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South Dakota State University redshirt freshman Alex Kocer, a Wagner native, works for a takedown on Drake Houdashelt, Missouri, during their first-round match at the 2014 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships in Oklahoma City, Okla. (Mike Smith/MatShots)

Kokesh to face Storley in quarters; Jacks eliminated

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OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. — Wagner native and University of Nebraska-Lincoln wrestler Robert Kokesh (174) is very familiar with University of Minnesota’s Logan Storley (174), who hails from Webster.

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The two South Dakota natives are friends, but today at the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships, they will once again face off against each other on the mat in a quarterfinal dual.

To reach the quarterfinals, Kokesh beat West Virginia’s Jakob Scheffel in an 11-1 major decision in the first round and Rider’s Connor Brennan in a 14-5 major decision. The third-seeded Kokesh has won 20 straight matches heading into today’s contest. Storley, who entered the tournament as the sixth seed, beat Kansas State’s Caleb Marsh in a 5-2 decision and Virginia’s Stephen Doty in a 5-4 decision.

Storley and Kokesh wrestled each other at the 2013 NCAA tournament, with Kokesh winning the match for third place. They have met one time this season, and Kokesh won by a 3-2 decision.

Wagner native and South Dakota State University redshirt freshman Alex Kocer (149) dropped both of his matches and was eliminated on the first day of the championships. Kocer fell to No. 1 seed Drake Houdashelt, of Missouri, 12-3 in the opening round. He then lost to Justin Arthur, of Claron, 13-5.

SDSU wrestlers Cody Pack (157) and Joe Brewster (165) also dropped both of their matches at the tournament. Pack fell to Aaron Walker, of The Citadel, and Justin DeAngelis, of Oklahoma, while Brewster lost to No. 1 seed David Taylor, of Penn State, and Josh Houldsworth, of Columbia.

The tournament continues at 10 a.m. today.

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