Jacks face challenging 2019-20 schedule

Eight home competitions and a pair of high-level tournaments highlight the 2019-20 schedule for the South Dakota State University wrestling team.

“I really like the schedule we’ve been able to put together for this season,” said second-year head coach Damion Hahn. “It has a good mix of traditional rivals while further exposing our guys to more elite-level competition throughout the year, which should prepare us come postseason time in March.”

The season kicks off Nov. 9 at the Bison Open in Fargo, North Dakota, followed by a Nov. 15 dual against Binghamton. An announcement of the time and location for the Binghamton dual will be made at a later date.

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Sloan departs for world championships

TALLINN, Estonia – South Dakota State’s Tanner Sloan is ready to take on the world.

The second-year Jackrabbit wrestler is scheduled to compete at the United World Wrestling Junior World Championships, which begin Monday. Sloan is slated to wrestle in the 97-kilogram weight class of the freestyle competition.

Sloan earned a spot on Team USA by winning the UWW Junior Freestyle World Team Trials in Raleigh, North Carolina, in May. In his first international competition a month later, Sloan won the gold medal at the UWW Pan American Championship in Guatemala City, Guatemala.

“I feel we like to hand-fight harder, wrestle harder than some of the foreign countries,” Sloan said. “I felt that when I was in Guatemala, so that was good experience before going over to worlds.”

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Jackrabbit Signees Earn All-America Honors

FARGO, N.D. – Incoming South Dakota State University wrestlers combined to earn five All-America honors at the recently completed 2019 U.S. Marine Corps/USA Wrestling Junior Nationals at the Fargodome.

Cade DeVos and Spencer Trenary each earned All-America honors in both freestyle and Greco-Roman as members of Team Iowa, while Caleb Gross also was a Greco-Roman All-American for Team Wisconsin.

DeVos, a native of Altoona, Iowa, won the 160-pound title in the Greco-Roman competition, posting a 6-0 record. He won four of his matches by 10-0 scores before earning a 5-1 decision over Ryan Cody of Florida in the championship bout.

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Future Jacks to wrestle at Fargo Nationals

FARGO, N.D. — Five members of the incoming freshman class for the South Dakota State University wrestling team are scheduled to compete in the junior division of the 2019 U.S. Marine Corps Junior National Championships, which get underway Sunday.

Three of the future Jackrabbits will wrestle as members of Team Iowa: 126-pounder Daniel Kimball, 160-pounder Cade Devos and heavyweight Spencer Trenary. Kimball went a combined 127-11 over his last three seasons at Don Bosco High School in Gilbertville, Iowa, winning a Class 1A state title at 106 pounds as a junior, before ending his prep career with a 43-2 record en route to a runner-up finish in the 120-pound division this past winter. Kimball also has earned All-America honors while wrestling both folkstyle and freestyle.

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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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