Jackrabbits post strong opening session

TULSA, Okla. – South Dakota State is in third place in the team standings and four Jackrabbit wrestlers advanced to Saturday night’s semifinals during the opening session of the Big 12 Wrestling Championship at BOK Center.

Second-seeded Henry Pohlmeyer (149 pounds) and Tanner Sloan (197 pounds) both cruised into the semis with a pair of victories. Pohlmeyer notched a third-period pin against West Virginia’s Seth Hogue in the opening round, then posted a 4-1 decision over North Dakota State’s Jaden Van Maanen.

A two-time NCAA qualifier, Pohlmeyer will meet third-seeded Max Thomsen of Northern Iowa in the semis.

Sloan allowed only one point in recording two major decisions during the first session, blanking Iowa State’s Joel Shapiro, 9-0, before turning in an 11-1 victory over seventh-seeded Jacob Seely.

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Jackrabbits ready for Big 12 tournament

BROOKINGS, S.D. — South Dakota State wrestlers will vie for conference titles and berths in the upcoming NCAA tournament during weekend competition at the Big 12 Wrestling Championship in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

The two-day tournament runs Saturday and Sunday at BOK Center. Action begins at 11 a.m. both days, with consolation matches and semifinals set for 5 p.m. Saturday and the championship session slated for a 6 p.m. start on Sunday.

Video coverage of the first three sessions will be available on the ESPN+ (Big 12 Now) streaming platform (subscription required). Sunday’s championship session will be televised by FOX Sports regional networks and also available online at FoxSportsGo.com.

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Jackrabbits Receive Big 12 Wrestling Championships Pre-Seeds

TULSA, Okla. – South Dakota State wrestlers Henry Pohlmeyer and Tanner Sloan are each seeded second in their respective weight classes for this weekend’s Big 12 Wrestling Championship. The top eight pre-seeds in each of the 10 weight classes were announced Wednesday by conference officials.

A senior from Johnston, Iowa, Pohlmeyer is seeded second in the 149-pound division after posting a 19-4 record so far this season. His lone loss against a Big 12 opponent was to top-seeded Boo Lewallen of Oklahoma State.

A two-time NCAA qualifier, Pohlmeyer is scheduled to face Seth Hogue of West Virginia in the opening round on Saturday.

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NCAA reveals qualifier allocations for 2020 NCAA DI Wrestling Championships

INDIANAPOLIS — The NCAA has announced the qualifier allocations for the 2020 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships as listed in the chart below.

Each qualifying tournament was awarded automatic bids per weight class based on current year data. Each wrestler was measured on the following: Division I winning percentage at the weight class; ratings percentage index (RPI); and coaches’ ranking.

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College wrestling standings update: Most dominant wrestler, falls and tech falls leaders

INDIANAPOLIS  — The NCAA has released updated standings for the 2020 NCAA Wrestling Awards that will be awarded in March at the respective Division I, II and III Wrestling Championships. 

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. 

A 2:33 fall by Penn State 174-pounder Mark Hall over American moved him to 4.85 average team points per match and first place in the race for most dominant in Division I.  Hall’s teammate Nick Lee is second with 4.67 points at 141 pounds, while Princeton’s Pat Glory averages 4.65 points at 125 pounds for third.

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Iowa finishes 2019-20 season ranked No. 1 in NWCA Division I Coaches Poll

Manheim, Pennsylvania – With 616 dual meets involving Division I teams in the 2019-20 wrestling season, only two were left undefeated. Top-ranked Iowa went 13-0 and third-ranked NC State finished 15-0 as the final regular-season NWCA Division I Coaches Poll was released on Tuesday.

Iowa, which started the year as the nation’s second-ranked team, finished in the top spot as the Hawkeyes’ impressive squad also helped set a new single-season average attendance record of 12,568, breaking its previous record of 12,166 set in the 2014-15 season. While average attendance has only been tracked by members of the wrestling media since 2002, duals over 10,000 fans have been logged since 1946. This season, Iowa had seven of the nine duals that drew over 10,000 fans. It was also the first time in Division I history with more than seven duals drawing five figures. Full attendance figures will be compiled and released following the season.

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