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South Dakota State holds off Air Force

BROOKINGS, S.D. -- The South Dakota State University wrestling team wrapped up a perfect weekend homestand, holding off Air Force, 23-15, in a Big 12 Conference dual Sunday at Frost Arena.

In winning their eighth straight dual, the Jackrabbits improved to 9-5 overall and 2-1 in the Big 12 Conference. Air Force dropped to 5-4 overall, 0-3 against Big 12 opposition.

Senior 125-pounder Ben Gillette got the Jackrabbits out to a quick start, posting a 15-4 major decision over Drew Romero in the first bout of the day.

The two squads then traded pins as Air Force's Josh Martinez recorded a third-period pin over Brance Simms at 133 pounds and Jackrabbit 141-pounder Seth Gross countered with a first-period pin of Dylan Hyder.

SDSU built its lead to 16-6 with back-to-to back decisions by Alex Kocer and Cody Pack. Pack's 10-6 victory over Alex Mossing in the 157-pound bout was his 20th victory of the season and 105th of his career.

David Kocer posted his team-leading 21st win of the season with a 19-6 major decision over Zen Ikehara in the 174-pound weight class. Nate Rotert, ranked 14th, secured the Jackrabbit victory as he hung on for a 9-8 decision against Parker Hines at 197 pounds.

The Jackrabbits resume home action Friday by hosting Wyoming in a Big 12 Conference dual. Action begins at 7 p.m. at Frost Arena.

Results:
125: Ben Gillette (SDSU) major dec. Drew Romero (AF), 15-4 SDSU 4, AF 0
133: Josh Martinez (AF) def. Brance Simms (SDSU), by fall 6:00 AF 6, SDSU 4
141: Seth Gross (SDSU) def. Dylan Hyder (AF), by fall 2:50 SDSU 10, AF 6
149: Alex Kocer (SDSU) dec. Alex Mossing (AF), 12-9 SDSU 13, AF 6
157: #6 Cody Pack (SDSU) dec. Zach Stepan (AF), 10-6 SDSU 16, AF 6
165: Alex Lopouchanski (AF) dec. Logan Peterson (SDSU), 7-3 SDSU 16, AF 9
174: David Kocer (SDSU) major dec. Zen Ikehara (AF), 19-6 SDSU 20, AF 9
184: Anthony McLaughlin (AF) dec. Brady Ayers (SDSU), 3-2 SDSU 20, AF 12
197: #14 Nate Rotert (SDSU) dec. Parker Hines (AF), 8-7 SDSU 23, AF 12
285: Marcus Malecek (AF) dec. Alex Macki (SDSU), 2-0 SDSU 23, AF 15

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