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Jacks host home dual opener

Courtesy: SDSU Sports Info
Release: 12/07/2012 16:21:50
Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012
SDSU (2-5) vs. SIUE (1-4)*
Frost Arena (Brookings, S.D.)
7 p.m.
Series: Tied 1-1-1
Live Stream available on GoJacks.com
Live Stats available via Track Wrestling on GoJacks.com
*SIUE record does not include win versus Iowa Central

The South Dakota State wrestling team hosts SIUE in its home dual opener on Saturday at 7 p.m. in Frost Arena.

SDSU enters the weekend fresh off of its longest road trip of the season to Las Vegas. Jackrabbit wrestlers competed in the Cliff Keen Invitational and finished with one placewinner.

First-year head coach Chris Bono and first-year assistant coaches Israel Silva and Andrew Sorenson lead SDSU. Bono posted a 39-17-0 record in three years at UT-Chattanooga, including a 15-0 SoCon record. His squad won three SoCon regular season and tournament championships and he was named SoCon Coach of the Year all three seasons.

South Dakota State Jackrabbits

South Dakota State is 2-5 after one month of competition in the 2012-13 campaign. SDSU scored its most notable win of its Division I era in its opening dual versus Indiana. The Jacks defeated the Hoosiers 19-18 at the Huskie Duals in DeKalb, Ill.

SDSU is led by head coach first-year head coach Chris Bono, who took over the program in the spring of 2012.

SDSU hosts its first home dual of the season. Following today's dual, the Jacks take a break from competition for nearly three weeks and do not return home for one month (Jan. 11 vs. Simpson College).

The Jacks faced stiff competition since opening its dual season at the Huskie Duals. Since its 2-1 opening weekend, the Jacks were topped by four major-conference schools, nearly knocking off Stanford (L, 22-11).

The Jacks continued to excel at the middle weights since the Warren Williamson/Daktronics Open. Senior Dustin Walraven (149) and sophomore Cody Pack (157) both cracked Gregg Henry's/WrestlingReport D-I Rankings. Walraven was ranked No. 33 prior to Nov. 24, but dropped out last week. Pack is currently ranked No. 33.

The two wrestlers at the middle of the Jackrabbit lineup are a combined 20-12 overall and 8-6 in dual competition.

SDSU Probable Lineup

125 - Aaron Pickrel (8-7)
133 - Brance Simms (11-8)
141 - Ben Gillette (3-10)
149 - Dustin Walraven (11-6)
157 - Cody Pack (9-6)
165 - Joe Brewster (6-7)
174 - John Nething II (5-7)
184 - Hunter Weddington (1-8) or Shea Nolan (4-7)
197 - Brandon Ballard (5-9) or Joe Skow (2-3)
285 - J.J. Everard (3-8)

SIUE Cougars

The Jacks face the Cougars for the fourth time in school history. The two teams are even in the all-time series at 1-1-1. The tie opened the series in 2009-10 and the Jacks won last season's meeting.

SIUE is 2-4 on the season after back-to-back weekends of dual competition. The Cougars went 1-2 at the Iowa Duals in Iowa City. After an opening loss to Iowa (49-0), SIUE rebounded with a win versus Iowa Central (36-4), but lost its closer to Division III Cornell (Iowa) (21-20).

Last weekend, the Cougars went 1-2 once again at the Indiana Duals. SIUE dropped its opener to Indiana (33-11), once again rebounded versus Gardner Webb (24-21) and once again closed with a loss versus Bucknell (25-15).

SDSU defeated the lone common opponent, Indiana, two weeks prior to its win versus SIUE.

SIUE Probable Lineup

125 - John Petrov (0-0)
133 - Patrick Myers (9-1)
141 - Drew Vrbenec (4-4)
149 - Dillon Pousson (3-6)
157 - Grant Sullivan (0-0) or Alex Davis (3-2)
165 - Jake Residori (7-3)
174 - Deshoun White (3-6) or Connor McMahon (0-0)
184 - Jake Tindle (1-3)
197 - Josh Wood (6-4)
285 - David Devine (4-2)


SDSU topped SIUE 25-15 in Edwardsville. The Cougars forfeited at the 125 spot before winning the next two decisions by decision and pin. SDSU won three in a row, two major decisions and one decision, to take a lead it would not relinquish. SIUE won the next two matches, but the Jacks closed out the Cougars in the final two matches for the win.

Senior Aaron Pickrel (125), Walraven and senior Joe Skow (197) are the only probable wrestlers who competed versus the Cougars last season.

South Dakota State 25 - SIUE 15

125 - Aaron Pickrel forfeit
133 - Brendan Murphy (SIUE) dec. Nick Chavez, 11-5
141 - Dillon Pousson (SIUE) fall Dustin Walraven, 2:16
149 - Andrew Youngblom dec. Derrick Pousson (SIUE), 7-4
157 - Nick Flynn maj. dec. Kyle Lowman (SIUE), 15-7
165 - Dillon Reid maj. dec. Steven Ross (SIUE), 12-3
174 - Deshoun White (SIUE) dec. Joe Rasmussen, 8-4
184 - Cole Brandt (SIUE) dec. Tony Lisek, 9-3
197 - Nick Mart dec. Cole Rogers (SIUE), 8-4
Hw.t - Joe Skow forfeit
One SDSU team point deducted for throwing headgear


Day 2 Recap

Joe Brewster placed eighth at 165 pounds as the Jackrabbits competed at the Cliff Keen Invitational in Las Vegas.

After qualifying for the second day, Brewster won his opening match to reach the podium, while Brance Simms lost in the round of 12, one round shy of the top eight.

In the 133-pound consolation bracket, Simms narrowly missed the podium. He dropped an 11-7 decision to Joshua Rodriguez (North Dakota State) in the round of 12 on Saturday.

In the 165 consolation bracket, Brewster made the most of his second day by making the podium. Brewster won his opening match by 6-3 decision versus Caleb Marsh (Kent State), who was on a three-match winning streak. In his second match, Brewster dropped a narrow decision 4-1 versus Peyton Walsh (Navy). The loss sent Brewster to the seventh-place match.

As a team, the Jacks finished tied-for-29th with 9.5 points.

Day 1 Recap

Brance Simms (133) and Joe Brewster (165) both advanced, but took different paths to day two.

Simms opened the day with a first-round loss to Chasen Tolbert (Utah Valley) by 12-2 major decision. Simms rallied, however, winning three-straight matches by decision. Frist, he knocked off Charles Costanzo (Army) 6-2, the most points scored by either Simms or his opponent during the streak. Next, he edged Esteban Gomez-Rivera (American) 3-1. Simms completed his day by topping Western Wrestling Conference foe Kasey Garnhart (Wyoming) 4-1.

Simms faces Joshua Rodriguez (North Dakota State) in the consolation bracket.

Brewster advanced in conventional fashion, scoring two-straight decisions in the championship bracket. Brewster beat Alex Elder (Oregon State) by a single point, 4-3. In the second round, he needed an extra period to score a 3-1 win versus Isaiah Jimenez (San Francisco State).

Brewster faces Caleb Marsh (Kent State) in the consolation bracket.

Dustin Walraven (149) and Cody Pack (157) were both first-round winners, but dropped matches to ranked opponents in the second round.

"Overall, I am a bit disappointed with what went on today," head coach Chris Bono said. "We still have a lot of work to do. We have a chance to place two guys tomorrow, which is exciting, but we had a couple injuries and did not weigh in one guy. I am pleased with the effort and the fight, but it is time to start posting some results. Hopefully tomorrow we can get two guys to place and finish the tournament strong."

For complete wrestler-by-wrestler results and the full recap visit GoJacks.com.


Head coach Chris Bono announced SDSU Wrestling Camps, as well as Get Bonofide Wrestling Camps.

SDSU Wrestling Camps include four camps in Brookings: Team Competition Camp, Get Jacked Intensive Training Camp, Jr. Jackrabbit Commuter Camp and Get Jacked Technique and Drills Camp.

Get Bonofide Wrestling Camps include June dates in Reeds Springs, Mo., Brusly, La., and Jacksonville, Fla.

For more information on all camps, click on the camp links above.




SDSU takes a one month hiatus before returning to action on Jan. 1 at the Southern Scuffle. Competition is set for all day Tuesday and Wednesday in Chattanooga, Tenn.

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