The South Dakota State wrestling team closes out its dual schedule this Thursday against No. 7 Wyoming in Brookings. Dual time is set for 7 p.m. in Frost Arena.
The Jacks are 4-8
(0-5 Western Wrestling Conference) on the 2011-12 campaign after dropping two close duals this weekend against WWC foes Utah Valley and Northern Colorado.
The lower weights continue to pave the way for the Jackrabbits this season. Aaron Pickrel and Nick Flynn both posted 2-0 records this weekend to improve to 23-8 and 21-9, respectively. Pickrel is also 10-2 in duals and 4-1 in conference duals.
SDSU is led by head coach Jason Liles. In his 18 seasons at SDSU, Liles posted a 144-134-5 record to become the all-time wins leader in school history.
Wyoming Cowboys – The Jacks face the Cowboys for the 13th time in school history. SDSU is searching for its first win against its Western Wrestling Conference foe, as Wyoming is undefeated in the series.
Last season, the Cowboys hosted the Jacks in Laramie, Wyo. The dual was all Cowboys, as Wyoming shutout SDSU 49-0. Pickrel posted the closest decision with a 7-3 loss at 125 pounds. The Jacks were also open at two weights.
Wyoming is 8-3 on the season, 4-0 in the conference and the seventh-ranked team in the country. The Cowboys have rolled through the WWC thus far, with its narrowest margin of victory coming against Northern Iowa in a 27-12 win. In addition to UNI, the Cowboys have defeated Utah Valley, Air Force and Northern Colorado thus far.
Wyoming is led by 184-pound wrestler Joe LeBlanc, who owns a 25-1 overall record, 11-0 dual record and the No. 1 ranking by Intermat, WIN Magazine and Amateur Wrestling News.
The Cowboys visit North Dakota State on Friday to close out its dual season.
Last weekend, the Cowboys competed at the NWCA National Duals and earned a split. Wyoming defeated Chattanooga, 38-6, before falling to No. 2 Oklahoma State, 28-7.
Senior Night - The Jackrabbits recognize lone senior, Nick Flynn. More information on the SDSU wrestler to be available on the insert at Thursday's dual, provided by the Jackrabbit wrestling team.
LAST WEEK'S COMPETITION
Utah Valley Wolverines - The South Dakota State wrestling team dropped its conference dual on the road at Utah Valley on Friday night, 21-18...
The dual started at 149 pounds, worked its way to heavyweight before finishing with the three lightest weights.
SDSU suffered a defeat in the opening match, but found its lone bright spot in the second match of the dual.
Senior Nick Flynn picked up his first Western Wrestling Conference dual win with a third-period fall at 157 pounds. Flynn improved to 20-9 overall and 7-4 in duals with his third fall of the season.
The Wolverines went on a three-match win streak, including one fall, to build a nine-point lead.
Redshirt freshman Nick Mart put an end to the stretch, scoring a 5-3 decision in the third period at 197 pounds.
Down only six points at that point in the dual, junior heavyweight Joe Skow came through in a big way. Skow earned his first WWC dual win with a first-period fall to even the team score with three matches remaining.
After starting at 149 pounds, the dual rounded back to the top of the lineup to conclude.
Redshirt junior Aaron Pickrel continued his success at 125 pounds with a 7-2 decision. Pickrel improved to 22-8 overall, 9-2 in duals and 3-1 in the WWC.
Utah Valley responded with a decision at 131 pounds to even the dual score with only the 141-pound match remaining.A hard fought match did not go the Jacks way, as the Wolverines downed SDSU 21-18.
Northern Colorado Bears - The South Dakota State wrestling team dropped its last road dual of the season at Northern Colorado on Sunday...
In front of a crowd of over 300 people, the Bears fell behind briefly before winning six of the final eight matches to take the dual, 27-15.
The dual opened at the heavyweight position before finishing out in order, lowest to highest.
After dropping a close decision at heavyweight, Aaron Pickrel responded with a fall at 125 pounds. The fall came with one second remaining in the second period and put the Jacks on top.
The Bears scored three straight matches, however, one of which came by injury default.
Nick Flynn helped the Jacks climb closer with a 6-3 decision at 157 pounds, but it was followed by a Northern Colorado fall.
At 174 pounds, Dillon Reid countered with a fall of his own in slightly quicker fashion than Pickrel. Reid's fall came with 12 seconds remaining in the second period and narrowed the gap.
SDSU did not get any closer, as the Bears won the final two matches by decision.
"Again we wrestled hard and had an opportunity to win, but lost four close matches that were the deciding factor," head coach Jason Liles
said. "We need to close out a match. There is a fine line between
winning and losing. Right now we are trying to figure out how to get on
the other side of that line."
The loss concludes the road schedule.
The Jacks head to the West Regional to take on the other Western Wrestling Conference schools for the right to go to the NCAA Championships.
The Regional is set to begin at 10 a.m. on Sunday, March 4, in Cedar Falls, Iowa. It is the third trip to Cedar Falls for SDSU this season. The Jacks competed at the UNI Open in early December before returning for a conference dual one and one-half weeks ago.
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