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Tanner Sloan wins Big 12 Wrestler of the Week

SDSU's senior defeats pair of ranked opponents in duals against Oklahoma and Oklahoma State


IRVING, Texas — South Dakota State 197-pounder Tanner Sloan was honored Tuesday as Big 12 Conference Wrestler of the Week, following a weekend in which he defeated two ranked opponents.

A senior from Alburnett, Iowa, Sloan allowed only one point in his two matches while running his overall record to 17-1 and remaining unbeaten in duals this season at 12-0. He downed No. 2/3 Stephen Buchanan of Oklahoma, 4-1, on Feb. 9, and recorded a 4-0 victory over No. 15 Luke Surber of Oklahoma State the next night. The victory over Buchanan sealed the Jackrabbits’ 20-13 dual victory.

With his two victories, Sloan extended his winning streak in dual matches to 37, dating back to early in the 2021-22 season. Sloan, who moved to fourth in this week’s individual 197-pound rankings by FloWrestling and fifth in the InterMat survey, holds a 61-4 career mark in duals and is 103-21 overall.

Sloan is the second Jackrabbit to earn Big 12 Wrestler of the Week this season, joining 125-pound Tanner Jordan who was honored Nov. 28. It also marks the third time in his career Sloan has received the award.

South Dakota State, which is 12-3 in duals this season and ranked 11th in the most recent National Wrestling Coaches Association poll, returns to action Sunday by hosting seventh-ranked Missouri. Start time for the dual at Frost Arena is 2 p.m.