The South Dakota State wrestling team closes out its seven-dual road trip at Missouri for a pair of duals. The Jacks face Pacific-12 foe Stanford and Southeastern Conference host Missouri.
SDSU continued its tough stretch of non-conference duals at Nebraska last weekend.
The Jacks faced ACC school North Carolina and Big Ten host and No. 14 Nebraska. The Tar Heels built a big lead through the first four matches and pinned three down the stretch for a 36-6 win. The Jacks and Cornhuskers were tied after four matches (7-7), but Nebraska won six-straight matches to close out the dual 32-7.
The losses dropped SDSU’s record to 2-3 on the young 2012-13 season.
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.
THIS WEEK'S COMPETITION
Stanford Cardinal - The Jacks face the Cardinal for the first time in school history. SDSU is 1-2-0 versus current Pac-12 wrestling schools.
Stanford finished third in the six-team Pac-12 conference last season, 13.0 points
behind league champion Oregon State.
Stanford opened the season at the Menlo Duals in Menlo, Calif., where it defeated
Simpson College (44-6), Menlo College (34-6) and Cal-Baptist (25-9). The Cardinal
experienced a reversal in fortunes over the past two weeks, however, losing to a pair of Big Ten foes in Northwestern (32-6) and Michigan (26-6). Stanford’s season record sits at 3-2.
Two Cardinal wrestlers also won tournament titles in its lone open of the season two
weeks ago, the Roadrunner Open in Fresno, Calif.
No. 6 Missouri Tigers - The Jacks face the Tigers for the fourth time in school history, the last being in 1970-71. SDSU leads the all-time series 2-1-0.
The Tigers entered the weekend ranked No. 6 (InterMat). Ten Missouri wrestlers are
ranked individually, as well: No. 4 Alan Waters (125), No. 9 Nathan McCormick (133), No. 15 Nick Hucke (141), No. 15 Drake Houdashelt (149), No. 18 Kyle Bradley (157), No. 13 Zach Toal (165), No. 19 Todd Porter (174), No. 9 Mike Larson (184), No. 5 Brent Haynes (197) and No. 2 Dom Bradley (285).
Last season, Missouri won the four-team Big 12 Championship, edging Oklahoma State by 4.0 team points. The Tigers won four individual championships and qualified an additional five wrestlers for the NCAA Championships.
Missouri opened the season with three dual wins versus Old Dominion (35-(-1)),
Purdue (23-9) and Baker (37-0). The Tigers also placed 12 wrestlers at its lone open of the season, the Joe Parisi Open, including five champions.
LAST WEEK'S COMPETITION
North Carolina 36 - SDSU 6
The Jacks and Tar Heels opened the dual at 125 pounds. Aaron Pickrel squared off
versus Nathan Kraisser, ranked No. 16 (InterMat). Pickrel fell behind 5-0 in the first period and was unable to recover, dropping a 7-1 decision.
At 133, Brance Simms faced Joey Ward. Simms trailed 2-0 after the first, which proved
to be enough. The two wrestled a scoreless second and Simms was only able to score one point in the third, losing by a 2-1 decision.
Ben Gillette faced a tough opponent at 141, No. 17 Evan Henderson. Henderson scored a pin to put the Tar Heels up 12-0.
In the 149-pound match, Dustin Walraven dropped another close decision for the Jacks. Christian Barber came out on top 7-3.
Cody Pack lined up at 157 versus Christopher Mears. Pack started strong, leading 4-0
after two periods. The third period was much higher scoring, but Pack held on for a 12-5 decision to put the Jacks on the board.
At 165, Joe Brewster lost by pin to J.M. Staudenmayer.
Troy Morisette faced Frank Abbondanza at 174 and wrestled to a first-period tie.
Morisette trailed by one point entering the third and was unable to mount a comeback, dropping a 4-2 decision.
In the 184-pound match, Shea Nolan faced the third ranked Tar Heel competing in
today’s dual, No. 20 Alex Utley. Nolan fell behind 7-0 in the first period and was pinned in the second.
Brandon Ballard also lost by pin at 197 to Antonio Giorgio.
In the final match of the dual, J.J. Everard took on Jake Barnhart. Everard led 2-1 after
the first period, but Barnhart wrestled it to an even 2-2 after two. In the final period, Everard wrestled hard and came out on top with a 7-3 decision.
The Tar Heels won 36-6, dropping SDSU to 2-2 on the season.
Nebraska 32 - SDSU 7
In the second dual of the day, SDSU faced No. 14 and weekend host Nebraska. Aaron Pickrel once again opened the dual, but found more success versus Eric Coufal. Pickrel took advantage of an early lead and won by 12-4 major decision.
Brance Simms wrestled Shawn Nagel at 133, but did not find similar success. Nagel led 2-1 entering the third period, but strung together an escape and takedown to put the match out of reach and win by 8-2 decision.
At 141, Ben Gillette faced Skylar Galloway and kept it close through two periods, but
Galloway scored a reversal and two takedowns in the third for a 14-4 major decision.
In SDSU’s most notable win of the day, Dustin Walraven defeated No. 13 Jake Sueflohn at 149 by 3-2 decision. Walraven scored an escape in the second period and, after allowing an escape and stalling point in the third, scored a takedown to win the match.
Nebraska went on a six-match win streak to close out the Jacks, however.
In the 157-pound match, Cody Pack lost to No. 5 James Green by 17-6 major decision.
At 165, Joe Brewster wrestled Austin Wilson tough, but dropped a 4-1 decision.
The two other ranked Huskers, No. 7 Robert Kokesh and No. 6 Josh Ihnen, won at 174 and 184. Kokesh defeated John Nething II by 17-1 tech fall and Ihnen pinned Hunter Weddington.
came up short in the 285 match to Donny Longendyke, 6-4.
Finn Grinaker Cobber Open
The South Dakota State wrestling team sent nine wrestlers to the Cobber Open this
weekend, as well. The open was divided into two divisions, Maroon and Gold, with the former set aside for freshmen and the latter set aside for upperclassmen.
Ben Schwery led the way with a second-place finish in the Maroon Division at 165
pounds. Schwery defeated Riley Nagel (Mary) by 15-0 tech fall in the opening round and scored decisions versus TJ Poole (Dickinson State) and Cody Tibbetts (St. Cloud State). In the final, Schwery dropped the narrowest of decisions, 3-2, to finish second.
The Jacks also had a pair of fourth-place finishers in Tyler White (Maroon Division, 174) and Jacob Haydel (Maroon Division, 285).
White opened with a 3-2 decision versus Trey Griffin (St. Cloud State) and a pin in 4:38 versus Tyrell Martin (Ridgewater College). White dropped two close decisions in the semifinals and the third-place match to finish fourth.
Haydel opened with a pin in 1:52 versus Cole Monroe (Mary). After suffering a reversal
in fortunes in the semifinals, Haydel dropped a 5-3 decision in the third-place match to finish fourth.
Division, but were unable to advance further.
Chet Utesch (133) and Nate Harms (157) also scored one pin apiece for the Jacks in the Maroon Division.
In all, SDSU scored four pins at the Cobber Open and left with three placewinners.
JACKED UP! MONDAYS
TOP-10 RECRUITING CLASS
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
SDSU takes a brief break from dual competition for the Cliff Keen Invitational in Las
Vegas, Nev. Competition is set for all day on Friday, Nov. 30 and Saturday, Dec. 1.