Minnesota 23, South Dakota State 10

Minnesota Earns 1000th Win in Program History with Win over SDSU

MINNEAPOLIS – Minnesota claimed their first win of the season and their 1000th win in program history on Sunday afternoon as they defeated the South Dakota State Jackrabbits by a score of 27-13. The Gophers won seven of the dual’s ten bouts.

With the win, Minnesota became just the fifth Division-I in collegiate wrestling history to surpass the 1000-win landmark, behind Oklahoma State, Iowa State, Oregon State, and Iowa.

The Jackrabbits got out of the gates quickly by winning a pair of matchups between nationally-ranked wrestlers. With the dual starting at 165 pounds, 17th-ranked Tanner Cook of SDSU and No. 20 Andrew Sparks traded takedowns and near-falls in a high-scoring opening period that ended with Sparks leading 11-7. Cook regained control in the second period, recording a pin midway through the stanza.

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Jackrabbits travel to Minnesota

The South Dakota State wrestling team hits the road this weekend, sending its starting lineup to a dual against 12th-ranked Minnesota and the Jackrabbit reserves to tournament competition at the Harold Nichols Cyclone Open.

Sunday’s dual at Minnesota is slated for a 1 p.m. start at the Maturi Pavilion in Minneapolis. The Jackrabbits enter the matchup with a 1-0 dual record after posting a 34-10 victory on Nov. 19. Minnesota is 0-1 after suffering a 23-10 setback at the hands of Oklahoma State on Nov. 20.

The dual can be viewed on the Big Ten Network Plus streaming platform (subscription required).

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Top 10 teams get busy; Oklahoma State moves into Top 5

Manheim, Pennsylvania – The top 10 teams in the nation went a combined 10-1 last week, with the only loss coming to another Top 10 team as the NWCA Division I Coaches Poll was released on Tuesday.

The movement within the Top 10 is primarily due to Ohio State’s 17-13 win at Virginia Tech on Friday. The win moved the Buckeyes (2-0) to No. 8, while it dropped the Hokies (1-1) to No. 10. Ohio State picked up swing match victories at 125 pounds and 285 pounds to knock off Virginia Tech in front of 4,500 fans in Blacksburg. The Hokies rebounded to beat Gardner-Webb the following day in Cassell Coliseum.

Top-ranked Iowa opened its season with a 32-12 win over No. 21 Princeton before a sold-out crowd at iconic Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Expect crowds of over 14,000 on the regular this season as all the Hawkeye wrestling season tickets have sold out. The win was Iowa’s 19th in a row, the longest dual win streak currently in Division I.

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Casperson reaches finals at Daktronics Open

Nick Casperson reached the finals of the 197-pound weight class to lead a contingent of South Dakota State wrestlers Sunday at the Warren Williamson/Daktronics Open at Frost Arena.

A junior from Beresford, Casperson posted a 2-1 record on the day. He opened with a 12-7 decision over Northern Iowa’s Noah Glaser, followed by an 11-8 victory against Bennett Tabor of Minnesota.

In the championship bout, Nebraska’s Silas Allred came away with a first-period pin of Casperson.

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South Dakota State 34, Augustana 10

Jackrabbits pin Augustana in dual opener

South Dakota State wrestlers recorded four pins, propelling the Jackrabbits to a 34-10 victory over Augustana in the season-opening dual for both squads Friday night at Frost Arena.

Three of SDSU’s pins came in a four-match stretch, starting with a second-period pin by returning All-American Clay Carlson in his 141-pound matchup against Kage Lenger.

Zach Price, ranked 24th at 149 pounds, followed with a second-period pin of Keaten Schorr, while 20th-ranked Tanner Cook marked his return to the lineup by needing only 22 seconds to put Miles Fitzgerald’s shoulders to the mat in the 165-pound bout. Prior to Friday, Cook last wrestled a collegiate match in March 2020.

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Jackrabbits schedule changed for weekend

The South Dakota State wrestling team opens the home portion of its schedule and also kicks off the 2021-22 dual slate with a pair of events this weekend at Frost Arena, although the schedule has changed as of Thursday morning.

A triangular that included in-state NCAA Division II programs Northern State and Augustana was originally scheduled for Friday, but Northern has withdrawn from the competition due to a tragic incident involving the Wolves’ wrestling program. The Jackrabbits will still wrestle against Augustana, with extra matches starting at 6 p.m. and the dual at 7. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m.

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Jackrabbits home for two events

The South Dakota State wrestling team opens the home portion of its schedule and also kicks off the 2021-22 dual slate with a pair of events this weekend at Frost Arena.

The Jackrabbits begin the weekend by hosting in-state NCAA Division II programs Northern State and Augustana in a triangular Friday. Northern and Augie square off at 4:30 p.m., followed by South Dakota State and Northern at 6 p.m., with the Jackrabbits meeting Augustana at 7:30 p.m. to close out the triangular.

On Sunday, SDSU hosts the Warren Williamson/Daktronics Open. Action on five mats is scheduled to start at 9 a.m. The day-long event will feature regional Division I programs from SDSU, North Dakota State, Minnesota, Nebraska, and Northern Iowa, as well as a number of wrestlers from lower-level regional schools.

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