvania – Eleven years ago, Arizona State’s wrestling program was dropped for 10 days. This past weekend, a crowd of over 8,500 saw the Sun Devils knock off top-ranked Penn State and end the Nittany Lions’ dual meet win streak of 60. 

Couple that with Iowa’s 29-6 win over Iowa State and it was a recipe for a new No. 1 as Iowa (2-0) moved to the top spot for the first time since February 17, 2015, as the NWCA Division I Coaches Poll was released on Tuesday.

The Hawkeyes received 13 of 14 first-place votes. Nebraska (4-0) moved up one spot to No. 2, while Penn State (1-1) slid to No. 3. Arizona State (5-0) vaulted up six spots to No. 4. Virginia Tech (3-0) was fifth.

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Big 12 Wrestling Championship Tickets on Sale

Tickets for the 2020 Big 12 Wrestling Championship at the BOK Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma are now on sale. The event is set for Saturday and Sunday, March 7-8.

All-session tickets can be purchased on Ticket Master by clicking here beginning Nov. 26. General admission tickets start as low as $39, while reserved seating is $69 and premium seats are available for $89 and $109. Additional fees may apply.

This year marks the fifth neutral-site Big 12 Wrestling Championship and fourth to take place in Tulsa. Oklahoma State has won eight consecutive Big 12 Titles, and nine of the last 10.

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