Oklahoma State 20, South Dakota State 15

Jacks battle, but fall to No. 4 OSU

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BROOKINGS, S.D. – South Dakota State’s three ranked wrestlers all recorded victories, but the Jackrabbits dropped a 20-15 decision to fourth-ranked Oklahoma State Friday afternoon at Frost Arena.

OSU evened its dual record at 1-1, while the Jackrabbits fell to 1-4. All four of SDSU’s dual losses have been to teams currently ranked in the USA Today/NWCA Top 25.

After losing by technical fall in the opening match at 125 pounds, the Jackrabbits got on the board as 16th-ranked Brance Simms recorded a 7-5, sudden-victory decision over Gary Wayne Harding in the 133-pound bout.

The Cowboys grabbed an 11-3 lead after back-to-back 5-3 decisions in the next two weight classes, but Cody Pack pulled SDSU back to within 11-6 with an 11-5 decision over Nick Blees in the 157-pound matchup. Pack, ranked seventh in the Intermat rankings, improved to 9-1 on the season.

Oklahoma State sealed the victory by opening the second half of the dual with three straight victories, including a 6-1 decision by top-ranked Alex Dieringer over SDSU’s Luke Zilverberg at 165 pounds.

Nate Rotert recorded his first dual win of the season for the Jackrabbits in the 197-pound weight class. Rotert, ranked 14th by Intermat, defeated Jordan Rogers by decision, 15-10.

The dual ended on a strange note as Oklahoma State heavyweight Austin Marsden was disqualified for misconduct in the third period of his match against Alex Macki, which also resulted in the deduction of a team point.

SDSU returns to dual action Dec. 4 at second-ranked Iowa.

#4 Oklahoma State 20, South Dakota State 15
125: Eddie Klimara (OSU) def. Kahlen Morris (SDSU), by tech. fall (20-2)
133: #16 Brance Simms (SDSU) dec. Gary Wayne Harding (OSU), 7-5 (SV-1)
141: #1 Dean Heil (OSU) dec. Seth Gross (SDSU), 5-3
149: #8 Anthony Collica (OSU) dec. Alex Kocer (SDSU), 5-3
157: #7 Cody Pack (SDSU) dec. Ryan Blees (OSU), 11-5
165: #1 Alex Dieringer (OSU) dec. Luke Zilverberg (SDSU), 6-1
174: #3 Kyle Crutchmer (OSU) dec. David Kocer (SDSU), 7-2
184: Nolan Boyd (OSU) major dec. Brady Ayers (SDSU), 11-2
197: #14 Nate Rotert (SDSU) dec. #15 (at 184) Jordan Rogers (OSU), 15-10
285: Alex Macki (SDSU) def. #4 Austin Marsden (OSU) by DQ
Note: Marsden disqualified for misconduct; OSU also deducted one team point

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