Gross wins first-ever NCAA Division I championship for school


Abby Fullenkamp

ABBY FULLENKAMP Junior Seth Gross wrestles against NDSU Cam Sykora during the 133-pound bout Feb. 16. Gross defeated Sykora by a tech fall of 16-0 with a time of 4:00.

Brianna Schreurs

Junior Seth Gross made Jackrabbit Athletics history by winning an NCAA Division I championship in the 133-pound class at the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships Saturday in Cleveland, Ohio.

The top-seeded Gross defeated second-seeded Stevan Micic of Michigan, 13-8, in his second national title appearance.

Gross’ season ended with a 29-1 overall record and upped his career mark to 89-17 in three years at SDSU. He became the first Jackrabbit wrestler to win a national title at any level since Paul Konechne in 2001. Konechne won the last of his two consecutive NCAA Division II championships at 141 pounds.

The win by Gross upped helped the Jacks place 12th in the team standings. SDSU led all Big 12 Conference schools in the team race as David Kocer (seventh at 174 pounds) and Luke Zilverberg (eighth at 157 pounds) also earned All-America honors during the three-day tournament.

With the championship win though, Gross has no intention of slowing down.

“I’m not done yet. I’ve got one more year left,” Gross said to @GoJacksWrestle. “So gotta keep living it up and hopefully go for that Hodge Trophy next year and just build off this. There’s no slowing down. I want to be an Olympic champ one day, so just a stepping stone and I’ll keep getting better.”