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Jacks impress at open

Courtesy: SDSU Sports Info
Release: 11/08/2012 09:47:16

The South Dakota State wrestling team scored multiple placewinners at the Warren Williamson/Daktronics Open.

In its season-opening home open, the Jacks impressed in front of a strong crowd on Sunday. The open format allowed SDSU to enter numerous athletes in many weight classes.

Aaron Pickrel wrestled at the lowest weight for SDSU and finished in third place. Pickrel scored falls versus Smith (Midland) in 2:45 and Vieyra (Augustana) in 5:30 before scoring a 7-2 decision versus Weber (North Dakota State). In the wrestleback, Pickrel won by fall in less than 40 seconds versus Bundy (Iowa Central) and completed his comeback as a placewinner with a 2-1 decision versus Weber (North Dakota State).

One of two SDSU wrestlers at 133 pounds, Brance Simms placed fourth. Simms won by 17-1 technical fall versus Menendez (Mary) and 10-2 decision versus Wilmert (Midland). In the wrestleback, Simms won by fall versus Jans (Augustana) in 3:56, a 6-0 decision versus Chestnut (Augustana) and a 7-4 decision versus Cathey (North Dakota State) to advance to the third-place match, where he was narrowly defeated 3-2.

In the 141-pound weight class, Will James turned heads with a second-place finish. James won by a tight 2-0 decision versus Sand (Simpson), fall versus Fender (Northwestern) in 4:35 and a convincing 12-4 decision versus Ziemann (Midland). In the semifinals, James won by 11-2 major decision versus Peterson (Augustana) to advance to the finals, where he was narrowly defeated 4-0.

Dustin Walraven placed third as the lone competitor for the Jacks at 149. Walraven won by fall versus Anderson (Nebraska) in less than one minute and 18-4 major decision versus Shupe (Minnesota). In the wrestleback, Walraven defeated Brown (Jamestown) by 15-3 major decision, Babcock (Nebraska) by a 4-1 decision, Rangell (Minnesota) by fall in 3:18 and placed with a 14-3 major decision versus Zeman (Minnesota).

At 157, one of the deepest weight classes, Cody Pack led SDSU and advanced to the finals. Pack scored a 20-6 major decision versus Zeke Nistrian (Nebraska), 17-4 major decision versus Brad Dolezal (Minnesota) and a 20-5 technical fall versus Winkler (Midland). In the semifinals, Pack punched his ticket for the finals with an 8-2 decision versus Geoghegan (Iowa Central). In the finals, Pack squared off with No. 5 James Green (Nebraska) and lost a tough match by 7-4 decision.

A pair of SDSU wrestlers, Troy Morisette and Tyler White, made an impact at 174. Morisette won by a 6-4 decision versus Newberg (Nebraska) and 2-0 decision versus Holthaus (Iowa Central) before scoring a 5-0 decision versus Hicks (Iowa Central) in the wrestleback. White won by 21-6 technical fall versus Clay (Northern State) and worked through the wrestleback with a fall versus Holthaus in 3:10 and a 12-6 decision versus Branson (Jamestown). After one win and one loss for each, the two squared off for fifth place, where Morisette won by a 6-0 decision.

In the 197-pound weight class, Brandon Ballard worked his way through the wrestleback and finished fifth. Ballard won with a 5-2 decision versus Witzel (Simpson), fall versus Granum (SDSU) in 1:48 and fall versus Castlebury (North Dakota State) in 2:06 to place.

At the top weight, J.J. Everard placed sixth. Everard won by 13-4 major decision versus Busch (Iowa Central) before a narrow 5-3 decision versus teammate Jacob Haydel and won by fall versus Gusewelle (North Dakota State) in less than 40 seconds for the place.

Complete SDSU wrestler results are listed below.

Completed brackets are available at the beginning of this article.

Next the Jacks travel to DeKalb, Ill., for the Northern Illinois Quad. SDSU wrestles in four duals on Saturday: Cleveland State (10 a.m.), Indiana (2 p.m.), Northern Illinois (4 p.m.) and Tiffin (6 p.m.).

Wrestler

Weight Class

Record

Place

Aaron Pickrel

125

5-1

3rd

Chet Utesch

125

1-2

 

Max Malave

125

0-2

 

Brance Simms

133

5-2

4th

Eric Orozco

133

1-0

 

Will James

141

4-1

2nd

Ben Gillette

141

2-2

 

Dustin Walraven

149

6-1

3rd

Ben Fichter

157

0-2

 

Kevin Caruso

157

1-2

 

Cody Pack

157

4-1

2nd

Wesley Grew

165

0-2

 

John Nething II

165

3-2

 

Ben Schwery

165

1-2

 

Trey Hable

174

0-2

 

Ryan Festag

174

1-1

 

Troy Morisette

174

5-2

5th

Tyler White

174

4-3

6th

Hunter Weddington

184

0-2

 

Brandon Ballard

197

4-2

5th

J.J. Everard

285

2-3

6th

Jacob Haydel

285

1-2

 

 

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