Jacks Prep For a Pair of Non-Conference Duals
What’s On Tap: South Dakota State travels to Cedar Falls, Iowa for the second time this season, after competing in the UNI Open on Dec. 14. SDSU will take on No. 5 Northern Iowa and Ohio (RV) in a pair of non-conference duals on Saturday in West Gym on the campus of UNI.
In the Polls: Junior Cody Pack continues to climb the polls in the 157-pound weight class. The returning NCAA qualifier is ranked No. 17 (InterMat).
Last Time Out: The Jacks needed the last two matches for the second consecutive week to down a Western Wrestling Conference foe. Alex Kocer and Cody Pack won 7-5 and 8-5, respectively as the Rabbits beat Air Force, 18-14. With the win, SDSU is 2-0 in the WWC for the first time in school history.
Scouting the Bobcats: Ohio comes into this weekend’s matchup with a 7-2 overall record and are 3-2 in the MAC, with losses to Missouri and Central Michigan. The Bobcats are lead by 17-year head coach, Joel Greenlee. On the mat, Ohio has three ranked wrestlers in No. 14 Tywan Claxton (149), No. 11 Phil Wellington (197) and No. 11 Jeremy Johnson (285).
Scouting the Panthers: No. 5 Northern Iowa enters Saturday’s triangular with a 7-0 record, including wins over No. 6 Oklahoma and No. 10 Missouri. UNI is led by head coach Doug Schwab, who is in his fourth year at the helm of Panther wrestling. On the mat, UNI sports a lineup with six nationally-ranked wrestlers, including No. 1 Joe Colon (133). Joining Colon in the national rankings in No. 5 Ryan Loder (184), No. 6 Dylan Peters (125), No. 11 Cooper Moore (165), No. 14 Joey Lazor (141) and No. 17 Cody Caldwell (174).
History Lesson: SDSU is 1-0-1 all-time against Ohio, tying the Bobcats in 2008, while dropping a 2006 decision. UNI has had SDSU’s number throughout the years, owning a 3-37-1 all-time series advantage. SDSU last beat UNI in 1972-73.
SDSU (3-3, 2-0 WWC)
125 - Ben Gillette (6-13)
133 - Brance Simms (10-11)
141 - Eric Orozco (10-12)
149 - Alex Kocer (21-9)
157 - #17 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)
Ohio (7-2, 3-2 MAC)
125 - KeVon Powell (8-10)
133 - Kagan Squire (8-7)
141 - Noah Forrider (19-12)
149 - #14 Tywan Claxton (19-4)
157 - Spartak Chino (13-7)
165 - Harrison Hightower (24-8)
174 - Cody Walters (6-1)
184 - Ryan Garringer (8-14)
197 - #11 Phil Wellington (23-3)
285 - #11 Jeremy Johnson (26-4)
#5 Northern Iowa (7-0, 4-0 MAC)
125 - #6 Dylan Peters (22-4)
133 - #1 Joe Colon (21-1)
141 - #14 Joey Lazor (10-3)
149 - Tyler Patten (17-10)
157 - Jarret Jensen (7-6)
165 - #11 Cooper Moore (18-5)
174 - #17 Cody Caldwell (12-7)
184 - #5 Ryan Loder (5-0)
197 - Basil Minto (14-9)
285 - Blaize Cabell (16-9)
Follow the Action: A live stream of the dual can be purchased through UNIPanthers.com or you can follow along on Twitter (@SDSUWrestling) for updates.
Socially Supreme: After continuing to climb the rankings, SDSU remained ranked No. 1 in the latest social media Power Rankings, 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, as presented by the National Wrestling Coaches Association, in coordination with Elite Level Sport Marketing. 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. These All Access videos have included everything from a preview show, to cribs and a day in the life. Coach Bono and his staff have encouraged fans to interact with SDSU wrestling via social media to suggest future video topics.
Looking Ahead: SDSU will travel to the west coast next weekend, taking on Utah Valley on Feb. 6 at 9 p.m. (CST) and then travel to San Luis Obispo, Calif., to take on Cal Poly and Stanford on Feb. 9 at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m., respectively.
Program History: 2013-14 marks the 65th season of Jackrabbit wrestling. SDSU owns a 505-347-22 (.590) program record. Chris Bono is the 12th coach in Jackrabbit history and owns a 47-32 career (.595). SDSU has won six conference championships, with the last coming in 1996-97.