– Joe Wheeling
and No. 5 Jacob A. Smith
came away with a pair of wins as the West Virginia University wrestling team dropped a Big 12 dual to No. 16-ranked South Dakota State by a score of 32-9 on Thursday evening at the WVU Coliseum.
Wheeling took a 12-5 decision over Isaac Andrade at 141 pounds, while Smith won by injury default over No. 7 Nate Rotert at 197 pounds. The Jackrabbits (13-3, 7-1), who joined the Big 12 as an affiliate member in the summer of 2015, came away six bonus-point victories over the Mountaineers (2-12, 0-3).
Starting the match at the 141-pound bout, Wheeling gave up an early takedown to Andrade but was awarded a penalty point due to a technical violation of locked hands. Wheeling earned a reversal soon after and immediately got the turn to pick up four nearfall points, taking a 7-2 lead at the end of the first. Starting in the defensive position, Wheeling escaped before padding his lead with a takedown for a 10-2 advantage after five minutes of action. Andrade opted for a neutral start in the third, as Wheeling then picked up his second takedown of the night. Andrade scored the reversal and took the riding time point, but it was Wheeling who won the 12-5 decision to put the Mountaineers ahead, 3-0.
South Dakota State won the next five bouts, using a fall at 149, a tech. fall at 174 and a trio of major decisions in taking a 23-3 lead.
At 197, Smith quickly went up 2-0 on Rotert. After a stoppage for a Rotert injury, Smith chose to restart in the defensive position and escaped for a 3-0 lead at the end of the first period. Smith started the second period on bottom, escaping once again and adding a takedown. With Smith leading 6-0, the match was stopped again soon after due to an injury to Rotert. Smith was awarded the win by injury default in the second period to put the score at 23-6 in favor of the Jackrabbits.
dropped a close, 1-0, decision to Alex Macki at heavyweight as WVU trailed 26-6 after eight bouts. The Jackrabbits won a decision at 125 pounds, but were docked a team point for a third bench violation. SDSU then added a major decision at 133 pounds in taking the 32-9 victory.
West Virginia will return to the Coliseum on Sunday to host Iowa State in its second consecutive Big 12 match. The dual is slated for a 2 p.m. start, with the first 250 fans receiving a free WVU wrestling “Bull Trained” t-shirt, in addition to other promotions.
No. 16 South Dakota State 32, West Virginia 9
165: Luke Zilverburg (SDSU) major dec. Ryan Lopez
174: No. 16 David Kocer (SDSU) tech. fall Ty Millward
(WVU), 22-7 (7:00)
*SDSU deducted a team point during the 125-pound match.
197: No. 5 Jacob A. Smith
(WVU) def. No. 7 Nate Rotert (SDSU), inj. def. (4:18)