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Jacks travel to Nebraska

Courtesy: SDSU Sports Info
Release: 11/15/2012 15:22:47
Sunday, Nov. 18

Lincoln, Neb.

SDSU vs. North Carolina, 10 a.m.

SDSU at Nebraska, 2 p.m.


The South Dakota State wrestling team continues its seven-dual road trip at Nebraska for a pair of duals. The Jacks face ACC foe North Carolina and nationally-ranked, Big Ten foe Nebraska.


SDSU opened its dual season last weekend at the Huskie Duals and returned with a 2-1 record. The Jacks upset Indiana 19-18 and defeated Tiffin 32-12, but stumbled versus weekend host Northern Illinois 26-12. Dustin Walraven won all three matches at 149 pounds and Brance Simms scored a decisive pin at 133 in the one-point win versus the Hoosiers.


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 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.



North Carolina Tar Heels - The Jacks face the Tar Heels for the first time in school history. SDSU is looking for its first win over an Atlantic Coast Conference opponent.


North Carolina finished fourth in the six-team ACC last season with a 2-3 ACC record, 6-14 overall record.


North Carolina competed in two opens and one dual since the start of the season. The Tar Heels placed seven at the Hokie Open, including two second-place finishers, and placed 12 at the Wolfpack Open last weekend. Three of the 12 Carolina wrestlers claimed titles.


The Tar Heels' Evan Henderson was named ACC Wrestler of the Week after a 6-0 weekend at the Wolfpack Open. Wrestling at 141 pounds, Henderson defeated two ranked opponents by decision.


In its lone dual this season, North Carolina lost to Arizona State 21-16. The Tar Heels jumped out to an early lead, but Arizona State took the lead for good with a decision at 197 pounds.


Three Tar Heel wrestlers are ranked by InterMat entering the weekend: Nathan Kraisser at 125 (No. 16), Evan Henderson at 141 (No. 17) and Alex Utley at 184 (No. 20).


No. 14 Nebraska Cornhuskers - The Jacks face the Huskers for the 37th time in school history, the seventh most of any opponent. The two teams split the all-time series 17-17-2. Nebraska won last season's dual in Brookings.


The Cornhuskers finished eighth at the 2012 Big Ten Championships, two spots ahead of last week's opponent Indiana. Nebraska did not have an individual champion.

The Huskers, ranked No. 14 (InterMat), opened the season at the Warren Williamson/Daktronics Open and took home eight titles (125, 133, 141, 149, 157, 165, 174, 184) with 19 placewinners.


Last weekend, Nebraska faced two Western Wrestling Conference opponents.


The Huskers first traveled to Greeley, Colo., and defeated Northern Colorado 28-9. Nebraska won five of the final six matches to secure the dual.


In its second dual, Nebraska visited Laramie, Wyo., and defeated No. 19 Wyoming 22-15. The Huskers built a 16-0 lead through four matches and held off the Cowboys' rally with decisions in the final two matches (141, 149) to win the dual.


Four Nebraska wrestlers are ranked by InterMat entering the weekend: Jake Sueflohn at 149 (No. 13), James Green at 157 (No. 5), Robert Kokesh at 174 (No. 7) and Josh Ihnen at 184 (No. 6). All four were champions at the Daktronics Open (first-place match at 174 was a double default).



SDSU 19 - Indiana 18


The South Dakota State wrestling team opened the Huskie Duals by shocking Big Ten foe Indiana 19-18.


The Hoosiers entered the dual with two ranked wrestlers (InterMat) and a 2-0 record versus the Jacks.


But Indiana is no longer undefeated versus SDSU.


The Jacks entered the dual as underdogs in every match, but once the teams were on the mat, rankings did not matter. In this dual, every match and every point counted.


The dual started at 125 pounds with Aaron Pickrel versus Joseph Duca. Duca led 5-4 after the first period, but Pickrel shutout Duca in the second and posted a riding time advantage of 1:21 for a 7-5 lead. Pickrel limited the scoring in the third for an 8-5 decision.


Next, Brance Simms faced Quinton Murphy at 133 pounds. Simms pinned Murphy in less than one minute to extend the SDSU lead to 9-0. It was the second and fastest pin of the season for Simms, who improved to 6-2 overall with the win.


At 141 pounds, Ben Gillette faced Eric Roach and was down 2-1 entering the third period. He was unable to close the gap in the third and lost by 8-3 decision.


Dustin Walraven battled Geno Capezio at 149. Walraven took an early lead in the first period and held a significant advantage in riding time. He rode out the lead to a 6-1 decision and a 12-3 team lead.


At 157, Cody Pack dropped a tight decision to nationally-ranked Taylor Walsh. Pack wrestled tough in the first period, but fell behind 2-0. The second period was more of the same and Pack was down 5-0 going into the third period.  He got on the board, but dropped the decision 6-2.


Joe Brewster lined up at 165 versus Ryan LeBlanc, ranked No. 19 (InterMat). The two were tied after one period, but fell behind 3-0 after two. Brewster was unable to recover, as LeBlanc pulled out a close match by 5-2 decision and narrowed the SDSU lead to 12-9.


Troy Morisette faced Cheney Dale at 174 pounds with the Jacks leading by three points. Morisette led 3-2 after the first period. The second period was rather quiet, but Morisette extended his lead to 4-2. Morisette held on to win by 5-2 decision and put the Jacks in front 15-9.


At 184, Hunter Weddington squared off with Lucas Sheridan. The two were tied after the first period, but Weddington trailed 2-1 after the second period. He was unable to keep pace in the third and dropped a 9-3 decision.


Brandon Ballard faced Tarek Alaruri in the second-to-last match of the dual. Ballard put together a strong effort in the first period and led 6-2 after one. He added to his lead at 10-3, 1:18 riding time advantage entering the third period. Ballard kept pushing and won by 15-4 major decision to put the Jacks up for good.


The Hoosiers scored a pin late in the 285-pound match with nationally-ranked Adam Chalfant versus J.J. Everard, but it was not enough, as SDSU shocked Indiana 19-18.


SDSU 19 - Indiana 18

125 - Aaron Pickrel decision Joseph Duca, 8-5 (Team score: SDSU 3-0)
133 - Brance Simms pin Quinton Murphy, 0:56 (SDSU 9-0)
141 - Eric Roach decision Ben Gillette, 8-3 (SDSU 9-3)
149 - Dustin Walraven decision Geno Capezio, 6-1 (SDSU 12-3)
157 - Taylor Walsh decision Cody Pack, 6-2 (SDSU 12-6)
165 - Ryan LeBlanc decision Joe Brewster, 5-2 (SDSU 12-9)
174 - Troy Morisette decision Cheney Dale, 5-2 (SDSU 15-9)
184 - Lucas Sheridan decision Hunter Weddington, 9-3 (SDSU 15-12)
197 - Brandon Ballard major decision Tarek Alaruri, 15-4 (SDSU 19-12)
285 - Adam Chalfant pin J.J. Everard, 6:27 (SDSU wins 19-18)



Northern Illinois 26 - SDSU 12


In its second of three at the Huskie Duals, SDSU faced a stiff challenge from host school Northern Illinois.


Unfortunately, Northern Illinois was more comfortable on its home mat and bested the Jacks 26-12.


Much like the first dual, the teams started at 125 pounds. Aaron Pickrel lost the opening match by pin in the first period.


Brance Simms responded at 133 with a 4-1 decision versus Thorian Twyner. The two were tied after one, but Simms led 2-0 after two and controlled the third period for the win.


The Huskies scored another pin at 141 from Ethan Davis versus Ben Gillette to extend its team lead to 12-3.


At 149 pounds, Dustin Walraven got the Jacks back on track. Walraven led Robert Jillard 4-3 after the first, the highest-scoring period of the dual thus far. After extending the lead in the second, Walraven closed out a 9-3 decision to bring SDSU within 12-6.


Cody Pack put together a strong first period versus Andrew Morse at 157 to lead 4-1 with 1:54 riding time advantage. After a one-point second period, Pack led 4-2. Pack posted a shutout in the third period to win by 5-2 decision.


In the 165-pound match, Joe Brewster battled Dan Burk to a first-period tie. After an escape in the second, Brewster trailed 1-0 entering the third. In the third, Brewster scored an escape, takedown and three back points to win the match 6-1 and even the team score at 12-12 with four matches left.


At 174, Matt Mougin jumped out to a 4-1 first-period lead on Troy Morisette. Morisette rallied with a two-point second to narrow the deficit to 4-3. After evening the score through three, Mougin won 6-4 in sudden victory.


Hunter Weddington took on Bryan Loughlin at 184 and trailed 2-0 after the first. Loughlin pushed his lead to 5-0 after two and finished with a 10-1 major decision to extend the Huskies lead.


Brandon Ballard took the mat at 197 versus Shawn Scott in need of a win to keep the Jacks alive. Ballard jumped out to a 2-1 lead through one, but fell behind 4-2 after two. He was unable to recover as the Huskies put the dual out of reach.


In the final match, J.J. Everard battled Jared Torrence, but trailed 2-1 after the first period. Torrence expanded his lead to 5-1 after two and won by 8-3 decision.


Northern Illinois 26 - SDSU 12

125 - Derek Elmore pin Aaron Pickrel, 1:38 (Team score: NIU 6-0)
133 - Brance Simms decision Thorian Twyner, 4-1 (NIU 6-3)
141 - Ethan Davis pin Ben Gillette, 2:00 (NIU 12-3)
149 - Dustin Walraven decision Robert Jillard, 9-3 (NIU 12-6)
157 - Cody Pack decision Andrew Morse, 5-2 (NIU 12-9)
165 - Joe Brewster decision Dan Burk, 6-1 (12-12)
174 - Matt Mougin sudden victory 1 Troy Morisette, 6-4 (NIU 15-12)
184 - Bryan Loughlin major decision Hunter Weddington, 10-1 (NIU 19-12)
197 - Shawn Scott major decision Brandon Ballard, 11-3 (NIU 23-12)

285 - Jared Torrence decision J.J. Everard, 8-3 (NIU wins 26-12)



SDSU 32 - Tiffin 12


In the final dual of the day, SDSU defeated the Dragons 32-12.


Aaron Pickrel started the dual the right way, with a pin at 125 pounds versus Jordan Shoemaker. It was the fourth pin of the season for Pickrel.


At 133, Brance Simms and Michael Screptock wrestled to an even score through three periods. The two wrestled 30-second ride outs to determine a winner and Screptock took the match 4-3 in the third overtime.


In the 141-pound match, Ben Gillette lost a 12-9 decision, which evened the team score at 6-6.


Dustin Walraven, at 149 pounds, put the Jacks back on track with a pin in 2:01 versus Lawrence Blackful III. It was his fourth pin of the season and improved him to 3-0 at the Huskie Duals.


Cody Pack followed suit at 157 with a pin at the end of the second period versus D.J. Beauch. It was Pack's first pin of the season and pushed the team lead to 18-6.


Joe Brewster was a 13-2 major decision winner versus Trevor Nickolai at 165.


At 174, John Nething II wrestled in his first match of the weekend. Nething II scored a 10-4 decision against a Jake Cramer, a nationally-ranked wrestler in Division II, to push the Jackrabbit lead to 25-6 and put the dual out of reach.


Hunter Weddington scored a 3-2 decision versus Walid Boggio at 184 pounds to extend SDSU's lead to 28-6.


In the dual's final match (heavyweight match forfeited by SDSU), Brandon Ballard defeated by 13-5 major decision to give SDSU its final point total of 32.


SDSU 32 - Tiffin 12

125 - Aaron Pickrel pin Jordan Shoemaker, 2:41 (SDSU 6-0)
133 - Michael Screptock overtime Brance Simms, 4-3 (3 OT) (SDSU 6-3)
141 - Ryan McKenzie decision Ben Gillette, 12-9 (6-6)
149 - Dustin Walraven pin Lawrence Blackful III, 2:01 (SDSU 12-6)
157 - Cody Pack pin D.J. Beauch, 4:59 (SDSU 18-6)
165 - Joe Brewster major decision Trevor Nickolai, 13-2 (SDSU 22-6)
174 - John Nething II decision Jake Cramer,10-4 (SDSU 25-6)
184 - Hunter Weddington decision Walid Baggio, 3-2 (SDSU 28-6)
197 - Brandon Ballard major decision Alek Hughes, 13-5 (SDSU 32-6)
285 - Kevin Christman wins by forfeit (SDSU wins 32-12)


NDSU Bison Open


Eight SDSU wrestlers competed at the NDSU Bison Open in Fargo, N.D.


Will James competed at 141 pounds and finished sixth. James opened the day with a first-round win, a 4-3 decision versus Dillon Kifer (Jamestown). He advanced to the semifinals after a 6-2 decision versus Beau Buysse (Southwest Minnesota State). After falling in the semifinals by a tough 3-0 decision, James was a victim of another decision in the consolation semifinals, 8-2. In the fifth-place match, James dropped another close decision to Chase Austvold (Concordia), 6-2.


Shea Nolan also finished sixth, wrestling at 184. Nolan lost his first-round match, but rallied in the consolation bracket. Nolan pinned Adam Lizaola (Minot State) in 3:32, won by 15-12 decision versus Jonathan Volp (Minnesota) and won by 9-1 major decision versus Lucas Moderow (MSU-Moorhead). He was edged by 2-1 decision in the consolation semifinals. In the fifth-place match, Nolan dropped a close decision 11-4 to Matthew Lewellen (MSU-Moorhead).


Ben Schwery was a first-round winner by 10-6 decision versus Dylan Hanson (Concordia).


Ben Fichter won his consolation first-round match at 157 pounds by 14-7 decision versus Caleb Meide (NDSU).


In the consolation first round, Chet Utesch stayed alive in the 125-pound bracket with a 4-3 decision versus Jordan Bremer (Minnesota), but was later eliminated.


Max Malave opened the day at 125 pounds with a preliminary match win by 10-7 decision versus Julian Valhuerdi (Itasca).


NEXT UP - SDSU closes out its seven-dual road trip in Columbia, Mo., versus Stanford and at Missouri. Duals are scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 24, times to be announced.



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