Blasius signs with Jackrabbit Wrestling

Four-time South Dakota high school state champion Burk Blasius has signed a national letter of intent, indicating he will continue his wrestling and academic pursuits at South Dakota State University in the fall.

A Wall native and a member of the Philip/Kadoka Area/Wall wrestling co-op, Blasius compiled a 180-22 prep record en route to Class B state titles at 160 pounds as a freshman, 170 pounds as a sophomore and junior, and 175 pounds his senior season. He posted a 36-2 record during the 2023-24 season and was named Class B Wrestler of the Year by the South Dakota Wrestling Coaches Association.

Blasius also excelled in football, earning all-state honors and Elite 45 accolades from the Sioux Falls Argus Leader as a quarterback in 2022 and 2023. He was also named conference MVP on both the offensive and defensive sides of the ball his senior season.

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Dineen, Dupill place at U20 U.S. Open

LAS VEGAS — South Dakota State wrestlers Thomas Dineen and Colin Dupill turned in top-eight placings in the freestyle division during competition over the weekend at the 2024 U20 U.S. Open.

Dineen, a native of Hancock, Minnesota, placed fourth in the 97-kilogram weight class after posting a 3-2 record in the two-day competition. Wrestling as a member of the Jackrabbit Wrestling Club, Dineen moved into the quarterfinals with two victories on Friday, then dropped an 11-1 decision (VSU1) Saturday morning to Camden McDanel of Ohio. He came back with a 10-0 victory over Ian Smith of the CrossTrained Weigh In Club before being edged by Steven Burrell Jr. of the Cavalier Wrestling Club, 4-1, in the third-place bout.

Dupill saw extensive mat action over the two days of competition, posting an 8-3 record en route to an eighth-place finish in the 70-kilogram class. A native of Greeneville, Dupill dropped his opening-round match before reeling off eight consecutive wins in the wrestlebacks by a combined score of 86-9 to earn a spot in the placing matches.

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SDSU finishes fourth for team GPA

MANHEIM, Pa. — South Dakota State wrestling reached new heights both on the mat and in the classroom during the 2023-24 season, with the Jackrabbits attaining a fourth-place showing in the National Wrestling Coaches Association’s 2024 NCAA Division I Men’s Team Scholar All-America top-30 rankings.

The Jackrabbits compiled a 3.5416 team grade-point average to receive the team recognition for the fourth season in a row and were the highest-ranking Big 12 Conference school. Harvard led the way with a 3.6134 team GPA, followed by Cleveland State at 3.5706 and Drexel with a 3.5456 team GPA.

SDSU finished 10th a season ago with a 3.4635 team GPA.

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Jackrabbits close out NCAA Championships

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Tanner Sloan capped his collegiate career with a fifth-place finish at 197 pounds, while redshirt freshman Bennett Berge recorded South Dakota State’s highest placing with a fourth-place finish in the 184-pound division during competition Saturday morning at the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships contested at T-Mobile Center.

A senior from Alburnett, Iowa, Sloan split his two matches on the day to finish the three-day tournament with a 4-2 record. He began the day with a 6-2 defeat at the hands of Oklahoma’s Stephen Buchanan, then rebounded with a 7-0 decision over longtime rival Rocky Elam of Missouri. In sweeping the three-match season series from Elam, Sloan registered a takedown in the final minute of the first period and added a second takedown in the closing seconds of the second period.

Sloan, who repeated as an All-American, ended his career with a 113-23 overall record to rank ninth for victories in program history.

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