Jacks Push Win Streak to Three
BROOKINGS, S.D. – South Dakota State (6-5, 0-0 WWC) pushed its winning streak to three with a 19-12 win over Boise State (2-3, 0-1 Pac-12) Friday on “t-shirt turn in night” at Frost Arena.
The Jacks won six matches on the night, including Luke Zilverbergand Alex Kocer, who each picked up major decisions.
“Tonight was the start of a big weekend for us,” head coach Chris Bono said of Friday night’s win. “We are at a part of our schedule where we really need to start pushing towards March. It was good to see some of our guys take what we teach in the room and apply it on the mat.”
Following an opening loss at 133, Zilverberg controlled the 141-lb bout from start to finish and worked his way to a 10-1 major decision. Zilverberg picked up takedowns in the first two periods and added a reversal and another takedown in the third to spearhead his major.
Sophomore Alex Kocer followed suit, as he majored Jared Johnshoy, 12-4. Wrestling at 149 for the first time this year, the returning NCAA qualifier trailed 4-1 before getting a penalty point and a reversal to lock it up 4-4 after the first period. Kocer then rode Johnshoy out in the second, including three back points. The Wagner native would go on to add a pair of nearfalls in the third, including one in the final seconds to get the major.
In the 157-lb bout, #11 Cody Pack worked his way to a 3-0 decision over Steven Hernandez with all the scoring coming in the second period.
Senior John Nething II recorded a takedown with 10 seconds left in the third period to seal a 6-4 win over Chris Castillo. Nething recorded the first takedown, but trailed 4-3 entering the third.
Boise State got back on the board 174, as a takedown was given to Austin Dewey in the final seconds to give him a 4-2 decision. The call was challenged, but the ruling on the mat was upheld.
SDSU regained momentum at 184 as sophomore Brady Ayers rode Xavier Callejas out the entire third period for a 3-2 win.
BSU continued the back-and-forth as the Broncos’ Cody Dixon beat #14 Nate Rotert, 5-4. Dixon picked up a pair of takedowns in the first and held on for the decision.
Following a scoreless first at 285, junior J.J. Everard got on the board with an escape and takedown of Gabe Gonzalez. Everard added another takedown in the third to fuel a 6-3 decision.
BSU won the 125-lb finale as Carson Kuhn beat Isaac Andrade, 7-0.
“Sunday is another big one for us,” Bono added. “Any time you are wrestling a conference opponent, the intensity level increases. Our guys will be ready.”
SDSU returns to Frost Arena to open its WWC slate Sunday at 1 p.m. vs. Northern Colorado.
South Dakota State 19, Boise State 12
133: Michael Cook (BSU) over Alex Kocer (SDSU) – Dec., 6-5
141: Luke Zilverberg (SDSU) over Jared Johnshoy (BSU) – Maj., 10-1
149: Alex Kocer (SDSU) over Travis Himmelman (BSU) – Maj., 12-4
157: #11 Cody Pack (SDSU) over Steven Hernandez (BSU) – Dec., 3-0
165: John Nething II (SDSU) over Chris Castillo (BSU) – Dec., 6-4
174: Austin Dewey (BSU) over David Kocer (SDSU) – Dec., 4-2
184: Brady Ayers (SDSU) over Xavier Callejas (BSU) – Dec., 3-2
197: Cody Dixon (BSU) over #14 Nate Rotert (SDSU) – Dec., 5-4
285: J.J. Everard (SDSU) over Gabe Gonzalez (BSU) – Dec., 6-3
125: Carson Kuhn (BSU) over Isaac Andrade (SDSU) – Dec., 7-0
Note: SDSU lost a team point following the 165-lb bout
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