Hahn, Jackrabbits host Minnesota Friday night

Jordon Shoenrock, Sports Reporter

In its first home dual of the season, South Dakota State welcomes No. 13 Minnesota to Frost Arena on Friday.

Here’s a quick look at the projected lineups:


*All SDSU wrestlers are listed first

125 — Danny Vega or Kahlen Morris v. No. 19 Patrick McKee or Jake Gliva

Match note: McKee defeated Vega earlier this season with a third period pin.

133 — Zach Price v. Brent Jones

Match note: The two faced off last year with Price coming out on top by a score of 11-7.

141 — Clay Carlson v. No. 2 Mitch McKee

Match note: McKee has defeated Carlson twice this season (first period pin, 9-0 major decision).  

149 — No. 15 Henry Pohlmeyer v. No. 5 Brayton Lee

Match note: Experience could play a role, as Pohlmeyer is a senior while Lee is a redshirt freshman.

157 — Colten Carlson v. Carson Brolsma or Kasper McIntosh

Match note: Brolsma holds a 4-0 collegiate career record over Carlson, but they haven’t wrestled since 2017.

165 — Garrett Jordan, Kenny O’Neil or Tanner Cook v. Bailee O’Reilly or Jake Allar

Match note: O’Reilly has defeated both Jordan and O’Neil this season.

174 — Cade King or Kelby Hawkins v. No. 7 Devin Skatzka

Match note: Skatzka has defeated King twice this year (first period pin, tech fall).

184 — No. 17 Zach Carlson v. No. 18 Owen Webster or Hunter Ritter

Match note: Carlson defeated Webster earlier this season, 3-1.

197 — No. 19 Tanner Sloan v. Garrett Joles or Dylan Anderson

Match note: Sloan defeated Anderson 16-3 earlier this year.

Heavyweight — Blake Wolters v. Robert Steveson

Match note: This will be the first time these two wrestlers have met.

*All rankings from FloWrestling


SDSU and Minnesota are very familiar with one another starting with the coaches and extending all the way down the lineups. The schools have battled every year since 2015-16, with the Golden Gophers coming out on top each time, including last year’s 35-6 win in Minnesota.

There is potential for six rematches from this year already along with only two matches that the wrestlers have never faced each other in college yet.

“We need to win where we are favored and pick up two in that first five,” said Jackrabbit head coach Damion Hahn. “If we pick up two in that first five and then you go into the back half, you know at 184 and 197 (pounds) we are favored. … We have a lot of capable kids that can go out there and beat Minnesota.”

Connections between the two programs are especially deep in regards to the coaches.

Hahn, a four-time All-American and two-time individual national champion at 197 pounds, and volunteer assistant Chris Dardanes, a three-time All-American, are both Minnesota alumni. Current Minnesota head coach Brandon Eggum (three-time All-American) and head assistant coach Luke Becker (2002 national champ at 157 pounds) are also former Gopher wrestlers, and both were teammates of Hahn’s in the early 2000s.

Hahn started his college career when Eggum was a senior, taking over Eggum’s place in the lineup when he graduated. The pair trained together the whole time Hahn was there, as Eggum joined the coaching staff immediately after his college career. Becker was Hahn’s was roommate and teammate at Minnesota.


Other festivities:

There is a youth clinic (8th grade and under) hosted by former Jackrabbit and Big 12 champion, Nate Rotert. Check-in is 4:30-5 p.m. with the clinic running 5-6 p.m.

Friday is also the third annual teddy bear toss. Match attendees are encouraged to bring a teddy bear and throw it on the mat after the fifth match. The teddy bears will then be collected and donated to the Sanford Children’s Cure Kids Cancer initiative.

There will be a balloon maker creating rabbit ears for the fans for a free-will donation. Jackrabbit Santa will also be making an appearance.

There will also be an ugly sweater contest for students to win gift cards to Papa John’s. Along with that, all fans are welcome to wear ugly sweaters to celebrate national ugly sweater day. If you don’t have an ugly sweater, you can purchase one at the dual for $25 with the proceeds going to Cure Kids Cancer.