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  • July 11, 2020
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MANHEIM, Pa. – The South Dakota State University wrestling team will open the 2017-18 season this weekend with a No. 16 ranking in the first USA Today/NWCA Division I Coaches Poll, which was released by the National Wrestling Coaches Association on Tuesday.

Defending national champion Penn State is the top-ranked team in the poll, followed by Ohio State. Reigning Big 12 Conference champion Oklahoma State is third.

SDSU completed the 2016-17 season with a 14-5 dual record and was ranked 19th in the final USA Today/NWCA poll. The Jackrabbits return eight starters from a season ago, highlighted by NCAA runner-up Seth Gross at 133 pounds.

Other returning national qualifiers are Luke Zilverberg, who is moving from 165 pounds to 157 this season, as well as David Kocer (174) and Nate Rotert (197).

Besides Oklahoma State and the Jackrabbits, the Big 12 is represented in the poll by newcomer Northern Iowa (13th) and Oklahoma (19th). Wyoming, North Dakota State and West Virginia are receiving votes, but outside the top 25.

Other preseason top-25 opponents on the Jackrabbits’ dual schedule this season include Minnesota (sixth), Arizona State (11th) and Pittsburgh (24th).

USA Today/NWCA Division I Wrestling Coaches Poll

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SDSU kicks off the season Sunday by hosting the Warren Williamson/Daktronics Open. Competition begins at 9 a.m. at Frost Arena. In addition, Gross is scheduled to compete Sunday at the NWCA All-Star Classic in Princeton, New Jersey.

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