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David Kocer named Big 12 wrestler of the week

IRVING, Texas -- South Dakota State 174-pounder David Kocer has captured the first Big 12 Conference wrestler of the week award of the 2016-17 season, league officials announced Monday afternoon.

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IRVING, Texas - South Dakota State 174-pounder David Kocer has captured the first Big 12 Conference wrestler of the week award of the 2016-17 season, league officials announced Monday afternoon.

A junior from Wagner and a returning NCAA qualifier, Kocer put together a 4-1 record over two events, including defeating two ranked opponents, during the opening weekend of the season. He recorded a takedown with two seconds remaining in his Friday dual match against seventh-ranked Lelund Weatherspoon of Iowa State to pull out a 3-1 victory and help spark the Jackrabbits to a 27-9 team win.

At the Warren Williamson/Daktronics Open on Sunday in Brookings, Kocer turned in a runner-up finish. He recorded technical falls in his first two matches before defeating 14th-ranked Micah Barnes of Nebraska by a 3-1 decision in the semifinals. Kocer fell to 15th-ranked Zahid Valencia of Arizona State in the finals.

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