A goal is gone for former KMS Fighting Saint star

Zach Carlson’s All-America dream at South Dakota State is quashed by Coronavirus pandemic

BROOKINGS, S.D. — Zach Carlson’s goal was to become an All-American wrestler.

And with the NCAA Division I wrestling championships set to take place at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, there was no better place for Carlson to wrap up his career at South Dakota State.

“That was huge, having that be in my home state,” Carlson said from his family’s home in Murdock this week. “I had a bunch of fans that were going to make it. There was no better way to go out than in Minneapolis.”

Then on March 12, four days after Carlson qualified for his first NCAA tournament with a second-place showing at the Big 12 Championship, the NCAA canceled the national championship due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Continue reading at wctrib.com

NCAA announces the 2020 NCAA wrestling award winners

INDIANAPOLIS — The NCAA has released the winners and final standings for the 2020 NCAA wrestling awards in Divisions I, II and III.

The three awards, given in each division, honor the Most Dominant Wrestler as well as the student-athletes who have accumulated the most falls and the most technical falls throughout the course of the regular season, conference tournaments and NCAA super regionals.

Leading the way as the Most Dominant Wrestler in each division are Spencer Lee of Iowa in Division I, Jared Campbell of Notre Dame (Ohio) in Division II and Troy Stanich of Stevens in Division III.

The award for most falls went to Jacob Schwarm of the University of Northern Iowa with 16 in Division I, Hayden Bronne of Tiffin in Division II with 20 and Marvin Cunningham of Johnson & Wales University (Providence) with 24.

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Jackrabbits’ seedings, pairings announced for NCAA meet

INDIANAPOLIS – Pairings and seedings for the upcoming NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships were announced Wednesday, with three of South Dakota State’s four qualifiers earning top-12 seeds.

Redshirt freshman Tanner Sloan is the highest-seed for the Jackrabbits, earning the 11th seed in the 197-pound weight class. A native of Alburnett, Iowa, Sloan has compiled a 21-6 record this season, including turning in a runner-up finish at the Big 12 Wrestling Championship last weekend in Tulsa, Oklahoma. His first-round opponent is No. 22 Jake Jakobsen, 16-9 overall, from Lehigh.

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NCAA President Mark Emmert’s statement on limiting attendance at NCAA events

The NCAA continues to assess the impact of COVID-19 in consultation with public health officials and our COVID-19 advisory panel. Based on their advice and my discussions with the NCAA Board of Governors, I have made the decision to conduct our upcoming championship events, including the Division I men’s and women’s basketball tournaments, with only essential staff and limited family attendance. While I understand how disappointing this is for all fans of our sports, my decision is based on the current understanding of how COVID-19 is progressing in the United States. This decision is in the best interest of public health, including that of coaches, administrators, fans and, most importantly, our student-athletes. We recognize the opportunity to compete in an NCAA national championship is an experience of a lifetime for the students and their families. Today, we will move forward and conduct championships consistent with the current information and will continue to monitor and make adjustments as needed.

-NCAA President Mark Emmert

NCAA announces at-large selections for Division I wrestling championships

Gophers receive four at-large bids

INDIANAPOLIS — The NCAA announced the 48 at-large selections for the 2020 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships in Minneapolis.

The wrestlers, listed in alphabetical order by weight class, join the 282 student-athletes that qualified automatically through their conference tournament finishes last weekend.  The at-large selections were made by the NCAA Division I Wrestling Committee using the following selection criteria: head-to-head competition, quality wins, results against common opponents, winning percentage, rating percentage index, coaches ranking and conference tournament finish.

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NCAA standings for Division I Most Dominant Wrestler, most falls and most tech falls set heading into national championships

INDIANAPOLIS — The NCAA has released updated standings for the 2020 NCAA Wrestling Awards that will be awarded in March at the Division I Wrestling Championships. Both all-session and single-session tickets are still available for the event at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis at ncaa.com/wrestling.

The inaugural NCAA Wrestling Awards were presented at the 2012 wrestling championships. The three awards, given in each division, honor the Most Dominant Wrestler as well as the student-athletes that have accumulated the most falls and the most technical falls throughout the course of the regular and postseasons.

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