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Jacks prep for home finale

Courtesy: SDSU Sports Info
Release: 02/12/2014 10:22:53
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What’s On Tap: South Dakota State (4-7, 2-1 WWC) returns home to host Northern Illinois (6-10, 1-6 MAC) on Senior Night Friday at 7 p.m. The Jacks will have a quick turnaround as they will travel to Greeley, Colo., to take on Northern Colorado (5-10, 0-2 WWC) on Sunday at 3 p.m. Friday’s dual will be a White Out sponsored by Cubby’s with the first 300 fans receiving a free t-shirt.

Final Farewell: Friday’s home finale will be the last time senior seniors Eric Orozco, Austin Lindsay and Kevin Caruso suit up for the Jackrabbits. The three seniors will be recognized prior to the start of the dual.

In the Polls: Junior Cody Pack comes in at No. 16 (TheOpenMat.com) in this week’s rankings.

Last Time Out: SDSU is coming off of a 1-2 weekend as it dropped its first WWC dual against Utah Valley, 18-15 Thursday in Orem, Utah. The Rabbits closed out the weekend on Sunday as they went 1-1, beating Cal Poly, 31-10 before falling to Stanford, 20-14. Alex Kocer (149), Cody Pack (157) and J.J. Everard (285) all picked up three wins on the west-coast road trip.

Scouting the Huskies: Northern Illinois (6-10, 1-6 MAC) enters Friday’s dual on a four-dual losing streak, with losses coming to Purdue, Missouri, Old Dominion and Kent State. The Huskies are led by third-year head coach, Ryan Ludwig. On the mat, NIU is led by 157-pounder, Andrew Morse (So., 20-13 overall).

Scouting the Bears: Northern Colorado (5-7, 0-2 WWC) will take on Utah Valley on Wednesday before closing out the weekend with SDSU. The Bears are led by fifth-year head coach, Ben Cherrington.

History Lesson: NIU holds a 4-1 all-time series advantage over SDSU. The Huskies won the first-ever match-up in 1966-67, 20-13 and won last year’s dual, 26-12. SDSU’s lone win came in 1969-70, 26-10. SDSU leads the all-time mark with UNC, 20-12. The Jacks won the first meeting in 1972-73, 24-16, along with last year’s dual, 28-13.
Probable Lineups:
125 - Ben Gillette (6-13)
133 - Brance Simms (10-11)
141 - Eric Orozco (10-12)
149 - Alex Kocer (21-9)
157 - #16 Cody Pack (18-6)
165 - Joe Brewster (17-8)
174 - John Nething II (17-6)
184 - Ben Schwery (15-13)
197 - Trey Hable (7-13)
285 - J.J. Everard (14-13)
Northern Illinois
125 - Nick Harrison (9-9)
133 - Nick Smith (6-9)
141 - Tyler Argue or Kevin Fanta
149 - Rob Jillard (5-6)
157 - Andrew Morse (20-13)
165 - Shaun’Qae McMurtry (7-10)
174 - Billy Chancey (12-16)
184 - Caleb Busson (9-16)
197 - Shawn Scott (18-10)
285 - Jared Torrence (15-12)
Northern Colorado
125 - Trey Andrews (19-5)
133 - Sonny Espinoza (8-14)
141 - Nick Adams (2-13)
149 - Beau Roberts (9-12)
157 - Mitchell Polkowske (20-5)
165 - Charlie McMartin (6-9)
174 - Josh Van Tine (2-12)
184 - Nick Bayer (9-13)
197 - Cole Briegel (8-12)
285 - Henry Chirino (16-8)
Follow the Action: Fans who aren’t able to make it to Frost Arena can follow along on Twitter (@SDSUwrestling) and using #GetJacked, #BeatTheHuskies and #WWCwrestle.

Socially Supreme: SDSU remained ranked No. 1 in the latest social media Power Rankings for the third-straight month, announced by the NWCA and Elite Level Sport Marketing. Last season, SDSU was named the Top Newcomer in the Best of Brand Annual Achievement Awards. Last weekend’s dual against Stanford featured the top-two ranked teams in social media. Jackrabbit wrestling continues to launch itself into the national spotlight through expanded use of its social media platforms and the #GetJacked mantra. To go along with its popular “Jacked Up Monday” videos, SDSU has added “Jackrabbit Wrestling: All Access” as a second weekly video. These videos are released on Thursdays and gives fans a unique, behind-the-scenes look at the Jacks. The latest All Access video was themed “What does #GetJacked mean to you?”

Looking Ahead: Following this weekend’s action, SDSU will travel to North Dakota State to take on the Bison Feb. 23 at 2 p.m. in Fargo in its regular season finale.

Program History: 2013-14 marks the 65th season of Jackrabbit wrestling. SDSU owns a 504-350-22 (.588) program record. Chris Bono is the 12th coach in Jackrabbit history and owns a 48-36 career (.571). SDSU has won six conference championships, with the last coming in 1996-97.
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