South Dakota State 23, North Dakota State 14

Jackrabbits sweep season series from NDSU

FARGO, N.D. – The 22nd-ranked South Dakota State University wrestling team closed out the dual season Sunday afternoon with a 23-14 victory over North Dakota State in Big 12 Conference action at Bentson Bunker Fieldhouse.

In sweeping the season series from the Bison, the Jackrabbits, who won 13 of their final 14 duals, improved to 14-6 overall and 6-2 against Big 12 opponents. NDSU dropped to 4-6 overall, 2-2 in the Big 12.

Sunday’s dual followed much the same script as the two teams’ December meeting at Frost Arena. After NDSU’s 17th-ranked Joshua Rodriguez opened the dual with a pin of Ben Gillette at 125 pounds, the Jackrabbits reeled off wins in the next six weight classes. Brance Simms began the streak with an 8-0 major decision over Nico Colunga at 133 pounds.

The next four Jackrabbit victories were all by decision as Seth Gross, Alex Kocer, fifth-ranked Cody Pack and Luke Zilverberg extended the SDSU lead to 17-6. All four SDSU wrestlers have now won 20 or matches this season, with Zilverberg reaching the 20-win mark on Sunday. Pack improved to 25-2 overall.

David Kocer recorded the sixth and final win of the streak with a 10-2 major decision of Tyler McNutt at 174 pounds. It was Kocer’s team-leading 26th win of the season.

Fourth-ranked Hayden Zillmer of NDSU ended the Jackrabbit string with a 21-5 technical fall victory over Brady Ayers in the 184-pound division and Bison heavyweight Ben Tynan notched a 5-3 sudden-victory decision over Alex Macki.

Fifteenth-ranked Nate Rotert sealed the Jackrabbit victory with a 10-4 decision over Charley Popp in the 197-pound weight class. A sophomore from Spearfish, Rotert improved to 24-8 on the season.

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The Jackrabbits return to action at the Big 12 Conference Championship March 5-6 at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri.

#22 South Dakota State 23, North Dakota State 14
125: #17 Joshua Rodriguez (NDSU) def. Ben Gillette (SDSU), by fall 6:31
133: Brance Simms (SDSU) major dec. Nico Colunga (NDSU), 8-0
141: Seth Gross (SDSU) dec. Mitch Bengston (NDSU), 5-3
149: Alex Kocer (SDSU) dec. Clay Ream (NDSU), 9-6
157: #5 Cody Pack (SDSU) dec. Kyle Gilva (NDSU), 8-2
165: Luke Zilverberg (SDSU) dec. Grant Nehring (NDSU), 14-7
174: David Kocer (SDSU) major dec. Tyler McNutt (NDSU), 10-2
184: #4 Hayden Zillmer (NDSU) tech. fall Brady Ayers (SDSU), 21-5 (6:24)
197: #15 Nate Rotert (SDSU) dec. Charley Popp (NDSU), 10-4
285: Ben Tynan (NDSU) dec. Alex Macki (SDSU), 5-3 [SV-1]

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