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DeVestern picks up 100th win at SD Showcase

SIOUX FALLS--Trevor DeVestern picked up his 100th win as a member of the Dakota Wesleyan University wrestling team on Sunday at the South Dakota Showcase at the Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls.

SIOUX FALLS-Trevor DeVestern picked up his 100th win as a member of the Dakota Wesleyan University wrestling team on Sunday at the South Dakota Showcase at the Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls.

DeVestern pinned Northern State University's Sean Havlovic in their 165-pound match to reach the milestone.

With the victory, DeVestern sits only five wins behind Jordan Harer (105 victories) on the program's all-time win list.

"Reaching 100 career wins is an impressive accomplishment," DWU head coach Nick Hutcheson said. "It just shows his commitment to the program and obviously it reflects his talent as well."

Hutcheson added DeVestern wasn't at full strength in his match Sunday, but found a way to win regardless.

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"He just came back from sitting out for a couple weeks because of a minor injury," Hutcheson said. "I am sure that more than a few of his 100 wins came when he wasn't feeling 100 percent, and today was a perfect example of that. We knew he wasn't in peak form, but he managed to find a way to get the win against a very talented opponent."

Four South Dakota teams participated in the showcase, including DWU, NSU, Augustana University and South Dakota State University.

As a team, the Tigers dropped contests to each, falling to the Jackrabbits 48-0, 43-3 to the Vikings and 38-12 to NSU.

"It was a fun experience and the atmosphere was great," Hutcheson said. "Obviously the results were not in our favor, but it provided a great opportunity to learn. Our guys went up against some very good kids, and for the most part they stuck in there and battled until the last whistle. It should be a good motivator for the guys and it gives them an idea of how much work they need to put in to acheive their goals."

DWU's Jade Hoisington picked up the lone win for the Tigers, an 8-1 decision, over Joe Schiller in the 285-pound contest. Against NSU, in addition to DeVestern's victory, Hoisington recorded a forfeit win for the Tigers.

The Tigers (0-7) are back in action on Saturday at the Simpson Open in Indianola, Iowa.

Wagner natives go combined 4-0

Alex and David Kocer were all smiles on Sunday. The Wagner natives each won a pair of matches for SDSU, as both earned victories against NSU and the Vikings. Neither wrestled against DWU.

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While Alex Kocer picked up his first win in the 149-pound weight class via a forfeit win against NSU, he pinned Augustana's Jacob Anderson in his second match.

Meanwhile, David Kocer pinned NSU's Anthony Navarro in his first match of the day in the 174-pound weight class to help lead the Jackrabbits over the Wolves, then defeated Augustana's Tim Weber in a 8-1 decision.

The Jackrabbits won all three of their matches, defeating DWU 48-0, NSU 36-12 and Augustana University 31-9.

Augustana finished in second place in the showcase, going 2-1 with wins over DWU (43-3) and NSU (31-12).

The Jackrabbits are back in action at 4:30 p.m. on Sunday against North Dakota State in Frost Arena in Brookings.

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