College wrestling: South Dakota State's Tanner Sloan advances at NCAA Championships


TULSA – Tanner Sloan was the lone South Dakota State wrestler to advance to the quarterfinals at the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships, while five other wrestlers are still alive in their consolation brackets at the end of Thursday’s action.

Sloan entered the tournament as the seventh seed in the tournament at 197 pounds and defeated Ohio State’s Gavin Hoffman by an 8-1 decision in his opening round match. Sloan went on to defeat Cornell’s Jacob Cardenas in the second round to advance to Friday’s quarterfinal match against second-seeded Bernie Truax of Cal Poly.

Meanwhile, Clay Carlson, Cael Swensen, Tanner Cook, Cade DeVos and AJ Nevellis are still alive for the Jackrabbits in their respective consolation brackets.

Carlson competed as the 11th seed at 141 pounds and defeated Lehigh’s Malyke Hines by a 6-1 decision in the first round before losing a 3-2 decision to Penn State’s Beau Bartlett in the second round. Carlson will face SIU Edwardsville’s Saul Irvin in the second round of the consolation bracket when action resumes on Friday.

Swensen competed at 157 pounds and dropped his first match of the afternoon by a 6-3 decision to Northwestern’s Trevor Chumbley but bounced back to defeat Central Michigan’s Corbyn Munson by a 7-0 decision in the first round of the consolation bracket to set up a match with Wisconsins’ Garrett Model on Friday.

Cook competed at 165 pounds and lost to Michigan’s Cameron Amine by fall at 6:30 in the first round of the championship bracket but stayed alive by pinning Will Formato of Appalachian State at 1:11 of a first-round consolation matchup. Cook will face Northern Illinois’s Izzak Olejnik in the second round of the consolation bracket on Friday.

DeVos competed at 174 pounds and pinned Central Michigan’s Alex Cramer at 2:13 of a first round match but fell by an 8-2 decision to Cornell’s Chris Foca in the second round. DeVos will face Army’s Benjamin Pasiuk in the second round of the consolation bracket.

AJ Nevills competed at 285 pounds for the Jacks and picked up a win in the first round of the tournament with an 8-1 decision over Duke’s Jonah Niesenbaum. After falling by a 14-2 major decision to Penn State’s Greg Kerkvliet, Nevills will face Maryland’s Jaron Smith in the second round of the consolation bracket.