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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Jackrabbits finish fourth at Big 12 meet

TULSA, Okla. – South Dakota State’s three wrestlers who reached the finals of their respective weight classes all lost by decision Sunday night at the Big 12 Wrestling Championship held at BOK Center.

As a team, the Jackrabbits wrapped up the two-day tournament with a fourth-place finish – an improvement of six spots from a year ago. SDSU finished with 94 points, finishing behind champion Oklahoma State (147.5), Iowa State (116.5) and Northern Iowa (111.5). Oklahoma State’s title was it’s eighth in a row.

Oklahoma State had three wrestlers win individual titles, including top-seeded 149-pounder Boo Lewallen, who downed the Jackrabbits’ Henry Pohlmeyer, 8-5. A senior from Johnston, Iowa, Pohlmeyer opened the scoring with a takedown before Lewallen countered with an escape and takedown to take the lead. The second-seeded Pohlmeyer tied the match at 5-all with an escape midway through the third period, but Lewallen quickly recorded the go-ahead takedown and closed the match with a point for riding time.

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