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Kocer and Pack punch NCAA tickets with WWC titles

Courtesy: SDSU Sports Info
Release: 03/08/2014 22:35:10
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OREM, Utah – No. 16 Cody Pack and Alex Kocer both punched their tickets to the NCAA Wrestling Championships behind 2-0 efforts at the NCAA West Region/Western Wrestling Conference Championship.

Pack and Kocer are the second and third Jackrabbits to win conference titles in the Division I era.

In the 157-pound title bout, Pack led the majority of the match following a first-period takedown, but trailed 3-2 with moments to go in the third period. Pack recorded a reversal with just 0:01 left on the clock to win, 4-3. Pack opened his day with a 4-1 win over Air Force’s Josh Kreimier.

Fueled by takedowns in the first and third period, Kocer defeated Natrelle Demison, 5-2 to win the 149-pound weight class and qualify for the NCAA’s. Kocer defeated Wyoming’s Brandon Richardson, 5-1 in the semifinals following an opening-round bye.

John Nething II also reached the finals, but fell to North Dakota State’s Hayden Zillmer 8-4, who is ranked No. 12. Following a first-round bye, Nething II beat Air Force’s Konnor Witt, 6-1 to advance to the finals.

On the backside, Sophomore Brance Simms reached the consolation semifinals, but fell to Utah Valley’s Chasen Tolbert. Simms finished the day 2-2 with wins over Wyoming’s Gunnar Woodburn and Northern Colorado’s Michael Espinoza.

Kocer and Pack automatically qualifying for the NCAA Championships will represent the first time in school history that SDSU has sent multiple Division I qualifiers to the championships.

As a team, SDSU finished fifth with 34.5 points.

The NCAA will release its 40 at-large bids on Wednesday at 5 p.m. Nething II and Joe Brewster are potential at-large candidates.

Match-by-Match Results

125 - Ben Gillette (0-2) place is unknown and scored 0.00 team points.

    Quarterfinal - Trey Andrews (Northern Colorado) 23-8 won by decision over Ben Gillette (South Dakota State) 0-2 (Dec 5-1)

    Cons. Round 1 - Ben Gillette (South Dakota State) 0-2 received a bye () (Bye)

    Cons. Semi - Jade Rauser (Utah Valley) 9-3 won by fall over Ben Gillette (South Dakota State) 0-2 (Fall 0:45)

133 - Brance Simms (2-2) placed 4th and scored 4.50 team points.

    Quarterfinal - Brance Simms (South Dakota State) 2-2 won by fall over Gunnar Woodburn (Wyoming) 9-14 (Fall 3:58)

    Semifinal - Justin LaValle (North Dakota State) 12-10 won by decision over Brance Simms (South Dakota State) 2-2 (Dec 7-2)

    Cons. Semi - Brance Simms (South Dakota State) 2-2 won by fall over Michael Espinoza (Northern Colorado) 10-19 (Fall 3:52)

    3rd Place Match - Chasen Tolbert (Utah Valley) 16-10 won by decision over Brance Simms (South Dakota State) 2-2 (Dec 7-0)

141 - Eric Orozco (1-2) place is unknown and scored 0.00 team points.

    Quarterfinal - Eric Orozco (South Dakota State) 1-2 won by decision over Nick Adams (Northern Colorado) 2-18 (Dec 2-1)

    Semifinal - Avery Garner (Utah Valley) 14-8 won by decision over Eric Orozco (South Dakota State) 1-2 (Dec 5-0)

    Cons. Semi - David Walker (Air Force) 1-2 won by decision over Eric Orozco (South Dakota State) 1-2 (Dec 3-2)

149 - Alex Kocer (2-0) placed 1st and scored 11.00 team points.

    Quarterfinal - Alex Kocer (South Dakota State) 2-0 received a bye () (Bye)

    Semifinal - Alex Kocer (South Dakota State) 2-0 won by decision over Brandon Richardson (Wyoming) 17-15 (Dec 5-1)

    1st Place Match - Alex Kocer (South Dakota State) 2-0 won by decision over Natrelle Demison (Air Force) 2-1 (Dec 5-2)

157 - Cody Pack (2-0) placed 1st and scored 11.00 team points.

    Quarterfinal - Cody Pack (South Dakota State) 2-0 received a bye () (Bye)

    Semifinal - Cody Pack (South Dakota State) 2-0 won by decision over Joshua Kreimier (Air Force) 3-1 (Dec 4-1)

    1st Place Match - Cody Pack (South Dakota State) 2-0 won by decision over Andy McCulley (Wyoming) 20-10 (Dec 4-3)

165 - Joseph Brewster (1-2) place is unknown and scored 0.00 team points.

    Quarterfinal - Joe Brewster (South Dakota State) 1-2 won by major decision over Charlie McMartin (Northern Colorado) 8-13 (MD 12-3)

    Semifinal - Dakota Friesth (Wyoming) 28-8 won by decision over Joe Brewster (South Dakota State) 1-2 (Dec 6-3)

    Cons. Semi - Curtis Cook (Utah Valley) 7-7 won by fall over Joe Brewster (South Dakota State) 1-2 (Fall 2:26)

174 - John Nething II (1-1) placed 2nd and scored 8.00 team points.

    Quarterfinal - John Nething II (South Dakota State) 1-1 received a bye () (Bye)

    Semifinal - John Nething II (South Dakota State) 1-1 won by decision over Konner Witt (Air Force) 2-1 (Dec 5-1)

    1st Place Match - Hayden Zillmer (North Dakota State) 23-5 won by decision over John Nething II (South Dakota State) 1-1 (Dec 8-3)

184 - Ben Schwery (0-2) place is unknown and scored 0.00 team points.

    Quarterfinal - Devin Hightower (Air Force) 2-1 won by major decision over Ben Schwery (South Dakota State) 0-2 (MD 8-0)

    Cons. Round 1 - Ben Schwery (South Dakota State) 0-2 received a bye () (Bye)

    Cons. Semi - Ethan Smith (Utah Valley) 9-11 won by decision over Ben Schwery (South Dakota State) 0-2 (Dec 4-2)

197 - Trey Hable (0-2) place is unknown and scored 0.00 team points.

    Quarterfinal - Derek Thomas (Utah Valley) 17-15 won by decision over Trey Hable (South Dakota State) 0-2 (Dec 7-3)

    Cons. Round 1 - Trey Hable (South Dakota State) 0-2 received a bye () (Bye)

    Cons. Semi - Robert Isley (Air Force) 2-1 won by decision over Trey Hable (South Dakota State) 0-2 (Dec 3-1)

285 - J.J. Everard (1-2) place is unknown and scored 0.00 team points.

    Quarterfinal - J.J. Everard (South Dakota State) 1-2 won in sudden victory - 1 over Marcus Malecek (Air Force) 0-2 (SV-1 8-3)

    Semifinal - Evan Knutson (North Dakota State) 12-8 won by fall over J.J. Everard (South Dakota State) 1-2 (Fall 2:20)

    Cons. Semi - Tanner Harms (Wyoming) 11-5 won by injury default over J.J. Everard (South Dakota State) 1-2 (Inj. 1:37)

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