SDSU Wrestlers Bear Down On Northern Colorado

Jacks Win Home Duel 29-10

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South Dakota State (7-5, 1-0 WWC) completed a weekend sweep and pushed its winning streak to four in its Western Wrestling Conference opener with a 29-10 win over Northern Colorado.

SDSU won seven matches on the day, including two pins.

“This was a big weekend for us and we responded,” head coach Chris Bono said. “It’s always good to win a conference dual, especially the way we did today. We are excited to get back in the room and go to work this week as we have a pair of Pac-12 schools coming to town Sunday. It’s another big opportunity for our guys to rise up.”

Following a major decision loss to open the dual at 125, junior Brance Simms worked his way to a tech fall over Sonny Espinoza, 20-5. Simms scored two takedowns in all three periods, including nearfall in the second and third.

Following a scoreless first period at 141, redshirt freshman Luke Zilverberg struck first with a takedown early in the second and added a reversal in the third for a 4-2 win over Ben Polkowske.

With the team score 8-4 heading into 149, returning NCAA qualifiers Alex Kocer and #11 Cody Pack recorded back-to-back falls to give SDSU a 20-4 lead. Kocer stuck Kyle Rodriguez early in the second period, while Pack pinned Tyler Kinn midway through the first.

UNC got back on the board with a 9-2 win by Mitchell Polkowske at 165.

David Kocer and Brady Ayers regained Jackrabbit momentum with 6-1 and 5-2 wins, respectively at 174 and 184.

In a hotly-contested 197-lb showdown, UNC’s Trent Noon upset #14 Nate Rotert. Noon led 3-0 entering the third, but Rotert picked up a pair of takedowns in the third to force overtime. Noon would go on to get the decisive takedown with 11 seconds to go.

Junior J.J. Everard closed the dual out with a 5-4 decision in the 285-lb finale.

SDSU closes out its six-dual home streak January 25 against a pair of Pac-12 opponents as Cal Poly and Oregon State make the trek to Frost Arena. SDSU and Cal Poly will square off at noon with the

SDSU/Oregon State matchup to follow.

Match-by-Match Results
125: #19 Trey Andrews (UNC) over Isaac Andrade (SDSU) – Maj., 10-2
133: Brance Simms (SDSU) over Sonny Espinoza (UNC) – Tech., 20-5
141: Luke Zilverberg (SDSU) over Ben Polkowske (UNC) – Dec., 4-2
149: Alex Kocer (SDSU) over Kyle Rodriguez (UNC) – Fall, 3:17
157: #14 Cody Pack (SDSU) over Tyler Kinn (UNC) – Fall, 1:54
165: Mitchell Polkowske (UNC) over John Nething II (SDSU) – Dec., 9-2
174: David Kocer (SDSU) over Josh Van Tine (UNC) – Dec., 6-1
184: Brady Ayers (SDSU) over Keith Johnson (UNC) – Dec., 5-2
197: Trent Noon (UNC) over #14 Nate Rotert (SDSU) – SV-1, 6-4
285: J.J. Everard (SDSU) over Brian Macchione (UNC) – Dec., 5-4

NOTES: South Dakota State sent numerous wrestlers to yesterday’s Worthington Open. Ben Gillette (133 lbs) and Logan Peterson (157 lbs) both took first. Alex Macki (285) placed second and Hunter Weddington (197) took third. SDSU won its conference opener for consecutive seasons for the first time in program history. SDSU opened last season with a win at Wyoming.