By SHANNON HEATON
Northeast Florida Matmen
BROOKINGS, SD — For the second time in two weeks, wrestling a Big Ten Conference opponent proved to be a tall order for #20 South Dakota State, coached by Bolles alum Chris Bono.
Friday night, the Jackrabbits hosted #3 Iowa, arguably one of the nation’s elite wrestling programs going back decades, and the Hawkeyes left the SDSU home crowd disappointed, taking a 29-8 win.
As it turned out, the Jackrabbits only got two wins on the night. First SDSU wrestler to win was Nate Rotert (197), who took a 9-5 decision over the Hawkeyes’ Cash Wilcke. That win broke a string of Ws from Iowa, which built a 17-0 lead behind four decisions from 2016 NCAA finalist Brandon Sorensen (149), Michael Kemerer (157), Joseph Gunther (165), Alex Meyer (174) and a second-period tech fall from Sammy Brooks at 184.
Iowa got back on a winning track after Rotert’s win killed the Hawkeyes’ hopes for a shutout, with a decision at 285 from Steven Holloway and tech fall from national #1 Thomas Gilman at 125, going up 25-3.
At that point, the Jacks’ Seth Gross (133) won by technical fall, 15-0, over Iowa backup Phillip Laux after national #1 Cory Clark was held out of the Hawkeye lineup with nagging injuries sustained in practice earlier in the week.
The dual closed out at 141, with Iowa’s Topher Carton — a frequent Matmen interview subject before Matmen was Matmen, when Carton was a three-time prep state champion and four-time finalist in Illinois and Iowa — taking a 12-1 major decision.
Here’s a roundup of the action around the country involving wrestlers with Matmen-area ties:
Josh Fox (University Christian ’12, Ohio State University): Went 1-2 on Friday at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Open, competing at 285 pounds. Fox lost his first match, 8-0, to Arizona State’s Tanner Hall, but rallied in the consis with a 13-5 major over Western Wyoming’s Wade French. In his third match of the day, Fox took a 12-3 loss by major to Eastern Michigan’s Gage Hutchison.
Corey Van Dorn (Orange Park ’14, Nebraska-Kearney): Went 0-2 on Friday at Cliff Keen in Las Vegas, competing at 197 pounds. Van Dorn lost his first match by decision to Clarion’s Dustin Conti, 8-1, and then took a second loss to another Division I wrestler, falling via technical fall, 18-3, to Oregon State’s Corey Griego.
Zach Ford (Flagler Palm Coast ’13, Rhode Island College): Won by fall at 157 pounds, pinning Western New England’s Lamont Wallace in 3:50 as his team took a 22-15 victory Friday night at home. Ford had his team’s only pin on the night.
Dylan Rossetti (Middleburg ’16, St Andrews College): Rossetti’s team held on to take a 25-24 victory at home over Truett-McConnell, but the result wasn’t individually as good for Rossetti, who fell 8-5 in the 133-pound match to T-Mc’s Devonte Upshaw. A brief recap can be found at http://www.sauknights.com/article/1572.php.