Jackrabbits’ Vega, Price lead way at U23 Nationals

AKRON, Ohio – South Dakota State University wrestlers Danny Vega and Zach Price each earned All-America status with top-eight finishes in the freestyle division at the 2019 UWW U23 Nationals over the weekend.

Vega finished as runner-up in the 57-kilogram weight class, while Price placed eighth in the 61-kilogram class. Both wrestlers competed as members of the Jackrabbit Wrestling Club.

Seeded fourth, Vega finished the weekend with a 5-2 record. He won each of his first two matches by 10 points before scoring a 15-6 victory over Benyamin Kamali of the Cavalier Wrestling Club in the quarterfinals. A native of Tucson, Arizona, and a transfer from Iowa State, Vega advanced to the championship round with a 7-3 win over Tommy Hoskins of Oklahoma.

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Sloan earns spot on world team

RALEIGH, N.C. – South Dakota State University wrestler Tanner Sloan will represent the United States in international competition later this summer after winning the 97-kilogram division at the UWW Junior Freestyle World Team Trials over the weekend.

A native of Alburnett, Iowa, and a member of the Jackrabbit Wrestling Club, Sloan posted a 4-0 record over two days. Seeded first in the bracketed portion of the event, Sloan received a first-round bye before defeating Jake Boyd, 13-2, in the semifinals and Kyle Lightner of the Scarlet Knights Wrestling Club, 11-0, in Friday’s championship bout. Boyd competed unattached.

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Sloan readies for UWW World Team Trials

RALEIGH, N.C. — South Dakota State University wrestler Tanner Sloan is scheduled to compete for a spot on the United States national team at this weekend’s UWW Junior Freestyle World Team Trials. Competition begins at 10 a.m. Eastern Time Friday at Reynolds Coliseum on the North Carolina State University campus and runs through Saturday.

The champion in each of the 10 weight classes will earn the right to represent the United States at the 2019 Junior World Championships Aug. 12-18 in Tallinn, Estonia. The junior division features wrestlers ages 17-20.

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South Dakota State Wrestling banquet set for May 5

The South Dakota State University wrestling team will wrap up the 2018-19 season with its annual awards banquet May 5.

The noon event is open to the public and will be held at Club 71 inside Dana J. Dykhouse Stadium. Tickets are $25 per person and can be reserved by contacting Meredith Suess (Meredith.Suess@jacks.sdstate.edu). Deadline to RSVP is April 27.