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    2021-22 College Preview: South Dakota State

    2021 NCAA All-American Clay Carlson (Photo/SDSU athletics)

    South Dakota State Jackrabbits



    #GETJACKED

    SDSU returns a wealth of experience and is looking forward to reaching new heights in the 2021-22 season. SDSU has an extremely tough schedule and will be battle tested as they prepare for Detroit, MI.

    “This team continues to get better every day. We have more depth than we've ever had before making our room even more competitive. We're excited for the upcoming season and the opportunities ahead.” – Clay Carlson 141lb All-American

    TOP RETURNERS


    SDSU returns six national qualifiers, one of which is an All-American. Zach Price (Round of 12), Clay Carlson (8th place), Cade DeVos, Tanner Cook (2020), Tanner Sloan (Round of 12), AJ Nevills (2019, 2020). All six start the year ranked in the top-21 at their respective weights.

    KEY DEPARTURES


    125 lb national qualifier Danny Vega graduated and did not return for a sixth-year. Vega was fourth at the 2021 Big 12 Championships and the #22 seed at nationals. He went 1-2 in St. Louis.

    NEWCOMERS


    SDSU brought in a large recruiting class in 2021. InterMat ranked the group 12th in the nation, as it featured four top-100 recruits and six in the top-300. The four top-100 recruits include Derrick Cardinal (Forest Lake, MN-133), Alek Martin (St. Paris, OH-149), Cael Swensen (Wayzata, MN-157), and Roman Rogotzke (Stillwater, MN-197). At this time, the Jackrabbit staff plans on redshirting all of these individuals.

    Two transfers are on the roster and include Tate Battani (Iowa State -184) and AJ Nevills (Fresno State-HWT). During his last year of competition, Nevills earned wins over both of the conference finalists from 2021 (Gannon Gremmel - Iowa State and Brian Andrews - Wyoming). Battani went 5-3 in dual action last season and will push for the starting role at 184 lbs.

    WRESTLERS TO WATCH


    Tanner Cook will be back in the lineup this season after not competing during the 2020-2021 season. Cook is a crowd favorite who is not afraid to throw the kitchen sink at opponents. In 2019-20, Cook earned falls in 14 of his 21 wins, a mark that led the Jackrabbits.

    AJ Nevills is a transfer from Fresno State will be competing in the blue this year. Nevills was a Big 12 finalist in 2020 and has already been to the National Tournament twice. He will be looking to breakthrough and get on the podium this upcoming season. Nevills starts the year ranked #19 in the nation which is a bit conservative based on his potential.

    This will be a new look lineup for Coach Hahn's team in 2021-22. Although there are many familiar faces, SDSU has multiple individuals changing weight classes.

    POTENTIAL LINEUP


    125: Tanner Jordan (RS Fr)
    133: Hunter Marko (Sr)/Trayton Anderson (So)/Caleb Gross (So)
    141: #11 Clay Carlson (Jr)
    149: #21 Zach Price (Jr)/Daniel Kimball (So)
    157: Jack Thomsen (RS Fr)/Kenny O'Neil (Sr)
    165: #13 Tanner Cook (Jr)
    174: #21 Cade DeVos (So)
    184: Cade King (Jr)/Tate Battani (Jr)/Jacob Schoon (So)
    197: #9 Tanner Sloan (Jr)/Nick Casperson (Jr)
    285: #19 AJ Nevills (Sr)/Bowen McConville (Jr)

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