Although the Sturgis wrestling team dropped the first opening dual of their seaso opener with Belle Fourche, the Scoopers bounced back to take the next 13 on their way to a 78-6 victory over the Broncs on Thursday.
Oakley Blakeman of Belle Fourche gave his team the early advantage with a win by fall over Steven Permann (4:44) at 106 pounds.
From there it was all Sturgis, starting with an Evan Osborn pin victory over Jett Blakeman (3:48, 113 pounds), followed by a Zaven Osborne win over Hunter Quenzer (:18, 126).
The Scoopers rallied off five more consecutive wins via pin fall, including victories from Brett Konst (132 pounds), Carl Nash (138), Wren Jacobs (145), Bailey Brengle (152) and Jaren Puhlman (160).
Kody Cox of Sturgis defeated Walker Horn by pin (1:07) at 182 pounds, while the Scoopers took four of the final five via forfeit.
Sturgis will travel to Mandan, ND., for the Mandan Lions Invitational starting today at 3:30 p.m., while belle Fourche will compete in the Custer tourney.
Alexander leads SDSU past Northern Iowa
Senior guard Alexis Alexander scored all 11 of her points in the fourth quarter to lead the South Dakota State women's basketball team to a 57-47 win over Northern Iowa in a nonconference game.
The Jackrabbits, now 6-1, were led by junior Madison Guebert's 16 points. Freshman Myah Selland and senior Ellie Thompson each added six rebounds while Alexander had three steals, two in the fourth quarter.
Northern Iowa, 2-4, was led by Megan Maahs' 15 points and seven rebounds.
The Jacks led 42-36 after Alexander scored with 7:22 to remaining. She added a 3-point field goal to make it 45-39 with 6:21 to play. She later added six-straight points, the final two coming from the foul line with 51 seconds left, to give State a 53-44 lead.
South Dakota State has now won 11-straight regular-season home contests.
Mooney's 30 lifts USD past UMKC
Matt Mooney scored 30 points on 10-of-14 shooting and made 8 of 9 free throws and South Dakota beat UMKC 82-63 on Thursday night.
Nick Fuller scored a career-high 15 points with eight rebounds and Trey Burch-Manning grabbed 14 rebounds for the Coyotes (7-2), who outrebounded the Kangaroos 46-27 and outscored them 38-20 in the paint. Triston Simpson dished five assists.
Mooney's 3-point play gave the Coyotes a 41-31 lead early in the second half and they pulled ahead by 21 points after Triston Simpson's layup capped a 7-0 run with 11:51 to go. UMKC closed to 14 on Xavier Bishop's free throw with 10:04 left, but got no closer.
UMKC led 11-7 on Bishop's jumper, but Brandon Armstrong put the Coyotes up 27-26 with a free throw after seven lead changes and five ties. Burch-Manning made a layup and Fuller a 3-point play and South Dakota led 36-30 at halftime. The Coyotes then shot 57 percent in the second half.
Bishop led UMKC (3-6) with 16 points, Jordan Giles added 12 and Aleer Leek 10.