BROOKINGS, S.D. — Trailing South Dakota State 18-16 with two matches remaining Wednesday in Brookings, S.D., Utah Valley sophomores David Prieto (197 pounds) and Adam Fager (heavyweight) won the final two matches of the contest to help the Wolverines win their fourth straight dual, 22-18.
Prieto needed overtime to declare a winner for his third third straight match. After splitting his previous two OT matches, Prieto prevailed against the Jackrabbits (4-10, 0-3 WWC) by taking down SDSU's Joe Skow in the first sudden victory period to win 3-1. With the Wolverines leading by just a point (19-18) entering the final match of the evening, Fager sealed the victory for UVU (5-2, 2-1 WWC) with a 5-3 decision over J.J. Everard.
"Those last two matches were important wins for us but Josh (Wilson) and Chase's (Cuthbertson) wins were even bigger," UVU head coach Greg Williams said. "It came down to 197 and heavyweight tonight and I'm proud of the guys for getting it done."
After falling behind 12-0 after two matches, UVU won the next three bouts to take a 13-12 advantage. Junior Avery Garner (141 pounds) started the Wolverine rally with a 9-2 decision over SDSU's Ben Gillette. Senior Josh Wilson (149) then followed with a 12-4 major decision over Dustin Walraven, and redshirt freshman Chase Cuthbertson (157) came through with a first-period fall over Cody Pack just 1:42 into the match.
The Jackrabbits then pulled back in front, 15-13, as Joe Brewster pulled out a 4-2 overtime victory over UVU junior Abner Cook (165). Wolverine junior Monte Schmalhaus (174) then helped Utah Valley regain the lead with a 5-0 decision over Troy Morisette.
With the Wolverines up just a point, at 16-15, SDSU once again took the lead (18-16) as Shea Nolan pulled out a hard-fought 3-2 decision over UVU redshirt freshman Derek Thomas (184). A couple stalling calls on Thomas were the difference in the bout as Nolan received two critical points from the stall calls.
South Dakota State began the dual with a 12-0 lead after Aaron Pickrel won by forfeit at 125 pounds, and Brance Simms pinned UVU sophomore Chasen Tolbert (133) at the end of the first period.
In its last four matches, Utah Valley has defeated Arizona State (26-15), Northern Colorado (39-0), Stanford (18-15) and now SDSU (22-18). The Wolverines managed to defeat South Dakota State on Wednesday without both Rauser brothers, as Jade and Val missed the dual due to sickness.
Prior to the start of the dual, UVU redshirt freshman Logan Addis defeated SDSU's Tyler Johnson 17-10 in an exhibition contest.
"It's getting down to the end of the season and we've got to have heart," added Williams. "These are three good teams we've got coming up and we need to be focused and ready to go when we face them."
The Wolverines will continue their road trip by heading up to Fargo, N.D., to take on No. 25 North Dakota State on Friday evening. The Bison are currently leading the Western Wrestling Conference standings with an unblemished 2-0 conference mark. UVU will then take on Boise State in Boise, Idaho, on Feb. 13 and finish its regular season by hosting Air Force on Feb. 16.
Utah Valley 22 - South Dakota State 18
125 - Aaron Pickrel (SDSU) won by forfeit
133 - Brance Simms (SDSU) won by pin Chasen Tolbert (UVU), 2:40
141 - Avery Garner (UVU) won by decision Ben Gillette (SDSU), 9-2
149 - No. 22 Josh Wilson (UVU) won by major decision No. 31 Dustin Walraven (SDSU), 12-4
157 - Chase Cuthbertson (UVU) won by pin Cody Pack (SDSU), 1:42
165 - Joe Brewster (SDSU) won in sudden victory 1 Abner Cook (UVU), 4-2 (SV1)
174 - Monte Schmalhaus (UVU) won by decision Troy Morisette (SDSU), 5-0
184 - Shea Nolan (SDSU) won by decision Derek Thomas (UVU), 3-2
197 - David Prieto (UVU) won in sudden victory 1 Joe Skow (SDSU), 3-1 (SV1)
285 - Adam Fager (UVU) won by decision J.J. Everard (SDSU), 5-3
Exhibition (149) - Logan Addis (UVU) decision Tyler Johnson (SDSU), 17-10
James Warnick is an assistant sports information director at Utah Valley University. For more information about Wolverine athletics, visit www.WolverineGreen.com.