Jacks ignite mats with fire by winning two duals

Sarah Passick

Sarah Passick

It was an impressive week for the South Dakota State wrestling team.

The 12-ranked Jacks had two big wins last week. The Jacks defeated Southwest State 28-19 on Feb. 13 in a rescheduled dual. SDSU defeated 24-19 against in-state rivals, Augustana on Feb. 15.

SDSU dominated the first three matches pulling a 14-0 lead on SSU. Aiding in this domination was Tyler Jones, Todd Paszek and John Madsen.

Second-ranked Jones won against Adam Barton in a technical fall in the 184-weight class.

Paszek pinned SSU’s Cody Kummer at 197.

Heavyweight Madsen kept the winning streak alive by defeating Mark Simmonds.

It was all SSU during the next three matches. Aided by a forfeit and by a pin, SSU took a 15-14 lead. That soon changed as soon as Jeremy Roe stepped on the mat.

Roe, who has been out for two weeks due to an injury, won the 149 class by defeating Jeremy Boogerd in a technical fall.

Following Roe’s win was Aaron Veskrna. Second-ranked Veskrna pinned SSU’s Josh Skogen at 157.

Second-ranked Tyler Bryant closed out the scoring with a decision at 165 pounds against Brett Bartholomaus.

SDSU returned home Feb. 15 to defeat Augie in Frost Arena. This match ended SDSU’s dual season. The Jacks finished 9-8.

It was all SDSU during the first three matches. Aiding in putting SDSU on the board were Roe, Jacob Schuring and Veskrna.

Freshman Roe won his match against Ryan Carlson in a decision at 141.

Schuring won by a technical fall at 149 against Augie’s Kevin Sobolik.

Veskrna followed with a 2-0 decision over Augie’s Seth Webster. Veskrna will walk into the North Central Conference tournament with a 27-1 record.

At 184, Tyler Jones won against Sam Kenton in a 12-0 major decision. SDSU picked up a forfeit at 197.

Sixth-ranked Jon Madsen faced second-ranked James Garvey in the match of the night. There was not scoring in the third period, but Madsen got an escape in the second for a 1-0 lead. Garvey answered with an escape in the third leading the match into overtime. In overtime, Madsen scored a takedown for a 3-1 victory in just 17 seconds.

During this week the team will be preparing for the North Central Conference tournament held in Sioux Falls Sunday, Feb. 24