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Jacks battle Pokes on neutral mat

Courtesy: SDSU Sports Info
Release: 01/20/2013 14:33:11

South Dakota State (4-5) vs. No. 15 Wyoming (6-3, 1-0 WWC)
Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013, 2 p.m. MST

Spearfish, S.D. (Donald E. Young Sports and Fitness Center Gymnasium)

Live Stats (TrackWrestling.com)

Radio Broadcast (KDSJ Radio 980 AM, online stream)

In perhaps its most publicized dual this season, SDSU is back in action this weekend in its Western Wrestling Conference opener versus Wyoming. Start time is set for 2 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 20, on the campus of Black Hills State in Spearfish, S.D.

Last weekend, the Jacks shut out Simpson College 51-0 in its first home dual since early December. SDSU scored pins by three wrestlers (Dustin Walraven, John Nething II and J.J. Everard) and technical falls by three more (Brance Simms, Cody Pack and Joe Brewster).

The win pushed SDSU's record to 4-5 this season, entering the conference portion of its schedule.

First-year head coach Chris Bono and first-year assistant coaches Israel Silva and Andrew Sorenson leads SDSU. Bono posted a 39-17-0 record in three years at Tennessee at 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.

Wyoming Cowboys
- The Jacks face the Cowboys (Pokes) for the 14th time in school history, dating back to the 1953-54 season. Last season, Wyoming was a top-10 team and defeated SDSU in its final dual of the season.

Two weeks later, Wyoming won its third-straight West Regional title and secured six automatic bids to the NCAA Championships. Two of its six qualifiers return this season (Zach Zehner at 133 and Alfonso Hernandez at 197), with one in Sunday's probable lineup (Hernandez).

Wyoming is 6-3 overall, 1-0 in the WWC this season. The Cowboys won six of 10 matches versus Utah Valley in its 20-12 conference win in early January. Its three losses were at the hands of Nebraska, Oklahoma State and Oregon State.

Wyoming is ranked No. 15 in the USA Today/NWCA/AWN Division I Coaches Poll. Additionally, two Cowboys are ranked in the InterMat NCAA Division I Individual Rankings (No. 13 Andy McCulley at 157, No. 4 Alfonso Hernandez at 197).

The two teams have one common opponent in Nebraska, a loss for both SDSU and the Cowboys. Wyoming was also at the Cliff Keen Invitational in Las Vegas and finished ninth in the team standings.

Sunday is SDSU's fifth neutral-site dual of the season, but its only stand-alone neutral-site dual.

Live Stats for the dual are available via TrackWrestling.com and the radio broadcast is available via KDSJ Radio 980 AM. The broadcast is available for online stream by visiting KDSJ980.com and clicking the "Listen Live" button in the upper right-hand corner. The broadcast is available on a limited, first-come, first-serve basis.

Wyoming Probable Starters
125 - Tyler Cox, So., Gillette, Wyo. (23-7)

133 - Kasey Garnhart, Sr., Ten Sleep, Wyo. (9-9)

141 - Kyle Komata, Jr., Woodinville, Wash. (9-10)

149 - Brandon Richardson, So., Rathdrum, Idaho (10-13)

157 - Andy McCulley, So., Rock Springs, Wyo. (21-6)

165 - Dakota Friesth, So., Adel, Iowa (12-15)

174 - L.J. Helbig, Sr., Mason, Mich. (16-8)

184 - Shane Woods, So., Tuttle, Okla. (19-10)

197 - Alfonso Hernandez, Sr., Blackfoot, Idaho (25-1)

285 - Leland Pfeifer, So., Hulett, Wyo. (1-4)

SDSU Probable Starters
125 - Aaron Pickrel (9-9)
133 - Brance Simms (14-11) or Chet Utesch (7-7)
141 - Ben Gillette (5-12)
149 - Dustin Walraven (18-9)
157 - Cody Pack (12-8)
165 - Joe Brewster (8-10)
174 - John Nething II (6-10)
184 - Shea Nolan (5-7)
197 - Joe Skow (3-6)
285 - J.J. Everard (4-11)

NEXT UP - SDSU takes to the road for two duals on Sunday, Jan. 27. The Jacks face host and conference foe Air Force and Western State in Colorado Springs.

Dual times are to be announced.

Simpson College
- The South Dakota State wrestling team returned home and weathered the Storm on Friday night, defeating Simpson 51-0.

The dual served as a homecoming of sorts for the Jackrabbits, as SDSU last wrestled on its home mat on Dec. 8 (27-16 win vs. SIUE).

Simpson College forfeited the 125-pound and 141-pound match, essentially putting the Jacks on top 12-0 to start the dual. Brance Simms opened up competition at 133. Utilizing a takedown, escape strategy, Simms built a huge lead and eventually defeated Sam Reichenbacker by 22-7 technical fall.

After the second forfeit, Dustin Walraven took the mat at 149. Walraven looked poised to employ the same takedown, escape strategy, but caught Derek Entz on his back in the closing seconds of the first period for a pin. Cody Pack was the final match before intermission and, scoring takedowns at will, scored a 23-6 technical fall versus Jason Clark. The outcome put the Jacks on top 28-0 after five matches, heading into the break.

"We are trying not to lay on guys and hold positions," head coach Chris Bono said. "That is where we get caught a lot and I wanted us to go out there and work, score as many points as we can and look for the fall. That is what we did."

Following the intermission, it was more of the same from SDSU.

Joe Brewster won by 22-7 tech fall-4 versus Cory Stratton at 165. Brewster employed the same strategy as the other SDSU wrestlers, built a lead and put the match away. In the 174-pound match, John Nething II made quick work of Gregory Harlow with a first-period pin at 1:39. Shea Nolan took to the mat at 184 and went back to the previous strategy, scoring takedowns and allowing escapes. Nolan scored a 19-6 major decision versus Taylor Witzel.

After a Joe Skow12-7 decision versus Jared Bevins at 197, J.J. Everard closed out the dual in style with a pin at 285. Everard built a big lead before closing out Tony Saucedo in 5:15.

"I am happy," said Bono. "Everything we asked of our team, they went out and did. We saw them respond to everything we went over in practice. We are getting better and we need to keep building on it."

The Jacks improve to 4-5 on the season, while Simpson drops to 1-9.

"We are excited," Bono said. "We have some confidence and we are coming off of two wins. We are starting to see what the first semester of training did and we are being rewarded. Our conditioning is good and we can score points if we continue to do what we need to do. We are excited to see what we can do."

Coach Bono coached tonight's dual barefoot to raise awareness for Samaritan's Feet. He is the first wrestling coach to join the movement and is the first Division I coach to participate barefoot in 2013.

Friday's dual precedes Coach Nagy's barefoot men's basketball game on Jan. 26.

"If by me doing this, we can put one pair of shoes on somebody who does not have shoes, then it is worth it," said Bono. "Anything we can do to support the cause, and it is a great one, we are happy to do it."

South Dakota State 51 - Simpson 0
125 - Aaron Pickrel won by forfeit (SDSU 6-0)
133 - Brance Simms tech fall Sam Reichenbacker, 23-7, 5:09 (SDSU 11-0)
141 - Ben Gillette won by forfeit (SDSU 17-0)
149 - Dustin Walraven fall Derek Entz, 2:55 (SDSU 23-0)
157 - Cody Pack tech fall Jason Clark, 23-6, 5:00 (SDSU 28-0)
165 - Joe Brewster tech fall-4 Cory Stratton, 22-7 (SDSU 32-0)
174 - John Nething II fall Greg Harlow, 1:39 (SDSU 38-0)
184 - Shea Nolan won by major decision Taylor Witzel, 19-6 (SDSU 42-0)
197 - Joe Skow won by decision Jared Bevins, 12-7 (SDSU 45-0)
285 - J.J. Everard fall Tony Saucedo, 5:15 (SDSU 51-0)

SAMARITAN'S FEET - Samaritan's Feet is a non-profit, humanitarian aid organization and so much more - a community of more than 70,000 volunteers who have joined together to make a difference in the lives of children in need in every corner of the world. Over four million impoverished children and adults in more than 60 nations being served by having their feet washed, receiving a new pair of shoes and hearing a message of hope.

Samaritan's Feet and its team of global ambassadors have touched the lives of men, women and children across the United States and around the world in an effort to help the nearly 300 million people who go without shoes each day and the more than a million who die each year as a result. Through this simple act of humility and servant-leadership, our team members and volunteers are expressing love, compassion, and a message that brings hope.

Nearly 300 million people go without shoes each day and millions are plagued with foot-borne illnesses that may be preventable by simple protection - shoes.

For more information or to donate to Samaritan's Feet visit its website and click on SDSU Wrestling-Coach Bono.

TOP-10 RECRUITING CLASS - Head coach Chris Bono and assistant coaches Israel Silva and Andrew Sorenson announced the signing of the sixth-best recruiting class in the nation (The Open Mat, Amateur Wrestling News).

Eight student-athletes joined the Jackrabbit wrestling team on signing day, including three ranked by Amateur Wrestling News. Brandon Brunner, Hank Goettl, Colin Holler, Coltan Laganiere, Paul Mascarenas, Austin Oyen, Nathan Rotert and Matt Seabold make up the best recruiting class in SDSU history.

The No. 6 ranking makes it the best recruiting class for any sport in the history of Jackrabbit athletics.


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