The South Dakota State wrestling team suffered weekend setbacks at Air Force and versus Western State.
SDSU was downed in the weekend opener at Air Force 41-5 and topped in the closer versus Western State 25-11.
In the weekend opener, Air Force won the first three matches of Sunday's dual,
built a 13-0 lead and SDSU was unable to recover in its second Western
Wrestling Conference bout.
In the opening match at 125 pounds, Aaron Pickrel faced Josh
Martinez. Martinez is nationally ranked by Intermat (11), Gregg Henry's/Wrestling
Report (11) and the NCAA coaches' panel rankings (10). Pickrel wrestled tough,
but allowed a late takedown, which pushed Martinez's decision to a 12-4 major
Brance Simms wrestled Dylan Hyder at 133. Hyder built an
early lead and Simms was unable to comeback and lost a 10-3 decision.
At 141 pounds, Ben Gillette took on Carter McElhany.
McElhany scored a pin in the second period to put the Jacks in a 13-0 hole
after three matches.
The lone bright spot for the Jackrabbits was the
ever-consistent performance of Dustin Walraven. Walraven lined up versus Logan
Burch, as Air Force deviated from its probable starters (No. 4 Cole VonOhlen).
Walraven made the most of his opportunity, built a big lead and closed out
Burch with a 19-4, third-period tech fall.
In the 157-pound match, Cody Pack faced Josh Kreimier, who
is ranked by Gregg Henry's/Wrestling Report (22) and the NCAA coaches' panel
rankings (23). After two tough periods, Kreimier added another pin to the Air
Joe Brewster squared off versus Jesse Stafford at 165.
Brewster kept it close, but Stafford notched a 9-5 decision and pushed the
Falcons' lead to 22-5.
At 174, John Nething II faced Dan Barringer. Barringer built
a lead and held on for a 13-4 major decision for the third-straight Air Force win.
In the 184-pound match, Shea Nolan wrestled Devin Hightower.
The match was all Hightower, who built a big lead through two periods and
closed out the match in the third with a 15-0 tech fall.
Air Force extended its lead at 197, as Josh Mohr notched a
14-0 major decision versus Joe Skow. Mohr was the final Falcons' wrestler
ranked by any wrestling publication (No. 32, Gregg Henry's/Wrestling Report).
The Falcons closed out the dual with a pin at 285 by Bentley Alsup
versus J.J. Everard.
The loss dropped the Jacks to 4-7 overall, 0-2 WWC.
Air Force 41 - SDSU 5
125 - Josh Martinez (Air Force) major decision Aaron Pickrel, 12-4 (AF 4-0)
133 - Dylan Hyder (Air Force) decision
Brance Simms, 10-3 (AF 7-0)
141 - Carter McElhany (Air Force) pin
Ben Gillette, 4:16 (AF 13-0)
149 - Dustin Walraven tech fall Logan
Burch (Air Force), 19-4 (6:03) (AF 13-5)
157 - Josh Kreimier (Air Force) pin
Cody Pack, 6:10 (AF 19-5)
165 - Jesse Stafford (Air Force) decision
Joe Brewster, 9-5 (AF 22-5)
174 - Dan Barringer (Air Force) major
decision John Nething II, 13-4 (AF 26-5)
184 - Devin Hightower (Air Force) tech
fall Shea Nolan, 15-0 (7:00) (AF 31-5)
197 - Josh Mohr (Air Force) major
decision Joe Skow, 14-0 (AF 35-5)
285 - Bentley Alsup (Air Force) pin
J.J. Everard, 3:45 (AF wins 41-5)
In the closing dual, SDSU was downed by Western State
In the opening match at 125 pounds, Aaron Pickrel scored
a narrow 3-1 decision to put the Jacks on top early.
Brance Simms followed Pickrel's performance with a tight
match at 133 pounds, as well. Simms secured a 5-4 decision and added to SDSU's
Western State found the scoreboard at 141 with a 14-7
At 149 pounds, Dustin Walraven led 4-1 with riding time
advantage, but was forced to injury default. The result put the Mountaineers on
top for the first time.
Cody Pack put the Jacks back on track at 157 with a
dominant 18-2 tech fall.
But after that SDSU win, Western State went on a run. One
match later at 165 pounds, Western State added to its total with a 7-5 decision.
The Mountaineers added a major decision from its nationally ranked wrestler at 174 and another decision at 184.
The three-match winning streak pushed the Western State
lead to 19-11 and backed SDSU into a must-win corner with two matches
But the Mountaineers sealed the dual one match later with
a 4-3 decision at 197.
In the closing match, Western State added another
decision to its dual total for a 25-11 win.
The weekend setbacks dropped SDSU's record to 4-8 overall,
Next up the Jacks return home
for five-straight duals, beginning with former WWC foe Northern Iowa on Feb. 1.
Dual time is set for 7 p.m. on Friday in Frost Arena.
The Panthers left the WWC
prior to this season and joined the Mid-American Conference (MAC).
State 25 - SDSU 11
125 - Aaron Pickrel decision Dustin
Stiegemeyer (Western State), 3-1 (SDSU 3-0)
133 - Brance Simms decision CJ York (Western
State), 5-4 (SDSU 6-0)
141 - Cody Cole (Western State) decision
Ben Gillette, 14-7 (SDSU 6-3)
149 - Brandon Montoya (Western State) injury
default Dustin Walraven, INJ (WS 9-6)
157 - Cody Pack tech fall Andy
Fontenot (Western State), 18-2 (SDSU 11-9)
165 - Austin Harris (Western State) decision
Joe Brewster, 7-5 (WS 12-11)
174 - No. 2 Elliot Copeland (Western State) major
decision John Nething II, 19-7 (WS 16-11)
184 - Kyle Piatt (Western State) decision
Shea Nolan, 12-6 (WS 19-11)
197 - Sam Mangum (Western State) decision
Joe Skow, 4-3 (WS 22-11)
285 - Kyle Graulus (Western State) decision
J.J. Everard, 5-3 (WS wins 25-11)