SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The South Dakota State University Jackrabbits will take on the Arizona State University Sun Devils at the Sanford Pentagon in the first dual match for each team on Nov. 11.
The dual brings together two nationally ranked teams as Arizona State enters the season ranked #10 while South Dakota State comes in at #20. The match will be one of the rare wrestling events hosted by the Sanford Pentagon, a facility renown primarily for basketball.
Two National Champions
The dual will feature two national champions from the previous season, Seth Gross (133 lbs.) of SDSU and Zahid Valencia (174 lbs.) of ASU. Gross made history last season, becoming the first national champion in any sport for SDSU. Valencia finished the season undefeated and became the first national champion since 2011 for the Sun Devils.
About South Dakota State University
The match will be the first dual for new SDSU head coach Damion Hahn, who takes over for Chris Bono who left for the top position at Wisconsin. This is the first head coaching position for Hahn, who spent 12 years as an assistant coach at Cornell University. The Jackrabbits hosted the Daktronics Open on Nov. 4, where they placed two champions (Henry Pohlmeyer and Zach Carlson).
About Arizona State University
The Sun Devils are coached by two-time Pac-12 Coach of the Year, Zeke Jones (5th season). ASU finished in the top-10 at the NCAA Championships last season and are led by the Valencia brothers (Zahid and Anthony). The Sun Devils will compete Saturday, in Fargo, at the Bison Open.
Upcoming Events at Pentagon
The NCAA D-I wrestling dual is one of the standout events taking place at the Sanford Pentagon during the 2018-19 season. The inaugural East-West Challenge, a weekend of basketball games featuring Division II schools from South Dakota, will take place Nov. 16-17. The University of South Dakota takes on the Wichita State Shockers in a non-conference women’s basketball game on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving.
Schools from more than a dozen different NCAA Division I conferences have visited the Pentagon in its five-year history. The Big Ten, Big East, Big 12, SEC and Pac 12 have all sent teams to Sioux Falls.
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The cornerstone of the Sanford Sports Complex in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, is the Sanford Pentagon, a 160,000-square-foot, five-sided facility featuring nine basketball courts, including the 1950s/1960s-inspired Heritage Court. The venue combines state-of-the-art amenities—including high-definition video boards and executive suites—with period-specific finishes that are a nod to the nostalgic days of basketball. The 3,200-seat Pentagon is home to Sanford POWER Basketball Academy, Sanford POWER Volleyball Academy, the NBA G League’s Sioux Falls Skyforce, the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Women’s and Men’s Basketball Tournament and the South Dakota High School Basketball Hall of Fame.
Parking and accommodations
Parking at the Sanford Pentagon is available on the east, west and north side of the facility. Need to eat? The Pentagon includes full-service concession stands. Want to stay close to the arena? The Fairfield Inn & Suites is also across the street. The venue also has an official team store and several ATM stations.
The South Dakota High School Basketball Hall of Fame calls the Sanford Pentagon home. Visitors can enjoy the free exhibit that includes historical photos, records and memorabilia. In fact, the entire facility is trek to a different era. The Pentagon took great care to include old photos, jerseys and mementos throughout the venue. One of this year’s new elements highlights former high school championship teams. That’s available for viewing on the second level.