Spearfish native Nate Rotert took home a Big 12 wrestling title at 197 pounds for South Dakota State over the weekend.
The senior No. 2 seed took down the No. 4 seed from West Virginia, Jake Smith, 3-2 in overtime.
Both wrestlers traded escapes in regulation time, as Smith scored in the second period and Rotert in the third period. Neither wrestler scored in the first sudden-victory period or ensuing 30 second tiebreakers. Neither could score in the second period as each wrestler managed an escape in the second set of tiebreakers.
Rotert had an advantage of one second in riding time on the clock with overtime exhausted so he was awarded the point, and the title.
Rotert got a bye in the Round of 16 and topped No. 7 seed Jacob Seely from Northern Colorado by a tech fall 5:59 into the match in the quarterfinals. He topped No. 3 Jacob Holschlag from Northern Iowa 3-1 in the semifinals before taking down Smith.
SDSU finished third as a team with 94 points behind Oklahoma State (137 points) and Northern Iowa (96.5).
Rotert moved to 25-3 on the season and will compete in the NCAA Tournament along with five other Jackrabbits, including Rapid City Central alum Martin Mueller at 184.
Other SDSU NCAA qualifiers include: Connor Brown (125), Seth Gross (133), Luke Zilverberg (157), David Kocer (174).