Carlson, Sloan victorious at Bison Open

FARGO, N.D. – Freshmen Clay Carlson and Tanner Sloan each won individual titles to pace the South Dakota State University wrestling team during action Saturday at the Bison Open.

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Carlson claimed the 141-pound title, while Sloan reached the championship round for the second tournament in a row, this time winning the 197-pound division.

A native of Willmar, Minnesota, Carlson pulled out a 3-2 victory via tiebreaker against Arizona State’s Cory Crooks in the championship match. After receiving a first-round bye, Carlson advanced to the title round after posting decisions over host North Dakota State’s Samuel Stuhl and Sawyer Degen by respective scores of 9-5 and 4-2.

Sloan, from Alburnett, Iowa, continued his impressive start to his collegiate career by defeating a pair of wrestlers from the University of Minnesota in his final two matches. He opened the day with a 20-3 technical fall against Jake Erckenbrack of Minnesota State, Moorhead, then recorded a 9-5 decision over Garrett Joles of Minnesota in the semifinals. Sloan dominated his title match against Minnesota’s Bobby Steveson, winning by technical fall by a 16-1 margin.

Also at 141 pounds, fellow freshman Zach Price finished third by winning his final four matches. Laken Cook added a third-place effort in the 157-pound weight class.

Other placewinners for the Jackrabbits were Kenny O’Neil, fifth and 165 pounds, and Peyton Smith, sixth at 149.

2018 Bison Open Results

The Jackrabbits open dual competition Sunday with a neutral-site match against Arizona State. The battle between nationally ranked teams will be contested at the Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls, starting at 1 p.m.

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