Wrestling falls in Minnesota



Skyler Jackson, Sports Editor

The South Dakota State wrestling team was back in action Sunday against 12th – ranked Minnesota, falling to the Golden Gophers at the Maturi Pavilion in Minneapolis.

In their second college wrestling dual of the season, the Jackrabbits opened with an early lead, but the Gophers stormed back to claim a 27-13 victory.

The win for Minnesota was their 1,000th dual win in program history.

With the dual starting at 165 pounds, SDSU’s Tanner Cook faced Minnesota’s Andrew Sparks. The two traded takedowns in the opening period that ended with Sparks leading 11-7. Cook would regain control midway through the second period and record a pin.

In the 174-pound matchup, Cade DeVos of SDSU extended the Jacks’ lead to 9-0 with a 6-1 decision over Jared Krattiger. After the first period ended scoreless, DeVos recorded takedowns in the final two periods, as he improved to 5-0 on the season in his matchups.

Minnesota then reeled off five straight wins and built a 20-9 lead that started with an Isaiah Salazar 10-1 major decision over Jacob Schoon at 184 pounds. Then in the 197-pound matchup, a Michial Foy 9-3 decision over the Jackrabbits’ Tanner Sloan.

The Gophers’ next three victories were all in the bonus-point variety. The first was a technical fall by Minnesota’s Gabe Stevenson at heavyweight. Stevenson is the defending NCAA and Olympic champion. The next two victories for Minnesota were major decisions from Patrick McKee (125) and Jake Gliva (133).

For SDSU, returning all-American and seventh-ranked Clay Carlson ended the Gopher’s streak in the 141-pound matchup with a 12-3 major decision over Minnesota’s Jake Bergeland.

Minnesota closed the dual when Michael Blockhus (149) and Brayton Lee (157) each had victories to give Minnesota wins in seven of the ten total matchups.

Looking ahead for the Jackrabbits, wrestling starters will compete in the Cliff Keen Vegas Invitational Dec. 3-4. Another group of SDSU wrestlers is set to compete Dec. 4 at the Doane Conner/Oppenheim Open in Crete, Nebraska.