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Jacks host Simpson College

Courtesy: SDSU Sports Info
Release: 01/11/2013 11:42:57

South Dakota State (3-5) vs. Simpson (1-8)
Friday, Jan. 11, 2013, 7 p.m.
Brookings, S.D. (Frost Arena)
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The South Dakota State wrestling team returns home after more than one month on break and on the road to play host to Simpson College. Dual time versus the Storm is set for 7 p.m. in Frost Arena on Friday, Jan. 11.

SDSU last wrestled at home in its first home dual of the season on Dec. 8. The Jacks hosted the SIUE Cougars and scored a 27-16 win fueled by four pins (Ben Gillette at 141, Dustin Walraven at 149, Cody Pack at 157 and Hunter Weddington at 184).

The win moved SDSU's record to 3-5 on the season and propelled the team into its winter break.

Following its break from competition, the Jacks competed in the highly competitive Southern Scuffle, hosted by Tennessee at Chattanooga. Dustin Walraven placed eighth as the top Jackrabbit performer, while Brance Simms notched a pair of wins and three other SDSU wrestlers earned one win apiece.

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 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.

Simpson Storm - SDSU hosts its second home dual of the season. The Jacks defeated SIUE 27-16 in its lone home dual and lone competition date in December.

The Jacks continue 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 at No. 33, but dropped out of the rankings in following weeks. Walraven returned to the rankings at No. 33 this week.

The two wrestlers at the middle of the Jackrabbit lineup are a combined 28-17.

The Jacks face the Storm for the first time in school history. SDSU is 9-6-1 against a handful of Iowa Conference opponents all-time, with all but two of those meetings being in the 1950s. SDSU last wrestled an IIAC opponent in 2002-03, when it defeated both Coe (25-17) and Buena Vista (32-12). The Iowa Conference is home to seven of the last 10 NCAA Division III wrestling champions.

Simpson is 1-7 this season, with its lone win versus Knox in early December.

The Storm opened its season at the Warren Williamson/Daktronics Open. Two wrestlers scored wins for Simpson in Cory Stratton and Greg Harlow. Stratton was 2-2 on the day with two pins, while Harlow was 1-2. No Storm wrestler placed.

The two teams do not have a common opponent.


On Friday, Coach Bono will coach barefoot to raise awareness for Samaritan's Feet. Coach Bono is the first wrestling coach to join the movement and is the first Division I coach to be barefoot in 2013.

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

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.

Southern Scuffle

Dustin Walraven continued his trek at the through the 149-pound weight class at the Southern Scuffle with another win. Walraven won 2-1 in tie breaker - 1 versus Thomas Gantt (North Carolina State). After riding out the second overtime period, Walraven scored an escape to advance to the consolation quarterfinals.

In the consolation quarters, Walraven dropped a narrow 5-1 decision to James English (Penn State). The seventh-place match was more of the same, as Walraven was bested by another Penn State wrestler in Luke Frey and by a more narrow 4-3 decision.

The place match wrapped up competition at the Southern Scuffle.

149 - Dustin Walraven tie breaker - 1 Thomas Gantt (North Carolina State), 2-1 (TB-1)
149 - James English (Penn State) decision Dustin Walraven, 5-1
Seventh-place match - Luke Frey (Penn State) decision Dustin Walraven, 4-3

Day 1 Recap

The South Dakota State wrestling team took its talents to Chattanooga, Tenn., for the highly competitive Southern Scuffle.

In addition to SDSU, 22 other schools sent participants to this year’s Southern Scuffle. Of those 23, eight were ranked in the InterMat NCAA Division I tournament-strength rankings, the highest being top-ranked Penn State.

Additionally, 68 wrestlers are ranked in the top-20 individually by InterMat. One-half of the nation’s top-ranked wrestlers are set to compete at the Southern Scuffle (149, 165, 174, 184, 285). Two of the No. 1 wrestlers compete for No. 2 Oklahoma State (149, 174), while the other three wrestlers wrestle for Cornell (165), Penn State (184) and Minnesota (285). One weight class sports nine ranked wrestlers (149) and no weight class sports less than five ranked wrestlers (141, 197).

Dustin Walraven was the top Jackrabbit performer on Day 1 at 149 pounds. Walraven dropped his opening-round match by decision, but rebounded with four-straight wins to advance to Day 2. Walraven pinned Charles Holt (The Citadel) in less than two minutes before scoring three decisions in a row versus Cohl Fulk (North Carolina State), Zach Basich (Navy) and Alex Cisneros (Unattached).

Brance Simms and Ben Gillette opened their days with first-round decisions at 133 pounds and 141 pounds, respectively.

Simms started off on the right foot versus Pat Owens (North Carolina) with a late takedown and two stalling calls in the third period for a 4-1 win. After dropping a decision in the second round, Simms scored a major decision versus Luke Mario (North Carolina) in consolation before being ousted.

Gillette sealed the match versus William Johnson (Appalachian State) with a takedown in the second period for a 3-1 win, but was unable to advance beyond that point.

Cody Pack and Joe Brewster each won their first-round consolation match at 157 and 165, respectively, but were knocked out in the second round.

Pack scored a 12-9 decision versus Brad Dolezal (Minnesota), while Brewster topped Jacob Schalles (Navy) by 8-0 major decision.

Joe Skow took advantage of a medical forfeit to advance to the second round of consolation at 197, but was defeated in his next match.

Six SDSU wrestlers lost to ranked opponents in the highly competitive field.

SDSU Wrestler-By-Wrestler Results
125 - No. 10 Nahshon Garrett (Cornell) decision Aaron Pickrel, 6-0
125 - Austin Miller (Unattached) decision Aaron Pickrel, 9-5

133 - Brance Simms decision Pat Owens (North Carolina), 4-1
133 - No. 5 Christopher Dardanes (Minnesota) decision Brance Simms, 7-4
133 - Brance Simms major decision Luke Mario (North Carolina), 15-4
133 - Colton Rasche (Navy) decision Brance Simms, 6-3

141 - Ben Gillette decision William Johnson (Appalachian State), 3-1
141 - Mike Avelar (North Carolina State) decision Ben Gillette, 9-4
141 - Trevor Jauch (Missouri) major decision Ben Gillette, 14-0

149 - Gus Sako (Virginia) decision Dustin Walraven, 5-3
149 - Dustin Walraven pin Charles Holt (The Citadel), 1:40
149 - Dustin Walraven decision Cohl Fulk (North Carolina State), 6-3
149 - Dustin Walraven decision Zach Basich (Navy), 3-2
149 - Dustin Walraven decision Alex Cisneros (Unattached), 9-7

157 - No. 16 Bobby Barnhisel (Navy) decision Cody Pack, 6-0
157 - Cody Pack decision Brad Dolezal (Minnesota), 12-9
157 - Daniel Zilverberg (Minnesota) decision Cody Pack, 5-0

165 - No. 10 Cody Yohn (Minnesota) decision Joe Brewster, 3-2
165 - Joe Brewster major decision Jacob Schalles (Navy), 8-0
165 - Parker Madl (Arizona State) decision Joe Brewster, 5-3

174 - George Pickett (Cornell) tie breaker - 2 John Nething II, 4-2 (TB-2)
174 - Patrick Davis (North Carolina State) pin John Nething II, 1:16

174 - No. 15 Matthew Miller (Navy) tech fall Troy Morisette, 17-1
174 - James Frascella (Penn State) major decision Troy Morisette, 10-2

197 - Bryce Barnes (Army) pin Joe Skow, 2:19
197 - Joe Skow medical forfeit Mike Salopek (Virginia)
197 - Marshall Haas (The Citadel) decision Joe Skow, 7-2

285 - No. 1 Tony Nelson (Minnesota) pin J.J. Everard, 3:47
285 - Bentley Alsup (Air Force) pin J.J. Everard, 6:47


In perhaps its most publicized dual this season, SDSU is back in action next weekend versus Western Wrestling Conference foe Wyoming.

The dual is set for 2 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 20, on the campus of Black Hills State in Spearfish, S.D.


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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