College Wrestling

Augustana’s Colin Ayers Falls In National Championship Match

Viking Wrestler Runner Up At 157 Pounds

CLEVELAND, Ohio — The Augustana wrestling team brings back two top-four finishes from the NCAA Wrestling Championships on Saturday. In his first title appearance senior Colin Ayers fell to Matt Malcolm, 9-4 to earn runner up in 157 lbs. while senior Clayton Wahlstrom fell to Nick Baulmer, 5-2 to place fourth at the 179 lbs. weight class. Ayers started the day off defeating James Wimer…

SDSU Wrestlers Pin West Virginia

Jacks Win Final Dual 22-19

BROOKINGS, S.D.  —  Samuel Grove and Zach Carlson recorded back-to-back pins to lead South Dakota State to a 22-19 victory over West Virginia in the final Big 12 Conference dual for both teams Sunday night at Frost Arena. The Jackrabbits ended the dual season with a 3-10 overall record, including a 2-7 mark against league foes. West Virginia dropped to…

Jacks Fall to Bison in Wrestling at Fargo

Jacks Fall to Bison in Wrestling at Fargo

FARGO, N.D. – South Dakota State’s Zach Carlson and Henry Pohlmeyer continued their winning ways, but North Dakota State won the other eight bouts to record a 31-10 victory in a Big 12 Conference wrestling dual Friday night at Scheels Center. The Bison improved to 10-5 overall and 5-3 in the Big 12. SDSU dropped to 2-9 overall and 1-6…

Poloncic Wins Match, but Augie Falls to #1 St. Cloud

Poloncic Wins Match, but Augie Falls to #1 St. Cloud

SIOUX FALLS — After falling into an early hole in Thursday’s regular season finale against top-ranked St. Cloud State, No. 12 Lukas Poloncic got No. 14 ranked Augustana on the board, and even though the Vikings fell in the dual, 31-3, Poloncic improved to 8-1 in duals and sits at 7-1 in NSIC action. The loss sends the Vikings to the postseason with a…

9th-Ranked Mankato Wrestlers Edge Augustana

9th-Ranked Mankato Wrestlers Edge Augustana

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Augustana made a habit of turning upset wins into dual wins, and even though the Vikings started Friday’s dual with No. 9 Minnesota State with an upset win by Lukas Poloncic at 174 lbs., the Vikings could not hold off the Mavericks in a 20-10 loss at the Elmen Center. The loss snaps Augie’s win streak at four, and…

Jackrabbit Wrestlers Pin Utah Valley

Jackrabbit Wrestlers Pin Utah Valley

BROOKINGS, SD…South Dakota State opened its wrestling dual against Utah Valley with four consecutive victories and went on to defeat the Wolverines, 26-16, in Big 12 Conference action Thursday night at Frost Arena. The Jackrabbits improved to 2-6 overall and 1-3 in league duals. UVU dropped to 9-9 overall and 0-3 in the Big 12. Redshirt freshman Aric Williams got…

SDSU’s Seth Gross to Have Surgery

SDSU's Seth Gross to Have Surgery

BROOKINGS, SD… South Dakota State national champion wrestler Seth Gross took to twitter Thursday to make the announcement that he is having surgery, ending his season. He’ll have surgery next Wednesday to fix a vertebrae issue that started in high school and developed further into his collegiate career. Gross is the Jackrabbits only national champion since making the jump to…

Augustana Wrestlers Get Big Win over MSU-Moorhead

Augustana Wrestlers Get Big Win over MSU-Moorhead

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Ethan Cota started the night with an upset win at 125 lbs., and the Vikings never looked back in a 27-12 win over MSU Moorhead on Thursday in Northern Sun Conference wrestling action at the Elmen Center.Along with posting their 15th straight win over MSUM, including all 11 NSIC meetings, the win boosts the Vikings dual record to 2-1…

Augie Wrestlers Pin DWU

Augie Wrestlers Pin DWU

SIOUX FALLS – The first home dual of the season didn’t last long for Augustana wrestling, as the Vikings dispatched Dakota Wesleyan in less than an hour for a 54-0 win. The Tigers forfeited five of the 10 matches, while the Vikings earned extra points in four of the five remaining matches to secure the win at the Elmen Center. Augustana head coach Jason…

Oklahoma State Overwhelms SDSU Wrestlers

Jackrabbits Fall 45-6

BROOKINGS, S.D.  —  Fourth-ranked Oklahoma State recorded four pins and won two more matches by technical fall to post a 45-6 victory over an undermanned South Dakota State squad in a Big 12 Conference wrestling dual Saturday night at Frost Arena. The Cowboys were wrestling their first dual of the season, while the 22nd-ranked Jackrabbits fell to 0-2. OSU, which…

Jackrabbit Wrestlers Fall To Arizona State In Pentagon

SDSU Loses First Duel Under Damion Hahn 30-9

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – South Dakota State’s Seth Gross began his national title defense with a first-period pin, but No. 11 Arizona State countered with three bonus-point victories of its own to defeat the 19th-ranked Jackrabbits, 30-9, in the season-opening dual for both squads before a crowd of 1,853 at the Sanford Pentagon. The loss snapped the Jackrabbits’ school-record 14-match…

SDSU Wrestling Hosting ASU at Pentagon

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — South Dakota State University head wrestling coach Damion Hahn spoke with boosters and fans at Pizza Ranch in Sioux Falls to preview the Jackrabbits upcoming dual against Arizona State at the Sanford Pentagon on Nov. 11. The two programs are bringing back two national champion wrestlers in Seth Gross (SDSU) and Zahid Valencia (ASU). Gross became SDSU’s first…

SDSU Wrestling Coach Hahn To Be Inducted Into University of Minnesota Hall Of Fame

New Jackrabbit Coach A Former National Champion With Gophers

MINNEAPOLIS, MN – South Dakota State wrestling head coach Damion Hahn was announced as a 2018 inductee into the University of Minnesota’s M Club this week, being enshrined as one of the all-time great Gophers as he begins his first year as a Jackrabbit. Hahn wrestled at Minnesota from 2000-04, where he won NCAA individual titles as a junior and…

Jacks Wrestlers to host Arizona State at Pentagon

Jacks Wrestlers to host Arizona State at Pentagon

BROOKINGS, SD…South Dakota State University and Arizona State University will hit the mat for a wrestling dual at the Sanford Pentagon on Nov. 11. The two programs are bringing back two recently crowned national champion wrestlers in Seth Gross (SDSU) and Zahid Valencia (ASU). Gross became SDSU’s first Division I national champion in any sport by winning the 133-pound title…

SDSU Hires Cornell Assistant Damion Hahn To Take Over Wrestling Program

Former National Champion At Minnesota Succeeds Chris Bono

BROOKINGS, S.D.  — Damion Hahn, who helped build Cornell into a national power over the past decade, was hired Monday to lead the South Dakota State University wrestling program. “Damion represents everything we are looking for in being able to take our wrestling program to the next level,” said SDSU Director of Athletics Justin Sell in announcing the hire. “His success both as…

Chris Bono Steps Down at SDSU Accepts Wisconsin Job

  BROOKINGS, S.D. — Chris Bono, who built the South Dakota State University wrestling program to national prominence, stepped down Saturday to accept the head coaching position at the University of Wisconsin. “First of all, I want to thank (SDSU Director of Athletics) Justin Sell. He brought me back to coaching and gave us everything we needed to be successful….

SDSU’s Seth Gross Wins National Championship

First Jackrabbit Wrestler To Win A Division One National Title

CLEVELAND, OH – Seth Gross became South Dakota State’s first national champion in any sport in the Division I era, winning the 133-pound title Saturday night at the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships at Quicken Loans Arena. A junior from Apple Valley, Minnesota, the top-seeded Gross came out victorious over second-seeded Stevan Micic of Michigan, 13-8, in his second consecutive…

Gross Says Close Semifinal Win Will Help Him In Championship Match

SDSU Junior Reaches National Title Match For Second Straight Year

CLEVELAND, OH  —  South Dakota State’s Seth Gross returned to the 133 pound National Title match. By the slimmest of margins. After North Carolina State’s Tariq Wilson rallied to tie his semifinal match with Gross, the SDSU junior picked up a pin sudden victory overtime for the victory that sends him to his second consecutive national title match.  He’ll face…