South Dakota State won eight matches to win its home finale, 27-6 over Northern Illinois on Senior Night. Highlighting the Jacks' dominating performance was Brance Simms' pin at 133 pounds.
"It was great to see the effort we had tonight," head coach Chris Bono said. "They got us 26-12 last season, so it's nice to see the improvement these guys are making. It was great to put on a show for the home crowd one last time this season."
Following Trey Hable's 8-5 win at 197, SDSU dropped back-to-back decisions at 285 and 125 before Simms turned Derek Elmore and recorded the fall at 4:43 - the first of the season for the sophomore.
SDSU would not lose another match as Eric Orozco (141), Alex Kocer (149) and No. 16 Cody Pack (157) all recorded decision wins before 165-pounder Joe Brewster recorded a takedown at the 7:37 mark to defeat Shaun'Que McMurty, 3-1 to give the Jacks a 21-6 lead.
John Nething II and Brady Ayers recorded wins at 174 and 184, respectively to close out the dual.
The Jacks have a quick turnaround, as they return to the mat on Sunday in Greeley, Colo., to take on Northern Colorado.
197: Trey Hable (SDSU) over Shawn Scott (NIU) - Dec., 8-5 (3-0 SDSU)
285: Jared Torrence (NIU) over J.J. Everard (SDSU) - SV-2, 4-2 (3-3)
125: Nick Harrison (NIU) over Ben Gillette (SDSU) - Dec., 6-4 (6-3 NIU)
133: Brance Simms (SDSU) fall over Derek Elmore (NIU) - 4:43 (9-6 SDSU)
141: Eric Orozco (SDSU) over Kevin Fanta (NIU) - Dec., 7-5 (12-6 SDSU)
149: Alex Kocer (SDSU) over Rob Jillard (NIU) - Dec., 8-4 (15-6 SDSU)
157: No. 16 Cody Pack (SDSU) over Andrew Morse (NIU) - Dec., 7-2 (18-6 SDSU)
165: Joe Brewster (SDSU) over Shaun'Que McMurty (NIU) - OT, 3-1 (21-6 SDSU)
174: John Nething II (SDSU) over Billy Chancey (NIU) - Dec., 5-1 (24-6 SDSU)
184: Brady Ayers (SDSU) over Caleb Busson (NIU) - Dec., 3-2 (27-6 SDSU)