Saturday, Nov. 10
Huskie Duals (DeKalb, Ill.)
SDSU vs. Indiana, 10 a.m.
SDSU at Northern Illinois, 12 p.m. (Trackwrestling.com Live Stats)
SDSU vs. Tiffin, 2 p.m.
Bison Open (Fargo, N.D.)
Eight SDSU wrestlers (Trackwrestling.com Live Stats)
The South Dakota State wrestling team opens its dual season this Saturday at the Huskie Duals. The Jacks face Indiana, Northern Illinois and Tiffin in DeKalb, Ill.
The Jacks open its dual season after hosting the Warren Williamson/Daktronics Open last weekend. SDSU finished with nine placewinners, led by two second-place performers in Will James (141) and Cody Pack (157).
SDSU is led by first-year head coach Chris Bono and first-year assistant coaches Israel Silva and Andrew Sorenson. 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.
SCHEDULE CHANGE - The Jacks were scheduled to face Cleveland State at the Huskie Duals, as well, but the Vikings dropped out earlier this week. Due to the change, SDSU wrestles a new schedule versus the other three teams: Indiana (10 a.m.), Northern Illinois (12 p.m.) and Tiffin (2 p.m.).
THIS WEEK'S COMPETITION
Indiana Hoosiers - The Jacks face the Hoosiers for the fourth time in school history. The first two meetings were in 2008-09 and 2009-10. Indiana won all three duals.
Indiana finished tied-for-10th at the 2012 Big Ten Championships with four NCAA qualifiers. Three of those wrestlers return this season and two are ranked by InterMat for the Hoosiers at 157 pounds (Taylor Walsh), 165 pounds (Ryan LeBlanc; No. 19) and 285 pounds (Adam Chalfant; No. 12).
Indiana opened its season last weekend with a 44-12 win versus Manchester University. The Hoosiers tallied six pins in the dual. Indiana also competed in the Hokie Open hosted by Virginia Tech. Walsh, LeBlanc and Chalfant all finished second at the open.
Northern Illinois Huskies - The most common of the three weekend opponents, SDSU faces the host Huskies for fifth time in school history. The last meeting between the two teams was in 2009-10, but the first meeting dates back to 1966-67. Northern Illinois leads the all-time series 3-1-0. The SDSU win in the series was in 1969-70.
Similar to the Jacks, Northern Illinois opened the season in an open format. The Huskies competed at the Eastern Michigan Open last weekend and placed 13 wrestlers in a split format: open bracket and freshman/sophomore bracket.
Tiffin Dragons - The Jacks face the Dragons for the first time in school history. Tiffin, a Division II program, wrestles in the four-team Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC). Last season the Dragons finished fourth in the GLIAC standings.
Tiffin returns 2nd Team All-GLIAC wrestler and Jacob Cramer at 174 pounds, who is ranked No. 8 in the NCAA Division II coaches association team and individual rankings.
Last weekend the Dragons competed at the same open as Northern Illinois and placed three wrestlers.
BISON OPEN - Eight SDSU wrestlers are set to compete in the North Dakota State Bison Open this weekend, as well. The open is set to begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday morning in Fargo, N.D.
Warren Williamson/Daktronics Open - 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 Drew Smith (Midland) in 2:45 and Javier Vieyra (Augustana) in 5:30 before scoring a 7-2 decision versus Hunter Weber (North Dakota State). In the wrestleback, Pickrel won by fall in less than 40 seconds versus Tristan 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 Hunter Menendez (Mary) and 10-2 decision versus Jared Wilmert (Midland). In the wrestleback, Simms won by fall versus Blake Jans (Augustana) in 3:56, a 6-0 decision versus Brandon Chestnut (Augustana) and a 7-4 decision versus Clay Cathey (North Dakota State) to advance to the third-place match, where he was narrowly defeated 3-2 by Josh Rodriguez (North Dakota State).
In the 141-pound weight class, Will James turned heads with a second-place finish. James won by a tight 2-0 decision versus Jeff Sand (Simpson), fall versus Roger Fender (Northwestern) in 4:35 and a convincing 12-4 decision versus Chauncey Ziemann (Midland). In the semifinals, James won by 11-2 major decision versus Jeremiah Peterson (Augustana) to advance to the finals, where he was narrowly defeated 4-0 by Skylar Galloway (Nebraska).
Dustin Walraven placed third as the lone competitor for the Jacks at 149. Walraven won by fall versus Gage Anderson (Nebraska) in less than one minute and 18-4 major decision versus Josh Shupe (Minnesota). In the wrestleback, Walraven defeated Sam Brown (Jamestown) by 15-3 major decision, Nick Babcock (Nebraska) by a 4-1 decision, Conrad Rangell (Minnesota) by fall in 3:18 and placed with a 14-3 major decision versus Zane 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 Joseph Winkler (Midland). In the semifinals, Pack punched his ticket for the finals with an 8-2 decision versus Devin 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 McCoy Newberg (Nebraska) and 2-0 decision versus Zach Holthaus (Iowa Central) before scoring a 5-0 decision versus Dawud Hicks (Iowa Central) in the wrestleback. White won by 21-6 technical fall versus Jeb Clay (Northern State) and worked through the wrestleback with a fall versus Holthaus (Iowa Central) in 3:10 and a 12-6 decision versus Marlon 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 Taylor Witzel (Simpson), fall versus Shane Granum (Open) in 1:48 and fall versus Colt 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 Charles Busch (Iowa Central) before a narrow 5-3 decision versus teammate Jacob Haydel and won by fall versus John Gusewelle (North Dakota State) in less than 40 seconds for the place.
NEXT UP - The Jacks travel to Lincoln, Neb., for a pair of non-conference duals. SDSU squares off with the Tar Heels of North Carolina and triangular host Nebraska on Sunday, Nov. 18. Dual times to be announced.
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