Jackrabbit wrestlers end season at NCAAs

NEW YORK – The South Dakota State University wrestling team wrapped up a successful season Friday at the NCAA Division I Championships contested at Madison Square Garden.

The Jackrabbits entered the second day of the national tournament with four of their school-record five national qualifiers still in contention; however, the Jackrabbits went a combined 2-5 in competition on Friday. Continue reading

NDSU Run Ends at NCAA Wrestling Championships

NEW YORK CITY — North Dakota State University’s run at the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships ended during Session IV on Friday, March 18, before a sellout crowd of 17,899 at Madison Square Garden.

North Dakota State 125 Josh Rodriguez lost in the consolation bracket fourth round, 184 Hayden Zillmer dropped an overtime decision in the third round and 149 Clay Ream dropped a major decision in the second round.

Rodriguez lost by fall at 2:26 to No. 9-seed Dylan Peters of Northern Iowa. Rodriguez finishes the season with a 36-10 record. He was 3-2 at the NCAA tournament this year and 5-4 overall. Continue reading

NDSU 125 Josh Rodriguez Advances at NCAA Wrestling Championships

NEW YORK CITY — With a pair of wins, North Dakota State University 125-pounder Josh Rodriguez advanced following the third session of the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships on Friday, March 18, before a sellout crowd of 17,899 at Madison Square Garden.

The NCAA tournament continues at 7 p.m. Central Time on Friday, March 18 with Session IV featuring the semifinals, and wrestle-back fourth and fifth rounds. Continue reading

Pfarr Shines for Gophers on First Day of NCAAs

Four Gopher wrestlers advance to day two of the tournament, with Pfarr moving to the quarterfinals after a 2-0 opening day

Brett Pfarr shined for Minnesota on the opening day of the 2016 NCAA Championships at Madison Square Garden, allowing just a single point to his two opponents and advancing to the 197-pound quarterfinals. Collectively, the five Gophers who earned spots in this year’s tournament went 5-5 on the day, with four still alive for the tournament’s second day. The Gophers scored 5.5 points as a team on Thursday and currently sit in a tie for 30th place. Continue reading

NDSU’s Rodriguez, Ream & Zillmer Alive in Wrestle-Backs at NCAA Wrestling Championships

NEW YORK CITY — North Dakota State University 125-pounder Josh Rodriguez, 149 Clay Ream and 184-pounder Hayden Zillmer are alive in the consolation round following the second session of the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships on Thursday, March 17, before a sellout crowd of 17,805 at Madison Square Garden. The total day one attendance was 35,569.

Top-ranked Penn State leads after Session II with 27.5 points, defending champion Ohio State and Oklahoma State are tied for second with 24 points. Nebraska is fourth with 20, while Iowa, Missouri and Virginia Tech are tied for fifth with 17.5. NDSU is tied for 42nd with 4 points.

The NCAA tournament continues at 10 a.m. Central Time on Friday, March 18 with Session III featuring the quarterfinals, and the wrestle-back second and third rounds. Rodriguez squares off with Central Michigan’s Brent Fleetwood (20-12), Ream battled No. 10-seed Mike DePalma (25-9) of Kent State and Zillmer faces West Virginia’s Jakob Scheffel (22-15). Continue reading

Pack advances to NCAA quarterfinals; four Jackrabbits remain

NEW YORK — South Dakota State University 157-pounder Cody Pack advanced to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships with a pair of victories Thursday at Madison Square Garden.

In all, four of the school-record five Jackrabbit wrestlers who qualified for the national tournament remain in contention after the first day of competition.

In his opening-round match, the seventh-seeded Pack turned in a dominant performance over Neal Richards of Virginia Military Institute, recording a 9-1 major decision in which he racked up a riding-time advantage of more than four minutes. Continue reading