SDSU wrestling gets two wins in season debut

By Austin Hamm, Sportswriter

The SDSU wrestling team had a solid season opener in Brookings on Sunday, with two-time NCAA qualifier Cody Pack and redshirt freshman Colin Holler claiming titles at the Warren Williamson/Daktronics Open.

“I was very happy with their effort, their execution, making sure they were doing things we worked on in the room and they did,” said third year head coach Chris Bono, “I was very happy with the performance these guys had.”

The championships were SDSU’s first at Dak Open since 2010, an important achievement in the program’s continued work forward.

“We’re taking steps forward everyday,” Bono said. “For us to have a couple champions come out of this is what we want. We have to start winning. This our third year here, we’re in this business, weere measured on wins and losses, and its important to get a few champions and we’ll keep building on that throughout the year.”

SDSU had four others reach the finals. Brance Simms, Nate Rotert and J.J. Everard all fell in their respective finals, while Luke Zilverburg pulled out with a medical forfeit. The Jacks’ success for the day was filled out with Isaac Andrande, Joe Brewster and true freshman David Kocer making it to the semifinals of their respective weight classes.

The SDSU wrestling team will look to build on this early season success when they travel to Fargo N.D. next Saturday, Nov. 8 for the 44th Annual Bison Open.

“We’re excited. University of Minnesota will be there with all their guys, we get to go against a top 20 team in NDSU again,” Bono said. “We’re looking to get a lot of matches this time of year, hopefully we do well up there.”